Music and Multimedia Composition

Program Overview

Students in the Ph.D. program in Music and Multimedia Composition produce, analyze, and perform original works that may include the use of electronic music, acoustic composition and sound in combination with video, performance, installation and text. They conduct advanced inquiry into the cultural, theoretical, technical, and aesthetic issues surrounding music and multimedia production in close collaboration with faculty researchers strongly invested in real-time, interactive sonic and visual media, sound art, instrument design, and acoustic composition. The program welcomes students working from diverse influences and methods, expanding their creative practices and underlying technical knowledge to spur artistic innovation. In addition to faculty mentorship, students can collaborate with a broad array of professional performing ensembles and visiting artists presented on the Brown University campus.

The graduate program in Music and Multimedia Composition offers an array of resources unique to Brown. Students have access to the department’s Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments (MEME) studios, and the university’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. These specialized research facilities house recording studios, electronics shops, project studios, exhibition and performance spaces. Regular opportunities exist to interface with the larger arts and digital media communities at Brown, at the nearby Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence and the New England region. Music and Multimedia Composition students also partake in the many scholarly offerings of the Musicology and Ethnomusicology PhD program, with faculty specialties in technoculture, sound studies, copyright, improvisation and organology. A Brown doctoral degree in Music and Multimedia Composition leads to a career in college and university teaching, or to a position to applied work outside of higher education.

All PhD students receive full funding for 5 years, including costs for tuition and health insurance, plus stipends for fellowships and teaching assistantships. For information about applying to the program see the FAQ or contact Ed Osborn, Director of Graduate Studies.

Open House

The program will host two online Open House events for prospective students during Fall 2020, on October 30th and November 20th respectively. These events will provide guests with an overview of our research, curriculum, production resources, and an introduction to our community. The graduate program director, faculty, and current students will be on hand to answer questions. Advance registration is required and space is limited.

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Anthony Cheung, Assistant Professor of Music
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Wang Lu, David S. Josephson Assistant Professor of Music
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Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities at Brown
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James Moses, Technical Director/Lecturer
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Eric Nathan, David S. Josephson Assistant Professor of Music
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Ed Osborn, Associate Professor of Visual Art and Music, Director of Graduate Study
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Joseph Butch Rovan, Professor of Music
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Kristina WarrenVisiting Assistant Professor
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Todd Winkler, Professor of Music
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Associated Faculty

Shawn Greenlee, Programs Head for the Division of Experimental & Foundation Studies, RISD
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Peter Szendy, David Herlihy Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature
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Current Students

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