Bob Pritchard is a Canadian composer living in Burnaby, British Columbia. His
works includes solo, chamber, orchestral, and interactive
electroacoustic concert pieces, as well as installation art and film/video. He is a
professor at the University of British Columbia teaching music
technology, theory, special topics, and laptop orchestra.
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Bob Pritchard’s works are performed and broadcast worldwide and his research includes interactive performance,
gesture tracking, and gesture-controlled speech synthesis. He has received multi-year research grants from SSHRC
and CC/NSERC and he has contributed chapters to books dealing with the body in performance. He creates video,
software and music for his interactive works and in 2007 his interactive piece Strength received a
Unique Award of Merit from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers. His short film Crisis
is part of Cathryn Robertson’s cancer documentary 17 Short Films About Breasts which is in international
distribution, received five Leo nominations, and has been presented at several North American Festivals.
He teaches in the UBC School of Music where he co-directs the Laptop Orchestra and is a member of several
technology research units.
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Dr. Bob Pritchard is a Canadian composer teaching music technology at the University of
British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. where he also co-directs SUBCLASS, the UBC digital performance ensemble.
His pieces can be demanding and virtuosic, exploring the edges of performance and perception,
and he has a particular interest in interactive and gestural performance. A recipient of numerous commissions,
his works have been presented by performers such as Jane Coop, Margaret Lancaster, Marguerite Witvoet, Julia Nolan,
John Sampen, Barbara Pritchard, Beverly Johnston, Chenoa Anderson, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony,
and the St Lawrence Quartet. His music and research is presented internationally in concert, in conferences and in
broadcasts in North and South America, Europe, Russia, Australia, and Japan. His works have twice been selected by Canadian
juries for submission to the International Society of Contemporary Music.
He researches interactive multi-user performance environments and gesture-controlled speech
synthesis at the UBC Media And Graphics Interdisciplinary Group (MAGIC) and he develops interactive
performance systems and concert works at the UBC Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive
Systems (ICICS). He has received multi-year research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council and from the Canada Council/Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. He has also
worked with Dr. Keith Hamel’s UBC/IRCAM (Paris) research project developing automated score following
software for interactive performance. He is currently developing Responsive User Body Suits (RUBS) for interactive
performance, as well as collaborating with UBC Linguistics Prof. Molly Babel on a funded project studying the accents of
Dr. Pritchard contributed a chapter to Performative Body Spaces: Corporeal Topographies in
Literature, Theatre, Dance, and the Visual Arts (pub. Rodopi) and is active as a filmmaker:
he creates the video, software and music for his interactive works and in 2007 his interactive piece
Strength received a Unique Award of Merit from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers.
His short film Crisis is part of Cathryn Robertson's breast cancer documentary 17 Short Films
About Breasts (distributed by Fanlight Productions, NYC), which received five Leo nominations, was
recommended to the Museum Of Modern Art by Telefilm Canada, and has been presented at several North American Festivals.
His teaching abilities have been recognized by UBC with a Killam Teaching Award, and by the University of Melbourne
VCA&MCM with a Master Teacher Award.