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Adam Basanta, MA

Part-time Faculty, Music
Part-time Faculty, Design and Computation Arts


Adam Basanta (b.1985) is a multiple award-winning composer and media artist, whose work traverses electroacoustic, acoustic and mixed composition, audiovisual installations, interactive laptop performance, and innovative light design. His work often explores notions of listening, cross-modal perception, unorthodox performance practices, and the articulation of site and space.
His music has been described as "frantic, noisy and gutsy" (Words and Music), "an electrochemistry of the new and old" (Boston Musical Intelligencer), while "the richness and dynamism of colour in his pieces stirs questions" (Musicworks).

He holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University, where he studied extensively with Barry Truax, and is currently an MA candidate at Concordia University, supervised by Sandeep Bhagwati and Chris Salter.
His concert works have been presented throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the UK, and have been awarded national (SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012; Jeu de Temps 2010, 2012) and international prizes (Metamorphoses Acousmatic Biennale 2010, Belgium; VII International Contest of Electroacoustic Miniatures 2009, Spain; Musica Viva 2010, Portugal; Sound in Space Competition, Boston, MA).
His collaborations with dance companies (Henry Daniel, Troika Ranch, Kinesis Dance somatheatro) have toured internationally. His audiovisual installations have been presented in Canada, the US and Spain.

Research interests

Sound art, sound studies, sound design, audiovisual installations, audiovisual performance, contemporary music, cross-modal perception, psychoacoustics.

Areas of expertise

Contemporary music composition and history, sound studies, psychoacoustics, sound design.

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