Biography

Peter van Haaften is a computer music composer and new media artist based in Montréal (Québec).

Peter creates interactive installations, live performances, radio art, and fixed media for speakers. His original and collaborative projects have been included at the Japan Media Arts Festival (Tokyo), FILE Hipersônica (São Paulo), La MaMa (NYC), A MAZE (Berlin), and more. In 2016, he was one of three main collaborators on Aquaphoneia, presented as part of the Ars Electronica (Linz) Alchemists of our Time exhibition.

He is currently pursuing a master‘s in musique composition et création sonore at the Université de Montréal, and holds a BFA in electroacoustic studies from Concordia University. He is actively collaborating with the Topological Media Lab on a series of performances and installations exploring time, space, and material computation.


Statement

My work questions relationships between the composer, the performer, the audience, and the score. I approach my compositional practice as a rationalist; I give dynamic processes, logic, and reasoning precedence over intuitive sensory observations. For me, the result of this approach is a deep potential in my works for exploration, interaction, and improvisation.

My latest and on-going works look to integrate computational models with the material world, in order to bind physical objects and environments to my visions of imagined futures. I endeavor to eliminate technical abstractions (interfaces) from my practice, and instead provide a lens that focusses towards the sounding material world that surrounds us. I aim to engage audiences with works that are responsive, reactive, and ingrained with deep opportunity for experimentation and play.