Composer Katarina Miljkovic investigates interaction between science, music and nature through collaborative musical performance. This interest led her to the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot’s essay The Fractal Geometry of Nature and self-similar complex structures resulting in the cycle, Forest, “…a dreamy piece, along the lines of Feldman or Brown…entirely captivating” (Signal to Noise).
In collaboration with Wolfram Research, Miljkovic has been working on sound mapping of the elementary rules from Stephen Wolfram’s New Kind of Science. She presented her exploration in this new field at Brown University, NKS conferences in 2004, Waltham, MA, Wolfram Technology Conference 2005, Champaign, Illinois, NKS 2006, Washington, D.C., NKS 2007, University of Vermont, The Musical and Scientific Legacies of Iannis Xenakis, 2006, Toronto and, the International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music, MCM 2007, Berlin. Her generative music has been described as “a refined, hypnotic dream” (Danas) “a work of musical and visual slow-motion with only a few delicately elaborated musical metaphors” (Radio Belgrade). Her recent collaborative projects include works with Theater Dah, Belgrade, director Vlada Petric, Harvard University, choreographers Dawn Kramer and Stephen Buck, composer Gene Coleman and sho performer Ko Ishikawa, Japan.
Miljkovic has been a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music, since 1997.