Christopher Dobrian

dobrianCHRISTOPHER DOBRIAN 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. Previously he was acting director of the iEAR Studios and the graduate MFA program at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and executive producer of the Electronic Arts Performance 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 on the advisory board of the Electronic Music Foundation, a non-profit organization for the preservation and distribution of electronic music, and is the author of the original technical documentation and tutorials for the Max, MSP, and Jitter programming environments by Cycling ’74. His work in computer music focuses on the development of “artificially intelligent” interactive systems for composition, improvisation, and cognition. Notable works include 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; Mannam (2003) for Korean flute (daegeum) and interactive computer system, premiered at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival; JazzBot (2005) for Yamaha Disklavier piano and computer-controlled musical robots, premiered by Kei Akagi at the Beall Center for Art + Technology; Cycles Interrupted (2006) for soprano, tenor saxophone, piano, and interactive computer sampling system, premiered at the Live Sampling Festival in Greenville, SC; and Gestural (2012) for digital piano and interactive improvising computer system, premiered by Daniel Koppelman at Kino Šiška, in Ljubjlana, Slovenia. Email: