Courtney Brown is an interactive sound artist, Argentine tango dancer, and computer music researcher. A former Fulbright Fellow (2014), she developed interactive Argentine tango dance during her residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her project, Rawr! A Study in Sonic Skulls, received an Honorary Mention from Prix Ars Electronica 2015 and she has also received the ICMC 2015 Student Music Submission Award for her composition for hadrosaur skull instrument and tuba.
Her work has been featured and performed in North America and Europe including Diapason Gallery (Brooklyn), New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) Conference (Salt Lake City), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) Conference (London), Vox Novus’ 60X60 Project, The International Computer Music (ICMC) Conference (Texas), Ars Electronica (Austria), and The Tank (NYC). She has curated, performed, and organized performances series at the Modified Arts Gallery (Phoenix) and The Outpost 186 (Boston). She has toured her solo cabaret, Every Night I Lose Control, throughout the east coast experimental music including venues such as Monkeytown (NYC), and the Red Room (Baltimore), and she also was an associate artist with Atlantic Center for the Arts. She also built the audio engine for automatic beat-matching and other effects in order to allow amateurs to DJ for Scratch DJ Academy’s Mix software, distributed by Stanton, an industry leader in turntablist technology. She has collaborated with the dancers and choreographers of Nu Dance Theater (New York) and Insurgio Stage Company (New Jersey), and as a part of the movement and sound ensemble D&spair (Dance & Sound Performance Art Improvisation Research) Club. She is a doctoral candidate in Digital Media and Performance at Arizona State University, and a graduate of Dartmouth’s Electroacoustic Master’s Program.
Courtney Brown has seven years of Argentine tango dance experience, coming to the style of music and dance through her experience as an accordionist. She has studied tango dance from Triangulo Tango, NYC (2008-2011), Daniela Borgialli at ASU (2012, workshops), and from private lessons from DNI Tango, Buenos (2015). She has taken workshops from many tango masters, including Pablo Veron (at Boston Tango Society), Homer y Christina Ladas (at Tucson Tango Festival), Mariano ‘Chicho’ Frumboli y Juana Sepulveda (at ASU Tango Club), Gabriela Gonzales (at ASU Tango Festival) and Nick Jones y Diana Cruz (at Triangle Tango). She has taught beginning tango workshops at SalsaNoke, Roanoke, VA, and ran the 7ate9 Milonga monthly series in 2012, teaching beginning tango before each event. She also has run experimental sound and movement workshops both in Buenos Aires and Tempe, AZ, exploring the tango concept of connection through exercises influenced by Deep Listening, Scratch Orchestra, Contact Improvisation, and Acoustic Ecology.
“Rawr! A Study in Sonic Skulls” allows performers and gallery visitors to give voice to an extinct dinosaur, a subadult Corythosaurus, one of the duck-billed hadrosaurs. This work received an Honorary Mention from the Prix Ars Electronica 2015, and a performance with this dinosaur skull instrument and tuba, ‘How to Speak Dinosaur’, won 2015 ICMC Best Student Music Submission.
Blown Away is an interactive installation and audiovisual instrument for contact microphones, speaker, laptop, and video projection, which investigates breath as a musical interface in an unconventional context. Visitors are encouraged to blow into the projected circles, or points of contact. This work will be exhibited the New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival June 2015, and it premiered at the DC Gallery, Arizona State University in 2013.