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Albert Ortega, M.F.A.

Adjunct Professor

Affiliated Divisions:

All Departments
Media Arts + Practice Division

Email: agortega@usc.edu
Website: https://www.legglake.com/
Work Phone: 213.821.5700
Office: SCI 101H

"..timbre is ontology"
- Daniel L Muñoz, Los Angles Noisecapes: Culture And Aesthetics In The Early Twenty-First Century, Experimental ‘Noise’ Scenes

Albert Ortega is an LA-based sound artist/researcher seeking contextually novel methods for generating and arranging timbres to reveal often unseen but felt worlds. He embraces the original meaning of synthesis by building expressive forms that draw from many sources such as Generative Computer Music, Modular Synthesis, Resonant Sculpture, Psychoacoustics, Radio Art, Instructional Scores, and Sonic Wayfinding to build an aural ecology offering many points of entry to access collections, ontologies, and feelings.

Albert has performed and installed at music venues, festivals, and ephemeral locations around the Americas, UK, & Europe most notably at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queens University in Northern Belfast. He has received awards such as the Maybeck Studio Award, as well as the American Composers Forum Subito Grant. Regionally his collaborations span several collectives and organizations such as The Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound (SASSAS), the Wulf, and the Los Angeles Free Music Society(LAFMS). He holds an MFA from CalArts in Music Composition, Experimental Sound Practices, and Integrated Media.