Christopher Dobrian: Interactive Computer Music An introduction for performers

Christopher Dobrian is Professor of Music, with a joint appointment in Informatics, at the University of California, Irvine, where he founded the Ph.D. program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology. He is a composer of instrumental and electronic music, and teaches courses in composition, theory, and computer music. He conducts research on the development of artificially intelligent interactive computer systems for the cognition, composition, and improvisation of music. He has published technical and theoretical articles on interactive computer music, and is the author of the original reference documentation and tutorials for the Max, MSP, and Jitter programming environments by Cycling ’74. He holds a Ph.D. in Composition from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied composition with Joji Yuasa, Robert Erickson, Morton Feldman, and Bernard Rands, computer music with F. Richard Moore and George Lewis, and classical guitar with the Spanish masters Celin and Pepe Romero. Dobrian has been an invited Fulbright specialist at the Korean National University of Arts, the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and McGill University in Montreal, and has been a guest professor at Paris 8 University, Yonsei University, Taiwan National Normal University, and the National University of Quilmes in Argentina.


Christopher Dobrian

2021 Workshop

Composer Christopher Dobrian lead a two-day workshop on interactive computer music, with performers in mind. He demonstrated some practical uses of the popular programs Max and Live, for live audio processing, computer accompaniment, and human-computer interaction. Participants will had the opportunity to experiment with and develop ideas for their own computer-mediated performances.

October 30-31 – Room 047 (University of Toronto Faculty of Music)


10-12 Lecture

12-1:30 Lunch/Social

1:30-4 Tutorials

2022 Workshop

One year later, Dobrian returned to Toronto for another workshop and collaboration session with the lab. This time, Dobrian spent one on one time with lab members, discussing and aiding in their personal research. This session was also used for collaboration with Director Huang on a new composition for solo vibraphone and electronics.

August  3-5 – Room 079 (University of Toronto Faculty of Music)


August 3 – 11-6 Personal meetings and collaboration with Director Huang

August 4 – 10-6 Personal meetings and collaboration with Director Huang

August 5 – 10-12 Lecture on computer expression and advanced Max techniques 

                      12-1:30 Lunch/Social

                      1:30-3 Personal meetings