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DEREK KWAN

computers / music / art
www.derekxkwan.com / derek.x.kwan@gmail.com

EDUCATION

  • 2021 - ?: Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
    • Master of Science: Computer Science (specialization: Interactive Intelligence)
  • 2011-2015: State University of New York, Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY)
    • Doctor of Musical Arts: Music (Percussion)
  • 2008-2010: Queens College, City University of New York (Flushing, NY)
    • Master of Arts: Music (Percussion)
  • 2004-2008: University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)
    • Bachelor of Arts and Science: Music (Percussion) and General Mathematics

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCIES

  • Interactive Media Programming
    • Pure Data, SuperCollider, Max/MSP, Processing, p5.js, Three.js, OpenFrameworks, TidalCycles
  • Digital Audio Workstations
    • Logic, Ableton Live, Ardour
  • Audio Programming in C
    • Pure Data externals
  • Frontend and Backend Web Development
    • HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.js/Express, ClojureScript, React, PHP
  • Other Programming
    • Python, Ruby, Clojure, C, (basic) Haskell
  • Basic 3D Modeling
    • Blender
  • Graphic Design
    • GIMP
  • Basic Physical Computing
    • Arduino, Raspberry Pi
  • Audio Engineering
    • Studio and Live Recording, Live Sound Engineering
  • Music Engraving Software
    • LilyPond
  • Other
    • Linux

PRESENTATIONS / WORKSHOPS

  • June 15-16, 2021: New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2021 (NYU Shanghai)
    • question and answer session with Anne Sophie Andersen on our 3D visualization work of Grisey's Talea using web technology
  • March 14, 2021: McGill Music Graduate Symposium
    • recorded virtual paper presentation of "Karaoke of Dreams: A multi-modal neural-network generated music experience" with Sofy Yuditskaya and Sophia Sun
  • October 20, 2020: CSMC + MuMe - 2020 Joint Conference on AI Music Creativity
    • YouTube stream of paper presentation of "Karaoke of Dreams: A multi-modal neural-network generated music experience" with Sofy Yuditskaya and Sophia Sun
  • March 2, 2020: TidalCycles Live Coding Workshop (Bombay Beach, CA)
    • Workshop at brahman.ai on the TidalCycles Live Coding Environment
  • October 27, 2018: Bates Digital Music Symposium (Lewiston, ME)
    • presentation and performance of Derek Kwan - socketMusic: wireless (new 2018 revision) for improvised percussion, electronic sound, and mobile devices
  • November 19, 2016: Fifth Internatitonal Pure Data Convention
    • Presentation of "Cloning Max/MSP Objects: a Proposal for the Upgrade of Cyclone" with Alexandre Torres Porres and Matt Barber

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2020: Small File Media Festival (Vancouver, BC)
    • a festival dedicated to small files featuring my video bombaybeach
  • 2019: Music Makers Art Exhibition at Hacker Lab (Sacramento, CA)
    • Featuring art made by musicians featuring my computer-generated visual art
  • 2019: The Brickhouse Art Gallery (Sacramento, CA)
    • Month-long curation of art by Derek Kwan, Tavarus Blackmon, and Boris Allenou

FELLOWSHIPS / RESIDENCIES

  • 2022: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA)
    • composer residency
  • 2020: Art-a-Hack Dancedemic (New York, NY / remote)
    • remote hackathon in conjunction with Battery Dance Festival
  • 2020: Bombay Radical Artificial Humanist Media Arts Nexus (Bombay Beach, CA)
  • 2010: Bang on a Can Summer Music Institute (North Adams, MA)
    • Performance Fellow
  • 2008: soundSCAPE Composer and Performance Exchange (Pavia, Italy)
    • Performance Fellow
  • 2007: International Marimba Festival (Salzburg, Austria)
    • Performance Fellow

WRITING

  • 2021: "Grisey’s 'Talea': Musical Representation As An Interactive 3D Map" - with Anne Sophie Andersen
  • 2020: "Karaoke of Dreams: A multi-modal neural-network generated music experience" - with Sofy Yuditskaya and Sophia Sun
  • 2016: "Cloning Max/MSP Objects: a Proposal for the Upgrade of Cyclone" - with Alexandre Torres Porres and Matt Barber

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • September 2017- December 2017: University of California, Davis Department of Music (Davis, CA)
    • Temporary Lecturer
    • Teaching the undergraduate course Music 107A: "Introduction to Electronic Music I" featuring a general overview of electronic music history (musique conrcète, elektronische musik, soundscape composition, etc.) and studio basics (sound editors, DAWs, microphones, mixers, speakers, etc.) with a focus on fixed-media composition

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • April 2020 - current: Art Music Lit Space ( https://art-music-lit.space )
    • music/digital art curator for the virtual exhibition space
    • write content (statements on curated art, exhibition statements, etc.) for the exhibition website
    • help organize the virtual receptions and other events
    • manage the Twitter account
  • September 2013 - August 2015: Stony Brook University Teaching Learning Lab (Stony Brook NY)
    • Lab Assistant/Programmer
    • Worked with faculty on interactive digital media projects (Max/MSP/Jitter, Pure Data/GEM, Processing, SuperCollider, etc.) investigating novel methods of human-computer interaction (webcam, Kinect, NeuroSky MindWave, etc.) Full-stack web application development (PHP, AngularJS, jQuery, etc.) for class-oriented learning tools and data visualization
  • July 2013 - December 2013: Stony Brook University Music Library (Stony Brook, NY)
    • Audio/Video Collections Manager
    • Archival and reproduction of the music library’s analog and digital media
    • Oversaw music library technology (computer carrels, smart-board-equipped conference room, etc.)
  • August 2012 - August 2013: Stony Brook University Computer Music Studio (Stony Brook, NY)
    • Graduate Assistant
    • Live sound reinforcement and technology management for music department concerts
    • Setup and run a new campus recording studio
  • August 2011 - June 2012: Stony Brook University Contemporary Chamber Players (Stony Brook, NY)
    • Graduate Assistant (Stony Brook, NY)
    • Assist with the organization and planning of concerts and rehearsals
  • September 2010 - July 2011: Private Instructor in Percussion (Flushing, NY)
    • Freelance
    • Taught private lessons in percussion to students ranging from high school students to adults

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

  • October 7, 2020: NODE20 Second Nature
    • Caider livestream
  • July 18, 2020: Network Music Festival
    • Caider (music livecoding with visualist Cai Rhuturaje) livestreaming at Toplap Berlin VR Algorave Mozilla Hubs venue
  • May 16-20 2016: Fifth International Pure Data Convention (PdCon16) (New York, NY)
    • Derek Kwan - shoebox memories (Pd version), Hans Tammen - Dark Circuits Pd Orchestra
  • June 13, 2016: New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY)
    • Derek Kwan - airportmusic
  • February 25, 2016: UC Davis Shinkoskey Noon Concert (Davis, CA)
    • Solo percussion/electronics recital featuring works by Derek Kwan, Jason Eckardt, Martin Matalon, and Karlheinz Stockhausen
  • June 26, 2015: New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY)
    • Derek Kwan - shoebox memories (2014/revised 2015) for kalimba and SuperCollider
    • Nat Grant - With the Inside Where the Outside Should Be for vibraphone with digital integration
  • June 5, 2014: New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY)
    • Ethan Greene - Lissajous for vibraphone and Max/MSP
  • April 5, 2013: New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY)
    • Mei Fang Lin - Flux for marimba and electronic sound
  • June 19, 2011: Bang on a Can Marathon (New York, NY)
    • Anthony Gatto - Portrait of Eva Hesse for percussion ensemble
  • October 31, 2010: Tibetan Singing Bowl Ensemble, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
    • Raphael Mostel - Music for the October Moon
  • April 2, 2009: New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (New York, NY)
    • Courtney Brown - losing love in magnetic time for marimba and vibraphone (with Adam Forman, vibraphone)

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