Professor of Music:
Phone: +1 401 863 3234
Phone 2: +1 401 863 3651
Todd Winkler's work explores ways in which human actions can affect sound and images produced by computers in multimedia dance productions, interactive video installations, and concert pieces for computers and instruments. He is the author of Composing Interactive Music, a book and CD-ROM about the theory and technology of interactive music and performance. His recent work uses motion sensing devices to allow dancers creative input into computer music and digital video systems.
Todd Winkler is a composer and multimedia artist on the faculty at Brown University, where he is Co-Director of MEME@Brown (Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments). His work explores ways in which human actions can affect sound and images produced by computers in multimedia dance productions, interactive video installations, and concert pieces for computers and instruments. He is the author of Composing Interactive Music, a book and CD-ROM about the theory and technology of interactive music and performance, published by MIT Press.
His recent work uses motion sensing devices to allow dancers creative input into computer music and digital video systems. These dance productions include: "Dark Around the Edges," with Walter Ferrero, presented at Carriage House Theater, Providence, Rhode Island; "Songs for the Body Electric," with Gerry Girouard, presented in Minneapolis at Intermedia Arts, and at the International Dance and Technology Conference in Tempe, Arizona; "Hitch's Bitches," with Cindy Cummings, at the Project Theatre in Dublin, Ireland and the Yale University Multimedia Festival; and "Falling Up," with Cindy Cummings, a commission from the Dublin Fringe Festival.
Winkler's interactive video and sound installations use similar technology to alter digitized clips and real time video input based on the actions of viewers within a room. His video installations include:Light Around the Edges presented at the Kansas City Performing Arts Center, Watch Me, an installation for children presented at Rhode Island School of Design and Meeting Street School, Maybe...1910, a Rhode Island 2000 Commission presented at the International Computer Music Conference and First Night Providence, and a large-scale video installation featuring audience participation and real-time processing, entitled, Magic Mirrors.
Winkler's concert works incorporating computers with musicians have received international attention at festivals throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His music appears on recordings from Capstone Records, Whole Sum Productions, MIT Press and CMA. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum, the Arizona State University Center for Studies in the Arts, Meet the Composer, First Night International, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Rhodes Island State Council of the Arts, ASCAP, and a Fulbright Fellowship.
Todd Winkler's specific research interests include research in realtime video and audio processing, motion-sensing systems for live performance and installation, artistic applications of human-computer interaction, and Interactive systems for music, dance, performance art, and theatre.
Various awards for excellence in the arts from the American Composers Forum, National Endowment for the Arts, Irish Arts Council, First Night International, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Meet the Composer, Fulbright, Rhode Island State Arts Council
Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS)
International Computer Music Association
Courses in computer music, technology for experimental performance, interactive sound and video installations, sensors, audio and video processing.