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FAU Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series to Present ‘Microtonality: The New Frontier of Music’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (March 5, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will present a lecture by Elaine Walker, electronic music composer and performer, as part of the 2013 Frontiers in Science public lecture series, titled “Emotion for Improving General Life.” The lecture will take place on Friday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, room 126, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

“Musicians have been experimenting with wildly different musical styles, the endless sounds of synthesizer technologies, rhythms that would have been unheard of in previous years, new instrument designs and performance and acoustical techniques,” said Walker. “Rarely does any musician think to experiment with different divisions of the octave.”

Walker earned her degree in music synthesis production from Berklee College of Music in 1991, and earned her master’s degree in music technology from NYU in 2001. She founded the all-electronic band ZIA, using homemade alternate MIDI controllers and microtonal scales, and has done extensive freelance work including performances, sound design, music editing, mixing and producing with various bands and music studios. Walker currently teaches courses on electronic music and computer-based sound synthesis at Scottsdale Community College and Collins College.

The lecture is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship in Science. Printing and mailing of lecture series materials are made possible by a Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

For more information, contact Tarra Smith at 561-297-3035 or , or visit www. .


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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