Schloss, W. Andrew



Phone number: (250) 721-7931
Department: Computer Science

Research description:

- Electronic and computer music
- Computer-human interaction
- Non-western music
- New musical instruments
- Ethnomusicology
Expertise Profile
Dr. Andrew Schloss combines science and art by experimenting with music using technology.

Dr. Schloss is the co-creator of the combined Music and Computer Science degree program at the University of Victoria. Even in his class on acoustics, which is largely technical, he is still interested in how acoustics can inspire his students as artists.

From the beginning of his career, Dr. Schloss has paid particular attention to the role of the computer in musical performance and has composed several pieces using computers and virtual instruments.

He has a keen interest in new musical instruments and as a percussionist and electronic musician he's a virtuoso on a new instrument called the radiodrum. He has had great success with the instrument, performing across Europe and North America since 1988.

Recently he has developed an interest in music and robotics. He uses a computer to activate robotics that produce acoustic sound live.

Another longstanding interest is the field of public art and sound art. He has collaborated with numerous artists around the world and most recently worked on translating the tides into sound with a sculpture in False Creek by the Seattle artist Buster Simpson.

His other research interests rest in ethnomusicology, specifically Cuban and West African music.

Ph.D. (Stanford)

Related Links
Dr. Schloss' Faces of UVic Research video:

Health related research:

He has worked on assistive technologies for people with limited motion, using gesture sensing.

International research:

He studies Cuban music and culture and has a digital media project, CESO, in Cuba.

International activities:

He has organized international conferences in and of Cuban music.

Countries lived or worked in:

France, Cuba and USA



Software development

He has developed software for real time control of audio and sensing of human gesture.

UVic Speakers bureau

W. Andrew Schloss takes part in the UVic Speakers Bureau.
More information about the Speakers Bureau can be found here.

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