Brennon Bortz, who joined the MuSE team in 2009, is an American composer and researcher. He is interested in new developments and creative applications in mobile, multiuser environments of the various affective technologies the MuSE cluster is developing.
Originally born ins a small town near Amarillo, Texas and later transplanted to northern California, Brennon then moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue his B.A. and M.A. in music composition and theory at Pepperdine University and the University of California, Riverside, respectively. He has studied composition under Byron Adams, Paulo Chagas, Timothy Labor and N. Lincoln Hanks, as well as conducting under Milton Pullen and Thomas Osborne. At UC Riverside, Brennon was also a Gluck Fellow and instructor of musicianship. It was here that Brennon first began to explore electronic music. During a symposium that Brennon coordinated with Paulo Chagas, Brennon was introduced to the SARC programme and facilities, and made plans to pursue a second M.A. here.
During his M.A. work at SARC, Brennon studied composition, psychoacoustics, and instrument design. His dissertation work culminated in the production of a suite of technologies connecting biosignal acquisition sensors (Galvanic Skin Response, Electrocardiogram, and Electromyogram) to the iPhone platform. This work introduced Brennon to the MuSE research cluster. Now enroled in the Ph.D. programme and continuing to work with MuSE, Brennon is extending these iPhone/iPad technologies, as well as developing innovative ways to extend and apply MuSE technologies creatively in mobile environments.
Brennon also works as a software researcher for the Centre for Affective Solutions for Ambient Living Awareness (CASALA) at Dundalk Institute of Technology in Dundalk, Ireland. Here, Brennon is part of a team focussed on bridging on-going basic and translational ICT and gerontology research in Ireland with emerging ambient living awareness market needs, benefiting partner companies by supporting innovative product commercialisation pathways.
Beyond his research and work, Brennon enjoys rock climbing, photography, travel, whiskey, and home-brewing.