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BELL, Shawn (Québec)
Shawn Bell is a composer, educator, and new media professional dedicated to creativity. He is particularly interested in constructionist approaches to new media education and especially how human computer interaction and complexity theory enhance the creative process and product in the arts.
As a guitarist, Mr. Bell has performed solo, in small ensembles, and in collaboration with dancers, theatre troupes and the Concordia Electroacoustic Composers' Group.
As a guitar teacher, Mr. Bell began composing pieces targeting the specific technical and musical needs of his students. By 1989, several of his pieces had been selected by The Royal Conservatory of Music for its Graded Guitar Curriculum. Today, he is the most represented composer in its Introductory Repertoire and Studies volume.
Among Mr. Bell's many instrumental compositions, "Currents I" and "Currents II" have been featured on William Beauvais' CD Traces (1995), performed at national and international festivals and heard on North American and European radio.
Mr. Bell's compositions have been used in film and television. He composed the electroacoustic sound track for Michael Crochetiere's film, Subterranean Passage which premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival (1999) and has since won numerous awards including Best Experimental Film at the Nashville Independent Film Festival, Niagara Indie Film Festival, and Hardacre Festival.
Related to film, Mr. Bell has co-written the screenplay, You Are Here, with Henry Sarwer-Foner (Director, This Hour Has 22 Minutes), which has won a development grant from the Harold Greenberg foundation in 2003.
Mr. Bell received a FACTOR international distribution grant for Voices From The Edge of Chaos (1998), his CD of self-organizing computer music. He was subsequently awarded a residency at Lovebytes Labs in Sheffield, England (1999) to produce an audio composition for its Digital Space CD and CD ROM publication of "innovative new work using digital sound and multimedia".
Mr. Bell has taught the creative arts from kindergarten to college, as well as teacher training workshops. He is currently teaching web design, game design, video editing, digital audio and computer music at Dawson College in Montreal.
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