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Steven Kemper

New Brunswick, NJ            

Steven Kemper creates music for acoustic instruments, instruments and computers, musical robots, dance, video, and networked systems. His interest in music technology centers on the development of technologies that enhance the connectivity between electronic music and the physical world. Steven is a co-founder of Expressive Machines Musical Instruments, a collective dedicated to creating and composing music for robotic instruments.  Other projects include the development of the RAKS (Remote electroAcoustic Kinesthetic Sensing) System, a wireless sensor interface designed specifically for belly dancer with composer and dancer Aurie Hsu, and Movable Party, a bicycle-powered interactive DJing system.

Steven’s compositions have been performed by the American Modern Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, NOW ensemble, and the Grupo Sax-Ensemble and presented at SMC, ICMC, SEAMUS, SIGCHI, 12 Nights, Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Third Practice Festival, Pixilerations, American Composers Alliance Festival of American Music, and the Seoul International Computer Music Festival. He has received awards from Meet the Composer, the Danish Arts Council, and the International Computer Music Association.

Steven received a Ph.D. in Composition and Computer Technologies from the University of Virginia, a M.M. in Composition from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) and a B.A. in music from Bowdoin College. Steven is Currently Assistant Professor of Music Technology in the Music Department at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Drum Circle

Drum Circle features Expressive Machines Musical Instruments’ robotic instruments MADI and CADI playing a diverse percussion ensemble that includes beer bottles, woodblocks, metal bowls and traditional drums. The robots depart from their familiar, man made surroundings and venture into the woods of Virginia. Drum Circle blurs the lines between nature and machine integrating unpredictable physical systems, computer listening and algorithmic responses. Drum Circle was co-written with Scott Barton of Expressive Machines Musical Instruments

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Shadows no. 6

Shadows no. 6 for belly dancer wearing RAKS (Remote electroAcoustic Kinesthetic Sensing) System and musical robots by Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (www.expressivemachines.org)

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Rhythmanalysis I: New Brunswick

Rhythmanalysis is a concept developed by philosopher Henri Lefebvre to analyze how the periodic sounds of urban spaces relate to the experience of a place. Rhythmanalysis I: New Brunswick for string quartet and computer, explores the soundscape of two locations in New Brunswick, NJ—Bettenbender Plaza, located on the Douglass campus of Rutgers University, home to the Mason Gross School of the Arts, and the intersection between George and Somerset streets downtown, across from the New Brunswick train station.

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