Jason Thorpe Buchanan
  • Lecturer in Composition
  • Interim Director of the Electronic Music Studio
  • Composition

Education PhD, Eastman School of Music; Fulbright Fellowship, Hochschule für Musik und Theatre, Hamburg; MM, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; BM in Composition, San Jose State University; BA in Music Technology, San Jose State University

Research Areas Electroacoustic music; human-machine interaction; intermedia composition; telematic performance; experimental music theatre

About Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an American composer whose works explore multiplicity, intelligibility, behavior, and the integration of live performance with technology. He is Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble], Department Chair in Composition, Theory, and Electroacoustic Music at the College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand, and Visiting Lecturer of Composition and Interim Director of the Electronic Music Studios (UTEMS) at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin.

Commissions and performances include collaborations with Alarm Will Sound, Talea, Interface (DE), Nikel (Israel), Linea (FR), Insomnio (NL), EXAUDI (UK), Slagwerk Den Haag (NL), Eklekto Percussion (CH), Mivos, Iktus, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra, wild Up, the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, TACETi (Thailand), and the Hong Kong NME. Scenes from his multimedia opera Hunger received performances at Darmstadt, The Industry’s FIRST TAKE (L.A.), and MATA (NYC) with the [Switch~ Ensemble].

Honors include a Fulbright Fellowship (Hamburg, Germany), nomination for the Gaudeamus Prize, fellowships, residencies, and commissions from Royaumont (2016 & 2017), MATA, the International Horn Society, AiR USF Verftet Bergen (Norway), American-Scandinavian Foundation, Embassy of Foreign Artists (Switzerland), Earle Brown Music Foundation, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards (2014 & 2015), the Howard Hanson Orchestral Prize, and winner of Iron Composer. He holds a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music, served for three years as Executive Director of the VIPA Festival (Spain), and two as a Curator for the San Francisco Center for New Music.

As a guest composer, conductor, and lecturer, he is widely sought internationally at institutions such as the University of Chicago, Stanford, TRANSIT Festival (Belgium), Tzlil Meudcan (Israel), Chamber Music Campania (Italy), Eastman, Queens New Music Festival, the Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), the Bergen Center for Elektronisk Kunst (Norway), and over two dozen Universities throughout the United States.

Courses MUS 329J Computer Music Composition, Individual instruction Weekly seminar on electronic music