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Garth Paine

Garth Paine

Professor, School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts/Fulton Schools of Engineering


School of Arts, Media and Engineering
Arizona State University
PO Box 875802
Tempe, AZ 85287-5802


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor, School of Arts, Media and Engineering and the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts/Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


FraKture for Garth Paine is a composer, scholar and acoustic ecologist.  He crosses art-science boundaries with his community embedded work on environmental listening and creative place-making in addition to his environmental musical works and performances.  His research drives toward new approaches to acoustic ecology and the exploration of sound as our lived context including the application of VR in health.

In 2018 he was researcher/artist in residence in Europe at IRCAM (Centre Pompideau) and Center for Arts and Media (ZKM). He continues to collaborate on research at IRCAM.

His passion for sound as an exhibitable object has given rise to interactive environments where the sonic landscape is generated through gesture, presence and behavior and several music scores for dance works using realtime video tracking and bio-sensing and musical compositions that have been performed in Australia, Europe, Japan, USA, South America, Hong Kong and New Zealand and, in 2014, Korea, Macedonia, France, and UK.

Paine's current research centers around the Listen(n) Project, on acoustic ecology project that focuses on field recording and community building. He co-directs the Acoustic Ecology Lab (AELab@ASU) with Professor Sabine Feisst, which he established in 2016.

He has a long history of composing musical works from his field recordings and engaging in environmental work through sound. Recent examples include the Site Works project at Bundanon, Australia for which he composed the work Presence in the Landscape and his work Becoming Desert for the Listen(n) Symposium concert in 2014. 

Paine is internationally regarded as an innovator in the field of interactivity in experimental music and media arts. He is an active contributor to the International NIME conference wher he was keynote speaker in 2016. He is on the editorial board of Organised Sound Journal, which he has also guest-edited on several occasions. He lead the Taxonomy of Interfaces/Instruments for Electronic Music performance (TIEM) projects with partners McGill University and the Electronic Music Foundation, resulting in on online database of current practice and opening up the discussion of a taxonomy for classification of new instruments to assist research in the field. 

He is an professor in interactive sound and digital media in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and professor of composition in the School of Music at Arizona State University.  From 2012-13, he was interim-director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and then associate director in 2013-14. From 2011-2104, he was undergraduate chair for the Digital Culture program. He is affiliate faculty at the Center for Biodiversity Outomes and a Senior Global Futures Scientist with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory

Garth's work can be found at Activated Space

Recent performances include:

FraKture for Symphony Orchestra and the audiences smartphones - Commissioned by ASU Symphony

Future Perfect concert work for Ambisonic (HOA), Smartphone spatial audio and VR                     Cité International des Arts, Paris         IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris         EMPAC, Troy, New York (USA)         Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) (Germany)         Conservatoire de Strasbourg (France)          Klingt Gut, Hamburg           Zürich University of the Arts, Switzerland 

Metal Music Musical Instrument Museum, Arizona, for B1 Ensemble, live electronics and percussion

Surface Texture Prisms Contemporary Music Festival with Thomas Landschoot (Cello) for solo cello, ensemble & electronics

No Stone Unturned Prisms Contemporary Music Festival, San Diego New Music Players

Becoming Desert Music and Landscape conference, Institute for Electronic Music, Graz

Oscillations Singing Bowl robots exhibited at the CHI2016 Works Gallery, San Jose, California (June 2016)

Rainforest Remix – a performance project in partnership with Rainforest Partners and the UN +SocialGood climate campaign to create an immersive musical performance experience of rainforest environments for SxSW Eco (Oct/15).  Rainforest Remix will be featured at Texas Earth Day 2016 – this project seeks a broad community engagement with environmental awareness by leveraging the popularity and cultural capital of celebrity DJ’s. 

Forrest for flute and live electronics composed for the President’s Showcase (Fall 2014) and also performed at President’s Weekend (Nov’15), the at the Launch of the Biomimicy center (2015).

Oscillations Singing Bowl robots exhibited at the Shaw Centre, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (June 2015) 

49 Waltzes by John Cage – Interactive media installation around sonic place-making developed with students at Technische Hochschule Ansbach, Germany


  • PhD, RMIT University, 2003
  • Graduate Certificate, Information Technology (software engineering), Swinburne University of Technology, 2002
  • BMus, Flute Performance and Electronic Music, Conservatorium of Tasmania, University of Tasmania, 1985


External Links

Journal Articles

In Press

Paine, G. Interaction as material: the techno-somatic dimension. Organised Sound 20(1):.


Paine, G. 2013. New musical instrument design considerations. IEEE Multimedia 20(4):76-84. DOI: 10.1109/MMUL.2013.60. (link )


Lem, A. and G. Paine. 2011. Dynamic sonification as a free music improvisation tool for physically disabled adults. Music and Medicine 3(3):182-188. DOI: 10.1177/1943862111401032. (link )


Paine, G. 2009. Towards unified design guidelines for new interfaces for musical expression. Organised Sound 14(2):142-155. DOI: 10.1017/S1355771809000259. (link )


Paine, G. 2007. Sonic Immersion: Interactive engagement in real-time immersive environments. Scan Journal 4(1):[online]. (link )


Paine, G. 2005. Endangered Sounds: A sound project. Organised Sound 10(2):149-162. DOI: 10.1017/S1355771805000804. (link )


Paine, G. 2003. REEDS: A responsive environmental sound installation. Organised Sound 8(2):139-159. DOI: 10.1017/S1355771803000037. (link )


Paine, G. 2002. Interactivity, where to from here?. Organised Sound 7(3):295-304. DOI: 10.1017/S1355771802003096. (link )



Paine, G. 2009. Unencumbered Human Movement in Interactive Immersive Environments. ISBN: 978-1445204574.

Book Chapters


Paine, G. 2009. Gesture and morphology in laptop music performance. Pp. 214-232 In: Dean, R. T. ed., The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music. Oxford University Press.


Paine, G. 2008. Noise and texture, towards and Asian influences composition approach to the concert flute. Pp. 139-149 In: Atherton, M. and B. Crossman eds., Music of the Spirit: Asian-Pacific Musical Identity. Australian Music Centre. Sydney, Australia.


Paine, G. 2007. Playing and hearing sonic environments. Pp. 348-368 In: Bandt, R., M. Duffy and D. MacKinnon eds., Hearing Places: Sound, Place, Time and Culture. Cambridge Scholars Press. Newcastle, England.


Paine, G. 2006. Interactive, responsive environments: A broader artistic context. Pp. 312-334 In: Ascott, R. ed., Engineering Nature: Art & Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era. University of Chicago Press.



Paine, G., V. S. Berisha, H. Rowe, K. Hoefer, A. P. Singh, S. Puranam, S. M. Feisst and S. J. Hall. 2018. EcoSonics – Psychoacoustic diversity modeling for environmental management in McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Poster presented at the 20th Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, Jaunary 5, 2018, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )