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Joseph Butch Rovan

Professor of Music:
Music
Phone: +1 401 699 2759
Phone 2: www.soundidea.org
rovan@brown.edu

Rovan's award-winning work deals with the use of human gesture in interactive performance, including musical composition, software, and hardware design. His research interests include human-computer interface design, haptic feedback systems, and theories of human gesture. Current projects include wireless sensor systems and an interactive opera based on the work of French physiologist Etienne-Jules Marey.

Rovan's research into gestural control and interactivity has been featured in Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique's (IRCAM) journal Resonance, Electronic Musician, the Computer Music Journal, the Japanese magazine SoundArts,and is featured on the CDROM Trends in Gestural Control of Music, published by IRCAM (2000).

Biography

Joseph Butch Rovan is a composer and performer on the faculty of the Department of Music at Brown University, where he co-directs meme@brown (Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments @ Brown) and the Ph.D. program in Computer Music and Multimedia. Prior to joining Brown he directed CEMI, the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, at the University of North Texas, and was a "compositeur en recherche" with the Real-Time Systems Team at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. Rovan worked at Opcode Systems before leaving for Paris, serving as Product Manager for MAX, OMS and MIDI hardware.

Rovan is the recipient of several awards, including a jury selection and second prize in the 1998 and 2001 Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competitions, and first prize in the 2002 Berlin Transmediale International Media Arts Festival. Recent performances include the performance of his "Vis-à-vis" for voice, electronics and video at the 2004 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) in Miami, and the premiere of his "Hopper Confessions" for cello and interactive electronics at the 2003 Festival Synthèse in Bourges, France. Rovan frequently performs his own work, including performances at the 1999 ICMC in Beijing, the 2000 SEAMUS conference at UNT, the 2000 ICMC in Berlin and the 2002 New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference in Dublin. His interactive scores for dance have been programmed in Munich, Paris, Reims, Monaco, the 2001 SEAMUS conference in Baton Rouge and the 2001 ICMC in Havana.

For more information see http://www.soundidea.org/rovan/

Interests

Rovan's award-winning work deals with the use of human gesture in interactive performance, including musical composition, software, and hardware design. His research interests include human-computer interface design, haptic feedback systems, and theories of human gesture. Current projects include wireless sensor systems and an interactive opera based on the work of French physiologist Etienne-Jules Marey.

Rovan's research into gestural control and interactivity has been featured in Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique's (IRCAM) journal Resonance, Electronic Musician, the Computer Music Journal, the Japanese magazine SoundArts,and is featured on the CDROM Trends in Gestural Control of Music, published by IRCAM (2000).

Awards

2011: Selected artist for 2011 WRO Media Arts Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland.

2009: Artist-in-residence, STEIM (Studio for Electro Instrumental Music) Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2007: Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award, for Studies in Movement project.

2006 : Cogut Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, for work on Studies in Movement multimedia opera.

2002: First Prize in Interactive Composition, Berlin Transmediale International Media Arts Festival, for seine hohle Form

2001 : Second Prize in Music for Dance, Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition, for seine hohle Form (no first prize awarded)

2001: Finalist, International Computer Music Association Commission award

2000: Council on Research and Creativity Grant, Florida State University Research Foundation

1998: Jury Selection in Electroacoustic Music, Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition, for L'Obvie/l'obtus

1996-1998: George Ladd Prix de Paris, University of California at Berkeley

1997: Composer in residence, Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM), Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1996: Stephan Wilkes Prize for Polish Music research

1992: Lester Horton Award for outstanding modern dance score/sound/text, Los Angeles, CA

Affiliations

1993-present: Society for Electroacoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS)

1998-present: International Computer Music Association (ICMA)

Teaching

For teaching examples see:
http://www.soundidea.org/rovan/teaching.html

Funded Research

2000 : Council on Research and Creativity Grant, Florida State University Research Foundation (internal), $850,000

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Curriculum Vitae

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