Michael Century

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  • Centre for Information Technology Innovation, The Banff Centre for the Arts, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New Media and Music in the Arts Department, _Director, Lecturer, Writer, and Composer

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    • Michael Century (Canada), pianist, accordionist, and composer, is Professor of New Media and Music in the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which he joined in 2002. Century has enjoyed a varied career as university teacher, new media researcher, inter-arts producer, and arts policy maker including Banff Centre for the Arts (1980-83), McGill University (1998-2002), and the Canadian Heritage and Department of Industry  (1993-98). His works for live and electronically processed instruments have been performed and  broadcast in festivals internationally.


    • Michael Century, Canada, has contributed to the cultural scene in Canada and internationally as a specialist in art and technology, an educational administrator, lecturer, writer, musical performer and composer, and software researcher. Associated with The Banff Centre for the Arts, Century founded the Centre’s Media Arts Division in 1988. Also at the Banff Centre, he headed the interarts program, the Leighton Artist’s Colony, and was director of program development. Between 1993-96 he headed a research group at the Canadian Centre for Information Technology Innovation which focussed on intelligent information interfaces. Since 1996 he has worked as a cultural policy advisor for new media for the Canadian Government. In 1997, he began teaching graduate seminars in Music and Communications at McGill University. Classically trained as a pianist and musicologist, Century performed and conducted the music of a wide range of contemporary composers. As a composer Century has created a series of works for piano and computer-processed voice which have been performed at music and electronic art festivals in Canada, and broadcast nationally on the CBC.


    Michael Century, Canada, is program director of the Networked Cultural Information Systems (NCIS) group at the Canadian Centre for Information Technology Innovation (CITI). Formerly he worked at the Banff Centre of the Arts, where he founded the media arts program. Classically-trained as a pianist, conductor and historical musicologist, he has performed and produced the music of a wide range of 20th century composers, including Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Berio, Feldman, Cage, and Schafer. His personal work in computer-assisted music performance explores real-time transformation of speech sounds.

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  • Canada

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