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.

Alex DupuisAlex DupuisAlexander Dupuis
Alex Dupuis is a composer, animator, and performer. His work investigates the intersections between experimental music and animation, focusing particularly on theories of audiovisual perception and transduction of information between light and sound. He performs as a guitarist, as well as with audiovisual instruments and software systems of his own design.

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.

Brian HouseBrian HouseBrian House 
Brian House is an artist who works with the material ecologies of sound and data. By constructing embodied, participatory systems, he explores how computational temporalities negotiate with the rhythms of everyday life. His work has been shown by MoMA in New York, MOCA in Los Angeles, Ars Electronica, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Eyebeam, Rhizome, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Conflux Festival, ISEA, NIME, and Issue Project Room, among others, and has been featured in publications including WIRED, TIME, The New York Times, SPIN, Metropolis, and on Univision Sports. He holds a degree in computer science from Columbia University and one in art from Chalmers University (Sweden). In addition to his doctoral work at MEME, Brian completed a masters in Modern Culture and Media at Brown.

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, CEMEC in Stanford University, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and Mills College, STEIM in Amsterdam, Beyond Baroque in Venice CA, Machine project in Los

Luke MoldofLuke MoldofLuke Moldof 
Luke Moldof is an electronic musician based out of Providence, Rhode Island. He received a BM from the New England Conservatory of Music. His current work utilizes flexible real-time modular electronic systems that split the difference between composition and improvisation through complex feedback loops and varying degrees of controlled randomness. Often these systems are made to respond to or coincide with the outside influence of reel to reel tape loops, field recordings, and prepared guitar improvisations. Moldof has performed at venues including Issue Project Room, The Stone, and lots of people’s basements.

Marcel SagesserMarcel SagesserMarcel Sagesser   
Marcel Sagesser, born in Berne, Switzerland, is an artist and performer-composer under the stage name ‘Marcel Zaes.’ 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 is often found working with some combination of sound, video, sculpture, and movement. She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Technology in Music and Related Arts [TIMARA] and is currently a doctoral student in the Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments [MEME] program at Brown University. She is also concurrently working towards an MA in Modern Culture and Media [MCM] at Brown. Current research interests include gender, race and technology, interfaces and tool-making, and audiovisual synthesis and video art. She is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race within electronic / computer based art practices. 

Seth ThornSeth ThornSeth Thorn
Seth is a composer-performer, violist, hardware designer, and interdisciplinary scholar whose work examines the relationship between gesture and sound. His research integrates texts on classical aesthetics, phenomenology, spectacle, interactivity, embodied cognition, and the sociology of craftsmanship. Seth has graduate degrees in German studies, political theory, and computer music. His compositions have been invited for performance at ICMC, NIME, and NYCEMF.

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. Most specifically, she is increasingly curious about the possibilities of inhabited fictional space. She is interested in the role of the voice within acoustic ecology and utilizes text—fragmented, narrative, spoken, sung—to investigate language’s role in constructing affect, interiority, and identity. In order to anchor inhabiting, her work often accedes beyond sound to a counterpoint of auditory, visual, and tactile modes of sensing—invoking the sensorial interplay of the lived body. In her work, the senses alternately become sites of disconnect, transparency, and complementarity. The concept of music itself is a construction that tunes the attention of the listener, orienting them towards which aspects of a heard environment to consider and which ones to dismiss. In Amber’s work, the inclusion of (altered) field recordings, layering of acoustic arenas, use of breath, and implication of multiple senses creates a living acoustic space with an expanded—but inclusive—set of sonic concerns that requires the listener to adapt a different orientation; and dynamically confront the boundaries and intersections between modalities of listening. Amber Vistein received her MFA in 2013 from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Additionally, she has had the pleasure of learning from with many incredible artists and composers including John Mallia, Marti Epstein, Elaine Buckholtz, Nance Davies, Jane Marsching, and Chealsea Balser. She has participated in CCRMA Summer Workshops at Stanford University in 2012 and Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory in 2013. Her work Apropos, for soprano and fixed media, was premiered by renowned soprano Tony Aronld in 2014 as part of the Fifth Floor Collective’s concert series. She has been part of performances and installations for OpenSignal Brown at University, Gallery 808 at Boston University, the Winter Lights Festival at Dewey Square, SICPP at New England Conservatory, and performed with her Debt Choir at Cooper Union. She has also exhibited work at Bakalar Gallery (Boston), Gallery Kayafas (Boston), The Engine Room (London), and Axiom Gallery (Boston). Her projects have been reviewed by Big, Red & Shiny, New Music Box, the Boston Globe, and mentioned in the New Yorker. Her miniature electronic opera entitled The Wax of the Wane premiered last Fall as part of Theatre Eye/Ear collaborative concert series. She has upcoming performances as part of OpenSound, the Fifth Floor Collective concert series, and Theatre Eye/Ear which she co-directs with artist Ben Aron. (


Luis AchondoLuis AchondoLuis Achondo
Luis is a Ph.D. student and Fulbright scholar from Chile. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Music from the Pontificia Universidad Católica and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Brown. His doctoral project examines how Argentine soccer supporters produce and comprehend sound, exploring issues such as violence, affect, place, the sensorium, and how sound inhabits the country’s public sphere.

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. Violet also studies Indonesian music and has played Balinese gamelan at Bard College and Javanese gamelan with Brown University’s Sekar Setaman. 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. Violet has worked in public outreach positions as a presenter for the Peru: Pachamama Smithsonian Folklife Festival and with the Arts Councils of Dutchess County, NY and Montgomery County, MD.

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 fourth-year PhD student. Coming to Brown after completing a B.Mus at the University of Toronto, she is currently conducting fieldwork in Florianopolis, an island city in the south of Brazil. Her dissertation project explores the institutional, historical, and political life of contemporary folklore performance, including the theatrical tradition boi-de-mamão, the song genre of ratoeira, and various dances of Azorean origin.

Katie FreezeKatie FreezeKatie Freeze
Katie is a second-year PhD student in ethnomusicology. Her research focuses on the music cultures of the mountainous “roof of the world” that lies between South and Central Asia, and the politics of performance and representation among migrant and exile communities there. Since 2012 Katie has been learning to play several high-mountain lutes, especially the ko-phongs of Western Tibet and the Pamiri tanbur and rubob of Badakhshan. Katie holds B.A., B.M. and M.M. degrees in music history and composition from the University of Washington; before coming to Brown, Katie worked as a pianist, composer and arranger. Katie was a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar in Ladakh, India 2014-15, and she is a Brown University Presidential Fellow.

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.

Esther KurtzEsther KurtzEsther Viola Kurtz
Esther is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology with a B.M. from Eastman School of Music and an M.M. from Utrecht Conservatory in oboe performance. Her dissertation  explores how practitioners of capoeira Angola, an Afro-Brazilian music-movement form, interpret and shift their understandings of race, self and community in Brazil. She trains capoeira, plays music and dances every chance she gets.

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.

Shayn SmulyanShayn SmulyanShayn Smulyan
Shayn came to Brown in 2005, after a year building hiking trails and two years in an egalitarian intentional community. Prior to that they did their BA at Smith College in anthropology and music. Their current research is on the performative and communicative strategies of Yiddish singers. Shayn is an active sacred harp singer and a dabbler on various stringed and percussion instruments. They do political and cultural work in the queer and Jewish-Secularist communities (sometimes both at once), and spends too much time reading their blogs.

Louis-Emmanuel WengerLouis-Emmanuel WengerLouis-Emmanuel Wenger
Louis is a third year Graduate student in ethnomusicology. He 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. Louis’s latest research project focuses on music and black identity in African-descent communities in the Persian Gulf. Prior to Brown, Louis worked in the field of cultural development through various projects focusing on the preservation, revitalization, and development of tradition-based music in West Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. For three years, he traveled extensively as Programme Consultant for the Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) in Geneva, Switzerland, a nine-country music education programme with performance, outreach, mentoring, and artistic production activities.