Music Now with Todd Winkler

Friday, March 9, 2018 @ 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Orwig Music Building, Room 109

MUSIC NOW is an informal forum series for Brown’s community of composers as well as students and faculty interested in contemporary music. Free and open to the public.

About Todd Winkler

Todd Winkler is a composer and video artist, whose work over the past 30 years has explored ways in which human actions can influence sound and images produced by computers, in multimedia dance and theatre productions, interactive video installations, and concert pieces for computers and instruments. He is the author of Composing Interactive Music (MIT Press), as well as papers that bridge the fields of music, video art, cognitive science and dance/theatre. He is a professor in the Brown University Department of Music, where he is Director of the PhD program in Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments (MEME).

His dance/theatre productions use motion-sensing devices allow performers creative input into electronic music and live-video processing system. His collaborations include "Songs for the Body Electric," with Gerry Girouard, presented at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, 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; and "Falling Up," with Cindy Cummings, a commission from the Dublin Fringe Festival. His collaboration with writer/director Kym Moore, "Time's Up: Love, Friendship and Transformation Across the Fourth Dimension,” features virtual worlds using live video processing.

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 installations have been presented at the Kansas City Performing Arts Center; Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland; Perth Institute for Contemporary Art, Australia; the Bell Gallery, Brown University; Cummings Art Gallery in New London, CT; and First Night Providence.

Winkler's compositions 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.