Teaching & CV

Amber Vistein
Sound Artist / Composer / Educator

Education:

Doctor of Philosophy (anticipated 2020), concentration in Computer Music and Multimedia, Brown University

Master of Fine Arts (2013) with concentration in the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Additional Coursework at MIT, New England Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music
Advisors: Elaine Buckholtz, John Mallia (NEC), and Joshua Fineberg (BU)

Bachelor of Arts (2007) with concentrations in Music and Philosophy at New College of Florida
Thesis Advisors: April Flakne and Stephen Miles

Selected Advanced Study:

American Opera Projects Composers & the Voice program, Composition Fellow, 2017-19
NYU Film Scoring Workshop participant 2017
EMPAC/IRCAM Spatial Audio Workshop participant 2017
Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory 2013
Sound Installation CCRMA Workshop at Stanford University 2012


Concerts, Performances, and Installations:

2017
Man Will Not Outlive the Weather, chamber opera for Mezzo-soprano, flute, cello, piano, percussion, and electronics, Performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Brown University, Providence, RI

Landscapes, collaboration with video artist Amanda Justice, XYZT Reception, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

2016
Growth Continuum, set of site specific sound installations, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA

Byggja, for solo percussionist and electronics, Performed by Russel Greenberg, Brown University, Providence, RI

Constellations and Bones, for flute, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, Performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Brown University, Providence, RI

2015
Approach Stillness, solo piano and electronics, Brown University University, Providence, RI

The Distance of the Moon, multimedia performance, Brown University University, Providence, RI

2014
Murmur, Illuminus Boston, SOWA, Boston, MA

Apropos, solo voice and electronics, commissioned by Fifth Floor Collective for soprano Tony Arnold

The Wax of the Wane, miniature multimedia opera, Theatre of Eye/Ear Multimedia Concert

Swimmer of the Infinite, part of the Quartets by Stephen Moore, Brown University, Providence, RI

Mumurator, Experimental DJ set, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA

 …then dive, for fixed media and video projection, Theatre of Eye/Ear Collaborative Concert

Experimental Set at OpenSound, Third Life Studio, Somerville, MA

HoverDive, full length work commissioned by Contrapose Dance, BU Dance Theatre, Cambridge, MA

2013
Murmur, four-channel sound composition with accompanying video, Brown Hall, New England Conservatory

Unbearable Lightness, multi-media composition, music by Matti Kovler, video by Amanda Justice, an interactive sound/visual design by Amber Vistein, Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory

Work Cycle, 4-channel sound composition in collaboration with light installation by the Lumen Collective,

Winter Lights Festival, Dewey Square, Boston, MA

The Unnameable, experimental narrative installation in sound and video, Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art

Phantom Loops, collaborative installation for light, sound, tactile transducers, and knit VHS, Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art

2012 
Debt Choir, co-founder, performance at Cooper Union Day of Action, Cooper Union, New York City, NY

Communal Debt as Sound Workshop and Performance, Elizabeth Foundation Project Space, New York City, NY

The Sound of It III, Garage 4141, San Diego, CA

Cloudy with a Chance of Change, SIM Choir, Climate Culture Symposium, Pozen Center, Boston, MA

Don’t You Mind, conductor/ performer with the SIM Choir, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Boston, MA

Murmur, installation version for Presidential Inauguration, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Far Writing, 8-channel sound and light installation, Stanford University

Far Writing, 4-channel sound and light version presented at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

hommage.iannis, sound and interactive video installation, Massachusetts College of Art

2011
Ice Eyed, multimedia sound and video installation, Pozen Center, Boston, MA

Select Exhibitions:

2013 MFA Thesis Show I Bakalar Gallery Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

MFA Thesis Show II Bakalar Gallery Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2012    On Dispay, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA

2011   The Engine Room 2011, Morley Gallery, London, UK
  Pattern Recognition, Axiom Gallery, Boston, MA
IN/FLUX, Doran Gallery, Boston, MA

2007 Fall Exhibition, Isermann Gallery, New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL

Additional Works:

Dance Scores

2014    Hoverdive, evening-length dance score of electronic music and altered field recordings; collaboration with Contrapose Dance and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

2012  Noctiluca, sound composition commissioned by Maya Kite and Dancers, performances in New 

York City and Boston

Film and Video Scores:

2012 Murmur, surround sound and stereo versions

Visuality, stereo sound score

2011 Ice Eyed, stereo and installation versions

2011 3 Realizations from Cardew’s Treatise: Scores 3, 115, and 131, stereo sound composition with accompanying video score

Experimental Narrative:

2013 The Unnameable, work of experimental narrative inspired by Beckett’s third novel, MFA Thesis Show II

Bakalar Gallery Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2012 Malone Dies, work of experimental narrative inspired by Beckett’s second novel, presented on WZBC

2011 Molloy, work of experimental narrative inspired by Beckett’s first novel, presented on WZBC

Sound/Music Composition:

2014    The Wax of the Wane, composition for fixed media, soprano, and actor

Hoverdive, evening-length dance score of electronic music and altered field recordings; collaboration with Contrapose Dance and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Apropos, for soprano and fixed media

2011 Beatrice in Flight, stereo sound composition

2011 He becomes an Island…, stereo sound composition

Interactive and Sound Sculpture:

2013 Unbearable Lightness, multi-media composition, music by Matti Kovler, video by Amanda Justice, an interactive sound/visual design by Amber Vistein, Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory

2012 Personal Record, modified record players that change speed in accordance with the viewers heart-rate

Teaching Experience:

College Courses and Seminars

2015
Visiting Lecturer:
TIME: Art, Science, Duration at Massachusetts College of Art
TIME: Movement, Mark, Memory at Massachusetts College of Art

Adjunct Faculty: Voice, Identity, Place: Critical Reading and Writing at Boston Architectural College

2014
Visiting Lecturer:
TIME: Art, Science, Duration at Massachusetts College of Art
TIME: Self-Directed at Massachusetts College of Art

Adjunct Faculty: Introduction to Photoshop at Fisher College

2013
Director: SIM Choir, Massachusetts College of Art
Instructor: Harmonic Thinking and Theory, Massachusetts College of Art
Digital Media Workshop Instructor, Massachusetts College of Art
Co-Instructor: Advanced Sound Studio, Massachusetts College of Art

2012
Co-Instructor/Music Director: MassArt Choir, Massachusetts College of Art
Co-Instructor: Sound Performance, Massachusetts College of Art

Teaching Assistantships

2017
Seminar in Electronic Music: Real-Time Systems, Brown University
Recording Studio as Compositional Tool, Brown University

2016
Music and Computers, Brown University

2011
TIME, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Intro to Sound Studio, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Painting and the Cinematic Image, Massachusetts College of Art and Design  

Workshops and Visiting Artist/Lecturer Presentations:

2017
Artist Presentation, ArtsIceland Artist Residency, Ísafjörður, Iceland

2014
Techniques of Sonic Composition, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
Sound in Space, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

2013
Sound Installation and Composition Techniques, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

2012, 2013
Introduction to Audio Production, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

2012
Communal Debt as Sound Workshop, Momenta Gallery, New York City, Brooklyn, NY

2012
Experimental Composition Techniques, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Youth Education:

2013-2015 Instructor/Mentor at the Boston ArtScience Prize
2013, 2014 Instructor, the hive at deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
2011, 2012 Instructor, Summer Youth Programs at MassArt
2010 Instructor, Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp, Mixed Media Studio

Grants:

2012-2014 National Science Foundation Grant for HoverDive in collaboration with Contrapose Dance and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

2013 Winter Lights Public Art Grant, Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Lumen Collective

Press:
2014 New Music Box
2013 Big, Red, and Shiny
2012 The New Yorker (Debt Choir)
2012 Boston Globe