Douglas Osmun is a composer and improviser working largely in the domain of digital media, exploring how contexts shape interactive experiences or improvisatory structures, and how they blur the boundaries between composer, performer, audience, and artificial intelligence. Osmun’s work is permeated by recurring themes of digital materiality, speculative interfaces, generating forms, structure bearing contexts, techno-pessimism, techno-optimism, communitarian interactivity, AI mediation, and human/AI/cybernetic subjectivities.
Osmun is a Ph.D. Candidate in Composition at the University of California San Diego studying under the advisorship of Michelle Lou. His music has been performed internationally, being heard at the SEAMUS National Conference, the SCI National Conference, NYCEMF, Neofonía Festival de Música Nueva de Ensenada, NSEME, the BGSU Graduate Conference in Music, and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. He has written works for Alarm Will Sound, the St. Louis Symphony, and SPLICE Ensemble, and has pursued numerous close collaborations with colleagues and friends including Will Yager, Peter Ko, Berk Schneider, and Joey Bourdeau.