I have a very diverse academic and creative background in the performing arts and I also teach violin for students at all levels. I have been a classical violinist and a Scottish Highland Dancer since I was five years old and now I create interdisciplinary, interactive computer music works. On this website you will find information regarding my background, teaching experience, and portfolio.
At the University of British Columbia I expanded on my creative capabilities through the use of technology. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Music and English Literature;
Minor in Applied Music Technology. I then went on to earn my Masters of Music in Sonic Arts degree at the University of Calgary. My music technology portfolio is organized into categories: Masters Thesis, TRAVIS, SUBCLASS, Conferences and Academic Projects, Soundscapes, Augmented Props, and Other Music Tech Works.
My creative philosophy for music composition with technology is "construct, repair, repurpose, perform". I believe in doing everything I can to construct my own tools and instruments before resorting to buying buying them. This includes DMIs (Digital Musical Instruments) and devices, as well as software. All tools, robotics, and computers break down over time and when they do I like to do everything I can to repair them, and if not, repurpose their components. There is a common notion that computer music consists of sitting at a computer to carefully craft the perfect single and the consumer hits "play" on the final product. In reality, that is only one small aspect of the genre. I believe in the virtuosic potential of computer music and wherever appropriate, I enjoy performing and interacting with the computer live.