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Monte Taylor

Monte Taylor

Clinical Assistant Professor // Music // Rueff School

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Room: PAO B190


Phone: (765) 496-2959

Monte Taylor is a clinical assistant professor of music technology in the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art and Performance. Dr. Taylor teaches courses in music technology. His work as a music technologist explores the use of generative audio, digital signal processing audio, spectral analysis, machine learning, and algorithmically generated sampling, synthesis, and MIDI data for music composition, performance, and improvisation.

Taylor is the 2nd place recipient of the KLANG! International Electroacoustic Composition Competition and a finalist for the 2020 American Prize in Composition (2020 Orchestral Music Division). His work has been featured internationally on numerous conferences, festivals, and concert series, including Australian Percussion Gathering, Charlotte New Music Festival, Cohen New Works Festival, Cortona Sessions, Electric LaTex Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Florida Electro-Acoustic Student Festival, Florida International Toy Piano Festival, Florida State University Festival of New Music, Kansas City Art Institute’s ArtSounds, Matera Intermedia Festival, National Student Electronic Music Event, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, SCI Regional and National Student Conferences, SEAMUS National Conference, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, SPLICE Institute, TUTTI Festival, USF International New Music Festival, and UTEMS Electro-Acoustic Recital Series, by ensembles including Bent Frequency, Compositum Musicae Novae, Frost Electronic Music Ensemble, Line Upon Line Percussion, Passepartout Duo, [Switch~ Ensemble], and the University of Texas New Music Ensemble.

As a performer and improviser, Taylor works primarily with the electric guitar and electronic/computer instruments. He has played with performers including Brian Horton, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Paul Rudy, Mark Southerland, Matthew Evan Taylor, Synthia Payne, The Tipping Point Ensemble, Unbound Ensemble, and the UMKC IMP Ensemble, and has been featured on Subtropics Marathon, Miami Buskerfest, Stanford CCRMA Teleconcert, UTEMS Electro-Acoustic Recital Series, and International Workshop Struer.

Taylor holds a D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, where he served as an assistant instructor and staff member for the University of Texas Electronic Music Studios. He also holds an M.M. in Composition from the University of Miami Frost School of Music where he taught courses in the Experiential Music Curriculum, and a B.M. in Composition from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Outside of academia, Taylor has significant experience as a freelance live sound and studio engineer.