I recently completed my Ph.D. in Computer Music and Multimedia at Brown University (2018) and am currently an instructor of electronic and digital audio in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University. At Brown I belonged to the pilot cohort of the Open Graduate Education program, supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, allowing me to pursue a Master’s degree in German studies in tandem with my Ph.D. research. I apply humanistic modes of inquiry to my transverse technological research in sonic interaction design, digital sound, instrument design and augmentation, and musical gesture, which I elucidate through a sustained dialogue with continental philosophy.
I have played at, or had my work performed at, ICMC, NIME, SEAMUS, NYCEMF, The SPLICE Festival; presented technology at the Guthman Competition at Georgia Tech; been invited as a composer to residencies by the iPark Foundation, Hewnoaks Colony, and Playa Foundation; held Fulbright, Brown Open Graduate Education, and Tisch Foundation fellowships; given invited talks at the SPLICE Festival, the Guthman Competition, the Arizona State University Digital Culture Speaker Series, and NIME; held scholarships for participation in summer music festivals at the Brevard Music Center, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, The International Summer Music Academy of the Juilliard School, and the Chautauqua Institution; and earned scholarly awards from Northwestern University, including the Geza von Molnar Essay Award and the Distinguished Honors Thesis Award, Department of Philosophy.
PhD | Brown University | Computer Music & Multimedia | 2018 | Advisor: Joseph Butch Rovan | Readers: Todd Winkler, Aden Evens (Dartmouth)
MA | Brown University | German Studies | 2015 | Advisor: Gerhard Richter
MA | Brown University | Computer Music & Multimedia | 2014 | Advisor: Joseph Butch Rovan
MA | Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main | Political Theory | 2011 | Advisor: Christoph Menke
BA | Northwestern University | Philosophy & Critical Theory (Honors) | 2007 | Advisor: Peter Fenves
Instructor, Electronic and Digital Audio | School of Arts, Media and Engineering | Arizona State University | 2018 - present
Faculty Associate | School of Arts, Media and Engineering | Arizona State University | 2017 - 2018
Open Graduate Education Fellowship | Brown University | 2016
Tisch Foundation Fellowship | Brown University | 2011
Fulbright Research Fellowship | Institut für Philosophie | Frankfurt am Main | 2007
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grant | Frankfurt am Main | 2007
Thorn, Seth, “A Computational System for Violin: Synthesis and Dissolution in Windowless,” Leonardo Music Journal 29 (2019, forthcoming).
Grants & Awards
Semifinalist | Guthman Instrument Competition | Georgia Tech | 2018
Brown Arts Initiative Grant | Brown University | $600 | 2016
International Graduate Colloquium Fund | Brown University | $5000 | 2014
Creative Arts Council Grant | Brown University | $600 | 2013
Open Graduate Education Grant | Brown University | $1000 | 2013
Mellon Foundation Grant | $1500 | 2013
Watson Institute Grant | Brown University | $1000 | 2013
Department of Music Travel Grant | Brown University | $500 | 2013
Distinguished Honors Thesis Prize | Northwestern University | $400 | 2007
Geza von Molnar Essay Award | Northwestern University | $400 | 2007
Phoenix Symphony Guild Concerto Competition Finalist | Full Scholarship to Sewanee | 2002
Virtuoso Violas Competition Grand Prize Winner | Arizona State University | 2000
I am a classically-trained violist and violinist. In high school I studied with Dr. William Magers, Professor Emeritus of Viola at Arizona State University. At Northwestern University I studied with Dr. Roland Vamos. At summer residencies I worked with Charles Pickler, principal violist of the Chicago Symphony, Evan Wilson, former principal violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Stephen Clapp, Dean Emeritus of the Juilliard School. I have also participated in masterclasses with famous ensembles, most notably with the Leipzig String Quartet. I played in several professional ensembles while living in Germany, including Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt and Philharmonie Leipzig.