Seth Thorn

Instructor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5802
Instructor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5802

Biography

Dr. Seth Thorn is an American violinist and violist whose research encompasses interaction design and philosophical approaches to computational media. He has published in premier journals and top-tier conferences spanning critical theory, music, and human-computer interaction, including Leonardo Music Journal (MIT), Qui Parle (UC Berkeley), ACM TEI, ACM C&C, NIME, and ICMC. Seth has performed on violin with the interface he developed, alto.glove, at top conferences and music festivals, including the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), the International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI), the Conference of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the New York City Electroacoustic Musical Festival (NYCEMF), and the New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit (NYCEIS). Alto.glove has been recognized at the prestigious Guthman Competition for New Musical Instruments at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Education

2018  PhD, Computer Music and Multimedia, Brown University, Providence

2015  MA, German Studies, Brown University, Providence

2014  MA, Computer Music and Multimedia, Brown University, Providence

2011  MA, Political Theory, Goethe-Universit�t, Frankfurt am Main

2008  Fulbright Research Fellowship in Philosophy, Goethe-Universit�t, Frankfurt am Main

2007  BA, Philosophy (Minor: Critical Theory), Northwestern University, Evanston

Google Scholar

Publications

2019 — S. Thorn, “A Computational System for Violin: Synthesis and Dissolution in Windowless,” Leonardo Music Journal (29), MIT Press

2019 — S. Thorn & X.W. Sha, “Instruments of Articulation: Signal Processing in Live Performance,” ACM MOCO 2019 Long Paper, Tempe

2019 — S. Thorn, “Signal Processing as Practice: Trial-and-Error Revision of the Sensorimotor Dynamics of a Hybrid Violin,” ACM C&C 2019 Demos, San Diego.

2019 — S. Thorn & B. Lahey, “A Haptic-Feedback Shoulder Rest for the Hybrid Violin,” ICMC 2019 Long Paper, New York City.

2019 — S. Thorn, “Transference: A Hybrid Computational System for Improvised Violin Performance,” ACM TEI 2019 Arts Track, Tempe

2018 — S. Thorn, “Alto.glove: New Techniques for Augmented Violin," NIME 2018 Long Paper, Blacksburg

2014 — C. Menke, “The Aesthetic Possibility of the Work of Art,” Translated by S. Thorn, Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences (23:1)

Research Activity

2019 — Principal Investigator, “Discovering the Sensorimotor Physics of the Violin through Analysis with Computational Photography and Perturbation by Novel Digital-Physical Prototyping,” (CO-PIs: Prof. Katherine McLin, Prof. Suren Jayasuriya, Prof. Byron Lahey), HIDA Research Council, Arizona State University

Courses

Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
AME 111 Intro to Digital Culture
AME 112 Computational Thinking for DC
AME 294 Special Topics
AME 394 Special Topics
AME 790 Reading and Conference
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
AME 111 Intro to Digital Culture
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
AME 294 Special Topics
MDC 311 Comp Perf Hybrid Ens
AME 394 Special Topics
AME 485 Digital Culture Capstone I
AME 486 Digital Culture Capstone II
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
AME 790 Reading and Conference
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
AME 294 Special Topics
MDC 311 Comp Perf Hybrid Ens
AME 394 Special Topics
AME 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
AME 394 Special Topics
MDC 411 Advanced Interactive Sound
AME 411 Advanced Interactive Sound
MDC 511 Advanced Interactive Sound
AME 511 Advanced Interactive Sound
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
AME 294 Special Topics
AME 394 Special Topics

Honors/Awards

2018  Finalist (withdrew), Matera Intermedia Festival, Matera, Italy

2018  Semifinalist, Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

2018  Residency, Playa Foundation Art + Science Residency, Summer Lake, Oregon

2018  Residency, Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Lovell, Maine

2017  Residency, I-Park Foundation, East Haddam, Connecticut

2016  Grant, Brown Arts Initiative, Brown University, Providence

2016  Fellowship, Open Graduate Education, Brown University, Providence

2014  Grant, International Graduate Colloquium Fund, Brown University, Providence

2013  Grant, Creative Arts Council, Brown University, Providence

2013  Grant, Open Graduate Education, Brown University, Providence

2013  Grant, Mellon Foundation, Brown University, Providence

2013  Grant, Watson Institute, Brown University, Providence

2011  Fellowship, Tisch Foundation, Brown University, Providence

2007  Research Fellowship, Fulbright Foundation, Frankfurt am Main

2007  Research Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service, Frankfurt am Main

2007  Award, Distinguished Thesis in Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston

2007  Award, Geza von Molnar Essay Award, Northwestern University, Evanston

2005  Fellowship, The Chautauqua Institution, New York

2004  Fellowship, The International Summer Music Academy of The Juilliard School, Leipzig

2002  Fellowship, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Sewanee

2002  Finalist, Phoenix Symphony Guild Concerto Competition, Arizona State University, Tempe

2001  Fellowship, Brevard Music Center, Brevard

2000  Grand Prize, Virtuoso Violas Competition, Arizona State University, Tempe