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Stephen Davismoon is Professor of Contemporary Composition. The main focus of his research is as a composer. He has written for a wide variety of media: solo instrumental; chamber; orchestral; vocal and electroacoustic/sound installation works he has had performances of his work in Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay and the USA.
Many of his works combine traditional/acoustic instruments/voices with real-time/interactive electronic transformations – always seeking to create unified musical works that possess endless possibilities for the performer and listener. His use of live/interactive electronics in his work commonly consists of subtle, complex and dynamic systems that are always sensitive to the dynamic, rhythmic and harmonic gestures of the ‘live’ performer(s) seeking to enhance – complementarily - the performance and listening space.
Ideas and techniques from the fields of emergent and generative computing consistently appear throughout his work, irrespective of medium. The transformation/hybridisation of musical archetypes/topics through generative/emergent algorithms for example is a common theme of enquiry.
In addition to his work as a composer Stephen also writes regularly on matters relating to contemporary music history and practice. His scholarly work on Luigi Nono and Edgard Varèse for Routledge were well-received.