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UMBC Department of Music
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Mr. David Revill
Assistant Professor


Music Technology

Research Interests

surround and other multichannel mixing, particularly using Pro Tools;

ambisonics film / video postproduction, including surround;

project management

sound for mobile devices and digital distribution;

game audio facility installation / networking collaborative multimedia;

movement sensors and alternative hardware controllers;

hardware hacking and software development, particularly open source composition - instrumental and electronic, especially Max/MSP production analysis - the history of audio production / film sound / electroacoustic music

American experimental music sociological and philosophical problems in music, e.g. the concept of musical unity musical analysis: topic, functional analysis


coming soon


As a producer, composer and musicologist, David Revill has worked in countries such as Austria, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Canada, his native England and particularly, in recent years, France, Germany, and the United States. Compositional residencies include the "Begegnungen" festival, Innsbruck, Austria (in 1999 and 2003), McKnight Visiting Composer to St. Paul, Minnesota, portrait concerts at the Zagreb Biennale, "Sound" in Aberdeen, Scotland (2007) etc.. His electronic work includes visits to the Experimentalstudio in Freiburg, Germany and residencies at C.C.MI.X. in Paris, most recently featuring software development for his Nichtzweiheit project. As a producer, he has in recent years become increasingly in demand for his surround sound production. Mr. Revill has been an Avid Certified Instructor since 2006, and is one of the small number of Avid-certified Pro Tools Experts in the country.

Lecture-tours have included visits to Mills College; University of California-Davis; UC-Santa Cruz; colleges in Wisconsin and Minnesota, including Carleton, St. Olaf and Macalester; Amherst College; Columbia University; the Manhattan School of Music; Peabody; Bowdoin College; and lecture tours across Missouri, New Hampshire and Virginia. In autumn 1999 he lectured at the Tiroler Landeskonservatorium in Innsbruck; in February 2002 he spoke on “Limites de l’analyse structurelle” at the Universit√© de Paris VIII, returning there to deliver a paper on the history of American music in 2004. In 2009, he delivered a masterclass in multichannel mixing at K.O.E.T.I. in Seoul, South Korea, following guest lectures in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, Scotland, at Yale and Hartt, and chairing a conference session at the University of Mary Washington, VA.

Revill wrote The Roaring Silence, the authorised biography of John Cage, described by Library Journal as "definitive". Other publications include contributions to The New Grove Dictionary of Music; Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart; articles in MusikTexte (Köln), Music Today (Tokyo), Modern and Contemporary France, and Network (British Sociological Association). As a percussionist and live electronics performer, he has presented numerous first performances. He has also toured as a rock drummer, including an extended tour in 2000 - 2001.


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