Seth Cluett

School: College of Arts & Letters
Building: Peirce
Room: 211
Phone: 201-216-3737

PhD, Music Composition, Princeton University

MFA, Music Composition with a Graduate Certificate in Media and Modernity Studies, Princeton University

MFA, Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

BM, Music Composition, New England Conservatory of Music


A composer and visual artist, I make work that ranges from sound installation, concert music, and photography to video, performance and critical writing. My research interests investigate auditory memory, the politics of architectural acoustics, immersive multimedia systems, the history and documentation of sound as an expressive medium, and the media history of the loudspeaker.

General Information


2014    forms of forgetting (Line Imprint 067, compact disc)
2013    wound of this deep blue. (Notice Recordings ntr025, limited edition cassette)
2011    objects of memory (Line Imprint 048, compact disc)
2009    a position in equilibrium (Stasisfield sf7001, mp3 download)
2004    my own thousand shatterings (Sedimental Records sedcd038, compact disc)
            undr (boxMedia boxcdr308, compact disc recordable)
2003    masked verticalities (Crank Satori Records cdr017, limited edition 3” compact disc recordable)

Selected Performances

2015     99 Objects, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
             SONIC RESEARCH: Psychoacoustics, ALLGOLD, MoMA/PS1, Queens, NY
             In the glow of the breathing sphere, Fridman Gallery, New York, NY
2014     Eyebeam Atelier, New York, NY
             Experimental Intermedia, New York, NY
             Navigating the Labyrinth, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
             Non-Event, Goethe Institute, Boston, MA
2013     Ten Years on the Infinite Plain Festival, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, NY
             sfSound, Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA
             Practice!, Present Company/Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY
             iBeam, Brooklyn, NY
2012     Audioblast, Piksel Festival, Nantes, France and Bergen, Norway
             Les Fantômes des Espace Publics, Suoni Per il Popolo Festival, Salla Rosa, Montreal, Canada
             Carnivoinc Festival, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
             The Bridge PAI, Charlottesville, VA
2011     Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
             Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
2010     Diapason Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
             Experimental Intermedia, Manhattan, NY
             Roulette @ Location One, Manhattan, NY
             The Stone, Manhattan, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014    Audio Visual Arts, New York, NY
2011    Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
            a.i.p. gallery, Berlin, Germany
2008    Diapason Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2004    Deep Listening Gallery, Kingston, NY
2003    Diapason Gallery, New York, NY
2002    Deadtech Gallery, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016    Max Feed, Fonds Régionaux d'Art Contemporain, Franche-Comté, Besançon, France   
2015    LOOP Festival, Barcelona, Spain
            Ears Back, Eyes Forward, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2013    The String and the Mirror, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, NY
2012    Parisonic Room, Gaité Lyrique, Paris, France
            Render Visible, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY
2011     An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
            Resonant Bodies, Fonds régionaux d'art contemporain Franche-Compté, Besançon, France
            NADA Art Fair, AVA Gallery Booth, Hudson, NY
            disruptive stillness, Jean Paul Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2010    Non-cochlear Sound, Diapason Gallery, Brooklyn, NY        
            …menu for murmur, Chapman Gallery, University of Salford, Manchester, UK
            Untitled (for resonants) & Fadings, Diapason Gallery, Brooklyn, NY    
            Esta Casa/Esta Sonida, Maracaibo, Venezuela    
            METASOUND : Sound Art, Multimedialità e Pratiche dell’Arte  dell’Ascolto, Cisterna Romana, Parco Archeologico, Cecina
            re((sound)), Hunt Gallery, Webster College, St. Louis, MI
            Space with Sound, Martin Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
2009    23’17” – Exposition Sonore, Mains D’Oeuvres, Paris, France
            The Invisible Generation, Vision Forum, Melbourne; Les Kurbas Centre, Kiev; CPU 798, Beijing, and OCAT, Shenzhen
            The End of Something, Volume Projects, London, UK
            Zeroth Channel II, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

Honors & Awards

Meet the Composer, Metlife Cultural Connections Award

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Fund Grant

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University

Artist in Residence, Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music, Amsterdam

Artist in Residence, Fondation Regionale d'Art Contemporain Franche-Compté, Bescançon, France

Artist in Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts

Professional Societies

International Computer Music Association

College Art Association, New Media Caucus

Audio Engineering Society

Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States

Selected Publications
  1. Seth Cluett. (Sep 1, 2010). "Le Corps est une Usine Sons/The Body is a Sound Factory: Postlude to the Work of Henri Chopin (1922-2008)", Ben Boretz, Open Space.  Open Space Site  .
  2. Seth Cluett. (Jun 1, 2014). "Acoustic Projection and the Politics of Sound", Matthiew Saladin, Tacet Revue.  Tacet Site  .
Book Chapters
  1. Seth Cluett. (Apr 1, 2013). "Ephemeral, Immersive, Invasive: Sound as Curatorial Theme 1966-2013", Multisensory Museum: Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Touch, Sound, Smell, Memory, and Space, Nina Levant and Alvaro Pascual-Leone , Rowan & Littlefield.  Rowan & Littlefield Site  .
  2. Seth Cluett. (Jan 15, 2016). "The Loudspeaker in Art Practice: A Preliminary Taxonomy", Sound Art, Peter Weibel, MIT Press.  MIT Press Site  .
  • HMU 211 MIDI and Electronic Music
  • HMU 232 Sound Recording II
  • HMU 210 Introduction to Music Technology
  • HMU 231 Sound Recording I
  • HMU 195 History of Electronic and Experimental Music