Primary Contact:
Thomas Handman (Tom) Lopez

Administrative Assistant:
Jeanne Rosecrans

Division Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8297
Fax: (440) 775-6813

Peter Swendsen

Peter Swendsen

Associate Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts

Associate Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts

As technology becomes ubiquitous in daily life, Associate Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts Peter Swendsen says artists must explore new ways of communicating.

Contact Information


Bibbins Hall-TIMARA Studio 7
(440) 775-8223

Peter Swendsen

Peter Swendsen

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 1999
  • Master of Fine Arts, Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, 2001
  • PhD, University of Virginia, 2008
  • Fulbright Fellow, NoTAM Computer Music Studios, Oslo, Norway, 2006-07

Recent Compositions: (partial listing)

  • Every Second (2007): evening-length, stereophonic tape for dance
  • Tomorrow will be 5m 21s shorter (2006): for stereophonic tape
  • Any Way the Wind (2006): for tenor recorder and stereophonic tape
  • Interlude 1 (2006): for extended piano and stereophonic tape
  • a sudden change in the consistency of snow (2006): for alto sax, stereophonic tape, and video
  • The Beggar’s Table (2005): evening-length, piano and stereophonic tape for dance
  • Shaking Leaves (2005): for percussion quartet
  • A Sort of Explanation (2004): evening-length tape, saxophone, and video score for dance
  • Song for Circular Space (2004): for octophonic tape
  • Little Girl Lost (2003): stereophonic tape, violin, and live processing for dance
  • Preparations No. 3 (2003): for amplified prepared piano and stereophonic tape

Recent Performances: (partial listing)

  • San Francisco, ODC Theater: Mary Carbonara Dances (6/07): Every Second
  • Boston: Cyber Arts Festival (4/07): a sudden change in the consistency of snow
  • New Orleans: ICMC 2006 (11/06): a sudden change in the consistency of snow
  • Cologne, Germany: SoundLab 4 (10/06): Little Girl Lost
  • Lisbon, Portugal: Música Viva Festival (9/06): Song for Circular Space
  • Santiago, Chile: LAIM + CECh + RedAsla Cycle (9/06): Lament upon Waking
  • Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida: Inside/Out (6/06): Interlude 1
  • Seoul, Korea: Seoul International Computer Music Festival (11/05): Preparations No. 1
  • Montreal: Mid-autumn Moon Festival (9/05): Song for Circular Space
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: Sonoimagenes,  (8/05): Preparations No. 1
  • San Francisco, ODC Theater: Mary Carbonara Dances (6/05): The Beggar’s Table & Deflecting Faith
  • Huelva, Spain:  Confluencias VI (5/05): Preparations No. 1
  • Paris, France: Music from the VCCM (3/05): Lament upon Waking
  • Miami: ICMC 2004 (11/04): Preparations No. 3 
  • Kansas City: Electronic Music Midwest (10/03): Preparations No. 3
  • Calcutta, India: American Dance Showcase (10/03): Picture Me Running
  • San Francisco: SummerFest Dance Festvial (7/03): Little Girl Lost
  • Bratislave, Slovakia: Sonorities of Interactive Acoustics (5/03): Preparations No. 3
  • Venice, Italy: Risonanze 2003 (5/03): Preparations No. 3


Recent Publications & Presentations: (partial listing)

  • “PAIR and WISEAR: Wireless Dance Interface.” (with David Topper); Journal SEAMUS (2006, v19.1)
  • CD and book reviews published in Computer Music Journal (MIT Press) and Journal SEAMUS
  • Presentations at Electroacoustic Music Studies Network (Leicester, UK), NoTAM Forum Lecture Series (Oslo, Norway), Nordic Music Technology Conference (Trondheim, Norway), Music and Gesture Conference (Manchester, UK), Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium (Connecticut College), International Alliance for Women in Music Congress (Miami), SEAMUS National Conferences, SCI National Conference, ICMC, NIME


  • 60 x 60 2004-2005, Vox Novus Records (2007)
  • Steel Pan in the 21st Century, Quiet Design Records (2007)-
  • Concurso Internacional de Miniatures Electroacousticas, Arsonal Records (2004)

Honors and Awards:

  • Fulbright Fellowship (2006-07)
  • University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars Graduate Fellowship (2002-06) and Faculty Senate Dissertation Fellowship (2006)
  • Honorable Mention (2006), Música Viva Electroacoustic Composition Competition, Portugal
  • Society of Composers/ASCAP Region III Student Commission Contest Winner (2004 and 2006)
  • IAWM Congress Graduate Student Scholarship Recipient (2006)
  • ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award Finalist (2005)
  • Robert J. Huskey Travel Fellowship (2003 and 2005)
  • Finalist (2004), Confluencias Electro-Acoustic Miniatures Contest, Spain
  • University of Virginia Raven Fellowship Grant Recipient (2004)
  • Elizabeth Mills Crouthers Composition Prize (2001)

Professional Affiliations

Prospect Dance Group (Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director), Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (Assistant Editor of Journal SEAMUS), International Computer Music Association, Society of Composers (former Executive Committee member and Webmaster), Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA), Performance Studies International, International Alliance for Women in Music, College Art Association, American Composers Forum, College Music Society, Fulbright Alumni Association