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composer , jazz musician

Dary John Mizelle, American composer, educator. Achievements include discovery and explication of multidimensional music.


Mizelle, Dary John was born on June 14, 1940 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States. Son of John Dary and Jeanne Rachel Mizelle.


Mizelle studied trombone (BA California State University, Sacramento) as well as composition (MA University of California, Davis, PhD University of California, San Diego) and while at U.C. Davis participated in the New Music Ensemble (a pioneering free improvisation group that dispensed with scores).


His mentors include: Larry Austin, Richard Swift, Jerome Rosen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, David Tudor, Roger Reynolds, Robert Erickson, Pauline Oliveros, and Kenneth Gaburo. His music involves mastery of instrumental, electronic and vocal resources as well as his own performance on several different instruments and voice. He works in many different genres and media.

His SPANDA project consists of thirteen days of music with a coherent macrostructure, which includes music theater, opera, orchestra works, choral works, electronic music, chamber music, solo instrumental and vocal music as well as combinations and integrations of all these. A prolific composer with works in all media, he has over 450 compositions and 40 jazz tunes. He refers to his music as "multidimensional" in scope and practices his musical art in multiple tuning systems ("macrotonality") and simultaneous tonal, modal and atonal systems ("polyatonality") as well as multiple rhythmic systems (systemic polyrhythm).

His electronic music uses the techniques he refers to as "microsynthesis" (mixing of very short - less than 50 millisecond - elements of different sonic energy components) and "isomorphic synthesis" (the compression of musical macrostructure to the level of waveforms) as well as more conventional techniques such as additive synthesis, granular synthesis and transformation of acoustical sounds. He has held academic appointments at University of South Florida, Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he was head of the Technology In Music And Related Arts (TIMARA) program, and State University of New York at Purchase where he was Chair of the Composition Program. He makes his home in Westchester County, New York since 1979.


  • Achievements include discovery and explication of multidimensional music.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: (music) Radial Energy I and II, 1965-1970, (complex of music compositions) SPANDA, since 1989.


He was an original member of the group that founded SOURCE--music of the avant garde magazine.


  • Other Interests



Married Disi Yu Yang Mizelle, March 13, 2002. Children: Suzette, Adam, Joseph, Agon, Jack.

John Dary

Jeanne Rachel Mizelle

Disi Yu Yang Mizelle

Adam Mizelle

Suzette Mizelle

Jack Mizelle

Agon Mizelle

Joseph Mizelle