is an American sound artist from Boston, MA. He is primarily known for his sound installations, which often utilize computers.
Kuivila studied under Alvin Lucier
Alvin Lucier is an American composer of experimental music and sound installations that explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception. A long-time music professor at Wesleyan University, Lucier was a member of the influential Sonic Arts Union, which included Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and...
at Wesleyan University
Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college founded in 1831 and located in Middletown, Connecticut. According to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Wesleyan is the only Baccalaureate College in the nation that emphasizes undergraduate instruction in the arts and...
and graduated with a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in Mathematics in 1977. He went on to receive his MFA from Mills College
Mills College is an independent liberal arts women's college founded in 1852 that offers bachelor's degrees to women and graduate degrees and certificates to women and men. Located in Oakland, California, Mills was the first women's college west of the Rockies. The institution was initially founded...
. In the 1990s Kuivila and Dave Anderson were responsible for creating the software language Formula, which has been used by David Behrman
David Behrman is a US composer and the producer of Columbia Records' Music of Our Time series. He was also a founding member of the Sonic Arts Union. He toured with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and has worked with Ben Neill. He was a part of Robert Ashley's Music with Roots in the Aether...
. He currently teaches classes in Experimental Music, Computers in Music, and Studio Recording at Wesleyan University, where he served at one time as the chair of the music department. In May 2011, he was instated as University Professor of Music. He currently works with the open-source software Supercollider
A Supercollider is a high energy particle accelerator. The term may refer to:* Superconducting Super Collider, planned 80 km project in Texas, canceled in 1993...
His works have been installed at the DeCordova Museum
The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a sculpture park and art museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts focused on modern and contemporary art, and holds a collection focused on work in all media, especially works by artists with connections to New England...
and the Diapason Gallery, among others.
Fidelity, Lovely Music, Ltd. LP 1722, 1985
Going Out with Slow Smoke, Lovely Music, Ltd. LP 1701, 1982
- Short Biography http://framework.v2.nl/archive/archive/node/actor/.xslt/nodenr-65793
- Ron Kuivila @ Lovely Records http://www.lovely.com/bios/kuivila.html