Richard Boulanger

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 cmusic”. 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 now called ‘csound’), is considered to be the ‘first’ Csound piece. As an internationally recognized performing composer, Boulanger has premiered his original interactive works 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, Stanford, Krakow and Moscow Symphonies.

Born in 1956, Boulanger’s first symphony (for Two Arp 2600’s and the 100+ member Newton Symphony Orchestra) 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 electronic 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 and The Audio Programming Book. His company, Boulanger Labs, has developed Csound-based iOS apps include csJam, csGrain and csSpectral, and 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 Symphony Orchestra. 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 been 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 inspirational. 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 musical voice.”

Iain McCurdy

Iain McCurdy is a composer and lecturer originally from Belfast and currently based at Maynooth University, Ireland. He has been working with, and contributing to, the Csound project since 1999. His contributions to Csound have included working on the FLOSS manual project and contributing to the Springer Csound Book. He has also written a catalogue of over 600 interactive examples for Csound covering many of its capabilities. This resource has proved valuable for many learning the program. More recent work has focussed on the popular Csound front–end, Cabbage. Since January 2016 Iain has held the position of Lecturer in Music at the University of Maynooth (National University of Ireland) where his teaching duties cover composition, electronic music, programming and research supervision. He is currently the Director of Music Studios at Maynooth. As a composer his work has covered the areas of acousmatic, electroacoustic, instrumental, sound installation and cross–disciplinary works involving all four. His work with sound installations and alternative controller design has drawn in exploration of electronics, sensors and instrument building. Other foci of work are recording, videography, surround sound, ambisonics and other esoteric microphone technologies. More information about Iain is available at his website:

Rory Walsh

Rory is a graduate of Maynooth University, Ireland, and a lecturer in the Dundalk Institute of Technology's School of Computing, Music, and Creative Media. Since finishing his studies he has collaborated with a diverse range of artists both as a musician and in the capacity of audio software developer. His software is being used in many universities around the globe, including Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts, Trondheim University, and St.Petersburg's University of Telecommunications. Rory makes extensive use of the Csound host API, and has used it to make Csound accessible within a host of audio applications, ranging from digital audio workstations to industry leading audio middleware.