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Garth Paine

Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802
Senior Global Futures Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802


FraKture for Garth Paine is a composer, scholar and acoustic ecologist.  He crosses art-science boundaries with his community embedded work on environmental listening and creative place-making in addition to his environmental musical works and performances.  His research drives toward new approaches to acoustic ecology and the exploration of sound as our lived context including the application of VR in health.

In 2018 he was researcher/artist in residence in Europe at IRCAM (Centre Pompideau) and Center for Arts and Media (ZKM). He continues to collaborate on research at IRCAM.

His passion for sound as an exhibitable object has given rise to interactive environments where the sonic landscape is generated through gesture, presence and behavior and several music scores for dance works using realtime video tracking and bio-sensing and musical compositions that have been performed in Australia, Europe, Japan, USA, South America, Hong Kong and New Zealand and, in 2014, Korea, Macedonia, France, and UK.

Paine's current research centers around the Listen(n) Project, on acoustic ecology project that focuses on field recording and community building. He co-directs the Acoustic Ecology Lab (AELab@ASU) with Professor Sabine Feisst, which he established in 2016.

He has a long history of composing musical works from his field recordings and engaging in environmental work through sound. Recent examples include the Site Works project at Bundanon, Australia for which he composed the work Presence in the Landscape and his work Becoming Desert for the Listen(n) Symposium concert in 2014. 

Paine is internationally regarded as an innovator in the field of interactivity in experimental music and media arts. He is an active contributor to the International NIME conference wher he was keynote speaker in 2016. He is on the editorial board of Organised Sound Journal, which he has also guest-edited on several occasions. He lead the Taxonomy of Interfaces/Instruments for Electronic Music performance (TIEM) projects with partners McGill University and the Electronic Music Foundation, resulting in on online database of current practice and opening up the discussion of a taxonomy for classification of new instruments to assist research in the field. 

He is an professor in interactive sound and digital media in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and professor of composition in the School of Music at Arizona State University.  From 2012-13, he was interim-director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and then associate director in 2013-14. From 2011-2104, he was undergraduate chair for the Digital Culture program. He is affiliate faculty at the Center for Biodiversity Outomes and a Senior Sustainability Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

Garth's work can be found at Activated Space

Recent performances include:

FraKture for Symphony Orchestra and the audiences smartphones - Commissioned by ASU Symphony

Future Perfect concert work for Ambisonic (HOA), Smartphone spatial audio and VR            
Cité International des Arts, Paris
        IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris
        EMPAC, Troy, New York (USA)
        Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) (Germany)
        Conservatoire de Strasbourg (France)
         Klingt Gut, Hamburg 
         Zürich University of the Arts, Switzerland 

Metal Music Musical Instrument Museum, Arizona, for B1 Ensemble, live electronics and percussion

Surface Texture Prisms Contemporary Music Festival with Thomas Landschoot (Cello) for solo cello, ensemble & electronics

No Stone Unturned Prisms Contemporary Music Festival, San Diego New Music Players

Becoming Desert Music and Landscape conference, Institute for Electronic Music, Graz

Oscillations Singing Bowl robots exhibited at the CHI2016 Works Gallery, San Jose, California (June 2016)

Rainforest Remix – a performance project in partnership with Rainforest Partners and the UN +SocialGood climate campaign to create an immersive musical performance experience of rainforest environments for SxSW Eco (Oct/15).  Rainforest Remix will be featured at Texas Earth Day 2016 – this project seeks a broad community engagement with environmental awareness by leveraging the popularity and cultural capital of celebrity DJ’s. 

Forrest for flute and live electronics composed for the President’s Showcase (Fall 2014) and also performed at President’s Weekend (Nov’15), the at the Launch of the Biomimicy center (2015).

Oscillations Singing Bowl robots exhibited at the Shaw Centre, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (June 2015) 

49 Waltzes by John Cage – Interactive media installation around sonic place-making developed with students at Technische Hochschule Ansbach, Germany

  • Ph.D., RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia 2003. Dissertation: Unencumbered Human Movement in Interactive Immersive Environments. ISBN: 978-1-4452-0457-4 (2009). Supervisor, Professor David Atkinson.
  • Graduate Certificate in IT (Software Engineering, Java and C++), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia (2002)
  • B. Mus. Performance - Flute, Conservatorium of Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Australia 1985. Professor David Cubbin, and Dr. Johannes Roose. 
Compositions and Performances from Garth Paine
Research Interests: 

Acoustic ECology

Music and Sound composition

Interactive systems in performance

Embodiment and Agency in interactive performance

New interfaces for Musical Expression

Research Group: 

I direct the Acoustic Ecology Lab at ASU


Paine, G. (2017). “Acoustic Ecology 2.0”. Contemporary Music Review (15, Nov. 2017)

Paine, G. (2016). “Ecolisten at the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve,” in Field Institute Insider. Scientific Magazine of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, January 2017, co-authored with Sabine Feisst

Paine, G. (2016). “Ecologies of Listening and Presence: Perspectives from a Practitioner ”. Contemporary Music Review (October)

Paine, G. (2015). “Interaction as Material: the techno-somatic dimension”. Organised Sound, 20(1), 82-89.  This was an invited article for the twentieth anniversary edition of the Organised Sound Journal from CUP.

Paine, G., (2013) "New Musical Instrument Design Considerations," in MultiMedia, IEEE , vol.20(4), 76-84.

Lem, A., Paine, G. (2011). “Dynamic Sonification as a Free Music Improvisation Tool for Physically Disabled Adults.” Music and Medicine, 3(3), 182-188.

Please see CV for full list


Research Activity: 
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 590Reading And Conference
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
MTC 323Composition
AME 484Internship
MTC 499Individualized Instruction
MTC 523Advanced Composition
AME 590Reading And Conference
MTC 590Reading and Conference
MTC 723Advanced Composition
MTC 790Reading and Conference
AME 792Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 484Internship
AME 590Reading And Conference

Editorial Board Member, Organised Sound Journal, Cambridge University Press

Professional Associations: 

Program Committee,

The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME)

International Computer Music Conference (ICMC)

The Australasian Computer Music Conference (ACMC)

The International Workshop of Movement and Computing (MOCO)