Reuben de Lautour

Head of Composition & Creative Music Technology / Graduate Research CoordinatorReuben de Lautour

Fine Arts, Block 2, Room 218


Research Interests

Reuben de Lautour is a composer, pianist, and sound artist. He composes music for solo or ensemble instruments and electronics, and writes about music, technology and listening practices.

He is currently Senior Lecturer and Head of New Music at the School of Music, University of Canterbury. Prior to this he taught instrumental and electroacoustic composition at Istanbul Technical University's Center for Advanced Studies in Music, where he founded the Program in Sonic Arts in 2012.

His music has been performed and recorded by artists such as Evelyn Glennie, the Nash Ensemble, and UMS 'n JIP. Before coming to Istanbul he studied composition at Princeton University with Paul Lansky and Steven Mackey, and piano and composition at the University of Auckland with Bryan Sayer, John Rimmer and John Elmsly.

Recent Publications

  • De Lautour R. (2017) Inaudible Visitors: Theories of sound reproduction in the studio practice of Pierre Schaeffer. Organised Sound 22(2): 161-171.
  • De Lautour R. (2015) Sound, Reproduction, Mysticism: Thomas Edison and the Mythology of the Phonograph. Musica em Contexto 1(1): 23-53.
  • De Lautour R. (2021) A Listening Art. In Zenodo.
  • De Lautour R., Akkaya UC., Demirel Ç. and İnce G. (2019) Shaping sounds with p300 based brain-computer musical interface. In.
  • De Lautour R. (2014) “Is It Art?” : A Social Genealogy of Cinema, Photography, and Sound Reproduction. In Güngör A; Duyan E (Eds). On Local vs Universal: Musicult '14. Music and Cultural Studies Conference Proceedings: 173-182. Istanbul: DAKAM Publishing.