Dr. Zach Thomas is a composer and media artist whose work is characterized by impulse, restlessness, and precision. He received his PhD from the University of North Texas where he worked as a teaching fellow at the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, while studying composition under Panayiotis Kokoras. As a researcher at the xREZ Art+Science Lab under the direction of Ruth West, he worked on projects combining big data, sonification, and VR. Since 2014, he has served as artistic director of the new music non-profit, ScoreFollower, producing content for the promotion of contemporary music; including a bi-annual call-for-works, a Featured Composer series, and a range of other projects aimed at increasing exposure of contemporary and experimental music to an online audience.
As a composer, he works often in mixed-media contexts, and is author of numerous concert works, installations, and software tools. His work and research have been presented at various international festivals and conferences including Warsaw Autumn Festival, Darmstadt Summer Courses, ICMC, SEAMUS, NYCEMF, NIME, Musicacoustica Festival in Beijing, SIGGRAPH, Forum Wallis, Audio Art Festival in Krakow, and others. He currently teaches courses in Composition and New Media at the University of Louisville where he also directs the annual UofL New Music Festival.