Eric Lyon

Eric Lyon

Associate Professor - Music Technology, Composition

Eric Lyon is a composer and computer music researcher. Major areas of focus include computer chamber music, spatial orchestration, and articulated noise composition.

Recent compositions include "Spirits", a 43-channel electroacoustic piano composition for the ZKM Kubus,"Noise Variations" for ensemble mise-en, and “The Book of Strange Positions” for the violin duo String Noise. 

Contact Me

(540) 231-3639
242-P Squires (0138)
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Music Technology and Composition
  • Production /Research Areas: ICAT
  • Teaching Areas: Orchestration & Digital Sound

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Univeristy of California - San Diego
  • M.M., Eastman School of Music
  • B.M., Princeton University

What is the most satisfying or rewarding moment of your artistic process?

Moving a musical idea from the improbable to the inevitable.

What gives you the most satisfaction as a teacher?

Seeing my students develop their curiosity and creativity to a level of intensity at which they no longer need me as a teacher and can move forward entirely on their own initiative.

What is the most important quality for any student in the performing arts to cultivate?

The ability to view art from multiple perspectives, without prejudgement.

Something Unexpected:

I enjoy folding origami.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Featured composer, International Electroacoustic Music Festival at Brooklyn Conservatory, 2007.
  • Director, Sonorities 2007 Festival of Contemporary Music.
  • Director, Dartmouth Symposium on the Future of Music Software, 2001.

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