Graduate Students

Computer Music and Multimedia  |  Ethnomusicology

Computer Music and Multimedia

Nicole CarrollNicole CarrollNicole Carroll
Nicole Carroll is a composer, performer, sound designer, and builder currently based in Brisbane, Australia, where she is an Adjunct Research Fellow at QCGU. Her work spans installation, improvisation, and fixed media performance. She performs electronic music under the alias “n0izmkr.” Themes in her work derive from reflections on nature, occult philosophies, literature, and the human psyche.

Alexander DupuisAlexander DupuisAlexander Dupuis
Alexander Dupuis is a video artist, composer, and performer based in Providence, RI.  Current areas of focus include designing generative audiovisual systems and performing real-time animations in musical contexts. He is active as a guitarist in the Happy Valley Band and the Verdant Vibes new music collective.

Martim GalvaoMartim GalvaoMartim Schneider Galvão
Martim S. Galvão is a composer, percussionist and intermedia artist. Much of his work is concerned with patterns, cycles and repetition. He is especially interested in exploring ideas related to consumerism and internet culture. Galvão earned his bachelor’s degree from Emory University. In 2014 he graduated from the Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT) MFA program at the UC Irvine.

Jinku KimJinku KimJinku Kim  
Jinku is a composer, performer, and multimedia artist currently residing in New England Area. His work focuses on pushing the boundaries of interaction through sound installation and audio visual performances. His works have been performed and installed at various places including REDCAT of Walt Disney Concert Hall, Whitney Museum of American Art, STEIM in Amsterdam, The New children’s Museum in San Diego, Machine project in Los Angeles.

Luke MoldofLuke MoldofLuke Moldof 
Luke Moldof is a Providence and New York based artist, currently focused on sound and photography. For the past few years his work has been largely made up of unedited and unprocessed location recordings, acknowledging the tropes of “field recording” as a genre, seeking to operate outside them or to address them in uncommon ways. He uses similar methods of exploration and critique to produce photographic works, in an attempt to highlight the consonance and dissonance between these two practices. Luke studied jazz guitar at the New England Conservatory and was active for a time in the American noise scene. Past areas of interest included: improvisation, tape / concrete music, and synthesis, though they’re largely on the back burner. He discovered a love for animals, which manifested itself in his parrot recording, “Kiki&Kiki” featured on his split LP with Peter Ablinger on Banh Mi Verlag. He is passionate about the Nashville and Bakersfield sounds and practices pedal steel, lap steel, and chicken pickin’ guitar as much as he can.

Marcel SagesserMarcel SagesserMarcel Zaes  
Marcel Zaes, born in Berne, Switzerland as 'Marcel Sagesser,' is an artist and performer-composer. He holds an M.A. in Music & Media Arts from Berne University of the Arts, an M.A. in Music Composition from Zurich University of the Arts and has additionally completed private composition studies with Alvin Curran in Rome and with Peter Ablinger in Berlin.

Asha TamirisaAsha TamirisaAsha Tamirisa   
Asha Tamirisa works with sound and image and researches media histories. Particular interests include tool-building with both software and hardware, experimental music and film, and intermedia composition/installation. Asha's research integrates media archeological methods with feminist science and technology studies perspectives, looking closely and critically at often forgotten elements and conditions of media. Currently, Asha is a doctoral student at Brown University in the Computer Music and Multimedia department, and is concurrently pursuing an M.A. in Modern Culture and Media. Asha is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race in electronic music/art practices.

Amber Vistein
Amber is a composer and sound artist whose work frequently takes the form of immersive multimedia installation and electronically mediated live performance. She capitalizes on sound’s ability to transport the listener to a fictional space. In order to articulate the enfolded complexity of a sonic world, she simultaneously incorporates elements of field recording, narrative, theatre, and music. Amber Vistein received her MFA in 2013 from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.


Luis AchondoLuis AchondoLuis Achondo
Luis is a Ph.D. candidate and Fulbright scholar from Chile. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Music from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Brown. His doctoral project examines Latin American soccer fandom from a transnational perspective. A multi-sited ethnography, Luis’s dissertation explores the intersection of sound, violence, and media among Chilean, Argentine, and Latinx supporters.

Violet CavicchiViolet CavicchiViolet Cavicchi
Violet is a doctoral student at Brown. Her dissertation project investigates the workings of Andean music technoculture that links past and present, urban and rural, and people of varied ethnic, racial, and class positions. She focuses on personalized and communal uses of music in radio broadcasting, music video production, and home recordings of live performances of the bandurria, a string instrument from Cusco. She received her B.A. at Vassar College in Anthropology with a correlate in Music and Culture and wrote her senior thesis on mixing music as a means of cultural intermediation for Latin DJs in NYC. 

Melody ChapinMelody ChapinMelody Chapin 
Melody studies Brazilian opera and art music from the early to mid twentieth century. Her broader interests include Western-styled art music in postcolonial countries. Melody’s second project regards loud music listening practices among underrepresented populations in the United States. She has a BM in Voice Performance (University of New Hampshire) and an MA in Musicology (Tufts University). 

Jamie CorbettJamie CorbettJamie Corbett
Jamie is a fifth-year PhD candidate. She holds a B.Mus from the University of Toronto and an A.M from Brown. Her research is premised on the cultural and formal politics of traditional music in Florianopolis, an island city in southern Brazil. As such, she examines traditional music repertories, traditional musicians’ interactions with public funding, and folklore’s place in the public sphere of Brazil’s conservative South. Contact Jamie.

Katie FreezeKatie FreezeKatie Freeze 
Katie studies the diverse music cultures of the mountainous “roof of the world” of South and Central Asia. She plays the Western Tibetan ko-phongs and the Pamiri rubob and tanbur, and her doctoral project explores contemporary musical performance and representation among Ismaili Muslims living in post-Soviet, Tajik Badakhshan. Katie holds music degrees from the University of Washington and, before coming to Brown, worked as a pianist, composer and arranger.

Kate HaugheyKate HaugheyKathleen Haughey
Kathleen (Kate) Haughey is the Executive Director at the Vermont Folklife Center, and a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology. For her MA, Kathleen co-led an audio documentary project with Mbyá-Guarani musicians in southern Brazil. This project focused on the importance of negotiation and collaboration in small, community-led ethnographic projects. Kate’s dissertation explores the roles of music and dance in the Bhutanese Nepali refugee communities in Vermont.

Cora Johnson-RobersonCora Johnson-RobersonCora Johnson-Roberson  
Cora is a Ph.D candidate in ethnomusicology. They received their B.A. in History and Literature & Music from Harvard College, where they wrote a senior thesis on the political ramifications of Zulu women's music. Their research interests include black music from across the African Diaspora, queerness, and virtual communities. Their dissertation project explores the embodied practice and social mediation of ballroom/vogue, a Black and Latinx LGBTQ musical genre and dance practice with roots in 1960s Harlem.

Byrd McDanielByrd McDanielByrd McDaniel
A Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology, Byrd researches popular music reception in the U.S., emphasizing listening, disability, and amateur performance. His dissertation features case studies on karaoke, air guitar competitions, and lip syncing. Byrd received an M.A. in American studies at the University of Alabama, and he designed and taught courses at University of Alabama, Brown University, and Tufts University.

Louis-Emmanuel WengerLouis-Emmanuel WengerLouis-Emmanuel Wenger
Louis, who is a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology, holds a B.A. in Music Studies and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Louis specializes in the musics of Centra Asia and the Middle East, with a strong emphasis on Iran and the wider Persian speaking world. Additionally, his interest extends to West Africa and the Maghreb. His current research interests include the role of Jewish performers in the development of urban music in Muslim societies, the impact of cultural policies and NGOs on local music practices, the relationship between music, politics, and religion; and the links between music and identity in diaspora communities.