Doug Van Nort

Canada Research Chair; Associate Professor, Computational Arts/Music

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Doug Van Nort is an artist, researcher, composer and improviser. His work is concerned with distributed agency and sensorial immersion in technologically-mediated musical performance contexts. His research-creation activities engage with affective and visceral experiences of the sonic and haptic senses, with the complex and embodied nature of listening, and with improvisation as a social model for collective emergence. He creates works that integrate improvisation and collective performance with machine agents, interactive systems and experiences of telepresence. Van Nort regularly presents this work internationally, and recent projects have spanned telematic music compositions, a solar-powered and evolving environmental sound art piece for a remote pond (Fieldwork), interactive conducting/processing of his Electro-Acoustic Orchestra, autonomous machine composition/improvisation systems, interactive music composition for large-scale dance pieces (National Ballet School, EMPAC, York Dance Ensemble), soundscape composition for 2,500 year old Chinese bells (Smithsonian’s Freer-Sackler Gallery), and performative sonification of data streams (NASA’s Kepler mission). This work is informed by his background in mathematics, media arts, Deep Listening practice, music composition and performance, and draws upon disparate areas ranging from perceptual and cognitive science, electroacoustic music, systems theory, sound studies, AI/machine learning, signal processing and various forms of ritual.