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Seth Thorn

Instructor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802
Instructor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5802
Biography

Dr. Seth Thorn is an American violinist and violist whose research encompasses interaction design and philosophical approaches to computational media. He has published in premier journals and top-tier conferences spanning critical theory, music, and human-computer interaction, including Leonardo Music Journal (MIT), Qui Parle (UC Berkeley), ACM TEI, ACM C&C, NIME, and ICMC. Seth has performed on violin with the interface he developed, alto.glove, at top conferences and music festivals, including the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), the International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI), the Conference of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the New York City Electroacoustic Musical Festival (NYCEMF), and the New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit (NYCEIS). Alto.glove has been recognized at the prestigious Guthman Competition for New Musical Instruments at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Education

2018 — PhD, Computer Music and Multimedia, Brown University, Providence

2015 — MA, German Studies, Brown University, Providence

2014 — MA, Computer Music and Multimedia, Brown University, Providence

2011 — MA, Political Theory, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main

2008 — Fulbright Research Fellowship in Philosophy, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main

2007 — BA, Philosophy (Minor: Critical Theory), Northwestern University, Evanston

Publications

2019 — S. Thorn, “A Computational System for Violin: Synthesis and Dissolution in Windowless,” Leonardo Music Journal (29), MIT Press [accepted]

2019 — S. Thorn, “Augmented Violin Performance: A Model-Free Personal Instrument,” ACM MOCO 2019 Practice Works, Tempe [accepted]

2019 — S. Thorn & X.W. Sha, “Instruments of Articulation: Signal Processing in Live Performance,” ACM MOCO 2019 Long Paper, Tempe [accepted]

2019 — S. Thorn, “Signal Processing as Practice: Trial-and-Error Revision of the Sensorimotor Dynamics of a Hybrid Violin,” ACM C&C 2019 Demos, San Diego.

2019 — S. Thorn & B. Lahey, “A Haptic-Feedback Shoulder Rest for the Hybrid Violin,” ICMC 2019 Long Paper, New York City.

2019 — S. Thorn, “Transference: A Hybrid Computational System for Improvised Violin Performance,” ACM TEI 2019 Arts Track, Tempe

2018 — S. Thorn, “Alto.glove: New Techniques for Augmented Violin," NIME 2018 Long Paper, Blacksburg

2014 — C. Menke, “The Aesthetic Possibility of the Work of Art,” Translated by S. Thorn, Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences (23:1)

Research Activity

2019 — Principal Investigator, “Discovering the Sensorimotor Physics of the Violin through Analysis with Computational Photography and Perturbation by Novel Digital-Physical Prototyping,” (CO-PIs: Prof. Katherine McLin, Prof. Suren Jayasuriya, Prof. Byron Lahey), HIDA Research Council, Arizona State University

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 294Special Topics
MDC 311Comp Perf Hybrid Ens
AME 394Special Topics
AME 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 394Special Topics
MDC 411Advanced Interactive Sound
AME 411Advanced Interactive Sound
MDC 511Advanced Interactive Sound
AME 511Advanced Interactive Sound
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AME 294Special Topics
AME 394Special Topics
Honors / Awards

2018 — Finalist (withdrew), Matera Intermedia Festival, Matera, Italy

2018 — Semifinalist, Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

2018 — Residency, Playa Foundation Art + Science Residency, Summer Lake, Oregon

2018 — Residency, Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Lovell, Maine

2017 — Residency, I-Park Foundation, East Haddam, Connecticut

2016 — Grant, Brown Arts Initiative, Brown University, Providence

2016 — Fellowship, Open Graduate Education, Brown University, Providence

2014 — Grant, International Graduate Colloquium Fund, Brown University, Providence

2013 — Grant, Creative Arts Council, Brown University, Providence

2013 — Grant, Open Graduate Education, Brown University, Providence

2013 — Grant, Mellon Foundation, Brown University, Providence

2013 — Grant, Watson Institute, Brown University, Providence

2011 — Fellowship, Tisch Foundation, Brown University, Providence

2007 — Research Fellowship, Fulbright Foundation, Frankfurt am Main

2007 — Research Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service, Frankfurt am Main

2007 — Award, Distinguished Thesis in Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston

2007 — Award, Geza von Molnar Essay Award, Northwestern University, Evanston

2005 — Fellowship, The Chautauqua Institution, New York

2004 — Fellowship, The International Summer Music Academy of The Juilliard School, Leipzig

2002 — Fellowship, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Sewanee

2002 — Finalist, Phoenix Symphony Guild Concerto Competition, Arizona State University, Tempe

2001 — Fellowship, Brevard Music Center, Brevard

2000 — Grand Prize, Virtuoso Violas Competition, Arizona State University, Tempe