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What is form? What is an instrument? Is time granular and emergent? How do hyper-brain ensembles perform? Questions like these are being explored in experimental music. In this talk, David Rosenboom will present concrete examples from his more than five decades of pioneering work in propositional music illustrating how testable theoretical models in science and process-based what-if models in speculative arts can converge to mutual advantage in the new artscience: musical forms that arise spontaneously and evolve, listening as performance, networked telematic projects, large-scale collaborative forms, new approaches to notation, adaptive engineering in interactive instruments, cybernetic compositions employing direct musical interface with the human brain, and more.

  • Date: 10/03/2022 17:00 - 10/03/2022 19:00
  • Location: 1405 West Springfield Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, USA (Map)
  • More Info: CIF 0027/1025 (Auditorium-483), Campus Instructional Facility


David Rosenboom is a post-genre composer-performer-interdisciplinary artist, whose work highlights solo to large-scale emergent musical forms, multi-cultural collaborations, interactive technologies, artscience, neuromusic, and more. He studied in the stimulating environment of late 1960s UIUC, which led to an unbounded journey exploring new ideas through music. He has held important positions in multiple institutions, including York University, Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, and others; he now holds the Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Musical Composition in the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts, where he was also Dean from 1990 through 2020; his work is widely presented, recorded, and published internationally, including major retrospectives at Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou-Metz, and Tokyo Opera City. Rosenboom was named a Yamaha Artist in 2012.



Composer-Performer-Interdisciplinary Artist-Educator

Panel discussion:  

What are the implications of ineradicable uncertainty in nature for absolute mappings of biological phenomena in music, instrument designs, composing strategies, and parallel scientific explorations?

To be followed by Q&A.

Discussion participants:  Carla Scaletti  (Рresident of Symbolic Sound Corporation), David Sepkoski (Thomas M. Siebel chair in History of Science), Smitha Vishveshwara (Professor of Physics; Co-Creator of Quantum Voyages), and David Rosenboom (George A. Miller Visiting Professor.)

Hosted by: School of Music

In conjunction with: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (Art of Science Program), Department of Chemistry, Department of Computer Science, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of History, Humanities Research Institute, Neuroscience Program (Beckman Institute), Office of the Chancellor, Robert E. Brown Center for World Music, School of Art & Design, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, Symbolic Sound Corporation.

Date and Time: Oct. 3, 5 - 7 pm

Place: CIF 0027/1025 (Auditorium-483),

Campus Instructional Facility

1405 Springfield Ave

Urbana, IL, 61801