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Robert Rowe

Professor of Music Technology; Affiliated Faculty, NYU Abu Dhabi

Music and Performing Arts Professions

Music and Audio Research Laboratory


Robert Rowe received degrees in music history & theory (B.M. Wisconsin 1976), composition (M.A. Iowa 1978), and music & cognition (Ph.D. MIT 1991). From 1978 to 1987 he lived and worked in Europe, associated with the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht, the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, the ASKO Ensemble of Amsterdam, and with IRCAM in Paris, where he developed control level software for the 4X machine. In 1990 his composition Flood Gate won first prize in the “live electroacoustic” category of the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition. In 1991 he became the first composer to complete the Ph.D. in Music and Cognition at the MIT Media Laboratory. He served as Associate Dean of Research & Doctoral Affairs of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and is currently Professor of Music Technology in the Department of Music & Performing Arts Professions at NYU, a core member of the Music & Audio Research Laboratory (MARL), and an Affiliated Faculty member of NYU Abu Dhabi. His music is performed throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia and is available on compact discs from Urlicht, Innova, Bridge, New World, Roméo, Quindecim, Harmonia Mundi, and the International Computer Music Association, and his book/CD-ROM projects Interactive Music Systems (1993) and Machine Musicianship (2001) are available from the MIT Press.

Selected Publications

  • Interactive Music Systems (MIT Press 1993)
  • Machine Musicianship (MIT Press 2001)


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