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Since 2009 I have done over 60 interviews with various people in eastern Canada, northeastern USA, England and Germany for my PhD on the production of music with live electronics. For this study I’m interviewing various people who deal with live electronics on some level — publishers, promoters, sound engineers and technicians, composers and performers. The aim is to streamline the production of music with live electronics in order to have fewer failures in the concerts and less stress for the performer.

I chose to do the interviews in a one-on-one setting because I’m specifically interested in the things that go wrong, which is of course of a delicate nature and not easily settled by a standardized questionnaire. Although the interviews were conducted in a semi-guided way in order to ensure my specific research needs were met, the interviewees were free to elaborate or even go off on related tangents as they felt fit.

These, interviews offer an overview of the interviewees’ professional experiences, their education and training with electronic music, their strategies to make electronics reliable and their view on what could be or has to be done to make concerts with live electronics as reliable as concerts without any electronics.


Click on a name in the list below to visit a page containing a short biography for the interviewee and the audio transcript (MP3), or click on the audio timing to access the audio transcript directly.


Bob Bovard

Technical Coordinator for the performance venues of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, New York. Interviewed at EMPAC, 1 February 2010.


jef chippewa

Composer and Administrative co-Director of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC). Interviewed at Sebastian Berweck’s studio in Berlin, 18 January 2010.


Jean-François Denis

Composer and Director of DIFFUSION i MéDIA. Interviewed in the offices of empreintes DIGITALes, 29 January 2010.


Louis Dufort

Composer and professor at Montréal's Conservatoire de musique. Interviewed at Dufort's home in Montréal, 31 January 2010.


Joshua Fineberg

Composer and Director of the Computer Music Center at Boston University. Interviewed in Fineberg's office at Boston University's College of Fine Arts, 11 February 2010.


Brad Garton

Director of the Computer Music Center (formerly the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center) in Columbia University's Department of Music. Interviewed in Garton's Dodge Hall office, 4 January 2010.


Phil Kline

Composer and performer. Interviewed at his office in New York City, 4 February 2010.


Margaret Lancaster

Interdisciplinary flutist (New York). Interviewed in a New York café. 5 January 2010.


alcides lanza

Composer and Director Emeritus of the Electronic Music Studios of McGill University's Schulich School of Music (Montréal). Interviewed in lanza’s studio, 30 January 2010.


Chantale Laplante

Composer and performer. Interviewed in the composer’s home, 29 January 2010.


Cort Lippe

Composer and Director of the Lejaren Hiller Computer Music Studios, in the University of Buffalo's Department of Music. Interviewed at his university office, 26 January 2010.


Alvin Lucier

Composer and performer, and John Spencer Camp Professor of Music at Wesleyan University. Interviewed at Wesleyan, 8 February 2010.


Richard McKenzie

Technical Director of the Digital Composition Studios of McGill University's Schulich School of Music. Interviewed in Studio 1, 29 January 2010.


Xenia Pestova

Pianist and researcher. Interviewed at McGill University, Montréal, 29 January 2010.


Pierre Alexandre Tremblay

Composer and Studio Director at the University of Huddersfield’s Department of Music. Interviewed in Berlin at the composer's temporary residence, 20 May 2010.


Hans Tutschku

Composer and Director of the Harvard University Studio for Electroacoustic Composition (HUSEAC). Interviewed in the studios of HUSEAC, 11 February 2010.


Ean White

Technical Director of the Harvard University Studio for Electroacoustic Composition (HUSEAC). Interviewed at Harvard University, 11 February 2010.

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