Beginning in the early 1970’s Paul Lansky became preoccupied with trying to get computers to make human-sounding music. This continued for more than 30 years, with some success. In 2002 he was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from SEAMUS (the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States) and in 1999 he was the subject of a documentary made for European television, My Cinema for the Ears, directed by Uli Aumüller and now available on DVD. Numerous dance companies have choreographed his works, including Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and Eliot Feld.
During the mid-1990s he began to turn more intensively toward the writing of instrumental music, composing works for performers such as Nancy Zeltsman and David Starobin. His trio for horn, violin and piano, Etudes and Parodies, written for William Purvis, was the winner of the 2005 International Horn Society Competition. In 2007, Bridge Records released the 11th all-Lansky CD, Etudes and Parodies. His instrumental music is published by Carl Fischer and most of his electronic works are available on Bridge Records.
He was chair of the Music Department, from 1990 to 2000 and is William Shubael Conant Professor of Music.