Michael Gurevich is Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. He teaches courses on the history of electronic music, interactive media design, and physical computing, and designs, studies and composes for interactive music systems. Framed through the interdisciplinary lens of Interaction Design, his research explores new aesthetic and interactional possibilities that can emerge in performance with real-time computer systems. Using quantitative, qualitative, ethnographic and practice-based methods, he has studied the emergence of phenomena such as skill and style in digital music performance.
Other research areas include network-based music performance, computational acoustic modeling of bioacoustic systems, and electronic music performance practice. His creative practice explores many of the same themes, through experimental compositions involving interactive media, sound installations, and the design of new musical interfaces. At Michigan, he also directs an ensemble dedicated to the performance of electronic chamber music. His book manuscript in progress, titled Machines of Loving Grace, is focused on documenting the cultural, technological, and aesthetic contexts for the emergence of computer music in Silicon Valley.
Prior to the University of Michigan, he was a Lecturer at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast, where he co-founded the Performative Interactions research group and co-directed QUBe, an ensemble for experimental and improvised music with acoustic and electronic instruments. He completed a postdoc at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, and spent 2 years as a research scientist at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), a member of Singapore’s A*STAR family of leading R&D institutions.
During his Ph.D. and M.A. at Stanford, he developed the first computational acoustic models of whale and dolphin vocalizations, working with Jonathan Berger and Julius Smith as well as collaborators at the Hopkins Marine Station and Stanford Medical School. Concurrent research with Chris Chafe and Bill Verplank investigated networked music performance and haptic music interfaces. He received a B.Mus, high distinction, with Honours in Computer Applications in Music at McGill University in Montréal, Canada.
Professor Gurevich is an active author, editor and peer reviewer in the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), computer music and human-computer interaction (HCI) communities. He was co-organizer and Music Chair for the 2012 NIME conference in Ann Arbor. He has published in leading journals and has presented at conferences and workshops around the world.
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