While scientists build mathematical models to better explain the mechanistic structure of the universe, musician and new media artist Michael Theodore builds models in software and hardware to better explore the perceptual sensations. Using various media, Theodore creates dynamic fields of color, light, and sound that are inspired by observation and experiences in the natural world.
Theodore was born and raised in New York City, and joined the faculty of the University of Colorado College of Music in 1998, where he is Associate Professor of Music Composition and Technology and the Director of the ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance. Theodore's technology-informed work with sound, visual media or both has been presented across the United States, and in Trinidad and Tobago, Greece, Spain, Germany, Sweden, France, Australia, Japan, and China. An active collaborator, Theodore has created a number of pieces with performance artist Michelle Ellsworth, has performed in venues such as the Newport Folk Festival with punk-folk artist Tim Eriksen, and recently released a recording with Glen Whitehead (Psychoangelo/Panauromni) that received airplay on the BBC, and a "Top Ten Classical Music Recordings of 2010" pick from Timeout Chicago.
Theodore’s work was the subject of an extensive solo exhibition, Field Theory, at the CU Art Museum in Boulder, Colorado in the summer of 2012. The exhibition featured kinetic sculpture and works on paper, as well as sound and light installation work. He earned his BA from Amherst College, his MM from Yale School of Music and his PhD from the University of California, San Diego.
The Creators Project Shares the Work of Michael Theodore (July 16, 2014)