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Composer, Guitarist, Improviser, Sound Engineer

Dr. Monte Taylor (b.1991) is a composer, guitarist, improviser, and sound engineer based in West Lafayette, IN.


Taylor is the 2nd place recipient of the 2020 KLANG! International Electroacoustic Composition Competition and a finalist for the American Prize (2020 Orchestral Music Division).  His works have been performed on festivals including Australian Percussion Gathering, Charlotte New Music Festival, Cortona Online Sessions, Electric LaTex Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Florida Electro-Acoustic Student Festival, Florida International Toy Piano Festival, Kansas City Art Institute’s ArtSounds, Matera Intermedia Festival, National Student Electronic Music Event, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, SCI Regional and National Student Conferences, SEAMUS National Conference, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, SPLICE Institute, TUTTI Festival, USF New Music Festival, and UTEMS Electro-Acoustic Recital Series, by ensembles including Bent Frequency, Compositum Musicae Novae, Frost Electronic Music Ensemble, Line Upon Line Percussion, Passepartout Duo, [Switch~ Ensemble], and the University of Texas New Music Ensemble.

As an improvisor, Taylor works primarily with the electric guitar, as well as live signal processing and generative electronics.  He has worked with Brian Horton, Anne Lanzilotti, Paul Rudy, Mark Southerland, The Tipping Point Ensemble, Unbound Ensemble, and the UMKC IMP Ensemble, and been featured on Subtropics Marathon, Miami Buskerfest, Stanford CCRMA Teleconcert, UTEMS Electro-Acousitc Recital Series, and International Workshop Struer.

As of Fall 2022, Dr. Taylor is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Purdue University's Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance.  He holds a B.M. in Composition from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, an M.M. in Composition from the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and a D.M.A in Composition at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a staff member for the Experimental and Electronic Music Studios.  Primary teachers include Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Annie Gosfield, Dorothy Hindman, Zhou Long, Charles Norman Mason, Lansing McLoskey, James Mobberley, Januibe Tejera, Christopher Tripani, Paul Rudy, Chen Yi, and Nina C. Young.

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