Peter Koniuto is a creative recordist, composer,
and the founder of the Red Sun Soundroom,
a project studio in upstate New York.
He enjoys helping others bring their music
to life in the Soundroom and is currently
involved in several musical collaborations.
As a solo composer, Koniuto focuses mostly
on electroacoustic music and has a special
interest in octophonic (8-channel) installations
as well as cinematic scoring.
Noted compositions include Fata Morgana,
which was composed for the RainWave Project
and had its concert world premiere at the
Film Theatre Orion in Helsinki; Past Andromeda,
an installation inspired by a Vermont planetarium
and premiered at the Annual Music Beyond Performance
Concert at the University of the Pacific's
Conservatory of Music; and Soluna,
which was written for the Illuminations Festival
at City Hall in Somerville, Massachusetts.
"The composer guides us in our perception
of sound and how we let it into our lives,"
he says. "Music presents a multitude
of angles from which to hear sound, giving
us new ways to listen. My method of composing
involves taking groups of sounds – some
long-known and familiar, others newly discovered
– and presenting them in a way that
allows the listener to participate, to play
an integral role in the imagining."
Peter Koniuto remains an avid percussionist
and is the creator and host of regular Listening
Salons. He is a member of the World Forum
for Acoustic Ecology.