portrait of Alex Porter

Photo: Jose Gomez

Alex Porter (b. 1992) is a New York based composer of concert and electronic music. He was born in Malta, Montana, and studied music at the University of Montana in Missoula. His composition teachers include Patrick Williams and Emile LeBel. He studied oboe with Jennifer Cavanaugh. Inspired by the natural world and how we interact with our surroundings, Porter uses samples and other environmental data to create electronic soundscapes, sometimes in combination with live instruments. In his concert pieces, Porter juxtaposes opposing meters and tonalities to create dream-like textures and sensations. He has written works for solo piano as well as various chamber ensembles, and continues to write and perform music with and without electronics.

Recent projects include: a meditation tape in collaboration with Michelle Boyd, and an electronically generated sonic representation of data from the Large Hadron Particle Collider.