Eric BELGIUM (USA)
Eric Belgium (1961, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) – writer, lingua-artist, musician. In 1979-83 he studied Literature and Music Theory at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). After graduating from the University and getting a bachelor’s degree, he continued his education at the MacPhail School of Music (Piano Avant-Garde, 1983-84), Eastman School of Music (Computer Music, 1985). In 1987 he graduated from the University of Minnesota (MA, Mathematical Linguistics, Logic, and Philosophy of Language). In his theoretical and practical activities Belgium has focused his attention on the piano music of the second half of the XXth century (solo performance of works by Stockhausen, Takemitsu, Webern, Pousser and others, MacPhail Center for the Arts, 1984; delivering lectures on the contemporary culture, MacPhail School of Music, 1984). Studies of the computer music and linguistics have brought Belgium to working in the experimental sphere of audio and lingua-art, action poetry and sound performance. Alongside the mentioned activities he actively publishes prose productions – stories, tales, novels. He is the author of the following books: Star Fiction (St.Paul: Detour Press, 1996), Human Death Not Meant To Be Part Of The Sport (Morris: Standing Lemons Press, 1996) and others. Extracts from his novels have been published in a large number of literary magazines and miscellanies, including the following ones: Arbella (Brunswick, #5, 1989), Photostatic (Iowa City, #36-38, 1989), Central Park (New York, 1990), Paper Radio (Seattle, #8, 1990; #9, 1991), Avec (Penngrove, #6, 1993) – extracts from the novel “Human Death Not Meant To Be Part Of The Sport;” Bad Newz (New York, #13, 1989), Brat (New York, #5, 1989), Zing-magazine (New York, 1996) – extracts from the novel “The Man Who Could Talk;” Black Ice Magazine (Boulder, 1996), Lingo (Boston, 1996) – extracts from the novel “Yes! Siam!!” Since 1995 Belgium has regularly published stories in various magazines in the USA, including such as Black Ice (Belmont), Chicago Review (Chicago), Red Bass (New Orlean), Lost and Found Times (Columbus), Caliban (Ann Arbor), Central Park (New York), Stanford Humanities Review (Stanford) and others. He has released a number of productions in the CD-format, among them are the following ones: Dick Tracy All Over His Body (Santa Fe: Aerial, #4, 1992), Life’s Big Dreamhouse (Sonic Circuits, American Composers’ Forum, #4, 1996), Phoneme (Walker Art Center, 1999), Blodder (Innova Ed., American Composers’ Forum, 1999) and others. Belgium’s audio productions were broadcast on radio stations in various countries, including such as ABC (Australia), BBC (Great Britain), CBC (Canada), Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany), New American Radio (USA), Der Concertzender (Holland), Radio LORA (Switzerland), National Radio of Argentina (Argentina). His productions were performed at various international festivals, including such as Sonic Residues Festival (Australia), Sonic Circuits Festival (USA), New Music Across America (USA), BONK! Festival (Finland) and others. Complimentary opinions about Belgium’s productions are published by the American Book Review, Paris New Music Review, New York Press, Paris Transatlantic and many others, the information about his creative activities can be found in the Dictionary of the Avant-Garde (Capella Press, 1994). Eric Belgium lives and works in Shafer (Minnesota, USA).