Todd E. Winkler 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 recent work uses motion sensing devices to allow dancers creative input into computer music and digital video systems. These 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. His latest work is a multimedia theatre piece with writer/director Kym Moore, "Time's Up: Love, Friendship and Transformation Across the Fourth Dimension." The work creates virtual worlds using live video processing.


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 "Entaglemet 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.

http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Music/faculty/winkler/

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scholarly work

Composing Interactive Music. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1998.

“Flying, Spinning and Breaking Apart: Live Video Processing and the Altered Self.” In Proceedings for the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA). Istanbul, Turkey: 2011.

 

“Video Mirrors and Mirror Neurons: A Look at Empathy in Participatory Immersive Environments.” In Proceedings for the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA). Belfast, N. Ireland: 2009.  

 

“Celeritas – A Wearable Sensor System for Interactive Digital Dance Theatre.” B. O’Flynn, F. Torre, M. Fernstrom, T. Winkler, A. Lynch, J. Barton, P. Angove, S. C. O’Mathuna.“ In Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks. Aachen, Germany: 2007.

 

“Movement-Activated Sound and Video Processing for Multimedia Dance/Theatre.”

In Proceedings for the 2003 International Computer Music Conference. San Francisco, CA: Computer Music Association, 2003.

 

"Live Video and Sound Processing for Dance.”

In Proceedings from the Eighth Biennial Connecticut College Symposium on Arts and Technology. New London, CT: Connecticut College, 2003.

 

"Participation and Response in Movement-Sensing Installations."

In Proceedings for the 2000 International Computer Music Conference. San Francisco, CA: Computer Music Association, 2000.

 

"Motion-Sensing Music: Artistic and Technical Challenges in Two Works for Dance."

In Proceedings for the 1998 International Computer Music Conference. San Francisco, CA: Computer Music Association, 1998.

 

"Creating Interactive Dance with the Very Nervous System."

In Proceedings from the Fifth Biennial Connecticut College Symposium on Arts and Technology.           

New London, CT: Connecticut College, 1997.

 

"Making Motion Musical: Gesture Mapping Strategies for Interactive Computer Music."

In Proceedings for the 1995 International Computer Music Conference. San Francisco, CA: Computer Music Association, 1995.

 

"Composing Interactive Music: A Pedagogical Approach to Teaching Interactive Composition."

In Proceedings for the 1995 International Computer Music Conference. San Francisco, CA: Computer Music Association, 1995.

 

"Strategies for Interaction: Virtual Music, Performance, and Multimedia."

In Proceedings from the Fifth Biennial Connecticut College Symposium on Arts and Technology. New London, CT: Connecticut College, 1995.

 

"FollowPlay: A MAX Program for Interactive Composition." In Proceedings for the 1992 International Computer Music Conference. San Francisco, CA: Computer Music Association, 1992.

 

"Interactive Signal Processing for Acoustic Instruments." In Proceedings for the 1991 International

Computer Music Conference. San Francisco, CA: Computer Music Association, 1991.

research overview

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.

research statement

Todd Winkler's specific research interests include research in realtime video and audio processing, motion-sensing systems for live performance and installation, artistic applications of human-computer interaction, and Interactive systems for music, dance, performance art, and theatre.

funded research

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