about

I’m a composer living in Langley, a suburb of Vancouver. My day gig is a professor of music and technology at Simon Fraser University‘s School for the Contemporary Arts, where I teach some courses. I’m also the chair of the graduate program there.

I spend a lot of time trying to make my computer help me compose by making it more intelligent. Specifically I’m involved in the notion of metacreation, which is imbuing computers with creative behaviour. I also make robots – designed and built by Ajay Kapur – play my music. NSERC and Canada Council felt my work was worthy of a major New Media Grant. More info on it here. I’ve received some media attention about my work.

I’ve recently been funded to continue work on musebots, which are virtual musical agents that collectively make music together. They have been presented as installations at ICCC, ISEA, Generative Art, NIMESMC, xCoAx, and TIES. We recently put on a show in which humans played with the musebots.

Together with Philippe Pasquier and Australia’s Ollie Bown, I’m one of the ongoing program committee and organizers for MuMe, or Musical Metacreation. We put on workshops, tutorials, concerts, and even edit a Special Issue on Musical Metacreation for ACM Computers in Entertainment. Next up: workshop and concert in Atlanta. MuMe even has a Twitter feed!

I used to write a lot of music for Serge Bennathan‘s Dancemakers.

An older CD of mine, music for Les Arbres d’Or, is available online. I’ve also got a piece on this CD and this one. But who really buys CDs anymore? Almost all of my music is available here.

My one-time alternate persona still has music available online. It received airplay in, of all places, Macedonia, Croatia, Australia, and Michigan (Update: my latest 5/17 royalty check of $1.08 came from radio airplay in Vietnam!) Some of this music is/was available via kolorform records (out of print), as well as on the German netaudio label 2063, the Chicago netlabel stasisfield, two Vancouver net-labels (kikapu and nishi). Writer Marc Weidenbaum of Disquiet went so far as to include Nine Days as one of the albums that changed his life. Huh.

I’m a member of the Canadian League of Composers (CLC), the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), the International Computer Music Association (ICMA),  SOCAN, and an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.
I can’t live without my Mac, (a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 MacBook Pro). I like shiny things, and thus own both an iPhone and several iPads.

I used to play squash way too much (formerly a low “A” level player, once ranked in the top 100 of all squash players in BC), but a serious disc injury stopped my competitive play. Now I play keeper for a +50 Men’s football (soccer) team, and I’m a huge fan of Arsenal FC.

I’ve written a lot of software for the Mac, all using Max/MSP. Check it out here.

Here’s my Wikipedia (!) entry. I had nothing to do with it.

If you can believe it, this site was actually awarded a “Cool Site of the Day!” by Eye Magazine in 1995! Anyone else remember when the web was small enough that one could award something like that? If nothing else, it shows how long this site has been taking up bandwidth. Not only that, but this site seems to have outlived the Magazine…

Here’s my (probably out of date) C.V.

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