Robert Scott Thompson

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<p><p>The term <em>musical alchemist</em> best<br />
describes modern music composer Robert Scott Thompson. Combining his<br />
mastery of the electroacoustic, contemporary instrumental, and<br />
avant-garde genres into a swirling cohesive whole, he is an important<br />
pioneer on music's new frontier. Hailed as one of the most important<br />
composers working in electroacoustic, acousmatic and classical ambient<br />
music today, he has produced and published seminal work since 1976.</p><br />
<p>Influences as diverse as Chopin and Satie, Stockhausen, Varèse and Cage,<br />
and Bowie and Eno can be heard in Robert's music. Robert's first love<br />
is the electronic music synthesizer, but he is also an expressive<br />
vocalist, instrumentalist, video artist, computer musician, sound<br />
designer and film composer.<br><br>Over the years, RST has become increasingly well known internationally<br />
for his instrumental and electroacoustic works, often comissioned by<br />
prestigious organizations, ensembles and instrumentalists, and also for<br />
his many recordings which have been broadcast worldwide. His work has<br />
been presented in numerous important festivals such as&nbsp; the Koriyama<br />
Bienalle (Japan), Sound (Scotland), Presences (France), Synthese<br />
(France), Sonorities (Northern Ireland), ICMC, SEAMUS and the Cabrillo<br />
Music Festival (California), and has been broadcast on Radio France,<br />
BBC, NHK, ABC, WDR, NPR and numerous other networks around the world.<br />
His music is published on recordings by EMF Media, Neuma, Drimala,<br />
Capstone, Hypnos, Oasis/Mirage, Groove, Lens, Space for Music, Zero<br />
Music, Twelfth Root, Relaxed Machinery and Aucourant record labels,<br />
among others, and in print by American Composers Alliance (American<br />
Composers Editioin) Aucourant Media Productions.<br />
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Biography

Thompson is a composer of both instrumental and electroacoustic music and is currently Professor of Music Composition at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He earned the B.Mus. degree from the University of Oregon and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). His primary teachers include Bernard Rands, Roger Reynolds, Joji Yuasa, and F. Richard Moore.

He has created work in a wide variety of forms ranging from chamber and orchestral music to works for the virtuoso soloist, computer music, and video and performance art. He is the recipient of several prizes and distinctions for his music including the First Prize in the 2003 Musica Nova Competition (Czech Republic), the First Prize in the 2001 Pierre Schaeffer Competition (Italy) and awards in the XVI Concorso Internazionale "Luigi Russolo" (Italy), Irino Prize Foundation Competition for Chamber Music (Japan), and Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges - including the Commande Commission 2007 (France), among others.

He was a Research Assistant of the Center for Music Experiment (CME) Computer Audio Research Lab (CARL) during the 1980s, assisting significant composers in the realization of advanced computer music works.  In 1991, he was named a Fulbright Fellow and Research Scholar by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars  (CIES) and was Composer in Residence at the Danish Institute of Electroacoustic Music (DIEM) where he collaborated on fundamental research in computer music and composed the long-form acousmatic work - The Strong Eye.  More recently (2007), he was Composer in Residence at the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique (France, 2007) working on an IMEB Commande Commission.
 

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