Sound artist Stephan Moore has been working at the forefront of the contemporary experimental audio world for the past 15 years as a curator, improviser, composer, programmer, theatrical sound designer, loudspeaker builder, radio technician, installation artist, live sound engineer, and teacher. Based in Pawtucket, RI and Brooklyn, NY, he is a Ph.D. candidate at Brown University in the Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments program, and president of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology. He holds an MFA in Electronic Art from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition from Western Michigan University.
His creative work manifests as electronic studio compositions, improvised solo performances, sound installation works, sound designs and scores for modern dance and theater performances, audio processing and generating software, and the design of multi-channel sound systems for unusual circumstances. He develops his own performance software and builds Hemisphere loudspeakers for use in his own performances and sound installation work, which he also makes available through his company Isobel Audio. Significant ongoing collaborations include the Xenolinguistics performance project with visionary video artist Diana Reed Slattery, numerous scores and designs for the choreographer Yanira Castro, sound and technical design for the Nerve Tank theater collective, and the electronic music performance and production group Evidence with sound artist Scott Smallwood.
Moore is the curator and artistic director of In The Garden of Sonic Delights at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, a 5-month exhibition of outdoor sound art across Westchester County in 2014 that will re-open in Spring 2015. From 2006 to 2012 he served as a curator at ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn and remains a founding member of their artistic advisory board. Most notably, he curated the month-long Floating Points Festival there from 2006 to 2010, which made use of a large array of his Hemisphere speakers. His other curatorial activities have included the 2010 Mixology Festival at Roulette Intermedium and the Experiments in the Studio concert series at the Merce Cunningham Studios (2007–2009).
From 2004 to 2010 Moore was the Music Coordinator of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, where he worked and often performed with composers such as Gavin Bryars, John Paul Jones, Sigur Ros, Sonic Youth, Christian Wolff, David Behrman, Annea Lockwood, John King, Emanuel Pimenta, Mikel Rouse, and Takehisa Kosugi to realize full productions of their scores. He also oversaw the performances of several works by John Cage, David Tudor, Brian Eno, Radiohead, and others. In 2010 he collaborated with Animal Collective to create Transverse Temporal Gyrus, a 40-channel sound installation at the Guggenheim Museum with visual elements by Danny Perez. He later created both a downloadable version of the piece, which is algorithmically generated at each playing, and artwork for Animal Collective's limited-edition vinyl release. Other recent notable projects include: audio programming for Anthony McCall’s Traveling Wave; a tool for flexible sound distribution for Toni Dove’s Lucid Possession; and technical consultation for the organizations EarFilms (Dartington, UK), Tellart (Providence, RI), and Constellation Center (Boston).