Nicole Carroll, a PhD candidate in Music & Multimedia Composition defends her dissertation, “Orrery Arcana: Musical Materiality through Esoteric Devices.” Open to faculty and graduate students only.
The Orrery Arcana system includes a self-made modular hardware controller and custom software that allows the performer to manipulate sound during a performance. The hardware controller is used to navigate systems that encompass chance operations, conceptual mapping, and data mapping to control audio generation and processing. Orrery Arcana incorporates data and structures from three systems: the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) orbital body data (Horizons), William Butler Yeats’ esoteric system based on moon phases detailed in A Vision (1937), and the numerology and symbolism of the Tarot.
Nicole Carroll is a composer, performer, sound designer, and builder. Her work spans installation, improvisation, and fixed media performance. She is active as a sound designer and composer in theater, performs electronic music under the alias “n0izmkr,” and builds custom synthesizers and performance sensor systems. Through her work, Nicole seeks to reconcile the natural world with technology. Themes found in her work derive from reflections on nature, occult philosophies, literature, and the human psyche. Nicole holds a Masters and Bachelor of Music in Composition from Bowling Green State University and Arkansas State University, respectively. She is completing a Ph.D. in Computer Music and Multimedia at Brown University in Providence, RI, USA. Her works have been performed internationally in USA, Mexico, Wales, Germany, Greece, Australia, and China.