Prof Eric Lyon

Home Institution:

Virginia Tech, USA


Eric Lyon is a composer and computer music researcher. His work focuses on articulated noise, spatial orchestration and computer chamber music. His software includes FFTease and LyonPotpourri, collections of audio objects written for Max/MSP and Pd. He is the author of “Designing Audio Objects for Max/MSP and Pd”, which explicates the process of designing and implementing audio DSP externals.

In 2011, Lyon was awarded a Giga-Hertz prize from ZKM, resulting in the creation of the 43-channel computer music composition Spirits. His 124-channel composition “The Cascades” was premiered in the Cube at the Virginia Tech Center for the Arts, and performed on the BEAST system at BEAST FEaST 2015 in Birmingham. His mulitchannel composition Spaced Images with Noise and Lines was selected for MUSLAB 2015, and his computer music composition Light Rain, Laganside was selected for the International Society for Contemporary Music’s 2016 World Music Days festival.

Lyon has composed for such artists as The Biomuse Trio, Margaret Lancaster, The Noise Quartet, Ensemble mise-en, String Noise, The Crash Ensemble, Esther Lamneck, Kathleen Supové, Marianne Gythfeldt, and Seth Parker Woods. Lyon has taught computer music at Keio University, IAMAS, Dartmouth College, Manchester University, and Queen’s University Belfast. Currently, he teaches in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech, and is a faculty fellow at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.


Speculations 2: Supporting Materials



LINK: Two Binaural Recordings of music for 124 loudspeakers:

Lyon, E. 2014. The Future of Spatial Computer Music. 2014 International Computer Music Conference Proceedings.

Lyon, E. 2008. Spatial Orchestration. 2008 International Computer Music Conference Proceedings.