Presenters & Performers

Brian Belet

Brian Belet lives in Campbell, California, with his partner and wife Marianne Bickett. He performs with the ensemble SoundProof using Kyma, viola, and bass. He has composed with Kyma since 1990. Belet’s music is recorded on the Centaur, Capstone, Frog Peak Music, IMG Media, Innova, SWR Music/Hänssler Classic, and the University of Illinois CD labels; with research published in Contemporary Music Review, Organised Sound, Perspectives of New Music, and Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference. To finance this real world Dr. Belet works as Professor of Music at San Jose State University. (

Jon Bellona

Jon Bellona is an intermedia artist/composer specializing in digital technologies. (

Jon’s music and intermedia work have been shown internationally including KISS (Kyma International Sound Symposium); SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States); IMAC (Interactive Media Arts Conference); SLEO (Symposium on Laptop Ensembles and Orchestras); with special performances at CCRMA (Palo Alto, CA). Jon is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Music at the University of Virginia and is part of the art collective, Harmonic Laboratory (

Jim Brashear

Jim Brashear swears he is finishing his dissertation on performance and technology (Kyma in particular!) for NYU’s Performance Studies program this year. No, really. In the meantime, he is watching San Francisco go crazy pants.

Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh

Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh is the Associate Professor of Oboe at the University of Montana. She joined the UM School of Music after ten successful years of teaching at Luther College and at Central Michigan University. Ms. Cavanaugh is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist and is a member of the Amiche Duo with mezzo-soprano Kimberly Gratland James. She frequently performs solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, and she is currently the principal English horn player with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as the principal oboist with the String Orchestra of the Rockies, the Montana Lyric Opera, and as acting principal oboist with several other orchestras throughout the Midwest and Northwest. While at Central Michigan University, Ms. Cavanaugh was a member of the Powers Woodwind Quintet. She can be heard on their July 2011 release, which features “Gems” for the Woodwind Quintet. Ms. Cavanaugh has performed at several International Double Reed Society Conferences as well as the Midwest Clinic, multiple College Music Society Conferences, and several state conferences. Dr. Cavanaugh is passionate about commissioning new music for the oboe. Recent commissions/world premiere performances include works by Christopher Stark, Kieren MacMillan, and Neil Flory. Her teachers include Rebecca Henderson, James Brody, and Tad Margelli and her degrees are from the University of Washington, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Central Washington University.

Joel Chadabe

Joel Chadabe, composer, author, is an internationally recognized pioneer in the development of interactive music systems. He has performed at the Venice Biennale, Wellington Festival (New Zealand), New Music America, Inventionen (Berlin), IRCAM (Paris), Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Electronic Music Festival (Stockholm), and other venues and festivals worldwide. He is the author of Electric Sound, a comprehensive history of electronic music. HIs articles have been published in leading journals. His music has been recorded on EMF Media and other labels. He has received fellowships and grants from NEA, New York State Council on the Arts, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Fulbright Commission, and other organizations, and he is the recipient of the SEAMUS 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Chadabe is currently Professor Emeritus at State University of New York; visiting faculty at New York University; founder of Ear to the Earth and New Music World; and president of Intelligent Arts.

Franz Danksagmüller

Franz Danksagmüller studied Organ, Church Music, Composition and Electronic Music.

He won several prizes at international organ competitions and in 1994 he was honoured with the “Würdigungspreis des Bundesministeriums für Wissenschaft und Forschung” prize from the Republic of Austria.

1995 until 2003 he was assistant of Michael Radulescu at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

From 1999 to 2005 he was organist and composer at the cathedral of St. Pölten.

He is internationally active not only as a performer but also as a teacher in workshops and masterclasses.

He has played with numerous renowned orchestras and ensembles as the Wiener Symphoniker, the Camerata Salzburg, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Orchestra of Birmingham, the Hamburger Symphoniker, the RSO Wien, the ensemble “Die Reihe” and the Arnold Schönberg Choir and has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Schønwandt, Erwin Ortner and Ton Koopmann.

Since 2005 he is Professor for Organ and Improvisation at the Academy of Music in Lübeck.

His compositions include chamber music, music for organ, choir and electronic, music for theater pieces, silent films and a passion.

Among his projects were numerous performances with music for silent films in Europe and Asia in various instrumentations, crossover-projects with the vocalist Lauren Newton, the projects “bux21” on themes by Dietrich Buxtehude with the saxophonist Bernd Ruf and “Mozart deconstructed” with the composer Karlheinz Essl, an improvisation project with the cellist Dave Eggar (New York) via the internet, performances of his works in the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the “Filmmusiktage” in Halle, the Elgar Concert Hall in Birmingham, compositions for the International Buxtehude Organ Competition as well as a performance for Orchestra, live-electronics and voice with the conductor Martin Haselböck and the Hollywood actor John Malkovich.

Kristin Erickson

Kristin Grace Erickson performs, composes and records under the name Kevin Blechdom and in her band Blectum from Blechdom. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts and both her B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in electronic music from Mills College. Kristin is the Technical Coordinator for the Digital Arts and New Media program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Churan Feng

Churan Feng is a composer, sound designer, and graduate student studying music technology with Jeffrey Stolet at the University of Oregon. Read more about Churan.

Matthew Galvin

Matthew Galvin produces digital content that has been featured in television, film, and live performances including international sports and entertainment, commercial productions and artistic projects. He has also designed and built several production and distribution studios throughout California and the Southwest. Matthew’s academic background is in Art History, History of Consciousness, Electronic Music, and Film and Video from U.C. Santa Cruz.

Ella Gant

Ella Gant graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988 with a specialization in the (then) non-traditional area of performative video installation, working under the mentorship of internationally respected film installation artist, William Lundberg. Gant joined the Hamilton faculty in 1991 and continues to explore intersections among established traditions and contemporary practices in the arts and education. She was a 2011 named Fellow in Digital/Electronic Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace/Artist Book Collection and Texas Folklife Resources. Her work has been shown at national and international venues including Exit Art, New York City; the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California; Great Hall, Washington, D.C.; and at the Berlin, London, Melbourne, Los Angeles and San Francisco GLBT International film festivals.

Marinos Giannoukakis

Born in Athens in 1979, Marinos Giannoukakis studied electrical/electronic engineering in Manchester. His studies continued in Keele and in Ionio University, where he attained a Masters in Sound Composition and Technologies. He is currently studying as a post graduate student, awarded with a PhD scholarship in De Monfort University at the Music Technology Innovation Research Center, his current research supervisors are Dr. Bret Battey, Prof.John Young and Dr. Dylan Menzies.

His research area focuses on “Creation of Complex Realtime, Nonlinear Narratives by Means of Current 3D Game Technologies and Realtime Sound Analysis and Synthesis Systems”. As part of his practice based research, is developing an ‘algorithm’ for composing in multimodal environments called ‘transconsistent’ composition, and is based on systemic analysis of the act of composing, merging, causal analysis techniques, Ontologies, and conceptual blending in order to construct ‘narrative meaning and coherence’ in the artworks.

Glen Hall

Glen Hall is a Canadian composer/improviser/multi-instrumentalist. He intended to become a professor of literature and wrote his thesis on William Burroughs’ use of the cut-up technique. But as a jazz saxophonist, he sat in with Duke Ellington’s musicians, who told him he should seriously pursue music. Studies at Berklee College, then at Darmstadt with Gyorgy Ligeti and Mauricio Kagel, a recording collaboration with Gil Evans, albums with JoAnne Brackeen, Roswell Rudd and Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo and many others are parts of his diverse background. He taught Communications at universities and colleges while leading free jazz, improvising chamber and sound art groups in Toronto. Since the early 1970s, he has wanted bring free jazz and electroacoustic sound together. Kyma is now an important part of his artistic synthesis.

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Madison Heying

Madison Heying is currently working on her Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on 20th-21st century electronic and experimental music. She is particularly interested in the interplay between how technology shapes musical and compositional practices, and conversely, how musicians and composers have crafted, manipulated, and utilized technology to suit their creative aims. Her current research centers almost exclusively on the work of women.

Greg Hunter

Greg Hunter is a Composer / Engineer from the UK with 25 years experience in a broad range of sound work.

Simon Hutchinson

Simon Hutchinson’s work incorporates his experience in diverse musical styles from across the world. Drawing especially from jazz, the avant-garde, the Baroque, and the traditions of Japan, Korea, and Indonesia, Hutchinson creates music and intermedia works that explore themes of modernity, technology, and global community.

Hutchinson’s compositions have been performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, including at various music festivals and conferences of both instrumental focus–such as the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) Conference, the International Clarinet Association’s (ICA) ClarinetFest, and the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conference–and intermedia focus–such as the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference, the Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS), the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music US (SEAMUS) Conference, and Miso Music Portugal.

Hutchinson holds a PhD in Composition with supporting coursework in Intermedia Music Technology from the University of Oregon, where he was named the Outstanding Graduate Scholar in Music. Notable composition teachers include Jeffrey Stolet, Robert Kyr, David Crumb, Hi Kyung Kim, David Cope, and Peter Elsea. Additionally, Hutchinson spent several years in Japan studying shamisen (three-stringed lute) and Japanese Folk Music with virtuoso Sato Chouei and shakuhachi (vertical bamboo flute) with Master Sato Chikuen.

İlker Işıkyakar

İlker Işıkyakar studied Civil Engineering and City Planning in another life! Upon graduating from Istanbul Technical University, he worked in multimedia for several years and moved to Boston to pursue his passion for music and the drums. In Boston, he earned a degree in Music Production and Sound Engineering from Berklee College of Music and then relocated to New York City, where he has not only composed, performed, taught and produced music, but has pursued Kyma Programming Environment Studies at NYU and Film Editing at The Edit Center. He currently runs his own finishing house Cloud 18 Productions, Inc., with his spouse, Zoe. Since 2012, Cloud 18 Productions, Inc. ( has been active within the vibrant world of Kyma, including collaborating and presenting at the Kyma International Sound Symposium.

Jim Joyce

James B. Joyce received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a second major in Communication Arts from Allegheny College in 1997. In 2004 Jim successfully defended his Master of Fine Arts from Northwestern University’s Radio/TV/Film department. Currently he serves as an Assistant Teaching Professor at Montana State University’s School of Film & Photography. Jim’s personal work skews toward interpretations of love, ranging from mature to platonic to anxious. Currently Jim is finishing The Cookie Bridesmaid, a short film.

David Kant

David Kant is a composer and performer based in Santa Cruz, CA. His work is interested in the intersection of art, music, and computation, and explores the music of chaotic circuit networks, the soundscapes of bioluminescent phytoplankton, and machine deconstructions of his favorite songs. He is the bandleader of The Happy Valley Band as well as a co-organizer of Indexical, a composer-run record label and producing organization dedicated to supporting work outside of mainstream contemporary music institutions.

Kathy Kasic

Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Kathy Kasic was an internationally published biologist, researching the nocturnal behavior of a frog species found only in the Amazon. On the faculty of Montana State University, Kathy’s film work has been featured on National Geographic, BBC, PBS, and Discovery Channel and has received accolades at numerous film festivals. Her recent installation, Enter the Wind, won two awards at the 2014 University Film and Video Association conference and is currently exhibiting at art galleries. Kasic’s latest film, Loose Horses (2015), is a feature-length documentary about unwanted horses that are sold for horsemeat at a livestock auction.

Kiyoung Lee

Kiyoung Lee is a composer, electronic artist and violinist whose work focuses on composition with sound computation systems and experimental music performance based on contemporary music, jazz, and music technology environment. He holds degrees in violin performance and music technology from Hanyang University, Mannes College The New School for Music and New York University. Currently, he is an associate professor in the department of contemporary music and technology at Dankook University in Cheonan, Korea where he was awarded the Best Teaching Award in 2010. He is also a co-founder of the experimental electronic music group, 1R.

Mei-ling Lee

Composer Mei-Ling Lee’s work integrates contemporary and twentieth-century western music with traditional Chinese and eastern forms. Her work regularly draws from pre-nineteenth century and ancient Chinese poetry. She received her Ph.D. degree in Composition with supporting area in Intermedia Music Technology from the University of Oregon.

At the University of Oregon she studied under Dr. Jeffrey Stolet, Dr. Robert Kyr, and Dr. David Crumb. Mei-ling is currently instructor of music at Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon.

Theo Lipfert

Filmmaker and professor from NYC now living the dream in Montana. Fulbright scholar to the African Island of Mauritius in 2011-12. Coordinator of MFA Program in Science & Natural History Filmmaking at MSU Bozeman. Interested in electronic music and composition, RAW video, still photography, performance, Live Cinema and more.

Anna Lum

Anna Lum teaches Tai Chi (since 1973). She evolved from computer programming to poetry/design. The Urge to Play God, published by MoonShadow Press led to performing her poetry nationally and internationally. Volunteering excessively on numerous arts boards she was named St. Louis Woman of Achievement in cultural awareness in 2002.

John Mantegna

John Mantegna received his BM and MM degrees from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, where he studied classical guitar with Aaron Shearer. He also studied flute and electronic/computer music while at Peabody, and composition with Lee Mitchell. Subsequently, he earned an MS degree in computer science from the Johns Hopkins University and pursued a career in computing, specializing in music technology. His current interests and activities include all of the above.

Silvia Matheus

Silvia Matheus is a composer, video producer and teacher, native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she first received her musical training.

Ms. Matheus’ music focuses on interactive improvisation with computers, electronics, and instrumental ensemble. Her artistic experiments involve collaboration with visual artists and performers using computers and electronics in acting, filming, dancing, visuals, and multi-kinetic art sculptures. She graduated from Mills College, Oakland, California, with a Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Music and Recording Media, and attended classes and seminars in interactive music and performance at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) under direction of David Wessel. Ms. Matheus most influential teacher was Hans Koellreutter, São Paulo, Brazil where she received her first musical training. As an independent composer, her works have been performed national and nationally and internationally – the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC): HongKong , Canada, Japan, Cuba, Denmark and New York; IESA: USA; Brazilian Symposium for Computer Music; KISS Symposium: USA, Belgium and Germany; C60: Berlin.

Her multimedia “Hands” for piano (choreographed hands), video, and electronics was performed in Münster and Cologne, Germany, New York and San Francisco, USA as part of “Handscapes”, a multi-media piano project organized by Jennifer Hymer. For many years she has taught radio drama production and post production for youth. She works as a sound designer, video and film freelancer and editor and has been presently involved in collaboration with local artists and performers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Madison McClintock

Madison has been known to chase mushroom hunters through Montana forests, chat with doomsday preppers and crazy cat ladies, deeply ponder the implications of self-transcendence, and explore many other absurdities for the sake of film. She is particularly interested in how filmmaking can be used as a creative medium to explore the extraordinary ways humans interact with their environments and how it can help people rediscover their childlike curiosity about the world. Madison holds a Master of Fine Arts in Science & Natural History Filmmaking and her last film, Fungiphilia Rising, is currently screening at film festivals worldwide and is also featured on National Geographic’s “Short Film Showcase.” She is originally from the Bay Area, California but is presently based in Bozeman, Montana.

Scott Miller

Scott Miller is a composer of electroacoustic, orchestral, chamber, choral and multimedia works described as ‘high adventure avant garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review) and ‘inspir[ing] real hope & optimism for the future of electroacoustic music.’ (

Known for his interactive electroacoustic chamber music and experimental performance pieces, Miller has twice been named a McKnight Composer Fellow, he is a Fulbright Scholar, and his work has been recognized by numerous international arts organizations. Recordings are available on New Focus Recordings, Innova, Eroica, CRS, rarescale and SEAMUS, and his music is published by ACA (American Composers Alliance), Tetractys, and Jeanné.

Miller is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, where he teaches composition, electroacoustic music and theory. He is currently President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS). He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the State University of New York at Oneonta, and has studied composition at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute and the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.

Michael Monhart

Michael Monhart is a saxophonist and electronic music composer currently living in New York City. Prior to moving to New York, he was a prominent figure in the Seattle performing scene, playing with the groups Stinkhorn and Sunship. With Tom Baker and Greg Campbell, he is a member of the group Triptet which just released its second CD Figure in the Carpet on the Brooklyn label, Engine Records. His music is broadly reflective of the jazz tradition with significant influences from electro-acoustic music and rock.

Catherine Mullen

Catherine Mullen holds a degree in Wildlife from the University of Georgia alongside a passion for nature and all things wild that drives her goals of contributing to biological conservation. Initially, she found herself in outdoor education. She wanted to spread here desire for sustainability to impressionable young minds. After teaching in Georgia and Maryland, she decided to forward her own education and become a candidate for a MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. In the future, she will disseminate the conservation message through the far-reaching medium of film and definitely be excited for any adventure she should encounter in the process.

Rich O’Donnell

Rich O’Donnell is some type of highy evolved freshwater arachnid, octopod, or squid-like creature from Donegal, Ireland. We’re actually not 100% certain. Through years of dedicated practice, he’s trained his gelatinous tentacles to accelerate/decelerate and sabotage boring rhythms created with integer ratios, transforming them into fluid, unpredictable, and interesting layers of expression. In addition, heʼs part cyborg, and creates music by manipulating the KYMA (a special organ located next to the spleen thatʼs hardwired into the central nervous system allowing his brain to simultaneously process any number of “n” control voltages at a given time). Modern science is exploring possible explanations to these phenomena.

Ha-Young Park

Ha-Young Park started piano lessons at age of 4 and her first public appearance was at age of 15, playing Mozart Piano concerto No.12 K.414 in A Major with an orchestra. She continued studying the classical piano through high school and graduated with the classical piano performance degree at Lawrence University, and holds M.M. and Performer’s degree at Northern Illinois University. She also studied jazz piano at Berklee College of Music and performed at various jazz clubs in Boston and Brookline area. Currently, she is an associate professor at the department of contemporary music and technology in Dankook University teaching private lessons and jazz classes. She is also a co-founder of an experimental electronic music group, 1R.

Samuel Pellman

Samuel Pellman has been creating electroacoustic and microtonal music for nearly four decades, and many of his works can be heard on recordings by the Musical Heritage Society, Move Records, innova recordings, and Ravello Records. Recently he has presented his music at festivals and conferences in Melbourne, Paris, Basel, Vienna, Montreal, New York City, Beijing, Capetown, Buenos Aires, Hsinchu, Perth, Prague, and Rome (NY). Pellman is also the author of An Introduction to the Creation of Electroacoustic Music, a highly-regarded textbook. He currently serves as an Associate Dean of the Faculty at Hamilton College, in Clinton NY, and is a co-founder (with Ella Gant) of its Studio for Transmedia Arts and Related Studies (STARS). Further information about his music can be found at:

Ingrid Pfau

Ingrid Pfau is from Birmingham Alabama. She studied Environmental Science Filmmaking at UAB for her Undergraduate degree. She studied to receive an MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT from 2011 to 2014. Her most resent film “Seizing the Unrecorded,” which is not public yet won the Best Student and Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards in Boston. On Vimeo, Ingrid Pfau has a channel entitled Ingrid Pfau.

Mark Phillips

Ohio University Distinguished Professor Mark Phillips won the 1988 Barlow International Competition for Orchestral Music, leading to collaborations with conductor Leonard Slatkin. Following a national competition, Pi Kappa Lambda commissioned him to compose a work for their 2006 national conference in San Antonio.His music has received hundreds of performances throughout the world —including dozens of orchestra performances by groups such as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra — and has been recorded by Richard Stoltzman and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lark Quartet, and several solo artists.

Carla Scaletti

Carla Scaletti is an experimental composer and entrepreneur, designer of the Kyma sound design language and co-founder of Symbolic Sound Corporation. Each of her compositions originates from a “what-if” hypothesis and involves live Kyma electronics interacting with acoustic sources and environments. Educated at the University of Illinois (DMA, MCS), she studied composition with Salvatore Martirano, John Melby, Herbert Brün and Scott Wyatt and computer science with Ralph Johnson, one of the Design Patterns “Gang of Four.” She has been guest lecturer at Centre de Crèation Musical Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) in Paris, and co-organizes the annual Kyma International Sound Symposium, this year based on the theme: Picturing Sound.

In addition to her work in software development and music composition, she has a special interest in scientific data sonification, and some of her work with physicist Lily Asquith on data from the Large Hadron Collider at CERN influenced the musical score she created for choreographer Gilles Jobin’s piece QUANTUM.


E. Zoe Schutzman

E. Zoe Schutzman grew up in Seville (Spain), received her B.A. degree from Wesleyan University (Connecticut), and pursued graduate studies in Linguistics at The CUNY Graduate Center as well as Translation and Interpretation Studies at Hunter College (both in NYC). As Linguist, she has taught at higher education institutions, consulted as multi-lingual interpreter, editor and translator, and contributed to projects in sociolinguistics, language acquisition, language documentation and minority communities’ language needs. Her affinity for the power of image and sound to tell a story has permeated her existence since childhood, when her father first introduced her to films such as Nosferatu and Casablanca. She currently writes, produces, and collaborates on projects with her partner and spouse, İlker, for their own finishing house: Cloud 18 Productions, Inc. (

Cindy Stillwell

Cindy Stillwell’s work has screened at venues worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Sundance Film Festival, the Walker Art Center, and the International Film Festival of Rotterdam. In addition her short films are distributed in collections from Slamdance Film Festival, Full Frame Film Festival, the Journal of Short Film, and FUTURE SHORTS, in the U.K.. She has been awarded residencies at MacDowell, the Ucross Foundation and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Stillwell received an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She teaches film production in the School of Film and Photography at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.

Jeffrey Stolet

Jeffrey Stolet is a professor of music and director of the Intermedia Music Technology at the University of Oregon. He received a Ph.D. in Music at The University of Texas at Austin. Stolet was among the very first individuals to be appointed to a Philip H. Knight professorship at the University of Oregon.

Stolet’s work has been presented around the world and is available on the Newport Classic, IMG Media, Cambria, SEAMUS and ICMA labels. Presentations of Stolet’s work include major electroacoustic and new media festivals, such as the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States Conference, the MusicAcoustica Festival in Beijing, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the Kyma International Sound Symposium, the Third Practice Festival, the Annual Electroacoustic Music Festival in Santiago de Chile, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, SIGGRAPH, the transmediale International Media Art Festival, Boston Cyber Arts Festival, Cycle de concerts de Musique par ordinateur, the International Conference for New Interfaces for Musical Expression, the International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology in Taiwan, and the International Electroacoustic Music Festival “Primavera en La Habana,” in Cuba. In addition, his work has been presented in such diverse venues as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Pompidou Center in Paris, the International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu, Japan, and the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University.

Stolet’s recent work has centered on performance environments where he uses a variety of wands, sensing devices, game controllers and other magical things to control the sonic and videographic domains. In addition, Stolet has collaborated with The New Media Center at the University of Oregon to transform an original electronic music textbook into Electronic Music Interactive, an Internet deliverable, multimedia document containing motion animations, sound, and glossary, that has received rave reviews in the press (Electronic Musician, Keyboard Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Rolling Stone Magazine). Recently Stolet completed the first book about the sound-specification programming language Kyma, entitled Kyma and the SumOfSines Disco Club that is available in English and in Chinese as Kyma Xitong Shiyong Jiqiao by Southwest Normal University Press.

Paul Turowski

Paul Turowski is an intermedia artist and performer originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He holds a B.M. in composition from Towson University and an M.M. in Intermedia Music Technology from the University of Oregon. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Composition and Computer Technologies program at the University of Virginia, where his research in areas like digital signal processing, graphics programming, and game studies informs a forthcoming dissertation on game software for musical play and expression. His work has been presented at events such as the annual conference for the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the North American Conference on Video Game Music, and the annual meeting of the Semiotic Society of America.

Chi Wang

Chi Wang is a composer and performer. Chi enjoys making music and intermedia art that involve Computer Human Interaction (CHI). Her current research and composition interests include data driven instruments and sound design. Chi’s compositions have been performed internationally, including Future Music Oregon Concerts (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014), Kyma International Sound Symposium (2012, 2013, 2014), Music Today Festival (2011), Musicacoustica in Beijing (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), WOCMAT in Taiwan (2013), SEAMUS (2015). Chi is also an active translator for electronic music related books. She is the first translator of Electronic Music Interactive (simplified Chinese) and Kyma and the SOS Disco Club. The book Kyma Xitong Shiyong Jiqiao is published by Southwest China Normal University Press. Chi received her M.Mus. in Intermedia Music Technology from the University of Oregon and previously graduated with a BE in Electronic Engineering focusing on architecture acoustic and psychoacoustics from Ocean University of China. She is currently a D.M.A candidate in University of Oregon.

Scott Wiessinger

Scott Wiessinger is a heliophysics and astrophysics video producer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. He grew up in a family of science educators and artists. From the age of three, Scott planned to be a paleontologist until creating videos for school projects made him realize the arts drew him even more strongly. Scott was able to find a way to combine art, science and education with an M.F.A. in science and natural history filmmaking from Montana State University. He fills his free time with cycling, climbing, travel and raising two children with his wife.

Michael Wittgraf

Michael Wittgraf lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where he is Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Music Department at the University of North Dakota. His specialties are electronic composition and bassoon. Recent interests include live feedback and improvisation. His music has been recorded on the Eroica, New Ariel, and SEAMUS labels. He has been funded by the Bush Foundation, the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the American Composers Forum, and the American Music Center. His catalog contains over ninety works. In 2011, he was named the North Valley Arts Council (North Dakota and Minnesota) Artist of the Year.


SoundProof is an extensible performance trio with Patricia Strange (violin), Brian Belet (viola, bass, & Kyma), and Stephen Ruppenthal (trumpet & flugelhorn). SoundProof’s mission is to explore the creative and interactive potential in the convergence of sound, music, technology, performance, and digital technology. Drawing from a wealth of late 20th-century and current 21st-century sources, SoundProof events realize new possibilities for sound and music, blending the traditions of contemporary performance with the exigencies of real-time digital processing.

Brian Belet, viola, bass, & Kyma processing

Brian Belet lives in Campbell, California, with his partner and wife Marianne Bickett. He performs with the ensemble SoundProof using Kyma, viola, and bass. He has composed with Kyma since 1990. Belet’s music is recorded on the Centaur, Capstone, Frog Peak Music, IMG Media, Innova, SWR Music/Hänssler Classic, and the University of Illinois CD labels; with research published in Contemporary Music Review, Organised Sound, Perspectives of New Music, and Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference. To finance this real world Dr. Belet works as Professor of Music at San Jose State University. (

Stephen Ruppenthal, trumpet, flugelhorn, text-sound composer

Composer/performer Stephen Ruppenthal is Principal Trumpet and Contemporary Music Advisor for Redwood Symphony. Stephen has been Guest Artist-in-Residence at numerous universities in the US, and taught Electronic Music Studio Arts and Composition at the Center for Experimental and Interdisciplinary Art (SFSU). Stephen was a founding member of the Electric Weasel Ensemble, and appeared with EWE and other groups in the USA and abroad, including “President’s Breakfast” at the New Music Festival. Stephen is also known for his performances and writings on text-sound composition.  Stephen is currently recording a collection of new trumpet and electro-acoustic commissions by Larry Austin, Brian Belet, Elainie Lillios, Allen Strange, and Dan Wyman. He performed Strange’s Velocity Studies V: NGate for the SEAMUS Electro-Acoustic Music Festival (included on New Music from SEAMUS, Volume 18), and performed Belet’s System of Shadows for trumpet and Kyma at EMM 2008, SEAMUS 2009, ICMC 2010, and the 2010 Kyma International Sound Symposium (Vienna). In addition, Stephen premiered Elainie Lillios’ November Twilight at numerous venues including the 2012 ICMC Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Pat Strange, violin

Patricia Strange has been at the leading edge and creative forefront of contemporary violin performance for many decades. Her playing and interpretations have continually re-defined the musical possibilities of extended violin performance techniques. Along with her late husband, Allen Strange, she co-authored the book The Contemporary Violin: Extended Performance Techniques, published by Scarecrow Press in 2001. She co-founded two live electronic music ensembles, BIOME and The Electric Weasel Ensemble which toured the USA, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She currently lives on Bainbridge Island, WA where she continues to perform and teach.