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Office 508

Courses Taught

Survey of Electronic Music

Beyond Classical


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Awards and Distinctions

Gaudeamus 2005

IRCAM 'Cursus' 2006-2008

MATA Festival (2012)


line upon line percussion (2015)

Kim Anno, painter/filmmaker (2010-13)

Tony Arnold, soprano (2016)

Malevolent bursts of noise poured from her mouth, transforming the sound of feedback into something like a physical dry-heave– there were moments where Hughes’ body language suggested someone being force-fed electrical wire."

— (Pitchfork Magazine, speaking of Mellissa Hughe's Performance of my work, 'Position, influence' for soprano and sound sculpture)


What is your hometown?

Tenafly, NJ

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Theatre, art, and cinema.

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

"How is the work different when it's heard live?"

What was a turning point in your career?

68' at Pompidou Center, 2008 (Paris)

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

Something having to do with theatre.

What is your daily practice routine?

Coffee first.