1. Faculty

Taurin Barrera

Studio Director; Technology and Applied Composition

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Theory of Musical Synthesis
  • Pro Tools Certification
  • The Art and Technique of DJing
  • Building Electroacoustic Tools
  • Introduction to Music Technology

EDUCATION

  • MFA, Mills College
  • BA, The College of William and Mary

What is your hometown?

Alexandria, VA

What is your favorite recording?

In no particular order: Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced?; Aphex Twin: Drukqs; Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air; Zapp: Zapp

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Creative coding, interactive multimedia arts, travel, coffee, and hiking in the Bay Area sunshine.

Who were your major teachers?

Sophia Serghi, Maggi Payne, and Pauline Oliveros.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

"YOLO."

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

“Why am I doing this?”

What was a turning point in your career?

During undergrad, a professor showed me how to generate and transform sounds on a computer with Cycling 74's MaxMSP — I was hooked. I've been falling down the rabbit hole of music technology ever since.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Working as a creative technologist at an interactive design agency, or maybe running a solar-powered bitcoin mining operation.

What is your daily practice routine?

I constantly listen to records throughout the day to practice listening.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Claude Debussy, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Brian Eno.

From a music history perspective, what year and city are most important to you?

A tie between the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s for its experimental electronic scene, and Detroit at the same time during the start of Motown.

What are your most important collaborations?

The Living Room with Bill Baird at The Museum of Human Achievement, DataCanvas with swissnex San Francisco, Gray Area, Seeed Studio, and B+S Electroacoustic Duo with Tara Sreekrishnan.