Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology
Joint Appointment with Informatics
Christopher Dobrian is Professor of Music (Composition and Technology) with a joint appointment in the Department of Informatics and an affiliation with the graduate program in Art Computation Engineering.
He is the director of the Gassmann Electronic Music Studio and the Realtime Experimental Audio Laboratory (REALab), and is producer/director of the Gassmann Electronic Music Series. He holds a Ph.D. in Composition from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied composition with Joji Yuasa, Robert Erickson, Morton Feldman, and Bernard Rands, and computer music with F. Richard Moore and George Lewis. He is vice president of the Electronic Music Foundation, and is the author of the original technical documentation and tutorials for the Max, MSP, and Jitter programming environments for arts software development. His work in computer music focuses on the development of “artificially intelligent” interactive systems for composition, improvisation, and cognition.
Recent works include the solo CD Artful Devices: Music for Piano and Computers (2000); Microepiphanies: A Digital Opera (2000), a completely computer-controlled performance; Invisible Walls (2001), for dancers, motion tracking system, and computer-controlled synthesizer; Distance Duo (2001), for two computer pianos in remote locations connected via internet; In Tongues (2002), for flute and interactive computer system (premiered by virtuoso James Newton in Havana); and Mannam (2003), for Korean flute (daegeum) and interactive computer system (premiered at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival).