Dr. Richard Boulanger (a.k.a. “Dr.B”), is a Professor of Electronic Production and Design at the Berklee
College of Music, in Boston.
He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Music from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he worked at
the Center for Music Experiment’s Computer Audio Research Lab (CARL) with Dick Moore, “The Father of
After UCSD, Boulanger continued his computer music research at The MIT Media Lab, Bell Labs, Stanford's
CCRMA, IBM, Interval Research, and for The One Laptop Per Child Project (OLPC).
Throughout his career, Dr.B. was a close collaborator with "The Father of Csound" - Professor Barry Vercoe
at MIT, and “The Father of Computer Music” - Dr. Max Mathews at Bell Labs, Stanford, and Interval.
For many years, Boulanger and Vercoe worked on Csound at MIT and on the OLPC Project, and Boulanger and
Mathews worked on The Radio Baton, Scanned Synthesis, and Phaser Filters.
Further, Boulanger and Mathews co-wrote papers, gave lectures and workshops, and performed Boulanger’s
compositions together at many Colleges and Universities in the US, and abroad at many of the Bourges and
Audio Art Festivals,
Also, they were featured at many AES, SEAMUS, ICMC and NIME conferences. Boulanger’s ‘open source’
masterpiece, ‘Trapped in Convert”, composed at MIT in the summer of 1979 (in Vercoe’s ‘music11’ language
written in RT11 assembly and running on a DEC PDP11)
and later revised at MIT in 1986 (in Vercoe’s new ‘C’ version of music11, running on a DEC-VAX11780 and
called ‘csound’), is considered to be the ‘first’ Csound piece.
As an internationally recognized performing composer, Boulanger has premiered his original interactive
at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, DC, at Alice Tully Hall in NYC, and he has appeared on stage
performing his Radio Baton and PowerGlove Concerto with the Newton, Brockton, New Haven, Hamilton,
Krakow and Moscow Symphonies.
Born in 1956, Boulanger’s first symphony (for Two Arp 2600’s and the 100+ member Newton Symphony
was commissioned in 1977 (at the age of 21) by Alan R. Pearlman, (“The Father of the ARP 2600” and the
President and founder of ARP Synthesizers).
Dr. Boulanger has published articles on sound design, production and composition in all the major
music and music technology magazines in the US - Perspectives of New Music, Electronic Musician, Keyboard.
He has appeared on PBS, NOVA, CBS, The Today Show, and Red Bull TV (With GZA from The Wu-Tang Clan
controlling Csound with his brainwaves).
Boulanger has worked with and performed with BT, Nona Hendrix, and Hank Shocklee (from Public Enemy), and
done Csound-based sound design in several Hollywood Films and TV shows (including some Csound-based vocal
processing of David Bowie for the SONY Film - Stealth).
For MIT Press, Boulanger has authored and edited two canonical computer music textbooks: The Csound Book
The Audio Programming Book.
His company, Boulanger Labs, has developed Csound-based iOS apps include csJam, csGrain and csSpectral,
for the Leap Motion Controller they developed an app called MUSE and he composed and performed a major
symphonic work built around these apps called: ‘Symphonic Muse’ - featuring soloists from the Boston
Boulanger has received many many grants, awards, and honors… most notably, he was a Fulbright Professor at
the Krakow Academy of Music, and at Berklee, where he has been teaching for over 36 years, ‘Dr. B.’ has
honored with both the “Faculty of the Year Award” and the “President’s Award.”
Boulanger's philosophy is as follows: “For me, music is a medium through which the spiritual essence of
all things is revealed and shared.
Compositionally, I am interested in extending the ‘voice’ of both student and professional performers
through technological means to help them produce a music that connects with the past, lives in the present
and speaks to the future.
Educationally, I am interested in helping my students to recognize, as I have, that Csound is the richest,
most expressive, most versatile, and most powerful ‘instrument’ for their creative explorations,
realizations, and innovations.
Csound itself embraces and preserves the past and points to the future. It is both foundational and
With Csound, one literally stands on the shoulders of giants. Studying, and mastering this incredibly
versatile and malleable ‘instrument’ will
enable today’s most gifted, talented, brilliant, and curious audio artists, visionaries, and dreamers to
create their own unique and truly personal set of musical devices, smart generative systems, new tools,
new sounds, new instruments,
and new ways to play, and with them, to create and communicate with an enlightened, and truly unique