I'm a member of the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) located in Troy, New York. Within the Department of Arts I teach courses focused on the integration of music and technology, as well as courses within the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) program focused on music, gaming and simulation.
My research interests encompass elements of composition, electronic music, interactivity, cognition, sonification, network performance, gaming and virtual reality. In short, I'm interested in digging deeper into the ways in which we create, control, listen to and understand sound and music.
teaching @ rpi
IEEE Computing Now
Along with Anil Camci I served as Guest Editor of Volume 49, Special Issue #1 of the Journal of New Music Research entitled "Audio-first VR: New Perspectives on Musical Experiences in Virtual Environments." Focusing on artistic and scientific research about and around the issue of audio's primary role in the creation and understanding of virtual reality software and environments, the issue also features our contribution "Audio-first VR: Imagining the Future of Virtual Environments for Musical Expression". (link
Trois Machins de la Grâce Aimante
was performed at the 14th annual International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR 2019)
in Marseille, France.
One Who Lives Near The Olive Tree was performed at CCRMA Modulations 2019 at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.
Elegy (Ready, Set, Rapture)
was performed at CCRMA Transitions 2019 on October 3, 2019 at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. (video
Along with Chrysi Nanou I gave a Coretet demonstration and a poster entitled "Collaborative Musical Performance Practice, Gesture and Interaction in Virtual and Real Spaces” at the University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, UK for Tacit Engagement in the Digital Age
: A joint conference by the 'Re-'Interdisciplinary Network (CRASSH) and the AI & Society Journal. (.pdf
The paper "Trois Machins de la Grâce Aimante
: a Virtual Reality String Quartet" was presented at the 2019 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2019) in New York City, New York, USA. (.pdf
Ready, Set, Rapture for the Coretet VR doublebass was performed by Jeremy Baguyos at the 2019 ISB (International Society of Bassists) Conference at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana.
Trois Machins de la Grâce Aimante (Mvt. II)
for VR string coretet was featured at the GAPPP symposium of game-centric musical works at the Mumuth, Ligeti Hall in Graz, Austria. The work was performed and also served as the "proposition" for which there were presented two separate "responses", one artistic - in the shape of a new musical work composed by Pedro Gonzales Fernandez in response to the Coretet - and one analytic, in the form of a lecture by Costantino Oliva. more...
With Anil Camcil I hosted a workshop at the 2019 IEEE VR Conference
in Osaka, Japan entitled "The Future of Audio for VR". More information @ http://favr2019.github.io
. Coretet ran as a demo on the 25th and 26th and the Coretet overview video was featured throughout the conference.
I visited the University of Nebraska, Omaha to give a lecture and concert of my music as part of their Music and Technology series. There I performed Carillon, alone+easy, One Who Lives Near the Olive Tree, and a new work Ready.Set.Rapture. for Coretet doublebass with bassist Jeremy Baguyos.
One Who Lives Near the Olive Tree was performed on the 2019 San Francisco Tape Music Festival at the 16th Street Victoria Theater in San Francisco, CA, USA..
I was invited as the Special Guest Composer for the 2018 Ecos Urbanos Festival
in Mexico City, Mexico. Trois Machins de la grâce aimante (mvt. II)
for virtual string quartet and the Coretet VR instrument was performed at the Escuela Superior de Música in the SUM (Salón de Usos Múltiples), Avenida Río Churubusco 79, Country Club, Coyoacán, Ciudad de México, at 8pm. [concert link
was performed at the Electroacoustic Barndance Festival at Jacksonville University, in Jacksonville, Florida (http://eabarndance.com/
) on concert 5 in the Terry Concert Hall.
Trois Machins de la grâce aimante (mvt. II)
for virtual string quartet and the new Coretet VR instrument was premiered at the IEM in Graz as part of the GAPPP research initiative headed up by Marko Ciciliani.
More information/video: https://youtu.be/cgODPY90pAU
Pianist Chrysi Nanou performed 108 Troubles
for piano, disklavier and speaker array at ICMC 2018
in Daegu, Korea.
I gave a weeklong "Designing Musical Games" workshop at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City.
Pianist Chrysi Nanou performed 108 Troubles
for piano, disklavier and speaker array in two concerts at NIME 2018
at Virginia Tech in the CUBE
, within the Moss Arts Center.
Along with Anil Camci
I organized and ran the "Audio-First VR" workshop at NIME 2018
at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Abstracts and more information can be found at audio1stvr.github.io
I performed an improvisation alongside Jonas Braasch and Justin Yang in an acoustic model of Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening cistern as part of the NowNet Arts Conference
As part of the NowNet Arts Conference
"Network Music: Artistic and Technological Strategies for Public and Private Networks" at the Institute for Advanced Computational Science (IACS) at Stony Brook University, Ensemble Nonlinear
traveled to Long Island, New York to perform a network duet with performers at the University of Michigan under the direction of John Granzow.
For ICMC 2017
in Shanghai, China, I presented three papers co-written with Rensselaer Faculty and graduate students: "Musical Sonification of High-Frequency Lighting" with Cem Cakmak, "madBPM: A Modular Multimodal Environment for Data-Driven Composition And Sonification" with Kelly Fox and Jeremy Stewart, and "Interactive Music and Media @ Rensselaer: Studio Report 2017" with Curtis Bahn.
One Who Lives Near The Olive Tree
for 8-channel ChucK-degraded processor was premiered at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY. The work was composed in memory of our former colleague Pauline Oliveros.
( NYCEMF 2017)
"Historical Virtualization: Analog and Digital Concerns in the Recreation, Modeling and Preservation of Contemporary Piano Repertoire" co-written with Chrysi Nanou, was published in Leonardo Music Journal, Issue 27, pp. 27-31, doi: 10.1162/LMJ_a_01004
( MIT Press)
was awarded "Best Piece: Americas Regional award" at ICMC 2016 in Utrecht, Netherlands. The work was performed at TivoliVredenburg's Hertz concert hall on Wed. evening, September 14. On that same day, our paper "Gesture-based Collaborative Virtual Reality Performance in Carillon" was presented as a talk.
( video, paper )
for piano and wavefield speaker array was premiered at Rensselaer's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC
As an installation, the work ran for two weeks in EMPAC's Studio 1: Goodman Studio/Theater, followed by on September 2, a live performance of the work performed by pianist Chryssie Nanou
( video )
alone+easy was performed at CUBEfest, a two-day festival celebrating VA Tech's new multi-channel sound space "The Cube" in the Moss Arts Center.
At NIME 2016 in Brisbane, Shawn Lawson and I performed a digital version of Owego System Trade Routes
using a new PD-based algorave patch.