Department of Music

Ivica Ico Bukvic: composition, multimedia

The art of multisensory artist and researcher Ivica Ico Bukvic (b. 1976) is driven by ubiquitous interactivity. Bukvic’s output encompasses aural, visual, acoustic, electronic, performances, installations, technologies, research publications, presentations, grants, and awards. His most recent work focuses on communal interaction, integrating contemplative practice, and improving health through innovative approaches to the Arts and technology.

In part supported by grants, commissions, and awards (ASCAP, SEAMUS, SAI, Upbeat, VT CLAHS), his creations have received international exposure through music festivals (ICMC, SEAMUS, Spark, FEMF, CMS, EMM, IEMF, LAC, MUSICACOUSTICA, MusicX, SBCM, OCEAn, gmem, 3rd Practice, Brooklyn Film Festival, etc.), radio stations, concerts, and Internet. His research (including grants from UC UGS, VT CEUT, VT CLAHS, ISCE, ICTAS, VT Foundation, Croatian Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports, and Wake-Forest MBA) has produced a number of software contributions to the multimedia art community (RTMix, RTcmix instruments, Soundmesh, Superkaramba, Pure-Data, Max/MSP, Unity3D), and has been presented at conferences (TEDxMidatlantic, ICMC, LAC, Tonmeistertagung, Spark), and published in journals, and magazines, including Organised Sound, Linux User & Developer, and Array. Ico maintains an active career as a scholar and researcher; prior to joining Virginia Tech, he taught at the Oberlin College, Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and has served as a keynote presenter and a visiting lecturer at various festivals and workshops. As the author of the first-of-a-kind "Linux & Multimedia" curriculum at CCM and Virginia Tech, and the elected Director of the international consortium, he has a soft spot for libre software.

Having received doctorate at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (2005), Dr. Bukvic is currently working at Virginia Tech as an Associate Professor in music technology, the founder and director of the Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio (DISIS) and World’s first Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork), Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) Integrative Mind & Performance Through the Arts, Creativity, and Technology (IMPACT) Studio Head, a member of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI), and as a faculty (by courtesy) in departments of Computer Science.

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Ivica Ico Bukvic