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Brown, Chris

music electronic instruments performer

Brown, Chris innovative American composer, performer, and teacher; b. Mendota, 111., Sept. 9, 1953. After studies in composition and electronic music with Williams Brooks and Gordon Mumma at the Univ. of Calif, at Santa Cruz (B.A., 1974), he studied computer music with David Rosenboom at Mills Colege in Oakland, Calif. (M.F.A. in electronic music and recording media, 1985), where, from 1987, he served on its faculty. Brown is noted for his invention of unusual electroacoustic instruments, which are put to use in his Alternating Currents (1983), and for his use of live, interactive electronics to extend the sonorities of traditional acoustic instruments, as in his Iceberg (1985), Hall of Mirrors (1987), and Lava (1992). His Snakecharmer (1986) contrasts the mechanical qualities of automated electronic sound environments and the spontaneity of free improvisation, while his Chain Reaction (1990), Wheelies (1992), Talking Drum (1995), and Role’m (1998) explore applications of new technology in performance in such a way as to change the role of musicians one to another as well as to audiences. Brown is also an avid performer, and many of his works with interactive electronics were composed for the ensemble Room, with which he performed, along with William Winant, Larry Ochs, and Scot Gresham-Lancaster. Brown is also a founding member of The Hub, a computer music band whose members designed and built their own hardware and software instruments. Their sharing of musical information and ensuing interaction in live performance created a new genre known as “Computer Network Music”

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