Ben Luca Robertson is a composer, experimental luthier, 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 systems, and microtonality.  Growing up in the inland Pacific Northwest, impressions of Ponderosa pine trees, channel scablands, basalt outcroppings, and relics of boomtown decay 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 (CCT) 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.  As an educator, he has taught courses in music technology, composition, recording, experimental instrument design, and popular music.  Performing both locally and abroad, Ben’s creative work and research has been featured at international conferences and festivals, including:  New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), Sound and Music Computing (SMC) Conference, New York Re-embodied Sound Symposium, Third Practice, MAGMA, and Olympia Experimental Music Festivals. 

 

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