Ben Luca Robertson is a composer, sound artist, 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 a PhD in Composition and Computer Technologies from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in Music Composition from Eastern Washington University, and a B.A. in Liberal Arts (focus in Music Technology) from the Evergreen State College.  He has studied acoustic and electronic composition with Ted Coffey, Jonathan Middleton, Luke Dahl, Matthew Burtner, Judith Shatin, Leah Reid, Michele Zaccagnini, Arun Chandra, Terry Setter, and Peter Randlette. 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 – Maynooth, Ireland), Northwest Public Broadcasting, MOXsonic, New York Re-embodied Sound Symposium, Prichard Gallery, Third Practice, and Olympia Experimental Music Festivals.

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