Colorado Springs (Colorado, USA), 1957

Zack Settel was born in 1957 and raised in the New York area. He received a BFA in Music Composition from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), where he studied composition with Leonard Stein, Morton Subotnick, Mel Powell, and Morton Feldman. Keenly interested in the use of technology in music production/performance, Settel moved to Paris in 1986, with a Fulbright Scholarship for computer music research and composition at the Institute for Research and the Coordination of Acoustics and Music (Ircam), headed by Pierre Boulez. After a two-year composing residency there, Settel remained at Ircam until 1995, working full-time in the music production and music research groups. In 1997 Settel returned to North America, where he was a professor at McGill University in Canada for two years, chairing the Music Technology area, and teaching courses and graduate seminars in computer music. He also was a visiting professor of composition at the University of Montréal in 2001-02. From 2004-2009 (arts/science) Settel was an artist/researcher at the Center for Intelligent Machines at McGill, codirecting projects in immersive audio/music. From 2003-2008, Settel founded and directed the immersive audio research group at the Societé des Arts Technologiques in Montréal, where he remains a resident artist. Today, in addition to composing full time, Settel is an associate professor in the Music Faculty at the University of Montréal (UdM), researching and teaching. His latest musical exploration and research is focused on spatial organization and interaction in music composition, performance and listening.