Butch Rovan

Joseph Butch Rovan

Professor of Music and Faculty Director, Brown Arts Initiative

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rovan [at] brown.edu

Butch Rovan is the faculty director of the Brown Arts Initiative. A media artist and performer on the faculty of the Department of Music at Brown University, he also co-directs the MEME (Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments) program in Computer Music. From 2013 to 2016, he served as chair of the Music Department. Prior to joining Brown, he directed CEMI, the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia at the University of North Texas, and was a compositeur en recherche with the Real-Time Systems Team at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. Rovan worked at Opcode Systems before leaving for Paris, serving as product manager for MAX, OMS and MIDI hardware. He received his bachelor and master’s degrees at the University of California, Riverside, and his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. Rovan has received numerous recognitions for his research and creative work throughout the world. His music appears on the Wergo, EMF, Circumvention and SEAMUS labels. His research includes new sensor hardware design and wireless microcontroller systems. For more information, visit here.


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