Keane, David (Roger)
- Robin Elliott
(b Akron, OH, Nov 15, 1943). Canadian composer. He studied composition and the double bass at Ohio State University (BMus 1965, MMus 1967) and then moved to Canada as a conscientious objector to the war in Vietnam. After spending three years in Vancouver as a music teacher and professional bassist, he joined the staff of the music department at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (1970–97). He established and directed the electronic music studio at Queen’s, and subsequently wrote the book Tape Music Composition (London, 1980). He became a Canadian citizen in 1974.
Keane’s research interests include music perception and cognition, and the history, techniques and aesthetics of electro-acoustic music. He has written a considerable amount of music for amateur and young musicians, in addition to his large output of electro-acoustic, multimedia and concert music. Influences on his compositional style range from medieval music to computer music technology. He has travelled widely in Europe and North America to lecture on electro-acoustic music and supervise performances of his own works. (...