Bio



Seth Shafer is a composer and researcher from Southern California. His work lies at the intersection of music composition, music theory, music technology, new media, and art/science, with a specific focus in real-time notation, interactive music, and algorithmic art. Seth's compositions have been performed in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, London, Athens, Hamburg, Shanghai, Kraków, Spoleto, and Rio de Janeiro. His piece, Pulsar [Variant II] for trumpet and computer, was a finalist for The Engine Room's International Sound Art Exhibition 2015 (London, UK). His music was recently performed at the 2016 Sound and Music Computing Conference (Hamburg, GE), 2015 Shanghai Conservatory Electronic Music Week, the 2014 International Computer Music Conference (Athens, GR), and the 2013 Festival dei Due Mondi Spoleto. His sound installations have been shown at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas), Long Beach Museum of Art’s Pacific Standard Time Exhibit, and the Long Beach Soundwalk.

Seth is currently a Ph.D. candidate in composition at the University of North Texas where he teaches composition and works for the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts, and xRez Art+Science Lab. He previously taught courses in music technology, audio production, and film scoring at Cypress College (CA), and he holds degrees from California State University, Long Beach.

As a performer, Seth played tuba in the Golden State Pops Orchestra, co-founded and co-directed the Cole Conservatory Laptop Ensemble, and performed in various new music ensembles. He has also played in several popular bands including a performance on the Grammy-winning Vampire Weekend album Modern Vampires of the City.

Seth is a curating consultant and video editor for the YouTube new music non-profit ScoreFollower.com.

A complete Curriculum Vita may be found here.