Doug Van Nort
Doug Van Nort is a sonic artist/researcher and composer/performer of electroacoustic music. His work is dedicated to the creation of immersive and visceral sonic experiences, and to fostering personal and collective creative expression through works created for venues that range from the concert hall to remote transmissions and public spaces. His instruments are self-made and idiosyncratic systems which explore a sculptural approach to working with sound, and improvisation in partnership with machine processes. His source materials include any and all sounds discovered through attentive listening to the world.
Van Nort regularly presents his work in N. America and abroad. Recent projects have spanned compositions for networked digital ensembles, transforming an elevator into an electroacoustic sculpture, interactive textiles, creating + performing with machine listening/improvising systems, interactive music composition for a dance piece based on muscle sound, and improvising with sonified data streams from NASA's Kepler mission.
As a performer specializing in improvised electroacoustic music, Van Nort often performs solo as well as with a wide array of artists across musical styles and artistic media. Ongoing collaborations include Triple Point with Pauline Oliveros and Jonas Braasch, a duo with If, Bwana and working as a member of the Composers Inside Electronics. Recordings of Van Nort's music can be found on Deep Listening, Pogus and Zeromoon among other experimental music labels, while his writing has recently appeared in Organised Sound, the Leonardo Music Journal, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and the Journal of New Music Research.
Van Nort holds advanced degrees in music technology, media arts and performance, and mathematics. As a teacher, in recent years Van Nort has led workshops, seminars and courses on "Deep Listening through Electronics", which synthesize his experience of Deep Listening (certificate holder) and his life as a practitioner of sound-focused art/research. He is a Banting Fellow at Hexagram / Concordia University, actively collaborating with media artists and scholars as a member of the Topological Media Lab, and is also an Assistant Editor for the Computer Music Journal (MIT Press).