Michael McNabb - Biography

Dr. Michael McNabb is a composer, performer, installation artist and computer music veteran. He has received awards from the Prix Ars Electronica, the National Endowment for the Arts (twice), the Bourges Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the League of Composers-ISCM.

Two CD releases are available on the Wergo label, "Invisible Cities" (Wer 2015-50), and "Dreamsong" (Wer 2020-2), whose title piece New Yorker writer Andrew Porter termed "a classic of the genre", and the San Jose Mercury News named as one of the best works of the last 40 years. His music is also featured on the soundtrack of "Mars in 3D", a recent 3D Blu-ray disk (AIX Records) of a NASA documentary on the Viking Mars project. Michael was also responsible for the film's restoration.

His many international performances and installations include the Almeida Festival in London, the ISEA conferences in Groningen, Minneapolis, and Montreal, and Computer Music Conferences in Venice, Glasgow, Tokyo, and San Jose. Collaborators include dance companies (including ODC/San Francisco and Liss Fain Dance), photographers, and installation artists. Articles and essays appear in the books "The Language of Electroacoustic Music" (Macmillan Press) and "The Music Machine" (MIT Press), and in the Computer Music Journal and Leonardo Journal.

Michael holds a doctorate in Music Composition from Stanford University, where he studied at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics with John Chowning and Leland Smith. He is also senior Silicon Valley technology consultant, V.P. of Technology at AquaMinds Software, the former manager of Sound and Music Software at NeXT Computer, and author of the real-time audio/MIDI applications used in his own music and installations.

Michael's current work focuses on instrumental and electroacoustic music performance using advanced interactive sound and music processing. He favors collaborative projects and is always on the lookout for potential artistic partnerships with innovators in other fields.

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