DuBois, R(oger) Luke
- Eliot Gattegno
(b Morristown, NJ, Sept 10, 1975). American composer and computer musician. He has participated widely in the American electronic and experimental music scene as a performer, conceptual and new media artist, programmer, record producer, and teacher. He began his career as an electronic musician by restoring and performing on analog synthesizers, later switching to computers. As a student at Columbia University (BA 1997, MA 1999, DMA 2003), he studied with fred Lerdahl and jonathan d. Kramer . While serving on staff at Columbia’s Computer Music Center, he started experimenting with the use of algorithmic methodologies such as L-systems, contributed to Real-Time Cmix, and worked for Cycling ’74 on Max/MSP, especially the video component Jitter.
His composed works often reinterpret and comment on a select corpus of information, sometimes drawing on elements of American popular culture. For example, Academy, Billboard, and Play were inspired by the Academy Awards, the Billboard Hot 100, and Playboy Magazine’s Playmate of the Month, respectively. Billboard offers a bird’s-eye view of American popular music using a technique DuBois calls time-lapse phonography. Just as a long camera exposure fuses motion into a single image, spectral averaging calculates the average sonority of a piece of music. In Billboard the spectral average of each of the top singles from 1958 through 2000 can be heard for one second for each week it was at number one; the piece is approximately 37 minutes in duration.
As a performer, he has collaborated with a variety of artists including Elliott Sharp, Paul D. Miller, Bora Yoon, and Leroy Jenkins. He was a founding member of the Freight Elevator Quartet and has produced records for composer Michael Gordon on the Nonesuch label. Following earlier teaching positions at Columbia University, Princeton University, and the School of Visual Arts, he began teaching in 2008 at the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.