Scot Gresham-Lancaster

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Scot Gresham-Lancaster (b. Redwood City, CA, USA, 1954) is a composer, performer, instrument builder, educator and educational technology specialist with over three decades of professional experience. He is dedicated to research and performance using the expanding capabilities of computer networks to create new environments for musical and cross discipline expression. As a member of The Hub (band), he is one of the early pioneers of "computer network" music which uses the behavior of interconnected music machines to create innovative ways for performers and computers to interact. He has recently performed in a series of "co-located" performances collaborating in real time with live and distant dancers, video artists and musicians in network based performances. For over two decades, he has worked with multimedia prototyping and user interface theory and its relationship to new markets as an independent consultant and at Interval Research, SEGA-USA, and Muse Communications.

As a student, he studied with Philip Ianni, Roy Harris, Darius Milhaud, John Chowning, Robert Ashley, Terry Riley, Robert Sheff, David Cope and Jack Jarret among others. In the late 1970s he worked closely with Serge Tcherepnin helping with the construction and distribution of Serge's Serge Modular Music System. He went on to work at Oberheim Electronics. In the early 1980s he was the technical director at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, and has taught at California State University, Hayward, Diablo Valley College, Ex'pression College for Digital Arts, Cogswell College, and San Jose State University.

He has been a composer in residence at Mills College Center for Contemporary Music. At STEIM in Amsterdam he has been doing ongoing work to develop new families of controllers to be used exclusively in the live performance of electroacoustic music. He is an alumnus of the Djerassi Artist Residency Program. He has toured and recorded as a member of The Hub (band) and Room (with Chris Brown, Larry Ochs and William Winant), Alvin Curran, ROVA saxophone quartet, the Club Foot Orchestra, and the Dutch ambient group NYX. He has performed the music of Alvin Curran, Pauline Oliveros, John Zorn, and John Cage, under their direction, and worked as a technical assistant to Lou Harrison, Iannis Xenakis, David Tudor, Edmund Campion, Cindy Cox and among many others.

Since 2006 he has collaborated with media artist Stephan Bull in a series of “cellphone operas”. Cellphonia explores the social, technological, and creative possibilities of cell phones with bias to encourage new applications for cultural growth.

Publications[edit]

Experiences in Digital Terrain: Using Digital Elevation Models for Music and Interactive Multimedia.[1]
The Aesthetics and History of the Hub: The Effects of Changing Technology on Network Computer Music[2]
Mixing in the Round [3]
Flying Blind: Network and feedback based systems in real time interactive music performances.[4]
No There, There: A personal history of telematic performance [5]

Discography[edit]

The HUB: Boundary Layer (3-CD retrospective) Tzadik TZ 8050-3
Orchestrate Clang Mass, solo work Live Interactive Electronics (1983-2001) (2003 OCM publishing)
Fuzzybunny w/Chris Brown and Tim Perkis Sonore 2001
The HUB: Wrecking Ball (Hub 2nd CD) Artifact 010
Yearbook Vol. 1 Track 5 Rastascan
Nonstop Flight (HUB with Deep Listening Band) Music and Arts
Metropolis (Clubfoot Orchestra)
Voys vol.1 (Voys)
Electric Rags (w Alviv Curran and the Rova Saxophone Quartet) New Albion
NYX Axis Mundi (with Bert Barten) Lotus Records
Gino Robair: Other Destinations Rastascan Records
Vol. 17 CDCM Computer Music Series (Chain reaction) CDCM
Room (Hall of Mirrors) Music and Art
The HUB: Computer Network Music, Artifact 002
Talking Drum: Chris Brown, Pogus 21034

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Experiences in Digital Terrain: Using Digital Elevation Models for Music and Interactive Multimedia. Bill Thibault and Scot Gresham-Lancaster Leonardo Music Journal 7 (1997)
  2. ^ The Aesthetics and History of the Hub: The Effects of Changing Technology on Network Computer Music, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Leonardo Music Journal 8 (1998)
  3. ^ Mixing in the Round, Scot Gresham-Lancaster, Desktop Music Production Guide - Primedia Publications (2001)
  4. ^ Flying Blind: Network and feedback based systems in real time interactive music performances, Proceedings of the “Beyond Noise” Conference University of California Santa Barbara (2002)
  5. ^ No There, There: A personal history of telematic performance Proceedings of the American Acoustical Society Conference, Miami (2008)

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