Robert Seaback (b. 1985) is a composer and guitarist interested in the semiotic differences between acoustic and synthetic or digitally mediated sources. He has composed works that pair acoustic instruments with electronic sound, works for fixed media, and sound installations. His output is characterized by stylistic elements drawn from spectralism, glitch, and acousmatic music.
Seaback holds a B.S. in Music Technology from Northeastern University, Boston, and an M.A. in Composition from Mills College in Oakland. He is currently a Ph.D. Fellow at the University of Florida in Gainesville where he works as a research assistant for the Florida Electroacoustic Music Studio and teaches courses in Music Technology.
International performances of Seaback’s electroacoustic work have included the Sonorities Festival, Sound Junction at University of Sheffield, NYCEMF, ICMC, Rediscoveries II at the University of Aberdeen, the ISCM World New Music Days, and the EMUfest of the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia, Rome. He has also presented work in the US at SEAMUS, Electronic Music Midwest, the Arts and Technology Symposium at Connecticut College, and the Root Signals Electronic Music Festival. He received the Elizabeth Mills Crothers Award for Outstanding Musical Composition from Mills College in 2011 and in the same year, was awarded First Prize in the ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition. His music has been featured on SEAMUS, Empires, and Ablaze records.