Ron Herrema

Personal statement

I am a composer of music, image, sound, and code. Currently based in London, I received my PhD in Music Composition from Michigan State University. I create both still and moving image, acoustic and electroacoustic music, and audiovisual app/artworks. I have a particular (but not exclusive) affinity for generative and algorithmic techniques in my work. Having learned how to integrate programming skills within the realm of music composition, I migrated these skills into the visual and audiovisual realms.

Recent activities have included the release of two iPhone apps (Trespass and Dancing Wu Wei), the production of an interactive installation for the Tate Britain, and taking first prize in the Hack The Space event at the Tate Modern in London. I have been quoted in The Guardian regarding current trends in arts and tech and was recently invited to speak at the Creative Data Club in London's Shoreditch area. A winner of a Frank Chagrin Award from Sound and Music, I have published two solo CDs, and have also published in the journals Digital Creativity and Visual Studies. My compositions have been presented in concerts throughout North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. I also produced, and wrote the music for, the short film 'Acoustic Shadows', winner of the 2012 48Hour DocFilm Competition. In 2008 I began my study of Deep Listening practice with Pauline Oliveros and continue to look for ways to flow creatively into, with, and through the world.

A full copy of my CV can be found at this address: www.ximenaalarcon.net

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Michigan State University
  • Master of Music Michigan State University
  • BA Calvin College.

Teaching specialism

  • Creative and emerging technologies
  • Visual coding
  • Creativity
  • Music composition
  • Music technology
  • Music theory and history.

Research and academic outputs

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Flickr, communities of practice, and the boundaries of identity: a musician goes visual

Herrema, R (2011) 'Flickr, communities of practice, and the boundaries of identity: a musician goes visual.' Visual Studies, 26 (2). pp. 135-141. ISSN 1472-586X


Herrema, R (2017) Infínity.


Herrema, R and Curtis, L (2015) Trespass.


Herrema, R, Armitage, G, Sirves, M and Clark, G (2014) $echo.

4 4 Flow

Herrema, R, Alarcón, X, Hardie-Bick, T and Chirimini, S (2014) 4 4 Flow. In: 4 4 Flow, Chisenhale Dance Space, London, 28 March, 2014.

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