Peter V. Swendsen



Primary Research Areas


• Ecoacoustics, Soundscape Composition, and nature's relationship with the arts

• Electroacoustic Music and Contemporary Dance

• Visual Art/Literacy and Electroacoustic Music

• Interdisciplinary composition/performance/collaboration in time-based media and installation



Publications and Presentations

The academic museum as a site of multimodal and interdisciplinary higher learning (panel)
University Museums and Collections Conference : 5-7 September 2017 : Helsinki, Finland

CD release: Fireflies in Winter
Dana Jessen : Carve : 2017

Creating What Noises Remain
with Jennifer Torrence
Norges musikkhøgskole : 18 January 2017 : Oslo, Norway

Creating What Noises Remain
with Jennifer Torrence
Trinity College Dublin Composeres Series : 12 October 2016 : Dublin, Ireland

CD release: Migration Study & four moments near water
Ensemble Chartreuse : On Water : 2016

CD release: a sound does not view itself as thought
Toward the Curve : Oberlin Music : 2015

CD release: Allusions to Seasons and Weather
Portrait Album : Oberlin Music : 2014

Lecture and Masterclass
Indiana University : October 2014 : Bloomington, IN

"Listening to Paint Dry: Pedagogical Strategies for Using Visual Art to Inform Electroacoustic Music Composition"
with Liliana Milkova
Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference : June 20 2013 : Culturgest, Lisbon

"What Visual Art Can Teach Us about Our Sonic Imaginations"
Allen Art Museum Tuesday Tea Series : December 2012 : Oberlin, OH

Vinyl release: four moments near water
Cycles, Tau Records : 2012

"Electroacoustic Composition and Performance with Pre-College Students" (panel)
with Kristine Burns and Brenda Hutchinson
SEAMUS National Conference: February 10 2012 : Appleton, WI

Lecture and Showing of Recent Work
Miami University Department of Music : January 30 2012 : Oxford, OH

Lecture and Showing of Recent Work
Prague College : January 2012 : Prague

"Blue Desert Artist Talk"
Laconia Gallery Opening Weekend : November 5 2011 : Boston

"Beyond '5, 6, 7, 8': Electroacoustic Music and Dance"
University of Tennessee's Musicology Distinguished Lecture Series : October 27 2011 : Knoxville

"Notes from the Field: Choreographer/Composer Roundtable"
University of Akron Dance Department : September 13 2011 : Akron, OH

"Electroacoustic Interpretation and Peformance Practice: The creation and implementation of a new course for conservatory performers"
Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference : June 15 2011 : NYU, New York City

"Crossing the Street" (panel on cross-disciplinary pedagogy)
AAC&U Conference : January 27 2011 : San Francisco

"Choreo-musical Space Frames, Time Scales, and the Implications of Multi-channel Audio in Dance Performance"
Third International Conference on Music and Gesture : March 5-6 2010 : Montreal, Canada

CD release: Bright Days of Little Sunlight
Music from SEAMUS 19, Society for EA Music in the US : 2010

"Dovedale by Moonlight" (with Nick Jones)
Podcast for Allen Memorial Art Museum (for Wright of Derby painting now on display at the Met) : December 2009

"Michigan Students Make Music with iPhones"
NPR story by Jennifer Guerra : Morning Edition : December 9 2009

"Music for a New Century" (pre-concert composer's talk)
SoundOn Festival : June 18 2009 : La Jolla, CA

"Production Values in Electroacoustic Practice" (panel)
with Ted Coffey (chair), Paul Koonce, Virgil Moorefield, and Kojiro Umezaki
SEAMUS National Conference : April 16-18 2009 : Fort Wayne, IN

"Slow Sounds and Deep Experience"
NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival : April 2-4 2009 : CUNY Graduate Center, NYC

"Shaping the Electroacoustic Gesture"
Dance, Timing, & Musical Gesture
: June 15 2008 : Univ. of Edinburgh, UK

"Ephemeral Partners in Physicality and Abstraction: Theoretical intersections between electroacoustic music and modern dance"
Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference : June 6 2008 : Sorbonne, Paris

Lecture and Showing of Recent Work
Yale Department of Music : March 2008 : New Haven, CT

"I Have No Memory of This Place: The Changing Nature of Soundscape Composition"
Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference : 2007 : Leicester, UK

Lecture/Performance of Recent Work
NoTAM Forum lecture series : April 18 2007 : Oslo, Norway

CD release: Tomorrow will be 5m 21s shorter
Resonance: Steel Pan in the 21st Century, Quiet Design Records : 2007

CD release: Field
2005 60x60 : Vox Novus Records : 2007

"Strategizing Music/Dance Interactions: PAIR/WISEAR & Video Tracking for Interactive Performance"
Nordic Music Technology Conference : 2006 : Trondheim, Norway

"Dance/Media Interactions and PAIR/WISEAR"
Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium : 2006 : Connecticut College
Music & Gesture Conference : 2006 : Manchester, England

"PAIR and WISEAR: Wireless Interactive Dance Interface" (with David Topper)
NIME Conference : 2005 : Vancouver, Canada
expanded publication in Journal SEAMUS (v 19.1)

"(Re)hearing the Potential: Collisions and Explorations of Sonic Landscapes in Maggi Payne’s Resonant Places"
International Alliance for Women in Music Congress : 2006 : Miami, FL
SEAMUS National Conference : 2005 : Muncie, IN
SCI National Conference : 2005 : Greensboro, NC

Reviews published in Computer Music Journal (MIT Press):
Matthew Burtner’s Winter Raven, Winter '03 | Read online ->
Matthew Burtner’s Metasaxophone Colossus, Winter '05 | Read online ->
Leslie Stuck’s Pas, Spring '06 | Read online ->

Reviews published in Journal SEAMUS:
2005 SEAMUS National Conference (v 18.2)
NIME 2005 (v 18.2)

CD release: Preparations No. 1
Concurso Internacional de Miniaturas Electroacusticas : Spain : 2004

"Pursuing Boundless Practice: A Perspective on Post-disciplinary Hybridity in Higher Arts Education"
Association for Technology in Music Instruction National Conference : 2002 : Miami, FL


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