Bio

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Maxwell Tfirn is composer and performer based in Newport News, Virginia, where he holds the position Director of 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. His current research focuses on real-time, recursive compositions for live performances.  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.

As part of musical life and determination to learn a new unique instrument to perform, record and educate with, I have setup a gofundme page to help purchase a Hurdy Gurdy. Every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated.  Please consider donating.

Click Here to view Maxwell’s current CV

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 http://musiquealgorithmique.fr/l-systemes/ 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.