Jonathon Kirk

Professor of Music


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Jonathon Kirk, associate professor of music at North Central College teaches music composition, music theory and analysis, computer and electronic music, film music, and interdisciplinary courses in music and technology. His musical and visual work has recently been presented at the Tate Modern in London, the London and Melbourne International Animation Festivals, Festival Internazionale di Musica Elettroacustica del Conservatorio S. Cecilia in Rome, the Los Angeles Short film festival, the Courtisane Festival in Brussels, the Boston Cyberarts Festival, Listening in the Sound Kitchen at Princeton University, Visual Music Marathon, the European Capital of Culture in Brugge, Soundtrack_Cologne festival, World Saxophone Congress (Bangkok, Thailand & Montreal, Canada), National Flute Association (Washington D.C.), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnoligie (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany, Festival Musica Viva in Portugal, the Itaú Cultural in Sao Paulo, Centro Cultural de España in San Jose, Costa Rica. His compositions have been performed by such ensembles as the Spektral Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Harvard Collegium Musicum, and members of Champ D'Action, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Ensemble Modern

Along with composer Lee Weisert, he is a member of the Portable Acoustic Modification Laboratory (PAML), a collaborative sound installation team. PAML has been invited to present their sound installation work at festivals and venues across the country, including the Santa Fe International New Media Festival, New York City Electroacoustic Festival, International  New Interfaces for Music Expression, the International Computer Music Conference, and the TedX conference at UNC, Chapel Hill.

He has been a composer-in-residence at the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona (2009) and was funded by the Vlaams Gemeenschapp for a 2000-2001 residency at the Logos Foundation for Experimental Music in Belgium. He is currently the composer-in-residence with Picosa. His music is published on Innova Records, Albany Records, Ears & Eyes Records and Medusa Critical Publications.

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Selected Scholarship

Wetters, B., & Kirk, J. (2019). Maderna's Mahler: A Model for Electroacoustic Composition. In Proceedings of the 46th International Computer Music Conference. Paper presented at New York University, NY, USA. 16-23 June, 2019. 

Kirk, J., & Weisert, L. (2016). Granular Wall: Approaches to sonifying fluid motion. In Proceedings of the 43rd International Computer Music Conference. Paper presented at Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands, 12-16 September (pp. 149-153). 

Kirk, J., & Nicholson, N. (2016). Visualizing Euclidean Rhythms using Tangle Theory. Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal, 6(1), 1-10.


Kirk, J. (2010). Otoacoustic Emissions as a Compositional Tool. n Proceedings of the 38th International Computer Music Conference. Paper presented at New York University & SUNY Stony Brook, June 8-12. ICMA, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library.

Selected Discography

Kirk, Jonathon. Metal Cicadas. Perf. Duo XXI. Albany Records TR1511, 2014. CD.

Kirk, Jonathon. 3 Reflections on Eternity (with Randall Hall). Perf. Randall Hall & Jonathon Kirk. Innova Records 715, 2011. CD.

Kirk, Jonathon. Necronebula. Perf. Randall Hall. Innova Records 660, 2007. CD.

Courses Taught

Music Theory III (MUSI 201)

Music Theory IV (MUSI 202)

Arranging and Orchestration (MUSI 342)

Applied Music Composition

Electronic and Computer Music (MUSI 385)

Introduction to Music Technology (MUSI 285)

Cardinal Directions Seminar (CARD 200)