Department of Performing Arts
William Brent’s creative work is spread across the areas of experimental music performance, sound art, and sound design. These projects involve various combinations of human- robotic- and computer-realized sound, and are controlled by software written in the SuperCollider and Pd programming environments. In addition to concert-based projects, William is also active in the areas of remote network music performance and interactive sound installation. His current research areas are the relationship between gesture and sound in the performance of live computer-based music, and signal processing techniques for timbre identification. He is the author of timbreID: an open source library of Pd objects for real-time timbre analysis and identification.
William’s pedagogical interests extend to multimedia programming languages, physical computing, digital signal processing, and studio recording techniques.
PhD, Music, University of California, San Diego
MA, Composition, Mills College
BA, Composition, Wilfrid Laurier University