Bruce Pennycook

Composer Info

Bruce Pennycook

Bruce Pennycook is a composer and digital audio/media specialist born in Toronto in 1949. He studied at the University of Toronto with Gustave Ciamaga and John Weinzweig then completed a DMA at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University with John Chowning and Leland Smith. Pennycook specialized in interactive music systems producing the widely performed and broadcast Praescio series of pieces and several articles on interactive technologies. In Electric Sound: The Past and Promise of Electronic Music author Joel Chadabe calls Pennycook a pioneer in interactive performance. From 1987 to 2000 Pennycook founded and chaired the Music, Media and Technology program at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University where he held numerous major grants for research in music and audio analysis and management. His article the 1996 Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Audio and MIDI Markup Tools for the World Wide Web, was one of the earliest explorations of music and sound transmission technologies. Pennycook is currently a Professor in The Butler School of Music and in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Recent commissions include works for solo instrument and audio or live electronics performed at the Intl. Double Reed Society, World Saxophone Congress. In November, 2010, his mixed ensemble and electronics piece, For Joe Z, composed for The Paul Dresher Electroacoustic Band will be premiered in San Francisco. For more information visit: //

pretty much everything I hear from medieval to free jazz
Genres of Interest
interactive electroacoustic, electronic "bands", solo + electronics
My Style
rhythmic, episodic, energetic

Professor Information

Professor of Music, Professor of Radio-TV-Film

1 University Station, E3100
Austin, TX, 78712

MRH 4.180, CMA 6.176


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9 years 17 weeks
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