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Nov 2022 Parsec Meeting

Saturday, November 19th, 2022  
Squirrel Hill Carnegie LibraryRoom B 
12:30-3:30pm Program Begins at 1:00 pm

You can also join us via ZOOM. Meeting  Registration

This month, we welcome William Stankay. Bill is a musician, composer & sound designer specializing in atmospheric music production. His creative output flows into multiple streams, utilizing innovative sound architecture to shape the sonic landscapes in his work.

We encourage attendance in person (for best experience) or via ZOOM live, because the sections Bill will share from his documentary cannot be recorded for future viewing at this time.

Bill’s original projects include the environmentally-inspired Earthtones, first developed in the remote Arctic region of Svalbard, Iceland, and Alaska. He is currently working in his Sunfall studios on the debut Earthtones album and an accompanying documentary film, centered around the process of recording life on Earth from various locations around the world and extracting the naturally-occurring music within them as the foundation of new songs and score.

In the summer of 2012, William Stankay traveled to the Arctic region of Svalbard to develop an environmentally-inspired music experience featuring the mysterious sounds of Arctic wildlife seamlessly blended with his own musical interpretation of the remote archipelago.

In 2013, he was awarded with an Artist Opportunity Grant from the Pittsburgh Arts Council to help fund the release of a debut album containing songs created using his customized Earth-based instrumentation.

The goal of the Earthtones series is to connect people to their environment and surroundings through sound and music, exploring the dynamics of life on Earth and the ways that humans and nature interact, collaborate and conflict. ​

The debut albums in the Earthtones series are slated for release in 2023, along with a documentary that shows the field recording process in various parts of the world during the development of the project.

To hear his work as a composer & sound designer for the film & advertising industries, visit the Scoring page on Bill’s website.

During the Nov meeting, nominations for the Parsec Meeting Committee for 2023 will be open!

ANYONE can volunteer or make a nomination (with the individuals permission) during the Nov 19th meeting. Parsec members can send an email to:*
Nominations will be announced during the Nov 19th meeting.
Voting will take place in December. Winners will be announced during the annual holiday party in December.

Nominations will open for Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary. (Co-chair position is allowed and encouraged)

Chair (or co-chair) responsibilities include, planning monthly meetings, inviting guests to speak during monthly meetings, organizing and implementing the meetings, coordinating meeting space with the Library, managing the Zoom option for monthly meetings.

Vice Chair responsibilities include: Filling in for the chair should the chair not be available or able to fulfil their responsibilities, additional support for the chair when needed and providing ice during in person social functions.

Secretary responsibilities include: Taking the monthly meeting minutes and providing those minutes in a timely manner to the newsletter* editor.

*NOTE: We are also in need of a dedicated newsletter editor. A newsletter platform, email address and support staff will be provided.

New ideas and new energy are always welcome!

* is a member only email service. If you would like to become a member of Parsec, please use our online membership form to sign up and help support all the great programming Parsec provides every year for the past 30+ years!

Library masking rules:  Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated: Wear a Mask. Fully Vaccinated: Masking is Optional. Masks required at all times in Children’s Area.

Coming in December:

There will be a PARSEC Christmas Party! This year we will be returning to an in-
person Christmas party,

MARK THE DATE! Saturday December 17th
Time: 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Parsec Member Greg Armstrong’s house.

Watch for an updated announcement following the Nov monthly meeting.