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.