Digital Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio
Virginia TechCollege of Liberal Arts and Human SciencesSchool of Performing ArtsICATCHCI

"And so the arts are encroaching upon one another, and from a proper use of this encroachment will rise the art that is truly monumental."
--Wassily Kandinsky

FACULTY

Ivica Ico Bukvic PhotoThe art of DISIS founder and director Ivica Ico Bukvic (b.1976) is driven by the notion of ubiquitous interactivity. Fueled by a synergistic outlook, his work is a balancing act between scientific research of new multimedia technologies for the purpose of betterment of the overall quality of life and a pursuit of new forms of artistic expression using newfound tools. This passion for art and technology coupled by a traditional music background has empowered him to defy preexisting forms and even challenge the very foundations, yet do so without sacrificing their appeal. His opus encompasses aural and visual, acoustic and electronic, performances and installations.

In part supported by grants, commissions, and awards (ASCAP, SEAMUS, SAI, Upbeat, VT CLAHS), his creations have received international exposure through music festivals (ICMC, SEAMUSSparkFEMFCMSEMM, IEMF, LACMusicX, OCEAn, gmem, 3rd Practice, Brooklyn Film Festival, MUSICACOUSTICA, SBCM, etc.), radio stations, concerts, and Internet. His research (including grants and sponsorships from University of Cincinnati's UGS, Virginia Tech's CIDER, CLAHS, ISCE, ICTAS, Foundation, Croatian Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports, Wake-Forest, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Foundation, MSI Mobile, Sweetwater Inc., and Roland Inc.) has produced a number of software contributions to the multimedia art community (RTMixRTcmix instrumentsSoundmeshSuperkaramba, Pure-Data, Pd-L2ork,  Max/MSPUnity3D), and has been presented at conferences (TEDxMidatlantic, ICMCLACTonmeistertagungSpark), and published in journals, and magazines, including Organised Sound, Linux User & Developer, and Array. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, he taught at the Oberlin College, Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and has served as a visiting lecturer at various festivals and workshops. As the author of the first-of-a-kind "Linux & Multimedia" curriculum at CCM and Virginia Tech, and the elected Director of the international Linuxaudio.org consortium, he has a soft spot for libre software. From 2005 until 2011, he served as the elected Board member and Treasurer for the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS).

Having received doctorate at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (2005), Dr. Bukvic is currently working at Virginia Tech as an Associate Professor in music technology, the founder and director of the Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio (DISIS) and World’s first Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork), Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) Integrative Mind & Performance Through the Arts, Creativity, and Technology (IMPACT) Studio Head, a member of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI), and as a faculty (by courtesy) in departments of Computer Science and the School of Visual Arts.

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Associate Professor
Composition, Music Technology, ICAT
Director, DISIS
Director, L2Ork
Head, ICAT IMPACT Studio
CHCI, CS and Art (by courtesy)
Virginia Tech
School of Performing Arts
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-6139
(540) 231-5034 (fax)
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Eric Lyon Photo

Eric Lyon is a composer and computer music researcher. During the 1980s and 1990s, his fixed media computer music focused on spectral and algorithmic processing of audio, with a tendency toward extreme modifications of samples, variously sourced. From the early 1990s, Lyon performed live computer music with the Kyma system, both in solo performance and with the Japanese band Psychedelic Bumpo. Later in the 1990s, he gravitated toward software-based live processing, starting to develop Max/MSP externals in 1999. This work resulted in his LyonPotpourri collection of Max/MSP externals, and the FFTease spectral package, developed in collaboration with Christopher Penrose. In recent years, Lyon has focused on computer chamber music, which integrates live, iterative DSP strategies into the creation of traditionally notated instrumental scores. Other music research directions include spatial orchestration, and articulated noise composition, in which random data is sculpted into refined musical surfaces with randomly generated, but seemingly well-organized high-level structure. An experienced coder of audio signal processing, his book “Designing Audio Objects for Max/MSP and Pd” is published by A-R Editions. In 2011, Lyon was awarded a Giga-Hertz prize from ZKM, resulting in the composition of the 43-channel computer music composition Spirits.  Lyon has taught at Keio University, IAMAS, Dartmouth, Manchester University, Queen’s University Belfast, and currently teaches at Virginia Tech. Lyon's music is available commercially on Everglade, Capstone Records, EMF, Isospin Labs Records, Sound’s Bounty, Centaur Records, Smart Noise Records, Ash International, and Bohn Media.

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Associate Professor of Practice
Composition, Music Technology, ICAT
Virginia Tech
School of Performing Arts
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-3639
(540) 231-5034 (fax)
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Charles Nichols PhotoComposer, violinist, and computer music researcher, Charles Nichols is an Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Technology at the Department of Music and Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, at Virginia Tech University.  He has earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Yale University, and Stanford University, where he studied composition with Samuel Adler, Martin Bresnick, Jacob Druckman, and Jonathan Harvey, and computer music with Jonathan Berger, Chris Chafe, Max Mathews, and Jean-Claude Risset.  At Yale, he worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Studies in Music Technology (CSMT) and as a Research Assistant at Haskins Laboratories.  At Stanford, he served as the Interim and Associate Technical Director of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).  While on faculty at the School of Music of the University of Montana, he taught acoustic and electroacoustic composition, directed the Mountain Electroacoustic Laptop Ensemble (MELEe) and Pierrot Ensemble, and organized the Mountain Computer Music Festival and Composers’ Showcase.

His compositions, including acoustic and electroacoustic music, for large and chamber ensembles, and fixed media, accompanying dance and animation, have been presented at conferences and festivals, such as the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Seoul International Computer Music Festival (SICMF), Música Viva Festival, Re:New Digital Arts Festival, Musicacoustica Mix, Pan Music Festival, Festival Internacional de Musica Electroacustica, Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference, Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival, Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival, Bang on a Can Institute, and June in Buffalo, in the US, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, and South Korea. His research, including telematic musical performance over Internet2, haptic musical human-computer interface design, and wavelet audio analysis and resynthesis, has been presented at conferences, such as ICMC, International Conference for High Performance Computing (SC Global), Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH), International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), Digital Audio Effects Conference (DAFx), International Symposium on Music Acoustics (ISMA), Forum IRCAM, and SEAMUS, in the US, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Sweden.  

He has received support from the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, for commissions from the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, the Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts, and the Headwaters Dance Company, commissions from the Association for American Medical Colleges, the Cybersounds Festival at Temple University, the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, and the Montana State Music Teachers Association, and recognition from the National Academy of Music, La Fundación Destellos, Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, Renée B. Fisher Composer Awards, New Music USA, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and the Montana Arts Council.  Recently he was a visiting scholar, researching haptic musical interface design, at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast, N. Ireland, a visiting composer, working with the Namaste Ensemble in Città di Castello and Rome, Italy, and a resident, at the Ucross and Brush Creek artist retreats, near Sheridan and Saratoga, Wyoming.

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Assistant Professor
Composition, Music Technology, ICAT
Virginia Tech
School of Performing Arts
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8502
(540) 231-5034 (fax)
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