David Gamper

Composer-Performer-Sound Shifter

Sonic artist David Gamper moves freely among the worlds of composition, improvisation, and electronic instrument design and construction. He believes electronic sound processing technologies constitute an extension of the acoustic musical instrument. Unlike more single-minded proponents of musical technology, Gamper's music is a marriage of traditional instrumental performance with the sound transformations introduced by new and emerging technologies. He has named his performance technology "The Sound Shifter" and with it he captures the live sounds of his instruments (piano, winds, and others) and electronically shifts them into other musical realms.

Driven by his interest in creating performer controlled sound processing environments for improvising acoustic musicians, he developed a major redesign of the Expanded Instrument System (EIS) for the Pauline Oliveros Foundation. He has designed variations of the EIS for teaching, demonstration, recording, and for use by guest musicians in performances with Deep Listening Band (with Pauline Oliveros and Stuart Dempster) of which he has been a member since 1990.

Gamper is also half (with photographer Gisela Gamper) of See Hear Now, a visible music sound and video projection duo, and hilde+ed productions, a multi-media content development partnership. He provided music for several of the displays at the Visitor Center at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. JdK Productions has released the recording of a January 1999 duo concert with Pauline Oliveros at The IJsbreker in Amsterdam. Also released by JdK is a compilation of the Whitney's Bistreams exhibition's sound artists, which includes his piece Conch. He appears on many other CDs with Deep Listening Band and others. Recently released is a DVD with See Hear Now.

CD's, etc. can be bought through CDeMusic and Deep Listening

email: dgamper@earthlink.net
Tel: (212) 343-8167

Past events - Old Music samples - Discography - Résumé


tuesday, june 6, 8:30 pm

see hear now concert in
roulette festival of mixology
at location one
26 greene street, new york city

march 31-april 2, 2006,

with deep listening band
sound exchange residency
american composer's forum
workshop and performances with philadelphia musicians and composers
philadelphia pa

thursday, february 9, 7:30 pm

see hear now concert at
krannert art museum
sudden sound concert series
500 east peabody drive
champaign, illinois

conch evolution in 60x60

streaming culture web show
with slides or video by Shimpei Takeda

the 60x60 project is a compilation of 60 short works, each less than 60 seconds long.