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Lorin Edwin Parker

Title: Assistant Professor of Electronic Media

Lorin Edwin Parker is an interdisciplinary artist, audio engineer, musician and educator. His work spans many disciplines and includes installation pieces, musical compositions, sound art, video art, performance art, music for dance, sound for film and the creation of novel electronic instruments and performance interfaces. He has recorded a broad variety of artists, including Anthony Braxton, Andre Vida, Morton Subotnik, Joan LaBarbara and heavy metal band Tendorizor. His instruments have been featured in MAKE magazine, the Bent Festival and performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Festivals across the U.S. and Europe, such as M&DE at Dartington and the POW! Performance Art Festival, have presented his music and performance art. His writing and designs have been published in various journals and featured in the textbook Handmade Electronic Music. He has been a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), The Art Institute of California Los Angeles and the Art Institute of Austin. He currently serves on the board of directors of Hive13, a non-profit 501c3 makerspace in Cincinnati.

Prof Parker received a 2016 "Rising Star in Health Reasearch" award from UC for his interdisciplinary research intersecting arts, technology, and wellness. He was an affiliate of the UC Wellness Initiative (2015-2016), and is a 2017-2018 fellow in the UC Transdisciplinary Research Leadership Program. His course, "Makerspace Media Lab" is supported by the UC Forward Community Collaborative Grant & the Schroff Charitable Trust; this funding supports community outreach projects promoting STEAM disciplines (STEM + Arts). Prof Parker is also an affiliate of the UC Cognition Action Perception Lab,  where he collaborates to support research which incorporates performing arts, maker methodology, and community outreach.

Prof Parker conducts research at the intersection of technology and arts. His past research has focused on human interaction, expression, and sensation / perception when interacting with musical instruments. He has invented numerous experimental electronic and electromechanical instruments  which explore both creativity and humans' action and perception relative to their environment. This work has led to outgrowths which now include scientific and informatic / computational instruments as well as musical instruments. His applied study has also broadened into theoretical study in areas of cognition, science, and arts.

Professor Parker's primary academic expertise is in acoustics, psychoacoustics, and audio technology. He teaches these subjects within the College-Conservatory of Music.

Originally from Colorado & New Mexico, Lorin now resides in Kentucky with his wife, Sarah Seelig (who is twice as smart as he is), and three silly dogs, Salvador (portuguese water dog), Nikolai (schnoodle), and Rui Shi (shih tzu). He enjoys reading at 5am and employs a novel organizational method he calls the horizontal dispersion technique.

Research Interests:

Second Order Cybernetics
Hacker Culture
Technology and Sociology / Psychology
Arts & Music Technology
Media Archeology

Parker holds a B.Sc. with a concentration in Music Technology from the University of Colorado, and an MFA in Music Composition and New Media / Experimental Sound Practice from the California Institute of the Arts.


  • B.Sc (Music Technology), University of Colorado-Denver, Denver, CO.
  • MFA (Music Composition: New Media/Experimental Sound Practice)), California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.

Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Lorin Parker (PI), Michael Richardson (CoI), UC Community Collaborative Grant, UC Forward. 65000. 2015 to 2018. Status: Active.
  • (Fellow), Lorin Parker, Trans-disciplinary Research Leadership Program, UC Research . 130,000. 2017 to 2018. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Lorin Parker, Special Projects Grant, UC College Conservatory of Music. 5000. 2014. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-PI), Amanda Welter, Lorin Parker, Matt Irvine, Kristyn Benedyk et al., Technology Grant, UC Provost. 130,000. 2016 to 2017. Status: Completed.