As a performing composer, I play various kinds of violins, including the 6-string electric violin, the Hardanger fiddle, and instruments of my own design and construction. Much of my music arises from my relationships with these instruments, either directly (through improvisation) or metaphorically (where the design of the instrument becomes a metaphor for some kind of musical construction). Recognizing that musical instruments embody both compositional and cultural ideas, I build my own instruments, both "hardware" and "software," and regard this as part of my compositional process. I perform these instruments in various ensembles, including Trollstilt (a duo for Hardanger/electric fiddles and guitar, with Monica Mugan) and "interface" (an electronic improvisation ensemble, with Curtis Bahn and Tomie Hahn). These projects inevitably lead me into interdisciplinary explorations with dancers, visual artists, and computer scientists. I studied Physics at Carleton College (B.A. 1990), Composition and Theory at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (M.M. 1995), and Composition at Princeton (Ph.D. 1999). At Princeton I teach composition, electronic/computer music and theory at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and seminars that explore: "crossover" music and musical appropriation; musical instruments, music and culture; interdisciplinary creative spaces, and others.
Silicon/Carbon: an anti-Concerto Grosso, for orchestra and laptop concertino
Five (and-a-half) Gardens, for Trollstilt and So Percussion and animated paintings
Triptick, for piano trio
Scales and Metronomes, for solo cello
PLahara, for the Princeton Laptop Orchestra and Zakir Hussain
Transparent Body, for dancers (the Terrain Dance Company) and electric violin/laptop
Five (and-a-half) Gardens, Shhh/New Amsterdam 0001
Machine Language, Bridge 9149
Recording Field, H, Deep Listening DL-DVD-27
Trollstilt, Azalea City/ACCD-2004
“Why a Laptop Orchestra?” Dan Trueman, Organised Sound (Cambridge University Press) 12:2 (2007).
“Composing for Laptop Orchestra,” Scott Smallwood, Dan Trueman, Ge Wang, Perry Cook, Computer Music Journal Spring 2008, Vol. 32, No. 1: 9–25.
“The Laptop Orchestra as Classroom,” Ge Wang, Dan Trueman, Scott Smallwood, Perry Cook, Computer Music Journal Spring 2008, Vol. 32, No. 1: 26–37.
"BoSSA: the Deconstructed Violin Reconstructed." Dan Trueman and Perry Cook. Journal of New Music Research, vol. 29, #2, 2000.