Oliver La Rosa's music and research explores that c oncept of the musical instrument in electronic and computer music, developing instruments that listen, understand, remember, and respond. Its open source Silent drum and HAND Controllers use computer vision techniques to continuously track and classify hand gestures. His latest research [notes] examines computational notation and generative music in Pure Data and LilyPond.
His work has been shown at many international festivals and conferences and has worked with several composers, improvisers and artists in a field of action that includes sound performance and installation, composition and performance of music and programming of open source software. Some recognitions include scholarships and fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the University of California, Meet the Composer, and the Spanish Ministry of Culture, as well as composition and research stays at the ZKM and IRCAM. He received the 1st prize at the FILE PRIX LUX 2010, a GIGA-HERTZ-PRIZE 2010 special prize from the ZKM and the 1st prize at the Guthman Competition 2009 of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology.
Oliver is Assistant Professor of Composition at NYU and Co-Director of NYU Waverly Labs for computers and music . He received his PhD in Computer Music from the University of California, San Diego (2011), where he studied with Miller Puckette and was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University & the CMC in New York.