Daniel with Synthesizer

Daniel McKemie is a composer, researcher, and percussionist based in New York City. He focuses on utilizing the internet and browser technology to realize a more accessible platform for multimedia art. His current work includes realizing historical instruments, musical tools, and audio processing units in the browser; and finding new ways of remote collaboration through WebRTC, WebSockets, and shared networks. His music has been performed in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia; and his research on computer music and web-based audio/composition techniques have been presented or published internationally in conferences as part of the Korean Electro-acoustic Music Society, the Australasian Computer Music Association, the International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research, the Society of Electro-acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), among others.

Daniel also develops new ways of interfacing handmade circuitry, modular synthesizers, and embedded systems to various softwares both new and old. This recent work has allowed for complex, interactive performance environments to emerge, in which software generates compositional processes and actions in the form of analog signals sent to the hardware, and software that can analyze said signals from the hardware to determine musical behaviors.

In addition to electronic music, Daniel is an active percussionist, having premiered dozens of new works for the repertoire, including many with The William Winant Percussion Group. Active as an instrumental composer, he has written for solo, chamber, mixed media, and radio broadcast formats, and also served as an assistant transcriber and orchestrator for Roscoe Mitchell on pieces from his Conversations collection.

His teachers have included Morton Subotnick, Roscoe Mitchell, William Winant, and Pauline Oliveros; and has provided music for and worked with a number of different artists and companies in various capacities including: The New York Deaf Theatre, Larry Polansky, Funsch Dance Experience, Ryan Ross Smith, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra, Christian Wolff, Bob Ostertag, and Steve Schick.