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Harris Wulfson (1974-2008) was a Jewish composer, instrumentalist and software engineer living in Brooklynmarker, New York. His work employs algorithmic processes and gestural controllers to explore the boundary where humans encounter their machines.

He was involved in the creation of various custom software tools called Automatic Notation Generators (ANGs) developed to aid in the creation of algorithmic instrumental compositions. His writing on live generated music notation has been presented at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference, and in August 2007, he spoke on the topic of ANGs at the International Computer Music Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

For the 2006 Look and Listen Festival in New York City, Harris Wulfson presented his SensorBall, a small electronic device, slightly larger than a baseball, with pressure-sensitive controls, all wired to a laptop computer and the results channeled through loudspeakers. When pressed and rotated, the ball produces sounds that erupt apparently without pattern.

Harris graduated from Amherst College and later received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. His teachers have included Stephen Mosko, Morton Subotnick, James Tenney and Lew Spratlan.

Harris was also an accomplished violinist, accordionist, and mandolin player, an active performer of experimental music, and an avid folk musician. He was a member of the Object Collection ensemble and the Society of Automatic Music Notators, and has performed with the World on a String band, King Wilkie, Metropolitan Klezmer, Golem, and Margot Leverett.

You can find samples of Wulfson's compositions at

In addition, Harris was a software engineer and web pioneer. Harris was the technical project manager atN2K Inc. from August,1996 through March 1998. He built the bulletin board for and was the creator of "The Empty Chair."

Harris died in July 2008.


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