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Dr. Linda Antas is a composer, arts technologist, flutist, and educator. Her compositions have been broadcast and performed around the world, appearing at numerous festivals and venues including the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the Cittá di Udine International Composition Competition (Taukay Edizioni Musicali), Electronic Music Midwest, Jornadas de Informática y Electrónica Musical (Madrid), the International Summer Meeting of Electroacoustic Music (Sarvar, Hungary), Ciclo de Música Contemporánea, Malpartida de Cáceres, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, the Phonos Foundation (Barcelona), Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival, the Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival, the Santa Fe International Festival of Electroacoustic Music, and Bumbershoot (Seattle). Her work has been recognized by the Musica Nova International Competition of Electroacoustic Music, the Fulbright Foundation, the Bourges Electroacoustic Composition Competition, and she has received commissions from the International Computer Music Association and various internationally-renowned performers. As a flutist, she has performed at the National Flute Association Convention, the Phonos Foundation’s “Instrumental-Electroacoustica Festival”, the Seattle Chamber Players’ “Icebreaker Festival”, and performed Elliot Carter's Esprit Rude / Esprit Doux with clarinetist Eric Mandat in celebration of the composer's 100th birth year. Her works are published on the Ablaze, TauKay, Centaur, EMS, Ablaze, and Media Café labels. She regularly collaborates with visual and sound artists and scientists for creative and educational projects. Her current research involves audiovisual works, real-time interactive signal processing, and physical computing. She serves on the faculty of Montana State University, teaching music technology, interdisciplinary multimedia courses, and composition, and is currently Vice President for Membership of SEAMUS. She earned degrees from the University of Washington (Doctor of Musical Arts) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Master of Music and Bachelor of Music). In addition to (and sometimes in combination with) musical activities, she spends time in the wilderness and practices Buddhism. For more information, please visit



Iridescent (from Latin iris 'rainbow') Displaying a spectrum of luminous colors that shimmer and change due to interference and scattering as the observer's viewing angle changes. Pearls, beetles, butterflies, cuttlefish and other cephalopods, hummingbirds, bornite, bismuth, soap bubbles, opals, DVDs and oil on wet pavement all exhibit iridescence caused by redirected light. Coloration caused by micro- or nano-structures is referred to as "structural color" and is a common cause of iridescence in the natural world. I was fascinated by the diverse manifestations of iridescence in nature and by the physics of iridescence, which links color and structure. I was also struck by the poetry of it: it is only by looking at something from different angles that we fully appreciate its beauty and complexity. Iridescence contains textures that shimmer, or that were created with processes that parallel the diverse directions, angles, and fluctuations that produce iridescence.