A shorter bio for performances events can be found here
and another for scholarly events can be found here
Doug Van Nort is an experimental musician and sound artist/researcher whose work is dedicated to the creation of immersive and visceral sonic experiences, and to fostering personal and collective creative expression through composition, free improvisation and generally electro-acoustic means of production. His instruments are self-made and idiosyncratic systems that explore a sculptural approach to working with sound, and improvisation in partnership with machine processes. His source materials include any and all sounds discovered through attentive listening to the world.
Van Nort regularly presents his work in N. America and abroad. Recent projects have spanned telematic music compositions, transforming an elevator into an electroacoustic sculpture, interactive textiles, creating + performing with machine listening+improvising systems, interactive music composition for a dance piece based on muscle sound, and performing sonified data streams from NASA's Kepler mission. The unifying thread in this work is that it begins from the experience of listening, and a fascination with the complex and embodied nature of listening in environments that are immersed in sound.
As a performer specializing in truly improvised electroacoustic music, Van Nort often performs solo as well as with a wide array of artists across musical styles and artistic media. Ongoing collaborations include Triple Point with Pauline Oliveros and Jonas Braasch, a duo with If, Bwana and working as a member of the Composers Inside Electronics. In recent years he has performed and recorded with dozens of artists including Francisco López, Stuart Dempster, Chris Chafe, Kathy Kennedy, Ben Miller, Alessandra Eramo, David Arner, Anne Bourne, Eric Leonardson, Judy Dunaway, Katherine Liberovskaya, Carver Audain, Jefferson Pitcher, Jonathan Chen, and in Sarah Weaver-led ensembles alongside the likes of Gerry Hemingway, Min Xiao-Fen, Franz Hackl, Mark Helias and Dave Taylor. He has performed his work at a range of venues recently including the [sat] and Casa del Popolo in Montreal, on WNUR in Chicago, Casa da Musica in Porto, Betong in Oslo, The Red Room in Baltimore, Studio Soto in Boston, The Guelph Jazz Festival, Roulette, Harvestworks, the Flea theatre, the New Museum, the Miller Theatre, Issue Project Room and the Stone in NYC, at Town Hall (NYC) on intonarumori as part of the Performa futurist biennial, at EMPAC in Troy, NY, at the International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), as part of the Phil Niblock-curated 'festival with no fancy name' at Experimental Intermedia, at the NYC electroacoustic music festival and various other festivals and events in the U.S. and Europe.
Though he has favored live performance over studio artifacts in recent years, recordings of Van Nort's music can be found on Deep Listening, Pogus and Zeromoon among other experimental music labels, while his writing has recently appeared in Organised Sound, the Leonardo Music Journal, Kybernetes and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
As a teacher, in recent years Van Nort has led workshops, seminars and courses on "Sound Sculpting and Deep Listening through Electronics", designed towards enhancement of listening and creativity through a mixture of bodywork, breathing/sounding/listening exercises, as well as the use of analog/digital electronics as a shared medium for the collective listening and sounding experiences. These events leverage Van Nort's experience of Deep Listening (certificate holder) and his life as a practitioner of electroacoustic composition/improvisation and sound-focused art/research.
Van Nort holds a Ph.D. in Music Technology from McGill University, where he was a Tomlinson Fellow studying with Marcelo Wanderley, Philippe Depalle and Stephen McAdams, an M.F.A. in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute including studies with Pauline Oliveros and Joel Chadabe, and an M.A. and B.A. in Pure Mathematics from the State University of New York (Potsdam) including studies in Electronic Composition with Paul Steinberg at the Crane School of Music. He recently completed a five-year tenure as a research associate and instructor in music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he conducted research in telematic music and machine improvisation while teaching courses in electronic arts and architecture related to telematic music, improvisation, listening and sound.
As of August 2013 Van Nort has moved to Montreal to begin work as a Banting Research Fellow at Hexagram / Concordia University, actively collaborating with media artists, performers and scholars as an affiliate of the Topological Media Lab. He has also recently begun working as an Assistant Editor for the Computer Music Journal (MIT Press).
Recent C.V. [pdf]