Chris Mercer

Chris Mercer received a B.M. in Composition at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Ph.D. in Composition at the University of California, San Diego. His principal teachers were Chaya Czernowin and Chinary Ung, instrumental music, and Peter Otto and Roger Reynolds, electronic music. He has held artist residencies at Experimentalstudio SWR, Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, and Sound Traffic Control in San Francisco; his music has been performed by Ensemble Ascolta, Ensemble SurPlus, Fonema Consort, and Schlagquartett Köln. His electroacoustic music and research have focused on animal communication, especially nonhuman primate vocalization, including research residencies at the Duke Lemur Center, the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, and the Brookfield Zoo. His instrumental music involves modified conventional instruments, found objects, and instruments of the composer’s own design, in combination with amplification, live electronics, and spatialization. He has taught electronic music at UC San Diego, UC Irvine, and CalArts; he currently teaches in the Composition and Music Technology program at Northwestern University.

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