Short biography

Alyssa is a composer, researcher, and educator who writes both acoustic and electroacoustic works, with a focus on works that combine electronics or electronically-inspired techniques with acoustic instruments. Her current research explores the aesthetics of musical works which contain electronics, and concerns itself with the way in which new compositional applications (such as electronics) can be integrated into works in a musically meaningful way. As a researcher, she has done extensive work with translating gesture into sound, as a member of the University of British Columbia SUBCLASS and as an individual composer-performer. The results of this work has been presented at several conferences, including ICMC, NIME, SMC, and EMS. Alyssa received her B.Sc. in Music Technology from the University of Oregon under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Stolet and Dr. Robert Kyr, her M.Mus in Composition from the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Dr. Keith Hamel and Dr. Robert Pritchard, and her Ph.D. in Composition from the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. David Eagle. Her music and research has been presented at concerts, festivals, and conferences worldwide. She has also provided the soundtrack for both Canadian and European films. Alyssa is currently a student at the Kunstuniversität Graz, where she studies computer music with Dr. Marko Ciciliani and composition for music theatre with Klaus Lang. In addition to composing music, she also is a prolific writer, having produced several academic texts as well as fiction under various pen names.