Thomas Sturm is a Los Angeles based composer who works in a wide variety of mediums including chamber music, sound installation, free improvisation, and computer music. His work explores playing with and critiquing emergent technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, social media, and surveillance. He also experiments with data sonification and pataphysics, and has explored end of life issues through his art. As an improviser, Sturm works with creative coding and no-input mixing.
Sturm has performed and received numerous commissions with organizations such as The American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, The American Festival for the Arts, the International Society of Improvised Music, Friends of Flutes Foundation, and Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt. His music has been performed by groups including The Boston New Music Initiative, the Enso String Quartet, the Prism Saxophone Quartet, and Little Giant Chinese Orchestra. He has collaborated and performed alongside a variety of artists such as Ethan Marks, Ulrich Krieger, Erin Demastes, Marta Tiesenga, and Brandon Bell. Current projects include a series of artificial intelligences for the MARS Festival and a sound installation that explores worker-less workspaces.
Professionally, Sturm works as an educator and teaching assistant at institutions including California Institute for the Arts and previously did so at Rice University. His teaching focus is in composition, music theory, and creative coding. He also works as a copyist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Sturm is currently completing an MFA in Experimental Sound Practices and Integrated Media at California Institute of the Arts under Ulrich Krieger. He holds a BM in Composition and Theory from Rice University. His past teachers include, Kurt Stallmann, Tom Leeser, Shih-hui Chen, and Anthony Brandt.
Sturm’s music can be heard at soundcloud.com/mrutssamoht, musicbythomassturm.tumblr.com, and thomassturm.bandcamp.com/