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Department ofMusic

Kaori Suzuki

Kaori Suzuki

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

Electronic Music

Kaori Suzuki is a Tokyo-born sound artist. She taught at the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College prior to Santa Clara University, and her current work focuses on the historical and cultural study of recorded media and electronic music and its effects on global musical practice. She is especially interested in the practices and philosophies of listening in order to explore and understand aesthetic experiences and forms.

As a performer, she has presented her musical works across North America, Japan, and Europe, and her recordings can be found on Moving Furniture Records, Second Editions, ANTS, and others. Her projects range from light & sound installations, solo electronic and electroacoustic compositions, and performing on cello and electric guitar in an amplified strings ensemble. Her experience in electronic music outside of academic teaching is diverse, including designing and producing custom analog instruments (2008-2014) that have been used by performing musicians worldwide.

Research interests: History of sound reproduction, cinema, and radio; 20th century avant-garde and experimental practices, critical theory, social practices of music, electronic music history and criticism.