Roger Luke DuBois (born September 10, 1975, Morristown, New Jersey, United States) is an American composer, performer, conceptual new media artist, programmer, record producer and pedagogue based in New York City.
DuBois was born in New Jersey, moving at age 11 to London, England, where he attended the American School in London, before moving to New York in 1993 to attend Columbia University. DuBois holds both a master's (1999) and a doctorate (2003) in music composition from Columbia (studying primarily with Fred Lerdahl and Jonathan Kramer), and worked as a staff researcher at Columbia's Computer Music Center until 2008. He has taught interactive music and video performance at a number of institutions, including Columbia, Princeton University, the School of Visual Arts, and the music technology and interactive telecommunications programs at New York University. In Fall 2008 he began teaching as a full-time professor at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, where he currently serves as director of the Integrated Digital Media program and the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center. As a graduate student at Columbia he was a contributor to Real-Time Cmix. Since 2000, he has worked for Cycling '74 on Max/MSP/Jitter.
DuBois has collaborated with a wide range of artists and musicians, including Elliott Sharp, Paul D. Miller, Todd Reynolds, Toni Dove, Chris Mann, Michael Joaquin Grey, Matthew Ritchie, Eric Singer, Bora Yoon, and Leroy Jenkins. He was a founding member of the Freight Elevator Quartet, and has produced records for Bang on a Can composer Michael Gordon on the Nonesuch label. His music integrates real-time performer-computer interaction with algorithmic methodologies repurposed from other fields, most notably formal grammars such as L-systems. His research into issues of musical time revolve around a technique called time-lapse phonography, as used in his piece Billboard. His instrumental writing, like his artwork, is often based on techniques derived from stochastic music and data mining, using metaphors and information from cultural topics as source material, but with a postmodern stylistic approach, as in the string quartet Hard Data, a six-movement sonification, which, although basing its musical structure on the casualty stream of the Iraq War, borrows heavily from the instrumental writing of Stravinsky, Messiaen, Xenakis, and Crumb.
As a conceptual artist, DuBois takes on various topics in American culture and places them under a computational microscope attempting to raise issues relevant to information theory, perception of time, canonicity, and gaze. For example, his trio of pieces on gestalt media, Academy, Billboard, and Play, look at three iconic cultural "canons" in American popular culture (the Academy Awards, the Billboard Hot 100, and Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month). His piece Hindsight is Always 20/20, based on a statistical analysis of presidential State of the Union addresses, uses computational means as a lens into the politics of political rhetoric.Fashionably Late For The Relationship, his feature-length collaboration with performance artist Lián Amaris, uses the radical time-compression of a 72-hour film of a performance to deconstruct romantic obsession. For his latest large-scale artwork, A More Perfect Union, DuBois joined 21 different online dating sites and constructed a census of the United States based on an analysis of the profiles of 19 million single Americans; shown as a series of colored and re-labeled maps, the work investigates the lexicon of American self-identity in the 21st Century. His work is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City, and has been exhibited worldwide, including at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Prior to becoming a well known laptop musician, DuBois did most of his improvisation and performance on Buchla and Serge modular synthesizers.
In 2013, DuBois was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Goucher College, and became a finalist in the Arts category for a World Technology Award.
DuBois is the younger brother of photographer Doug DuBois.
Fashionably Late For The Relationship] (with Lián Amaris, 2007),
Hindsight is Always 20/20 (2008),
SSB (with Lesley Flanigan, 2008),
Hard Data] (2009),
A Year in Mp3s (2009-2010),
Moments of Inertia (with Todd Reynolds, 2010),
A More Perfect Union (2011),
The Marigny Parade (2011),
Vertical Music] (2012)