Brian Topp is a Vancouver based composer, XR developer and interactive music technologist. His main interests are in the intersection of art and technology, and how we can design and develop new ways of creating, interacting with, and presenting various artistic forms through new technologies. This has included technologies such as body and facial motion capture, textile/touch interfaces, mixed media, mobile and web platforms, as well virtual and augmented reality.
Currently, Brian is completing a Doctorate in Music Composition and Interactive Music Technology at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Keith Hamel, including the research and development of live performance softwares in virtual reality at the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS). Brian also holds a Masters Degree in Music Composition from Western University, and a Bachelors in Music Theory and Composition from
Brian’s works, music and research and have been presented across North America and Europe including CBC Arts, VIFF Immersed, Performance and XR (PXR), ICMC, NYCEMF, Electric Spring Festival, Cluster, Matera Intermedia (Ma/In), SEAMUS National Conference, Cannes Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Music in New Technologies (MINT), Edinburgh Fringe, BEAMSFest, SPLICE! and others.
Brian’s work has been supported by the SOCAN Foundation, BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, CBC Arts, CreativeBC, Mitacs, the University of British Columbia, Go Global, SSHRC, and The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
Brian is also a founding member of Chroma Mixed Media, a Vancouver based arts collective focused on collaborative works involving music, new technologies and performance. In this role he serves as the lead developer, audio director and co-composer for the majority of Chroma’s projects.