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
One Who Lives Near the Olive Tree will be performed on the 2019 San Francisco Tape Music Festival.
I've been invited to the University of Nebraska, Omaha to give a lecture and concert of my music as part of their Music and Technology series. Works to be performed include Carillon, alone+easy, One Who Lives Near the Olive Tree, and a new duet improvisation with Cortet and bassist Jeremy Baguyos.
My work Trois Machins de la grâce aimante for VR coretet will be featured at a symposium of game-centric musical works hosted by Marko Ciciliani at the IEM in Graz, Austria. We'll perform the work and it will also serve as a "proposition" for which there will be 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.
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.