Peter V. Swendsen (www.swendsen.net) is Assistant Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His music has been called “highly skillful” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, “marvelous” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and “ethereal and arresting” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Swendsen received his Ph.D. in Music Composition and Computer Technologies from the University of Virginia, where he was in residence as a Jefferson Scholars Fellow and Instructor in the McIntire Department of Music from 2002-2006. He received his MFA from the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, and his BM the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Swendsen spent the 2006-07 academic year in residence as a Fulbright Fellow at the NoTAM computer music studios in Oslo, Norway, where he worked on a large project based in soundscape composition and ecoacoustics. His subsequent compositions combine live instruments with electronics to shape an experience of place for the listener. He has created over thirty scores for dance, including recent collaborations with choreographers, Ashley Thorndike, Mary Carbonara, and Amy Miller.
Swendsen’s music has been heard throughout the United States, much of Europe, and also in South America and Asia in recent years. His research on soundscape composition, interdisciplinary performance practice, and interactive technologies has been presented and published by SEAMUS, ICMC, NIME, EMS, and others in the US and Europe. His most recent writing examines the relationship between electroacoustic music and contemporary dance, and recent performances include events in New York City, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Oslo.
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