Maxwell Tfirn is composer and performer based in Newport News, Virginia, where he holds the position Director of Composition and Creative Studies at Christopher Newport University.  He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Virginia, an MA in Music Composition from Wesleyan University, and a BM in Music Education as well as a performance certificate in percussion from the University of Florida.  He also performs live improvised noise music using digital and analog electronics.  Outside of his music, Maxwell creates digital glitch photography that uses audio concepts and synthesis as a means of image manipulation in Supercollider.  Maxwell has had works performed at ICMC, SEAMUS, Electro Acoustic Barn Dance, Society of Composers, FEAST Festival, Technosonics, N_SEME, and Subtropics Music festival and was a featured composer for Share and more. His music has also been performed by Jack Quartet, Loadbang,  MehanPerkins, Dither, Ekmeles, The New Thread Quartet, percussionists I-Jen Fang, pianist Seung-Hye Kim and Kenneth Broadway. He has studied with Judith Shatin, Anthony Braxton, Ted Coffey, Matthew Burtner, Paula Matthusen, James Sain and Ronald Kuivila.

Currently Maxwell is working on a collection of graphic scores that utilizes spectral analysis for content.  These scores are hand written and use various shapes, sizes, abstract graphic and techniques to create form, improvisation and aleatoric layering of sound. In addition, Maxwell has started building a sensor based controller for live sound manipulation using concepts behind digital spectroscopy.

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I am also a freelance music engraver and arranger.  Please contact me if you need engraving or arrange for any type/style of music.  I use Finale, Dorico and can also do graphic scores.  A quote can be given upon contact.

Check out Ben Fuhrman’s Patch In podcast.  In the linked episode I am being interviewed about my research and music involving electromagnetic microphones, noise music and image processing.

The following website describes L-systems and how they can be used in music.  One of my computer compositions is used to demonstrate works based on L-systems.  The website is in French but full of useful information.