Paul Hembree is active as a composer, creative technologist, and educator, working in experimental music and interactive media. His works focus on the peril and promise of procedural generation in sonic and visual arts.
His recent projects include the score and sound design for Goodnight Traffic City (2017), a game by developer Loren Schmidt and artist Kia Labeija, and Cerebral Hyphomycosis (2016), a duo for real and virtual cellists, premiered by T.J. Borden. His audiovisual improvisation environment, Apocryphal Chrysopoeia (2016), was featured at National Sawdust on the 2016 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, as part of the New York Philharmonic's biennial celebrations.
As a computer musician, he has collaborated with many prominent performers of new music, including the JACK Quartet, Irvine Arditti, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, and the Callithumpian Consort, on compositions by Pauline Oliveros, Brian Ferneyhough, Kaija Saariaho, and Roger Reynolds, among others.
In 2015 he received his PhD in music, specializing in composition and computer music, from the University of California, San Diego, where he taught music theory, history, composition, and game audio courses. He currently teaches at Skidmore College as a lecturer in game studies and interactive media programming courses.