Ben Sutherland, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Audio Design & Production
Ben Sutherland is a musician/ sound artist, computer audio specialist, and teacher. His compositions, constructions, and performances span "classical," popular, and experimental genres, with particular interest in interactive computer music systems. As an audio technologist, he is particularly interested in pushing the bounds of existing audio tools (software, hardware, instruments), and in developing new or modified tools for creative and artistic purposes. His compositions have been performed across the country, and he has conducted or performed works in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Poznan, Poland. In addition, he has directed and managed computer music studios; coordinated, engineered, and recorded live and studio sound; and worked in audio archiving and preservation.
Ben has worked and taught at Lehigh University, St. Lawrence University, and the University of Chicago. He holds a B.A. in music from Oberlin College/ Conservatory, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Chicago, with specialization in computer music research. He was an Aspen Fellow in composition at the Aspen Music Festival.
He joined the faculty in the Department of Audio Arts & Acoustics in 2009, having first encountered the department as part-time faculty from 1997-2001. He teaches courses in the Audio Design and Production and the Acoustics concentrations, with particular interest in developing curricula in Sound Art and Audio Archiving, Preservation, and Restoration.
Audio Arts & Acoustics Department
Columbia College Chicago
33 E. Congress Parkway, Suite 601
Chicago, IL 60605