- Arthur J. Sabatini
(b San Francisco, Dec 5, 1944). American composer. He studied at Brandeis University (BA 1966, MFA film/theatre arts 1970) with Shapero, Lucier and others. He has taught at the Boston Museum School (1973–95) and Arizona State University West (from 1994). His compositions develop unexpected textures from natural phenomena and materials, collected with his own specially constructed microphones and transducers. In Travelon Gamelon (1979–), loudspeakers mounted on bicycle handlebars amplify the sounds of the bicycles in motion; these are blended with sounds made by striking the spokes with metal or wood. Concert versions of the work use rhythmic and melodic gamelan instruments rather than bicycles. Eight Pieces from the Sonoran Desert (1997) features sounds made by ants, bees and cactus thorns. Other works allude to social and political themes. Visual and sonic images in Incident at Three Mile Island address the seductiveness and dangers of technology. ...