Works performed by Earplay:

In Stillness

Robert Coburn (b. 1949) is a composer and sound artist. His creative work includes concert music, both acoustic and electroacoustic; live, interactive computer music pieces with video; temporary sound environment installations; and permanent soundworks as public art. His music has been performed throughout North America and Europe. Recent compositions include Fragile Horizon for viola, speaking voice, computer, and video, commissioned by the Dave Brubeck Festival 2007; In Stillness for violin, computer, and video; Tranquil Turmoil Dreaming for computer and video; and Patterns Luminous for shakuhachi and computer.

His permanent soundworks are installed across the landscape of the Oregon Convention Center (Portland, Oregon) and along the Avenue of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). In 2002 his installation piece between…beyond was exhibited at the Marjorie and Richard Reynolds Gallery. Documentation of his soundworks was exhibited as part of "nada — an experience in sound" at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, India.

He has presented papers about his work at a wide variety of conferences including the Music Cognition and Behavior Symposium (Rome); the Australasian Computer Music Conference (Melbourne); and the SoundAxis, Architecture/Music/Acoustics Conference and Festival in Toronto where he spoke on "Music in Architectural Time." In May 2007 he was a guest of the Intermedia Institute of the Tokyo National University (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku).

Dr. Robert Coburn is Chair of the Music Studies Department and Program Director of Music Composition and Theory at the Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific where he also directs Conservatory computer music studios, Ensemble 20/21, and the SoundImageSound Festival.

[from program for November 3, 2007 concert]