Joseph Rovan

Joseph Rovan

Real Name:
Joseph W. Rovan
Joseph "Butch" Rovan is an American composer, media artist, and performer, Chair of the Department of Music and director of MEME (Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments) program at Brown University. He studied at the University of California, Riverside and received B.A. summa cum laude in Music (1989) and M.A. in Composition (1991) degrees there. Rovan also wrote a dissertation Aerial Variations: for Alto Saxophone, Chamber Orchestra, and Interactive Electronics under the guidance of Richard Felciano at the University of California, Berkeley and received a Ph.D. degree in Composition in 1998.

Rovan worked as a Product Manager for MAX and hardware solutions at Opcode Systems in 1995–96. He then spent a year in Paris as a researcher-composer with the Real-Time Systems Team at Ircam (1997–98). From 2000 until 2004, Butch Rovan served as a director of the Center For Experimental Music And Intermedia, University Of North Texas, Denton.

The composer frequently performs his works with augmented acoustic and various custom-designed instruments, and Rovan won prizes at the Concours International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges and the Berlin Transmediale International Media Arts Festival. His research includes the new sensor hardware design and wireless micro-controller systems. Rovan's developments in gestural control and interactivity has been featured in Computer Music Journal, Electronic Musician and SoundArts (Japan) magazines, IRCAM's journal Resonance and CD-ROM Trends in Gestural Control of Music (2000), as well as the Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research: Scholarly Acts and Creative Cartographies book.


Joseph Rovan Discography Tracks

Writing & Arrangement

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