Dr. Richard Boulanger


Boulanger Labs – Music – Videos

Richard Boulanger rboulanger@berklee.edu was born in 1956 and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Music from the University of California, San Diego where he worked at the Center for Music Experiment’s Computer Audio Research Lab. He has continued his computer music research at Bell Labs, CCRMA, the MIT Media Lab, Interval Research, IBM and OLPC, and worked closely for many years with Max Mathews and Barry Vercoe.  Boulanger has premiered his original interactive works at the Kennedy Center, and appeared on stage performing his Radio Baton and PowerGlove Concerto with the Krakow and Moscow Symphonies. Dr. Boulanger is a Professor of Electronic Production and Design at the Berklee College of Music where he has been honored with both the Faculty of the Year Award and the President’s Award. He has published articles on computer music education, production and composition in all the major electronic music and music technology magazines; and for the MIT Press, Boulanger has authored and edited two canonical computer music textbooks: The Csound Book and The Audio Programming Book.  His Csound-based iOS apps include csGrain and csSpectral.  With BT, he has published a Csound-based app for the Leap Motion Controller called MUSE and recently composed and performed a major symphonic work built around these apps called: Symphonic Muse – for Processed Horn and Leap Motion Controller.


“For me, music is a medium through which the inner spiritual essence of all things is revealed and shared. Compositionally, I am interested in extending the voice of the traditional performer through technological means to produce a music which connects with the past, lives in the present and speaks to the future. Educationally, I am interested in helping students see technology as the most powerful instrument for the exploration, discovery, and realization of their essential musical nature – their inner voice.”