Paul Hembree is a composer, creative technologist, and educator, working in experimental music and interactive media.
His works focus on uncanny, anthropomorphic utterances of non-human objects, arrayed into dense, choric clouds. These clouds often condense into patterns of visceral rhythmic articulation, on the chaotic brink between randomness and periodicity. Both extremes are explored through careful traversal of visual and auditory perceptual spaces, guided by feedback loops, the emergent (mis)behavior of hand-crafted algorithms, and the agency of human performers.
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 and Bard colleges in electronic music and interactive media programs.