Brennon Bortz, doctoral researcher in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction, Department of Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, shares how we music the experience of music.
Brennon Bortz is a doctoral researcher in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction within the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a member of the new Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), and a member of the the Integrated Mind & Performance through the Arts, Creativity, and Technology studio within ICAT. He is interested in new developments and creative applications in mobile, multiuser environments that leverage affective technologies. His research focuses on music and emotion, psychophysiology, and mobile interaction. Specifically, his current work investigates which features of music most effect a listener's emotional response, and develops means of informing music and interactions with this knowledge.
Most recently, Brennon has worked in mobile development at Ecliptic Labs in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and prior to this as a researcher at the Centre for Affective Solutions for Ambient Living Awareness in Dundalk, Ireland. He is also a classically-trained composer and experienced choral and instrumental conductor holding degrees in music from Pepperdine University; the University of California, Riverside; and Queen's University Belfast. His works have been performed across the United States, South America, and Europe. Bortz performs regularly with a range of musical ensembles.