Faculty

Scott Cazan · website

Scott Cazan is a Los Angeles based composer, performer, creative coder, and sound artist working in fields such as experimental electronic music, sound installation, chamber music, and software art where he explores cybernetics, aesthetic computing, and emergent forms resulting from human interactions with technology. His work often involves the use of feedback networks where misunderstanding and chaotic elements act as a catalyst for emergent forms in art and music.

Clay Chaplin · website

Clay Chaplin is a composer, programmer and audio engineer from Los Angeles who explores experimental music through audio-visual improvisation, sound synthesis coding, field recording and custom built electronics. Clay’s works have been performed at the Studio for Electro- Instrumental Music (STEIM), the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Elektroakustiche Musik (DEGEM), the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conferences, the EarZoom Sonic Arts Festival (IRZU), the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival and many similar festivals and venues.

Ulrich Krieger · website

Ulrich Krieger is a composer, performer, improviser and experimental rock musician. His main instruments are saxophones, clarinets, didjeridu and electronics. He calls his style of playing ‘acoustic electronics,’ using sounds, that appear to be electronic, but are produced on acoustic instruments and then sometimes electronically treated, blurring the borders between the fields.

Michael Pisaro · website

Michael Pisaro was born in Buffalo in 1961. He is a composer and guitarist, and a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble. He has composed over 80 works for a great variety of instrumental combinations, including several pieces for variable instrumentation. A particularly large category of his works is solo works, notably a series of 36 pieces (grouped into 6 longer works) for the three-year, 156-concert series organized by Carlo Inderhees at the Zionskirche in Berlin-Mitte from 1997-1999. Another solo piece, pi (1-2594), was performed in installments by the composer on 15 selected days in February, 1999, in Evanston, Illinois, and in Düsseldorf in 2000-2001.

Sara Roberts · website

Current interests include group dynamics and group participation, game and text scores, interdisciplinary education, and new models for critique and criticism. Sara Roberts' media installations showed internationally, throughout the 80's and 90's she simulated various aspects of human behavior with computers. More recently she's been developing performative strategies and building simple devices for exploring human dynamics with people. She also teaches in the Center for Integrated Media at CalArts.

David Rosenboom · website

David Rosenboom (b. 1947) is a composer, performer, conductor, interdisciplinary artist, author and educator. Since the 1960s he has explored the spontaneous evolution of musical forms, languages for improvisation, new techniques in scoring for ensembles, multi-disciplinary composition and performance, cross-cultural collaborations, performance art and literature, interactive multi-media and new instrument technologies, generative algorithmic systems, art-science research and philosophy, and extended musical interface with the human nervous system. His work is widely distributed and presented around the world, and he is known as a pioneer in American experimental music.

Laura Steenberge · website

I am a performer, composer and researcher studying connections of sound and language. I create intermedia and site-specific performances and lecture demonstrations, write traditional songs and compose art music that usually involves the voice in one way or another. As a performer, I’m a jack-of-all-trades type: I sing and talk and play contrabass, viola da gamba, piano, guitar, harmonica, as well as a number of simple invented instruments.