Scott Barton composes, performs, and produces (electro) (acoustic) music. His interests include rhythmic complexity in beat-based contexts, machine rhythms, auditory and temporal perception, musical robotic instrument design, human-robot interaction in composition and performance, and audio production. As a composer, his works explore how we perceptually organize sonic information into rhythms, (dis)continuities and forms. They involve human performers, robotic instruments, studio-produced recordings, and interactive software. They illuminate the possibilities of stylistic heterogeneity through synthesis and juxtaposition of unlike elements on a variety of temporal scales. Often the latter are small, which produce micro-collages that challenge listeners’ perceptual abilities to make distinctions and find ordered sequences. His music has been performed in the United States, Europe, Mexico, South America, and Asia. It has been featured at SMC; ICMC; NIME; SEAMUS; The Original Gravity Concert Series, The International Symposium on Sound and Interactivity; Sound, Sight and Play Conference; Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval Symposium; Leeds International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition; and the CERF festival. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Stylistic Alchemies

Release Date: July 13, 2018
Catalog Number: RR7990
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Vocal Music
Scott Barton, contemporary composer and Assistant Professor of Music at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, engages in a rather unusual hobby: He designs and builds musical robots. Hardly unexpected then, that Barton's first Ravello Records release STYLISTIC ALCHEMIES is an electroacoustic box of surprises. Balancing diverse musical elements with the virtuosity of a skilled playwright, Barton takes the listener on a journey that pushes the boundaries of established genre definitions.