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  • Profile:

    Dafna Naphtali is a versatile sound artist, vocalist, guitarist, and composer and improviser of electronic music. She focuses on experimental music and improvised music in combination with electronics using her custom Max/MSP programming for sound processing of the voice and other instruments, as well as works for multi-channel sound, robotics and location-based audio augmented reality soundwalks.

     

    Office Hours:

    by appointment only

    Degrees Held:

    Master of Music, Music Technology, New York University

    Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance (Jazz), New York University

    Voice Pedagogy CCM certified (multi-technical vocal pedagogy training)
    Shenandoah University Summer ’11&’13 with Jeannette Lovetri and CCM Institute.

    Professional Affiliations:

    ASCAP
    New York City Electroacoustic Music Society
    SWiTCH (Society for Women in Technology)
    American Composers Forum

    Recent Publications:

    Book Chapters:
    “What if Your Instrument is Invisible?” Boverman, Till, et al, editors. “Musical Instruments in the 21st Century - Identities, Configurations, Practices” 2016, Springer Verlag

    (forthcoming co-authored with Richard Rodkin) "Locative Media" Filimowicz, Michael, et al, editors. "Foundations of Sound Design Vol. 2", 2018, Routledge

     

    Blogs: 
    Authored four posts for New Music Box (newmusicbox.org) October 2017:
    -- http://dafna.info/new-music-box-blog-posts-oct-2017/

    LIVE SOUND PROCESSING AND IMPROVISATION
    DELAYS AS MUSIC
    DELAYS, FEEDBACK, AND FILTERS: A TRIFECTA
    RESONATING FILTERS: HOW TO LISTEN AND BE HEARD

    Blog for performance classes: Electronic Music Performance. Ed. Dafna Naphtali, 2012-present.
    www.electronicmusicperformance.wordpress.com

    Created for my students, to serve as a living and evolving list of essential listening in experimental electronic music + related fields– grouped topically with the intention of underscoring connections between music made over several generations and overlapping practices. 

     

    Online Article: "What If Your Instrument Is Invisible?" Almanac on Contemporary Instruments. 3DMIN, 15 Feb. 2015. Web. 13 Sept. 2015. .

    Journal Article: "A View on Improvisation from the Kitchen Sink." (with Hans Tammen). Leonardo Music Journal 20 (2010): 97.

    Web. Interviews:
    Vdovin, Marsha, and Rod MacLeod. "C74: An Interview with Dafna Naphtali." Cycling '74, Sept. 2011. Web. 

    Harries, Guy, "Dafna Naphtali interview", LiveElectronicSound.com, 2013, Web.

    Performances And Appearances:

    See www.dafna.info for listing and information.

     

    Research Interests:

    • Electronic music performance
    • Interactive computer music
    • Sound art and installation
    • Music production / aesthetics of sound processing
    • History of electronic music
    • Locative Media and Sound

    Awards And Honors:

    NY State Council on the Arts (2018) (for Walkie Talkie Dream Garden interactive soundwalk)
    Brooklyn Arts Council (2018) (for Walkie Talkie Dream Garden interactive soundwalk)

    New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Music/Sound Composition (2013)
    New York Foundation for the Arts Computer Arts Fellowship (2001)
    American Composers Forum Jerome Commissions (1999, 2009)
    Franklin Furnace
    NY State Council on the Arts (1999)
    Meet the Composer
    Experimental TV Center
    Brecht Forum commission (2007)
    ASCAP Plus award (2008-2013, 2017)


    Residencies at STEIM (Holland), Music OMI, Create @iEAR residency at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute.

    Travel grants to Poland and India from Foundation for Contemporary Arts and American Music Center.

    Current Courses:

    Live Electronic Music

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