Jon Forshee is a composer of acoustic works, electro-acoustic music, and multi-disciplinary artworks involving new media. One of his driving passions is the search for and discovery of exciting and engaging musical experiences: as a busy composer and musical researcher, this passion has introduced many computer music techniques and music transcriptions into his creative practice. Research into the music of other cultures has resulted in years of transcriptions of musical works ranging from ancient China to West Africa (and elsewhere), and these have become a central feature of many recent compositions.
Forshee’s articles and texts on a variety of musical subjects, ranging from early speculative studies in music to contemporary musical aesthetics and analysis, appear in The Computer Music Journal, Perspectives of New Music, Open Space Magazine, and in other places online and in print. While many articles are formatted for scholarly research, many texts use unique typography and page layouts, and are overtly expressive of artistic and musical concerns. Jon is also a co-editor and contributor to the inimitable OPEN SPACE MAGAZINE (Benjamin Boretz, editor) and, with poet Dorota Czerner and composer Dean Rosenthal, of the OPEN SPACE WEBMAG.
Forshee studied composition with Anthony Davis at UCSD (University of California, San Diego), where he completed the Ph.D. in Composition with the dissertation “How Music Travels: the Opera Blood, Hunger, Child” under Davis’ direction. Forshee earned his Master’s in Composition at the Eastman School of Music, and completed the Bachelor of Music at Bowling Green State University. Jon has also lived in Paris, where he attended the courses at the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.
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