Teaching Assistant Professor
Jake Sandridge is a composer, music technologist, installation artist, and pianist teaching electronic music and theory courses at WVU. His interests lie primarily in experimenting with ways to incorporate interactive technology into sound, investigating ways in which sound and technology can create and strengthen community, and creating works that encourage audience and performer agency.
Projects that engage with these ideas include work with performer-computer improvisation systems (Artificial Spring, 2021) and an interactive sound installation (Each Step, 2019) in which participants explore a space where their movement affects the processes generating sound. The installation was recreated at the 2019 International Computer Music Conference, where the work won the award for 'best student submission.'
His recent community-based projects include work with Da Camera of Houston and the Make-a-Wish Foundation to create a new wind quintet for performance by a local Make-a-Wish recipient, who performed the work with the Monarch Chamber Players in May 2021. Jake also curated a program of Houston-based performers and creators for an interdisciplinary event at the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston under the theme "A Time for Action," and in 2019 he assisted video artist Allison Hunter in creating an outdoor 3-channel video and sound installation and performance in Sesquicentennial Park in downtown Houston that was free and open to the public.
His work has been programmed through arts organizations such as Da Camera of Houston, Aurora Picture Show, FRAME Dance, Moody Center for the Arts, monOrchid Gallery (Phoenix), and 4411 Montrose, and his music has been programmed at conferences such as ICMC/New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, SEAMUS, the Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival (Lexington), N_SEME (Charlottesville), inner sOUndscapes (Oklahoma University), the Ball State University New Music Festival, the West Fork New Music Festival, and the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. He has presented papers at Temple University and the University of Florida.
Jake is a doctoral candidate at Rice University in Houston, TX. He holds degrees from Bowling Green State University in composition and West Virginia University in composition and piano performance.