Professor of Music


Joseph Butch Rovan is a media artist and performer on the faculty of the Department of Music at Brown University, where he serves as Faculty Director of the Brown Arts Initiative and co-directs the program in Music and Multimedia Composition. Prior to joining Brown he directed CEMI, the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, at the University of North Texas, and was a compositeur en recherche with the Real-Time Systems Team at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. Rovan worked at Opcode Systems before leaving for Paris, serving as Product Manager for MAX, OMS and MIDI hardware.

Rovan has received prizes from the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition, first prize in the Berlin Transmediale International Media Arts Festival, and his work has been performed throughout Europe and the U.S. Most recently his interactive installation Let us imagine a straight line was featured in the 14th WRO International Media Art Biennale, Poland.

His music appears on Wergo, EMF, Circumvention, and SEAMUS labels. Rovan's research includes sensor hardware design and wireless microcontroller systems. His writing is featured in Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research: Scholarly Acts and Creative Cartographies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

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