Variable Agency: Integrated sound and visual works by Casey Farina

Bio

Originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Casey Farina is a percussionist, composer, sound designer, music educator, and new media artist working in Phoenix. His current work focuses on nonlinear and iterative processes as applied to music composition and multimedia art. Casey has presented work at the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) conference, the Spark Festival of electronic music and art, the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), the International Society of Improvising Musicians, and a variety of other venues throughout the U.S. Casey received a grant from the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts (CIRA) at Northwestern University for project CONDOR, a work that explores the presentation of spatial audio via miniature robotic airships. The institutions he has taught at have also received funding from the National Science Foundation. Casey received a BM in percussion performance from Arizona State University in 2000, an MM in percussion performance from ASU in 2003, and is currently finishing his DM in music technology at Northwestern University. Casey taught New Media at Navajo Technical College in 2008-2010 and founded the digital media laboratory. He is currently teaching in the Digital Media Arts program at Glendale Community College.  Casey has studied percussion with J.B. Smith, composition with Steve Syverud, Chris Mercer, and Glenn Hackbarth, and music technology with Gary Kendall.