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July 29, 2010

Inaugural "Alys Sound" Event Scheduled for Labor Day Weekend

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 4, and plan to attend “Alys Sound.”

This unique musical event will be hosted in conjunction with an art show at the red loggia at Caliza, tentatively featuring the artwork of Steve Penley (  

The event will be open to the public, and a cash bar will be available.

A brief schedule of events is outlined below, and more details will be posted soon.

  • (4 p.m.) Appetizer menu available at Caliza
  • (4 to 6 p.m.) Music in the Pedestrian Path
  • (4 to 7 p.m.) Music and Art Exhibit in Loggia at Caliza

August 10, 2010

'Alys Sound' Event Scheduled for Labor Day Weekend

Relax as Art Imitates Life Through the Natural Sounds of Alys Beach

Alys Beach, FL - (August 10, 2010) – In celebration of Labor Day weekend, Alys Beach, in conjunction with Escape to Create, is proud to host ‘Alys Sound’ on Saturday, September 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. along the pedestrian path. In addition, live jazz will be performed by Sean Dietrich ( from 5 to 8 p.m. at Caliza, with artwork by Steve Penley ( being featured at Caliza Pool.

Dr. Charles Norman Mason - creator of ‘Alys Sound’ and Escape to Create ( artist-in-residence - teaches composition at Birmingham-Southern College and in the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. For a number of years, Mason has explored an area of interest he calls Music for Porous Architecture. He has written a number of pieces contemplating what it means to take into consideration the architectural space within which the work would appear.

 “As we were walking down the street or pathway in Alys Beach, I noticed that there are many beautiful sounds,” said Mason. “From the dry wispy sound of wind blowing through the palm trees to the water gurgling from pet watering fountains, ‘Alys Sound’ will use those natural sounds to create aural beauty that complements the natural sound of the passageway and encourages pedestrians to slow down as they are walking the path so they might observe more of the visual and aural beauty.”

 The concept of Alys Sound employs six musicians who will merge with pre-recorded music/sound from eight speakers. The live musicians will provide a beautiful, contemplative, sonorous sound that will naturally produce canonic textures as a result of distance. For example, if two musicians are performing the same music, but are separated by distance, the result will sound, to a listener, as if the distant musician is echoing the nearer musician. The pre-recorded portions will consist of music that interacts with the live musicians and create beautiful sonorities derived from local sounds such as waves, shells and wind. 

 Many of the ideas will have their parallel with architecture. For example, just as an architect uses visual space to affect the flow of people through a house, music will be used to affect the flow of people through a space. The music will also be used to draw people to special spots that they may overlook otherwise, or to define large spaces, just as a designer might use a sculpture at the end of each street to define the visual space.

 Mason has received many awards for his compositions including the American Composers Orchestra “Playing it Unsafe” prize, the 2005 Rome Prize, the Premi Internacional de Composició Musical Ciutat de Tarragona Orchestra Music prize, and a National Endowment of the Arts Individual Artist Award. His music is published by Living Artist Publishing and is available on ten different compact disc recordings. For further information about Dr. Mason, please visit,


One of the most beautiful new towns in the world, Alys Beach is located on Scenic Highway 30A in Florida's panhandle, along what The New York Times said "may be the best beach in the continental U.S." The resort town's extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, Alys Beach will be home to 900 villas and courtyard homes, as well as restaurants, parks, shops and other resort amenities. Alys Beach is the first Fortified...for Safer Living® community in the world, and all homes are built to Florida's Green Home Designation Standard. For home sales or vacation rental information, please call 866-481-8387 or visit


Established in 1993 as an artist residency program, Escape to Create's mission is to foster the creation of art that teaches and inspires by offering artists a supportive environment for creative work and to further the appreciation of the arts as an integral part of community life.Escape to Create is supported by a vibrant community that celebrates artistic endeavor through residencies,literary conferences, theatrical events, lectures, exhibitions and school visitations throughout the year. For more information, contact Malayne DeMars, 850-534-0000,

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