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Douglas McCausland

Douglas McCausland is a composer and performer of electroacoustic music currently based out of the Bay Area in California, USA. Fascinated with new sonic territories and processes for creating music, his work engages with the extremes of sound and the digital medium; ultimately, he strives to create visceral music which balances creative exploration with technical nuance. Compositionally, he has focused in recent years almost exclusively on the creation of electronic music for interactive systems and performers, fixed-media, and for hardware-hacked ‘instruments’ and real-time processing.

Julie Zhu

Julie Zhu is a composer and carillonneur. She employs a variety of media, from mural painting and sculpture to performance and video, and collaborates with artists from different fields to create experimental chamber experiences. She has activated living rooms, concert halls, art galleries, bell towers, caves, copses, and once made a tiny house for just one harpsichordist’s body and the keyboard. Her scores range from hair cast in clear resin to temporary tattoos to traditional orchestration. Zhu’s music has been performed by Marco Fusi, Longleash, PROMPTUS, TAK ensemble, among others.

Rodrigo F. Cádiz

Rodrigo F. Cádiz (1972) is a composer, researcher and engineer. He studied composition and electrical engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago and he obtained his Ph.D. in Music Technology from Northwestern University. His compositions, consisting of approximately 40 works, have been presented at several venues and festivals in Latin America, North America and Europe.

François Rose

François Rose received his Bachelor and Master degrees in composition from McGill University, and his Ph.D. from the University of California-San Diego. He also studied with Tristan Murail, at the Institut de Recherche Coordination Acoustique et Musique (IRCAM), and with Gérard Grisey at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

Chris Lortie

Chris Lortie (b.1993) is a composer and computer musician. His compositions regularly involve the use of live electronics as a means of augmenting and disrupting both sonic and visual cues; as such, Chris’s music often explores the subjects of fakery, deception, and hyperrealism in the electroacoustic domain. His pieces are informed by his interests in spatial audio, performance art, theatre, intermedia, gestural interactivity, and improvisation.

Charlie Sdraulig

Charlie Sdraulig composes interactions at perceptual and physical thresholds.

His music has been performed by Gwen Rouger (France) at the SPOR (Denmark) and Ear to the Ground festivals (Belgium), Marco Fusi (Italy), the Spektral quartet (USA), Adam Tendler (USA) at the MATA festival and Rothko Chapel, Weston Olencki (USA), Zubin Kanga (Australia), Distractfold (UK), Apartment House (UK), Ensemble SurPlus at Schloss Solitude (Germany), and the Quiet Music Ensemble (Ireland) among others.

Juan Pampin

Associate Professor of Composition at University of Washington, Seattle and Director of the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media ( DXARTS: dxarts.washington.edu), dedicated to interdisciplinary research in the arts.

Juan Pampin (b. Buenos Aires, 1967) is Associate Professor of composition at University of Washington and founding faculty member of the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) for which he currently serves as Associate Director.

Andrew Watts

Andrew Watts’ works, from chamber and symphonic music to multimedia and electro-acoustic, are actively performed throughout the US and Europe. His compositions have been premiered at world-renowned venues such as Ravinia, the MFA Boston, Jordan Hall, and the Holywell Music Room. In the past few years Mr. Watts has written for top musicians and ensembles including Distractfold Ensemble, RAGE Thormbones, Splinter Reeds, Quince, Line Upon Line Percussion, Tony Arnold, Séverine Ballon, and the LA Percussion Quartet.

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