Elaine Thomazi-Freitas is a composer and media artist. She received a doctorate in music (DMA) from Columbia University, NYC, USA [2003] and a master’s in music from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil [1997]. She had undergone an internship in Music Documentation at IRCAM (Institute of Research and Coordination Acoustics/Music) in Paris, France [2001]. Based in London since 2008, Elaine works as Principal Lecturer and Course Leader in Music Technology.

With an initial background in music, her trajectory had a further achievement with the inclusion of the visual element. Her works range from acoustic compositions to interactive media, the latter having become her main focus of research. She has embraced the use of technology as a means of artistic expression that adds to the artwork, never constraining the artistic conception and/or its realization.

Elaine's quest as an artist/researcher has always been focused on the development of inquisitive approaches to music and video technology with emphasis on the interactive arts. Whenever possible, she introduces her personal questioning to the teaching/supervision practices. With this action, the research per se becomes part of the student contact eventually reflecting on their works. Her research output is eventually enhanced by the collaborative work with fellow lecturers and artists.

Areas of interest include: music composition; computer music; music and video technology; interactive arts, performance and installations; contemporary arts; new aesthetics; noise and ambient sounds and images transformed into art materials and expressions; collaborations within the various artistic domains (dance/visual arts/poetry…); cultural diversity and interaction.

Actively engaged in the contemporary performing scene, Elaine has developed international links within Europe, the Americas and more recently Australia and East Asia, with increasing ties to Japan. This international practice has been a means not only of publishing her work, but also it has allowed her to meet and connect with a vast number of artists, researchers, and institutions world-wide.

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Elaine at Sonorium Hall, Tokyo, Japan. 2012