Robert Alexander is a Sonification Specialist with the Solar Heliospheric Research group at the University of Michigan, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Design Science. He was recently awarded a JPFP Fellowship from NASA, an Outstanding Achievement award from the International Community on Auditory Display, and is currently an Artist in Residence with the Imagine Science Film Festival. He has collaborated with artists such as DJ Spooky and Virgil Moorefield, and performed intermedia work on several international stages. He founded the MiND Ensemble in 2010.
David Biedenbender is currently a doctoral student in music composition at the University of Michigan. His first musical collaborations were in rock and jazz bands as an electric bassist and in jazz and wind bands as a bass trombonist and euphonium player. His present interests include working with everyone from classically trained musicians to improvisers, fixed electronics to live brain data.
Teresa Dennis is currently pursuing her BFA at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. While her focus is 3-D modeling and animation, she loves to dabble in various other media. She’s interested in creating visual interpretations of musical compositions, a concept that she’s stretched in performances with the Mind Ensemble, and William Zurckerman’s Music in Pluralism. Her future plans include obtaining an MFA, and working as a professional in the field of music-video production. Teresa draws inspiration from music and personal experiences.
Amanda Sari Perez is a researcher with the Neural Engineering lab at the University of Michigan. She is currently working with microelectrode arrays to record brain activity from implanted sites. In 2009 she co-founded the Ann Arbor HackerSpace, a DIY community engaged in hands-on learning. For the past 3 years she has created artistic installations for the Burning Man festival, including a performance that deconstructs participants’ notions of the self. Amanda is with the MiND Ensemble to work toward lowering the barrier for creative expression.
Anton Pugh is a Masters student in Electrical Engineering: Systems (Signal Processing concentration) at the University of Michigan. Presently he is working on expanding his knowledge of the Processing and iOS platforms, especially as they apply to the MiND Ensemble. His primary hobby is designing and building custom electronic instruments and new musical interfaces. He is also an active musician and plays viola in the Campus Symphony Orchestra.
Suby Raman is a composer, conductor, polyglot and linguist. His major artistic passion is drawn from language itself: the basic aural and mental components of language, how it determines, separates and unites cultures, and its influence (or lack thereof) on our perception and expression of reality. He has conducted research in brain-computer interface technology, which assist people afflicted by ALS and spinal cord injuries.
Sam L. Richards is a composer, artist, and researcher with a penchant for interdisciplinary collaboration and an appetite for creative engagement of unwieldy conceptual problems. As a composer he has worked with media artists, filmmakers, animators, and choreographers, as well as making music for the concert hall. Although formally trained as a musician, he also produces video installations, visual and aural media, creative writing, and regularly steps off the beaten path in order to engage new things in new ways.
Michael Senkow is Masters of Science in Information, Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Michigan with coursework towards a Master of Architecture. His hobbies lately involve understanding digital fabrication techniques better, experimenting with his Makerbot, and learning about how programming can create visual designs and interfaces.