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Robert Thompson

Professor, Composition and Music Technology    

Coordinator of Music Technology

Robert Scott Thompson is a composer of electroacoustic and computer music as well as music for chamber ensemble and orchestra. A student of Roger Reynolds, Bernard Rands, F. Richard Moore and Joji Yuasa, he earned the Ph.D. in composition in 1990 from the University of California at San Diego, where he was a research assistant at the Center for Music Experiment (CME), Computer Audio Research Laboratory (CARL) from 1984 to 1989. In 1991 he was a Fulbright Research Scholar working at the Danish Institute of lectroacoustic Music (DIEM) where he created the 70′ computer work The strong Eye. He has received several international prizes and distinctions for his works in competitions such as the 1995 Irino Prize in Chamber Music(Japan), the Fondazione “Luigi Russolo” tape music prize (Italy) and Bourges Electroacoustic Music (France), among others. Thompson is published on over a dozen recordings by Aucourant, Oasis/Mirage, Hypnos, Neuma, Drimala and Capstone and is widely presented in broadcast. Live performances of music have been featured at various international festivals such as the International Clarinet Festival, Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival, International Computer Music Conference, Présences, SEAMUS, Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Time of Music Festival, Bartók Festival, Santa Fe Festival, Cabrillo Festival, Seoul Computer Music Festival, Koriyama Techno Music Biennale, Electronic Music Plus, Helsinki Bienalle, Spring in Havana and Synthèse, among others.