Robert Wannamaker

Robert Wannamaker

Robert Wannamaker, is a composer, improviser, instrument builder, music theorist, mathematician, and educator. Rob’s music reflects his interests in the physicality and perception of sound, sonic environments, extended performance techniques, tuning systems, noise, gradual processes, and algorithmic composition. He has written music for diverse instrumental combinations, as well as compositions featuring live electronics, installations works, and recorded electroacoustic and algorithmic music. His works have been performed throughout Europe and North America by Ensemble Ascolta, the SONOR Ensemble, Ensemble Chronophonie, The JACK Quartet, The Nonsense Company, János Négesy & Päivikki Nykter, Angharad Davies, Barbara Lüneberg, and others.

Rob holds both a Ph.D. in Composition from the University of California, San Diego, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, where he conducted research on signal processing theory and psychoacoustics. His research with Stanley Lipshitz and John Vanderkooy into the theory and implementation of dithered quantization techniques has made them universal in professional digital audio applications. Rob's methodology for designing psychoacoustically optimal filters for noise-shaping quantization-error feedback is also widely used.  His scholarly publications have appeared in Music Theory Spectrum, Contemporary Music Review, Music Theory Online, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Physical Review E (Statistical Physics), the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society and elsewhere.