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Internationally acclaimed musicologist Mark Wingate has made his mark on the world of music like few others.

This scholar, composer, researcher and recording artist has taken his specialty, electroacoustic music, to classrooms, studios and juried contests across the globe. Along the way, he has garnered top honors, highly sought-after fellowships, and worldwide accolades.

Wingate's electroacoustic compositions — a combination of naturally and digitally modified sounds — have been featured at new-music festivals such as ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) World Music Days, Copenhagen and London, the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music and others. Prior to joining the FSU faculty in 2001, he co-founded and directed the Electronic Arts Studio at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey.

In 2008 Wingate collaborated with acclaimed composer Christopher Theofanidis on "Field of Infinite Forms," a new five-movement piece commissioned by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In previewing the composition, the Austin American-Statesman said, "A specialist in electro-acoustic music with a long record of using surround sound techniques, [Mark] Wingate will provide digital electronic effects to the orchestra during "Field of Infinite Forms" that will make the sound seem as though it is coming from different locations. Sound will move from the back of the hall to the front or may move from the ground through the towering vertical speaker stacks."

Composer Theofanidis said,"Mark's music has enormous appeal to everyone. What he can do with a single sound is breathtaking — and yet accessible."

Wingate has been composing electronic music since 1992, and in 1994 his work was funded by a Fulbright Fellowship to the EMS studio in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1997, Wingate was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Composer Fellowship, which he used to write theater music in Caracas, Venezuela. In 1999, he received the Prix de Rome in Music Composition from the American Academy in Rome.

Wingate's artistic production continued to develop, and in 2005 he won the coveted Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. The award enabled him to write a new album-length collection of musical compositions, conceived in a digital recording studio specifically for multi-channel "surround sound." His completed work, recorded on DVD-Audio, a format that features multi-channel playback through multiple speakers, is expected for release later this year.

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