Federico Reuben is a composer, sound artist and live-electronics performer based in York, United Kingdom. His work challenges conventional relationships between composer, performer and audience through imagined performance practices, collaborations and modes of sonic representation and production. He is interested in how through sound, affect can be transferred, modulated and distorted. His work includes compositions, live electronic improvisations, computer-mediated performances, hybrid works, installations, cross-arts collaborations and computer programmes.
Federico was born in San José, Costa Rica in 1978. He studied politics and piano performance at the Universidad de Costa Rica and music at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. He studied composition with Louis Andriessen, Richard Ayres, Gilius van Bergeijk and Martijn Padding at the Royal Conservatoire, The Netherlands. He also attended a one-year course at the Institute of Sonology, studying human-computer interaction, digital signal processing and algorithmic composition. He holds a PhD from Brunel University, London, UK, where he studied with Richard Barrett and Christopher Fox. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Music Technology at The University of York.