See Ryan at the Performer-Composer Showcase on Thursday July 12th.
Ryan Gaston (b. 1990) is a performer and composer working primarily in the field of electronic music and electronic/acoustic collaboration. Gaston performs frequently with modular synthesizers, computers, and daxophone, and is a founding member of improvisation ensemble Burnt Dot and co-developer of the Minimally Invasive Gesture Sensing Interface (MIGSI) for trumpet. Gaston's work utilizes network music techniques to develop chaotic control and synthesis systems that obfuscate and augment the relationship between performer and instrument, embedding elements of struggle, uncertainty, and miscommunication into solo and ensemble performances. Gaston also utilizes the spectromorphological notation method to create similarly abstracted representations of sound in order to provide an interface-neutral meeting point for performers of any type of instrument, with a decided focus on the qualities of a sound rather than the techniques required to produce it. Gaston received an MFA in Experimental Sound Practices from the California Institute of the Arts in 2016.