Paul DeMarinis


Paul DeMarinis has been working as an electronic composer since 1971 and has created numerous performance works, sound and computer installations and interactive electronic inventions. He has taught computer, video and audio art at Mills College, Wesleyan University, San Francisco State University and the New York State College of Ceramics, and has been a video game designer for Atari Inc. and Scholastic Software. He has performed internationally at The Kitchen, the Festival d'Automne á Paris, NHK Television in Tokyo, Het Apollohuis in Holland and at New Music America. His interactive computer audio and graphics systems have been installed at the Shaffy Theatre in Amsterdam, The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He has been commissioned to create permanent computer audio art works for The Exploratorium, The Ontario Science Centre and The Boston Children's Museum and has been the recipient of major awards including three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for the Visual Arts, two New York State Council on the Arts grants, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in New Genres, as well as a National Endowment for the Arts Interarts project grant and Composers Fellowship. Much of his recent work involves speech processed and synthesized by computers, available on the Lovely Music compact disc Music as a Second Lanugage, and the interactive installation Alien Voices. A recent series of installation works, The Edison Effect, uses optics and computers to make new sounds by scanning ancient phonograph records with lasers. DeMarinis is currently Artist-in-Residence at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto, California. (source:

2006 - 2006 Golden Nica Award, Prix Ars Electronica in the category Interactive Art
2006 - 2006 Rockefeller New Media TAG grant
2005 - 2005 Prix Ars Electronica - Honorary Mention for “Firebirds” in Digital Musics
2004 - 2004 D.A.A.D. summer Fellowship, Berlin
2002 - 2003 Rockefeller New Media Award
2002 - 2003 Research Grant, Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University
2001 - 2001 Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention, Interactive Art category
2000 - 2000 U.S. Patent Office, Patent number 6,095,889 “Interactive Entertainment Device”
2000 Department of Art and Art History, Stanford University / Promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2004
1999 - 2000 Fellowship John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
1997 - 2000 Lecturer, San Francisco Art Institute
1997 - 1997 Fellowship Foundation for Contemporary (Performance) Arts
1996 - 1996 Eureka Fellowship Fleishhacker Foundation
1996 - 1996 S.E.C.A. Media Award S.F Museum of Modern Art
1994 - 1997 Artist in Residence, Xerox PARC
1994 - 1995 P.A.I.R. Fellowship Xerox PARC, Palo Alto, California
1994 - 1994 Lecturer, San Francisco State University
1994 - 1994 Lecturer, Art Department, San Francisco State University
1994 - 1994 Exploratorium/Prague National Technical Museum Exchange
1993 - 1993 Visiting Professor, Universidad de Guanajuato, Centro de Informatica Musical Guanajuato, Mexico
1993 - 1993 N.E.A. U.S.A./Mexico Exchange Residency Fellowship
1992 - 1992 Lecturer- Performance/Video, San Francisco Art Institute
1992 - 1992 Fellowship in New Genres California Arts Council
1991 - 1992 Artist Fellowship N.E.A. Visual Arts Program
1989 - 1990 Composer's Fellowship N.E.A. Music Program
1988 - 1988 Visiting Artist, San Francisco Art Institute
1987 - 1991 Software Developer, Electron Tamers Co.
1987 - 1988 Lecturer, Art Department, San Francisco State University
1987 - 1988 Project Grant N.E.A. Interarts Program
1987 - 1988 Project Grant N.Y.S.C.A. Media Program
1987 - 1987 Artist Fellowship New York Foundation for the Arts
1985 - 1986 Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Art and Design, N.Y. State College of Ceramics
1985 - 1986 Project Grant N.Y.S.C.A. Media Program
1984 - 1985 Software Designer, Scholastic Software, New York City
1983 - 1984 Senior Audio Engineer, Warner Communications, Inc. New York City
1983 - 1984 Artist's Fellowship N.E.A. Visual Arts Program
1982 - 1983 Video Game Programmer, Atari, Inc. New York / Sunnyvale, CA
1981 - 1982 Artist in Residence, The Exploratorium, San Francisco
1980 - 1980 Visiting Artist, Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, N.Y.
1979 - 1981 Visiting Assistant Professor, Artist in Residence, Wesleyan University
1978 - 1979 Artist's Fellowship N.E.A. Visual Arts Program
1978 - 1978 Instructor, San Francisco State University
1977 - 1977 Research Fellow, Center for Music Experiment, U.C. San Diego
1974 - 1979 Instructor/Engineer, Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College
1974 - 1979 Design Engineer, Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College
1973 - 1973 Master of Fine Arts at Mills College / Electronic Music and the Recording Media. Studied music composition with Robert Ashley, Terry Riley and Lars Gunnar Bodin, video with Phillip Makanna.
1971 - 1973 Teaching Assistant, Mills College
1971 - 1971 Bachelor of Arts at Antioch College / Music and Filmmaking Interdisciplinary. Studied film with Paul Sharits, music with John Ronsheim and philosophy with Keith McGary.
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