Kirk Pearson

Composer, Researcher, and Mammal in Oberlin, Ohio

Kirk Pearson

Composer, Researcher, and Mammal in Oberlin, Ohio

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I'm a composer, researcher, and creative technologist. I'm not terribly fond of writing in the third-person.

With a weird double life as half artist/half researcher, I look for creative ways to use media in order to tell interesting stories. I spend a lot of time looking for ways to implement new technologies, and every once and a while, inventing them.

Originally trained as a composer, I am best known for my concert music and film scores. My background in electronics has also led me to create new and unique soundscapes and installations for clients such as Ford, Nike, and Greenpeace.

As a scientist, I've served as visiting researcher of human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University and University of Washington. I've also had research gigs in archaeology and paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, as well as physics and geology at Oberlin College. My other interests include cooking, language learning, biking, spontaneous (and often poorly-planned) travel, and theme park narratology.

Originally raised in Brooklyn, I currently study composition at Oberlin Conservatory, as well as cinema and geology from the adjoining college.

For those of you that collect personal mission statements, here’s mine: “Innovate, Explore, Share, Floss.”

  • Education
    • Oberlin College and Conservatory
    • LaGuardia School for Music and Art