Professor of Music


Todd Winkler is a composer and multimedia artist on the faculty at Brown University, where he is Co-Director of MEME (Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments). His work explores ways in which human actions can affect sound and images produced by computers in multimedia dance/theatre productions, interactive video installations, and concert pieces for computers and instruments. He is the author of Composing Interactive Music (MIT Press, 1998), as well as papers that bridge the fields of music, video art, cognitive science and dance/theatre.

His works for stage use motion sensing devices and live camera feeds to allow performers creative input into computer music and digital video processing systems. His interactive dance productions include: "Dark Around the Edges," with Walter Ferrero, presented at Carriage House Theater, Providence, Rhode Island; "Songs for the Body Electric," with Gerry Girouard, presented in Minneapolis at Intermedia Arts, and at the International Dance and Technology Conference in Tempe, Arizona; "Hitch's Bitches," with Cindy Cummings, at the Project Theatre in Dublin, Ireland and the Yale University Multimedia Festival; and "Falling Up," with Cindy Cummings, a commission from the Dublin Fringe Festival. Recent work includes a multimedia theatre piece with writer/director Kym Moore, "Time's Up: Love, Friendship and Transformation Across the Fourth Dimension," which creates virtual worlds using multiple projections and live video processing. Most recently, he has collaborated with composer/performers to create interactive video scores, including "Love Song to the Sun," Tracy Silverman's electric violin concerto, performed by the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Rogue Valley Orchestra, Vanderbilt Orchestra and Brown University Orchestra; and Rivers in Our Veins," an evening-length multimedia jazz work by composer/drummer Allison Miller and her band Boom Tic Boom, featuring tap dance artist Claudia Rahardjanoto.

Winkler's interactive video and sound installations use similar technology to alter digitized clips and real time video input based on the actions of viewers within a room. His video installations include:Light Around the Edges presented at the Kansas City Performing Arts Center, Watch Me, an installation for children presented at Rhode Island School of Design and Meeting Street School, Maybe...1910, a Rhode Island 2000 Commission presented at the International Computer Music Conference and First Night Providence, and a large-scale video installation featuring audience participation and real-time processing, entitled, Magic Mirrors. Recent commissions include the "Entanglement Witness" created with Cindy Cummings for the Kilkenny Arts Festival in Ireland, and "Glint," shown at the Bell Gallery at Brown University and at the Perth Institute for Contemporary Art, Australia. 

Winkler's concert works incorporating computers with musicians have received international attention at festivals throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His music appears on recordings from Capstone Records, Whole Sum Productions, MIT Press and CMA. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum, the Arizona State University Center for Studies in the Arts, Meet the Composer, First Night International, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Rhodes Island State Council of the Arts, ASCAP, and a Fulbright Fellowship.

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