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David Ogborn

Associate Professor
Phone: 905-525-9140 x.27603
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 306

A media producer and researcher whose pursuits span electronic music, artistic programming, games and networked collaboration, Dr. David Ogborn is especially known for his activities as a live coding performer, creating music and visuals by programming in front of an audience, frequently in collaborative settings. At McMaster, he teaches digital audio, code and game design in the undergraduate Multimedia and graduate New Media and Communication programs, and supervises theses and major research projects addressing these and broader digital humanities concerns.

His audio compositions and live coding performances (sometimes under the name d0kt0r0), have appeared at festivals and conferences internationally and on the Internet, including New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Electronic Music Midwest, Sonorities, and the International Computer Music Conference. He is a member of the duo “very long cat” (with Montréal tabla player Shawn Mativetsky) and is the director of McMaster’s live coding laptop orchestra, the Cybernetic Orchestra. The Cybernetic Orchestra was launched for the SSHRC-funded project “Scalable Traditions of Electronic Sound Performance” and has continued, ever since, to rehearse weekly as a standing research-creation community open to the entire university community.

He is the lead developer of a number of free-and-open-source software packages, including EspGrid (for synchronization in networked ensembles) and extramuros (for globally distributed live coding on the Internet). His writings on live coding, laptop orchestras, network music, and the theory, history and technique of electronic music are published in Computer Music Journal, Organised Sound and eContact!, among other places, with forthcoming contributions appearing in the Oxford Handbook of Algorithmic Music and the Journal of Music, Technology and Education. He is currently the principal investigator on the SSHRC Insight Development project “Projectional editing for musical live coding”, in collaboration with Jacques Carette (Computing and Software, McMaster), Alex McLean (University of Leeds, UK) and Eldad Tsabary (Music, Concordia University).

Holding a doctoral degree in music composition from the University of Toronto, and a past President of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community, Dr. Ogborn was also the founding chair of the annual Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium (now, the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium). In Fall 2016, he will chair the second International Conference on Live Coding, which will take place in Hamilton, both at McMaster and at performance venues in downtown Hamilton.