Bret Battey (b. 1967) creates electronic, acoustic, and multimedia concert works and installations, synthesizing diverse experience in music composition, computer programming and graphic design. A major focus in his work has been the crafting of integrated sound and image compositions.
He has been a Fulbright Fellow to India and a MacDowell Colony Fellow and has received recognitions and prizes from Austria’s Prix Ars Electronica, France’s Bourges Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique, Spain’s Punto y Raya Festival, MADATAC and MuVi4, Abstracta Cinema of Rome, Amsterdam Film eXperience, the Fresh Minds Festival and the Red Stick International Animation Festival for his sound and image compositions.
Battey completed his masters and doctoral studies in Music Composition at the University of Washington and his Bachelors of Music in Electronic and Computer Music at Oberlin Conservatory. His primary composition teachers have been Richard Karpen, Diane Thome, Conrad Cummings and Gary Nelson. He also served as a Research Associate for the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media. He is a Professor of Audiovisual Composition with the MTI Institute for Sonic Creativity at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
New Media Gallery 2000-01: Uroborous – Light and Sound