Ben Luca Robertson is a composer, experimental luthier, educator, and co-founder of the independent record label, Aphonia Recordings.  His work addresses an interest in autonomous processes, landscape, and biological systems—often supplanting narrative structure with an emphasis on the physicality of sound, spectral tuning structures, and microtonality.  Ben’s current research focuses upon the intersection between actuated string instrument design and just tuning practices.  Growing up in the inland Pacific Northwest, impressions of Ponderosa pine trees, channel scablands, basalt outcroppings, and relics of boomtown decay continually haunt his work.  Ben holds an M.A. in Music Composition from Eastern Washington University, a B.A. from the Evergreen State College, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia.  In the Summer of 2015, he was appointed to a guest research position at the Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interactions (TAUCHI) in Finland and recently collaborated with biologists from the University of Idaho to sonify migratory patterns of Chinook Salmon in the Snake River watershed.  Ben’s work has been featured at New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), Sound-Music Computing Conference (SMC), Northwest Public Broadcasting, MOXsonic, New York Re-embodied Sound Symposium, Third Practice, and Olympia Experimental Music Festivals.

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