Mike Mulshine (he/him) is a composer-songwriter-performer whose work interrogates and subverts traditional musical relationships and explores themes of emotional vulnerability, identity, and group belonging. He produces interactive audiovisual works that aim to expose accessible, engaging, and empowering new modes of experiencing or (co-)creating media. These range from web-based interactive albums to physical sound installations embedded in everyday spaces.
Mike was born in Queensbury, NY (in the Adirondacks) and began playing piano, drums, and banging on things at a young age. He studied percussion, voice, piano, and music theory privately with many local teachers including Skidmore emeritus professor Charles Joseph. Mike graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University in Music with Certificates in 1) Applications of Computing and 2) Electronic Music Performance. Notably, Mike received the Edward T. Cone Prize upon graduation. While at Princeton, he worked alongside Jeff Snyder and Dan Trueman developing physical and virtual musical instruments while studying music, electronic music performance, and computer science.
Mike is now pursuing his PhD in Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics at CCRMA (the Center for Computer-Research in Music and Acoustics), Stanford University. He is advised by Ge Wang and Patricia Alessandrini. His work has involved creating accessible new interfaces for experiencing or (co-)creating music, music composition, sound installations, and more.