Rachel Rome

Edgar Shannon Fellow
Hartford, Connecticut
B.M. CUNY Queens College (2007)
M.A. Mills College (2013)
Other (Graduate) San José State University (2017)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2019)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Bio for Celebration Dinner: Rachel defended her Music Composition and Computer Technologies dissertation “Resonant Sonic Specificity” on sonification for social justice last summer. This past academic year she has been an Artist Fellow at MIT, an artist-in-residence at MassMoCA, and the Adrian Piper Foundation Berlin Fellow making a new work, Mémoire, that opened today (April 12) at the Havana Biennial. She has also been gestating a new human (ETA: March 31). In the fall she will join the Berklee College of Music as Assistant Professor of Creative Coding, the first female faculty in Berklee’s electronic music department. New human scheduling prevented Rachel from being here today, but she wants to whole, whole-heartedly thank the JSF community for their support these past 5 years. Her time in Charlottesville was made order-of-magnitudes better by the JSF, she would not be where she is professionally (and so happily) without the JSF, and she looks forward to enjoying life-long friends hips with many in the room. Rachel Devorah Wood Rome is a sonic artist and feminist technologist whose works engage the poetics of their specific context. She earned her Ph.D. in music composition and computer technologies from the University of Virginia in August 2018. Her work has been heard in the U.S. at Art in Odd Places, The William Benton Museum of Art, the California Electronic Music Exchange, Detroit Contemporary, the Granoff Center at Brown University, the International Horn Symposium, the International SuperCollider Symposium, Music for People and Thingamajigs, the National Opera Center, Omaha Under the Radar, Pioneer Works, The Stone, the Virginia Film Festival, and the Watermill Center, as well as abroad in Canada, China, Cuba, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Ghana, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway. Rachel has published writings on art and social power in parallax, Feminist Media Histories, and Emergency Index, and she was plenary speaker at Feminist Theory and Music 14. Her 2017 installation “Revontulet” won the Ruth Anderson Installation Prize from the International Alliance of Women in Music, and she has received support from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASSMoCA), New Music USA, the New Museum, EMS (Stockholm), GRM (Paris), MoKS [Estonia], STEIM (Amsterdam), and røst [Norway]. Rachel earned her M.A. in composition from Mills College, her M.L.I.S. with a focus on digital media from San José State University, and her B.Mus. in horn performance from the City University of New York. In the 2018-19 academic year she is an Artist Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Adrian Piper Foundation Berlin Fellow, and in Fall 2019 she will join the Berklee College of Music as Assistant Professor of Creative Coding, the first female faculty in Berklee’s electronic music department.

Thesis Description:

Resonant Sonic Specificity

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