Curriculum Vitae

Becky Brown
email: me@becky-brown.org
web: https://becky-brown.org

Education

August 2018 – May 2023

Ph.D. candidate in Composition and Computer Technologies

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

May 2015

BA/BS in Music/Computer Science

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

Teaching

August 2018 – May 2022

Graduate Assistant

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

  • As instructor: Art of the Living Web (2021), Basic Musical Skills (2019), Musicianship II (2018, 2021)
  • As TA: Technosonics (2017, 2018, 2020), Intro to Composition (2020), Intro to Music and Computers (2019)

Summer 2021

Technical Director

SPLICE Institute, online

Intro to Live Performance (co-taught with Flannery Cunningham)

2015 – 2016

Substitute Teacher

Stafford County Public Schools, VA

Responsible for classroom management with any age range or course, including students with autism and other intellectual disabilities.

2008 – 2010

Private Teacher and HARPS Foundation Intern

Academy of Music, Richmond, VA

Taught harp in a studio of 15, with students aged 5-65; set up for rehearsals and led them when necessary; managed the nonprofit’s webpage and helped it start using MailChimp for HTML emails; performed with the organization’s Touring Ensemble, which included performances in London, England; Vienna, Austria; Charleston, SC; and Carnegie Hall in NY

Employment

Summer 2018 – present

Technical Director

SPLICE Institute, Kalamazoo, WI

Responsible for managing individual composer-performer sessions, and running concerts in multiple performance spaces. During the pandemic, this mainly included managing streaming. Assistant Technical Director before Summer 2021.

2016 – 2017

Music Technology Specialist

University of Richmond; Richmond, VA

Responsible for a 15-seat iMac music technology lab, 16-channel recording studio, and managing seven student lab aides/engineers. Duties include recording and distributing all concerts of faculty-led ensembles held in Camp Concert Hall, assisting students with Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9 Suite, Pro Tools 12, and Finale 2014.

2015 – present

Freelance Web Developer/Designer

Various clients

Builds and maintains sites and webapps. Works with a variety of frontend frameworks (mainly Wordpress, Jekyll, NodeJS, and NuxtJS), alongside a number of frontend libraries, develops backend services (using Python and Express in Node), and does some degree of server administration.

Event Administration

Fall 2019 – 
Spring 2021

Arts Board Co-Chair

UVA Music Arts Board, Charlottesvile, VA

Brought the progressive folk band Arcadian Wild in for a five-day residency, which included two in-person concerts, three in-person songwriting workshops, class visits, a radio interview, a career panel, an improv workshop, and individual student lessons. Reached approximately 200 people in person, and 2500 more via the livestream of their main concert. In addition to planning and running all the events, this included interviewing and managing a board of 9-11 students and running the production committee.

Summer 2018 – Summer 2019

Assistant Technical Director

SPLICE Institute, Kalamazoo, WI

Responsible for managing individual composer-performer sessions, and running concerts in multiple performance spaces.

Aug 2018 – Feb 2019

2019 N_SEME Executive Director

University of Virginia; Charlottesville, VA

Duties included adjudicating pieces and mediating the group adjudication process; booking spaces for concerts, paper sessions, indoor/outdoor installations; working with guest artist, Aaron Dilloway; building/updating the website; delegating within the planning team

2016 – 2017

Assistant Technical Director

Third Practice New Music Festival, University of Richmond; Richmond, VA

Helped with publicity, scheduling student stagehands, creating audio/video recordings of all concerts, planning stage plots/changes, lighting, and video.

2012 – 2016

Technical Director

Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL; University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

Helped organize and run a three-day electroacoustic music festival. Duties included assisting with adjudication of submitted works, scheduling concerts and adjusting programming for technical efficiency, web design/maintenance, communicating with composers and performers, planning stage plots and tech rehearsals, running sound for 5–9 concerts each year, and managing a stage crew of 2–6 students.

Works

Solo

Ouroboros

body controller and live electronics, 2018

Tomorrow, When I Grow Up

voice and live electronics, 2017

I want ___ please

processed harp and fixed media, 2016

Hold Still

live art and electronics, 2015

Chamber

3 LANES CLOSED. EXPECT DELAYS

chamber ensemble and video, 2022

On the ontology of sound in multidimensional space

orator and mixed instrumentation, 2021

"hey, when––?"

browser-based telematic piece for voices, 2021

three harp vignettes

six hands, one harp, 2021

The Ten of Swords

open score for chamber ensemble, 2020

I have a deep and enduring need to become real

combined chamber and electronics ensembles, 2019

in the event of my

reed quintet and fixed media, 2019

some favored gem

saxophone quartet and fixed media, 2018

May the 7th, 1910

voice and string quartet, 2013

Rex

voice and piano/harp, 2013

Film

dark parts

experimental short film, 2020

godtrash

experimental short film, 2019

Projects

the Incurable Caravan’s Online Car Show

curated online gallery exhibit, 2022

Packetsphere: An Internet Travelogue

browser-based interactive art/music piece, 2021

Foster Mayor

semi-political solo set, 2019

Recordings

2022

Music from SEAMUS, vol. 31

SEAMUS Records

Composer. "dark parts" selected for inclusion by attendees of the SEAMUS 2021 national conference.

2017

Music from SEAMUS, vol. 26

SEAMUS Records

Composer. "Hold Still" selected for inclusion by attendees of the SEAMUS 2016 national conference.

2017

Los Wemblers de Iquitos - Sonido Amazonico

Barbes Records

Assistant engineer

2016

Shades of Opal - Fluorescence

Assistant engineer, performer (harp and vocals)

2016

Mark L. Snyder - The Invalid's Sonnet

Royal Livermush Recording

Assistant engineer, performer (harp)

2015

Aaron Taylor - Millcreek

Millcreek Records

Recording engineer

2014

Nature Boy Explorer - One of These Days

Royal Livermush Recording

Performer (harp and vocals)

2012

bell monks - let the waves carry us

Mine All Mine Records

Performer (harp and vocals) on "cold winds (staffco remix)"

2012

Nature Boy Explorer - self-titled

Royal Livermush Recording

Performer (harp and vocals)

Web Design

2019 – 2021

components.one

view site

Articles about data, made with NuxtJS.

2020

James Lam Scheuren

view site

Site rebuild for photographer James Scheuren. Made with Wordpress.

SEAMUS 2020 Digital Conference

view site - view code

An online version of the SEAMUS 2020 conference, created after the conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Made with Jekyll.

2019

Listening to the Virginia Barrier Islands

view site - view code

A webapp that allows listeners to virtually navigate the bird species present on the two of the Virginia Barrier Islands in 1990. Made with NodeJS, Leaflet, Web Audio API. Made in collaboration with Eli Stine.

2018 – 2019

N_SEME 2019

view site - view code

Site for the National Student Electronic Music Event, hosted at UVA. Made with Jekyll.

2017

Andrea Cheeseman

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Site for new music clarinetist, Andrea Cheeseman. Made with Wordpress.

Publications

Brown, R., Vasquez J.C. (2020) Autoethnography and Emotional Exposure as an Approach for Electroacoustic Music Composition, Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2020, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile

Awards, Grants and Scholarships

2022 – 2023

Scholar's Lab Fellowship

University of Virginia

Grant awarded to create a collaborative piece with composer Zak Argabrite, to be part of the BROWSER Music Festival in June 2021.

2021

BROWSER Music commission

BROWSER Music, Stuttgart, Germany

Grant awarded to create "Packetsphere: An Internet Travelogue" with composer Zak Argabrite, as part of the BROWSER Music Festival in June 2021.

2019

UVA Maker Grant

University of Virginia

Grant awarded for an ongoing project.

2018

Rote Hund/Dawg Bytes commission

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Commission from the combined Rote Hund and Dawg Bytes Music ensembles, to write a work for chamber and laptop ensemble.

2015

Mu Phi Epsilon Sterling Silver Achievement Award

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

2013 – 2015

Henry & Grace Spicer Scholarship in Music

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

2011 – 2014

James E. Baker University-Community Orchestra Scholarship

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

2012 – 2013

John William and Anne Hamilton Hudachek Scholarship in Computer Science

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

2011 – 2013

Martha Johnson Orchestra Scholarship

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

Service

  • Sound Designer for productions of Every Brilliant Thing, Pipeline, and Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Live Arts in Charlottesville, VA
  • Co-chair of the UVA Music Arts Board, responsible for bringing a musical group in residence to the UVA student population (see Event Administration)
  • WTJU Live Engineer for live radio performances of artists including Randy Johnston, Harmonica Blowout, Michaela Anne, Hiroya Tsukamoto, Rosier
  • SEAMUS Technical Development Officer (2021 - present)
  • SEAMUS National Conference adjudicator (2021, 2019, 2018, 2017)
  • N_SEME Executive Director (2019)
  • SEAMUS Interactions CD adjudicator (2018)
  • Composition mentor for undergraduate composition students at UVA (2018)
  • Science Ficta artist residency organizer (2019-2020)

Panels & Presentations

  • Paper presentation of "Enter the Packetsphere: Environment-Aware Web Art" with Zak Argabrite, as part of ACMC 2021
  • Paper presentation of "Autoethnography and Emotional Exposure as an Approach for Electroacoustic Music Composition" with Juan Carlos Vasquez, as part of ICMC 2021
  • "Electroacoustic Music Tools" panel, as part of SPLICE 2020
  • Presentations on my compositional aesthetics (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017)
  • "Recording Technology," for Technosonics 2018
  • Presentation on music technology topics for students in the Orange County Scholars program (2018)
  • "Electronic Voices," for Technosonics 2017
  • Presentation on writing for harp (2020, 2018, 2012, 2011)

Collaborations

  • fake and far away, installation collaboration with co-artist Matias Vilaplana Stark
  • Sound Designer for community productions of Every Brilliant Thing, Pipeline, and Accidental Death of an Anarchist with Live Arts in Charlottesville, VA
  • Packetsphere: An Internet Travelogue, collaboration with co-artist Zak Argabrite as part of the BROWSER Festival, 2021
  • rebuild of Listening to the Virginia Barrier Islands, with Eli Stine, 2019
  • the body is/isn't extraordinary, collaboration with co-composer Heather Mease and choreographer Katie Schetlick, 2018
  • 👄👂🏻👁️ very close to me 👁️👂🏻👄, collaboration with co-composer and multimedia artist Heather Mease
  • audio specialist/programmer with conceptual artist Clint Bagwell for his work, Open Source, as part of his solo exhibition, Ghosts, 2014
  • Music director, composer, and performer (synthesizer) for Mountain View High Schools' production of Dracula, 2014
  • Music director, co-composer, and performer (harp) for the Fredericksburg Rude Mechanicals' production of Sweeney Todd, 2013

Broadcasts

Interviews

  • Week-long feature with WTJU in Charlottesville in April 2021
  • Lexical Tones, ep. 72: Live from SEAMUS 2018
  • Patch In Podcast, ep. 44: Talking Into a Head, 2018

Songwriting

  • Formaldehyde on With Good Reason from RADIO IQ, Oct 8 - 14, 2016
  • Live set with Nature Boy Explorer on Time Is Tight from WRIR 97.3FM Richmond, December 5, 2014
  • Formaldehyde on Time Is Tight from WRIR 97.3FM, November 28, 2014
  • Formaldehyde on Time Is Tight from WRIR 97.3FM, September 26, 2014
  • Formaldehyde on Time Is Tight from WRIR 97.3FM, April 5, 2014
  • Formaldehyde on Time Is Tight from WRIR 97.3FM, February 19, 2014

Skills and Technology

  • Audio: Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Max 8, VCV Rack, Finale, Musescore
  • Video: Final Cut, DaVinci Resolve, Jitter
  • 3D: Blender (modeling, rigging, animating)
  • Web Development: NodeJS, Vue, Nuxt, Wordpress, Jekyll, Flask
  • Programming Languages: JavaScript, Python, PHP, C, Java

Events

2022

Contact Symposium on Arts and Technology

Connecticut College - New London, CT

Convergence 2022

De Montfort University - Leicester, UK

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Live Arts - Charlottesville, VA

Bird Call

Freyberger Gallery - Reading, PA

Making Noise in the Library

University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

SEAMUS 2022

Kalamazoo, MI

Shane Parish Concert

Visible Records - Charlottesville, VA

PIPELINE

Live Arts - Charlottesville, VA

2021

Technosonics

Charlottesville, VA

PIKSELFest

Bergen, Norway

WMU Multimedia Concert

Western Michigan University - Kalamazoo, MI

EVERY BRILLIANT THING

Live Arts - Charlottesville, VA

Squeaky Wheel's 18th Animation Fest

Albright-Knox Art Gallery - Buffalo, NY

SCI Student National

online

ICMC

Santiago, Chile

SMC

Torino, Italy

SPLICE Festival

online

BROWSER Festival

online

Digitalis

online

SEAMUS 2021

online

Telemetry

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative - online

Digital America, vol. 17

online

VisualContainerTV

Milan, Italy

2020

VASTLAB Experimental Festival 2020

Los Angeles, CA

Outdoor Film Series: In Communication with the Unknown

McGuffey Art Center - Charlottesville, VA

Telemetry

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative - Charlottesville, VA

'The Other Side' exhibition

anonymous waves

Digitalis

University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

Science Ficta @ UVA

University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

Technosonics

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative - Charlottesville, VA

2019

Third Practice New Music Festival

University of Richmond - Richmond, VA

SCGMC 2019

Duke University - Chapel Hill, NC

Digitalis

University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

Danczfest

University of Georgia - Athens, GA

Click

Ohio University - Athens, OH

Root Signals

Georgia Southern University - Statesboro, GA

Splinter Reeds @ UVA

University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

2018

Guest Artist Recital: Live Electronics

Western Michigan University - Kalamazoo, MI

Fall Dance Concert

Culbreth Theater - Charlottesville, VA

Telemetry Concert Series

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative - Charlottesville, VA

Electroacoustic Barn Dance

Jacksonville University - Jacksonville, FL

Technosonics - Concert 2

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative - Charlottesville, VA

Telemetry Concert Series

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative - Charlottesville, VA

Digitalis

Old Cabell Hall - Charlottesville, VA

West Virginia Mountaineer Film Festival

WVU School of Art and Design - Morgantown, WV

Virginia X

University of Mary Washington - Fredericksburg, VA

SEAMUS 2018

University of Oregon - Eugene, OR

Technosonics XVIII - DIY

The Southern Cafe - Charlottesville, VA

Root Signals

Georgia Southern University - Statesboro, GA

New Thread at Spectrum

Spectrum - Brooklyn, NY

Electroacoustic Barn Dance

Jacksonville University - Jacksonville, FL

New Thread Sax Quartet @ UVA

University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

2017

Telemetry Concert Series

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative - Charlottesville, VA

Third Practice New Music Festival

University of Richmond - Richmond, VA

InLight Richmond

1708 Gallery - Richmond, VA

SCGMC 2017

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill - Chapel Hill, NC

West Fork New Music Festival

Fairmont State University - Fairmont, WV

SEAMUS 2017

St. Cloud State University - St. Cloud, MN

West Liberty University

West Liberty, WV

SCI National

Western Michigan University - Kalamazoo, MI

University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Greensboro, NC

Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

SUNY Oswego

Oswego, NY

University of South Carolina Upstate

Spartanburg, SC

Francis Marion University

Florence, SC

2016

Electroacoustic Barn Dance

University of Mary Washington - Fredericksburg, VA

Third Practice New Music Festival

University of Richmond - Richmond, VA

West Fork New Music Festival

Fairmont State University - Fairmont, WV

Chatham University

Pittsburgh, PA

Penn State University

State College, PA

Susquehanna University

Selinsgrove, PA

Dave Watkins, Becky Brown, Mark Snyder, + Dead Gaze

Balliceaux - Richmond, VA

Virginia to Beijing

University of International Business and Economics - Beijing, China

Classical Revolutions RVA: Night of the Living Composer

Balliceaux - Richmond, VA

Brooklyn College Electro-Acoustic Music Festival

Brooklyn College - Brooklyn, NY

Electric Cafe

Rutgers University - Camden, NJ

La Laboratoire Cambridge

Boston, MA

Ball State New Music Festival

Ball State University - Muncie, IN

Women Composers Festival of Hartford

Charter Oak Cultural Center - Hartford, CT

Indeterminacies Series

Zeitgeist Gallery - Nashville, TN

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

Eyedrum Art & Music

Atlanta, GA

SCI Region III 2016

Marshall University - Huntington, WV

UVA/UMW Composer Exchange

Open Grounds - Charlottesville, VA

SEAMUS 2016

Georgia Southern University - Statesboro, GA

2015

Ohio University

Athens, OH

Capital University

Columbus, OH

Marietta College

Marietta, OH

West Virginia Craft Week

Marshall University - Huntington, WV

Electroacoustic Barn Dance

University of Mary Washington - Fredericksburg, VA

West Fork New Music Festival

Fairmont State University - Fairmont, WV

Root Signals Electronic Music Festival

Georgia Southern University - Statesboro, GA

2013

In the Mix Faculty & Student Dance Concert

University of Mary Washington - Fredericksburg, VA