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William Brent

Assistant Professor
Department of Performing Arts

  • William Brent’s creative work is spread across the areas of experimental music performance, sound art, and sound design. These projects involve various combinations of human- robotic- and computer-realized sound, and are controlled by software written in the SuperCollider and Pd programming environments. In addition to concert-based projects, William is also active in the areas of remote network music performance and interactive sound installation. His current research areas are the relationship between gesture and sound in the performance of live computer-based music, and signal processing techniques for timbre identification. He is the author of timbreID: an open source library of Pd objects for real-time timbre analysis and identification.

    William’s pedagogical interests extend to multimedia programming languages, physical computing, digital signal processing, and studio recording techniques.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Music, University of California, San Diego
    MA, Composition, Mills College
    BA, Composition, Wilfrid Laurier University
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  • CAS - Performing Arts
  • Kreeger - T08
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Area of Expertise: Digital signal processing and analysis, sound synthesis, algorithmic composition, audio recording/mixing/editing, signal processing techniques for timbre identification, the relationship between gesture and sound in the performance of live computer-based music

Additional Information: William Brent's electroacoustic performance projects combine human-, robotic-, and computer-realized sound controlled by software written in the SuperCollider and Pd programming environments. In addition to concert-based projects, Brent is also active in the areas of remote network music performance, and interactive sound installation. His current research areas are signal processing techniques for timbre identification, and the relationship between gesture and sound in the performance of live computer-based music. He is the author of timbreId,an open source library of Pd objects designed for real-time timbre analysis and identification. Other general areas of expertise include digital signal processing and analysis, sound synthesis, algorithmic composition, and audio recording/mixing/editing.
 

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