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Chris McGlumphy makes music.

Chris is a composer. His works include When In Nomine . . . for bass viol, live electronics, and tape; My Dark Star for amplified viola da gamba; and Two Artifacts for viol consort (chosen as a finalist in the 2000 Traynor competition, sponsored by the Viola da Gamba Society of America). He has also composed scores for a number of films, including the award winning independent feature Being Claudine, Vasarma’s Lovers, and the experimental silent film Synchronicity; as well as works for live theater such as Gibbous Moon, Inchoate’s Journal, James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake and songs for the American premiere of Dario Fo’s The Devil With Boobs.

Chris is a musician. He is a multi-instrumentalist, but performs most frequently on viola da gamba. He picked up the instrument while studying in the UK, and has studied in the US with both Tina Chancey and Margaret Panofsky. He performed for several years with the New York University Collegium Musicum, and also with his own trio of flute, guitar and viola da gamba called Ichos. Currently he plays with the Bevington Consort in Pittsburgh, PA and in his own solo works.

Chris is a producer. He produces recordings and live musical events. He has produced several live albums by classical music artists, including the New York University Collegium Musicum, the Temple Musicians in Medicine and Relâche; plus, a studio album by Ichos. He’s also produced the soundtracks for several of his film scores, which have featured a variety of styles, from the orchestral Being Claudine to the electronic Synchronicity. Recently, Chris produced the single Continue for New York-based pop/electronica artist Laurits. Chris is also active as a producer of live concerts and has brought to life world premiere performances of works by major artists including Philip Glass, Gavin Bryars, Kyle Gann, Paul Lansky, Pierre Jalbert, Ned McGowan and more.

Chris is a sound designer. He is the resident sound designer for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and has also designed major theatrical productions for Medicine Show Theatre in New York City. His designs often include live, interactive electronics and sound processing via Max/MSP in addition to sound reinforcement and custom built sound effects.