Joe Cantrell


Emerging Fields, 2006

Joe Cantrell is a musician and multimedia artist specializing in sound art, installations, compositions and performances inspired by the nexus of technology, entropy and the access to same. Using sound as a point of entry, he creates interactive systems and performative works that call attention to the effects of decay and fixity on media, technology and ownership.  By re-imagining the function and meaning of media formats and processes, he highlights the incessant cycle of novelty and obsolescence inherent in the technological and our interactions with the waste these systems produce. He has performed and installed in numerous venues, including the 2005 CEAIT festival at the REDCAT Theater at Disney Hall in Los Angeles and the 2012 festival of the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States. Joe has also participated in residencies at Soundfjord in London, England and at the Inside – Out Art Museum in Beijing, China. Joe holds hold a BFA in Music Technology from the California Institute of the Arts, an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from UC Santa Cruz and is currently pursuing a PhD in Integrative Studies with a focus on Systems Inquiry at UC San Diego.