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About & CV

Shawn Pinchbeck is an Edmonton, Canada based electroacoustic music composer, sound designer and media artist. Active as an artist since the mid-80’s, he has worked with many aspects of electronic music and sound engineering. First gaining recognition for heavy synthesizer and noise based electronic music, which charted on campus radio stations around North America. Then later for his ambient spacey electronic music, which gained media attention in Canada and abroad; even being featured in the book “The Billboard Guide to Progressive Music”. His recent work centers on interactive sound and video installations, software based artworks, music for dance performances, electroacoustic music composition, live electroacoustic music performances, physical interfaces and circuit bending.

Shawn is active internationally and has presented his work in major festivals and events in over 15 countries. He has numerous solo releases and his work has appeared on many films including the Genie Award winning documentary “The Corporation”, which has shown in cinemas and TV around the World. He is currently a lecturer of Sound Design at the Baltic Film and Media School, and has lectured regularly in the past at the Estonian Academy of Arts, the Estonian Academy of Music, and Tallinn University. In 2006, he taught electroacoustic music at the University of Alberta, and has lectured at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Finland and Liepaja University’s Art Research Lab in Liepaja, Latvia.

He has won numerous awards and grants including; the Edmonton Artist Trust Fund, Canada Council for the Arts Grants, Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grants, Telus Arts of the Future Award, and the 2008 Best Dance Performance in Estonia. He holds the degrees of Master of Music and PhD in Music Composition from the University of Birmingham, UK.

He is an avid supporter of Alberta’s artistic communities. He regularly produces and curates concerts, events and festivals in Edmonton creating venues for creative exchange between Edmonton and the World. He has sat on the board of many Alberta arts organizations including: Alberta Media Arts Alliance (AMAAS), Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA), Metro Cinema Society, and the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society (BEAMS) of which he was a founding member. He currently sits on the boards of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), FAVA (Audio Chair), and BEAMS (Vice-President).

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