Dirk Johan Stromberg is an American music technologist, composer, and improviser. His body of work explores dynamic interaction between performer, technology and performance practice. Designing both hardware and software has led to the development of a variety of interfaces, synthesis techniques, installation works, electro-acoustic instruments, and interdisciplinary production works.
He has been a composer in residence at STEIM (Studio for Electronic Instrumental Music) and Brooklyn Center for Computer Music and has received recognition for his work from ISAM (Institute for Study in American Music) and MATA (Music at the Anthology). In 2011 he was an artist in residence at Monmouth College where he collaborated for the creation of a score and performance of The Tempest. He has also been an artist in Residence twice at SLOSS Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, which culminated in the trans-disciplinary work “Convergence” in 2016. Dirk has been presenting his research at conferences such as Music Tech Fest (Umea, Sweden), Temp-Ora (Bordeaux, France), Sound Islands ‘15 (NTU, Singapore), Geek Talks (Hackerspace, Singapore), MiNT Conference (Halifax Canada), Audio Mostly (Wale, UK), and South East Directors of Music (Salaya, Thailand).
Current projects include a series of presentation and development of his tactile interactive installation “Line Segments” and the collaborative video and movement work “Images of Ascension”. His touring has led to a number of performances in Asia, North America and Europe including Moers Festival (Moers Germany), KLEX Festival (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Map Festival (Melaka, Malaysia), Choppa Festival (Singapore), Open Waters Festival (Halifax Canada), Duong Dai Festival (HCMC and Hanoi, Vietnam), M1 Fringe Festival (Singapore) and Dear Himalaya From Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai, Thailand).
Dirk Stromberg has been developing a number of hardware projects, most notably his Phallophone, an electro-acoustic sensor based instrument. He is developing repertoire for the instrument with composers around the world, creating his own repertoire, while also touring and presenting his work and research as a musician and technologist.
He has thrice worked on Art Creation Funds supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore – a major arts development grant. First as an instrument designer in 2010 for Joyce Koh’s “On the String” then as a collaborating composer, system designer, engineer and e-luthier for Robert Casteels’ 2014 work “2014:time:space:”, which has subsequently toured Europe and Asia as collaborative community work. In 2016 he worked on his third Arts Creation Fund as a composer and technology integrator for a premiere exhibition of “Hearing Images and Seeing Sounds”.
He has released two albums with the Turkish improvisation group Islak Kopek as a performer and engineer and his music appears on a number of compilations. His 2008 album, Islak Kopek, was in the top 20 albums in Turkey for 2009. In de Knipscheer released a two-CD set of his composition, Tropendrift, in 2006, a collaboration with Dutch poet Albert Hagenaars. Mis most recent release is a multi-disciplinary work Images of Ascension in collaboration with director Clare Chong.
Dirk Stromberg is a founder of the Contemporary Music Festival in Vietnam (Duong Dai Festival – 2007-2016) and is currently on faculty at LASALLE College of the Arts. He was formerly on faculty at Istanbul Bilgi University, Saigon Technology University and was head of music at School of the Arts (SOTA), Singapore. He holds a Masters of Music from Brooklyn College and a Bachelor of Music from Texas Tech University.
Dirk Johan Stromberg – BM, MM
Music Technologist, Educator, and Consultant
Lecturer – LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Co-Director – Duong Dai Festival – HCMC, Vietnam