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Ben Robertson

University of Virginia
Graduate Student
Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Ben Luca Robertson is a composer, experimental luthier, and co-founder of the independent record label, Aphonia Recordings. His work addresses an interest in autonomous processes, landscape, and biological systems—often by supplanting narrative structure with an emphasis on the re-embodiment of sound, spectra, and microtonality. Growing up in the dry, expansive landscapes of the inland Pacific Northwest, impressions of Ponderosa pine trees, channel scablands, basalt outcroppings, vacant lots, and relics of boomtown decay continue to haunt his work. In the Summer of 2015, he was appointed to a guest research position at the Tampere Unit for Computer-Human Interactions (TAUCHI) in Finland and recently collaborated with the University of Idaho Water Resources Department to sonify migratory patterns of Chinook salmon. Ben holds an M.A. in Music Composition from Eastern Washington University and a B.A. from the Evergreen State College. Ben is currently pursuing a PhD in Composition & Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia.