Andrew Schloss - A history of the radiodrum and robotics in musical performance: The art installation as a musical instrument
Andrew Schloss is known primarily as a performer, improviser and virtuoso on the radiodrum, an instrument based on Max Mathews’ radio baton, but optimized for percussive gesture-sensing. Using this instrument, he has tried to push the envelope of electroacoustic music combined with Cuban jazz. He has performed extensively with Cuban pianist Hilario Durán, as well as maestro Chucho Valdés and Ernán Lopez Nussa. In public art, he has collaborated with Trimpin, Nobuho Nagasawa, Buster Simpson, and Don Fels. Schloss was a Fulbright Scholar at IRCAM per invitation of David Wessel in 1987, which is when he began working on the radiodrum combined with the very first version of Max/MSP (originally called “Patcher”). He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the BC Advanced Systems Institute (ASI), La fondation Daniel Langlois, The Canada Council for the Arts, NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council), SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council), along with commissions from the British Columbia Arts Council, Jack Straw Foundation, among others. Schloss studied at Bennington College, the University of Washington, and Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1985 working at CCRMA. He has taught at Brown University, the University of California at San Diego, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and currently at the University of Victoria. Along with colleagues George Tzanetakis and Peter Driessen at the University of Victoria, he created a new combined program in Music and Computer Science, which has opened up new avenues of study for many students in the age of digital media and the internet.