Robert Allaire is a composer of acoustic and electronic music for the concert hall, film, and interactive media. A key element of Robert's work is the blending of traditional instruments with non-traditional sound sources: the vibrating filament of a broken light bulb, mixer feedback filtered through the sound of … Read More
Robert Allaire is a composer of acoustic and electronic music for the concert hall, film, and interactive media. A key element of Robert's work is the blending of traditional instruments with non-traditional sound sources: the vibrating filament of a broken light bulb, mixer feedback filtered through the sound of a human heartbeat, the sound of carbonation bubbling inside a soda can.
His filmography includes numerous shorts, animations, independent features, and experimental films. Recent film scores include And the Night Illuminated the Night (2011) by experimental filmmaker Betzy Bromberg, Surgeon General's Warning (2011) with dance film artist Natalie Metzger, and the documentary Where We Live (2010) by award-winning director Fady Hadid.
Outside the film world, Robert has explored unique ways of experiencing music. In 2009 he teamed up with developer Improbable Sciences to realize his concept for an interactive composition and musical memory game, which was released on the Apple app store as 8 Track Mind and nominated for Best Music Game by the Best App Ever Awards.
In his concert work he has explored ideas about interactive musical forms, the inclusion of theatre and dance elements into musical works, and immersive musical experiences. Robert’s music has been performed in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, London, Stockholm, São Paulo, and Mexico City at venues and events that include Mill’s College, the California Institute of the Arts, Stanford University, the Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery at Concordia University, the International Computer Music Conference, and the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale by groups such as the New Century Players, the California E.A.R. Unit, the CalArts Chamber Orchestra, the Formalist Quartet, and as part of Vox Novus's 60x60 Series.
Also an enthusiastic accordionist and pianist, Robert has performed at REDCAT with the California E.A.R. Unit and after hours can be found rocking the keytar as half of NES-fueled, chiptune dance party duo Beta to the Max, who released their debut, UPC_EP, in early 2010.
A graduate of the MFA program in music composition at the California Institute of the Arts, Allaire has had the pleasure of studying with composers David Rosenboom, Michael Jon Fink, and Ulrich Krieger, with additional studies with Morton Subotnick, Wolfgang von Schweinitz, Anne Le Baron, and others.
Robert currently resides in Los Angeles. Read Less
Barely - dir. Natalie Metzger
And the Night Illuminated the Night (NY Film Festival Official Selection) - dir. Betzy Bromberg
Surgeon General's Warning - dir. Natalie Metzger and Robert Allaire
For Water - dir. Natalie Metzger
Where We Live - dir. Fady Hadid
Nostrum (co-composer) - dir. Jonathan Wright
Except for the Only - dir. Aaron Auerbach
Monument - dir. Norbert Shieh
Always.On - Nike/EMEHT Agency
Lunarglide+ - Nike/EMEHT Agency
Concert - Dove Unilever/Ogilvy & Mather
Corporate/Tech - Buzz Music Library
Sacrament - original music for choreographer Natalie Metzger
Filament - selected for inclusion in 60x60 Orchestra
Snow Falls - premiered by the CalArts chamber Orchestra
Plasticity of Time (electronic) - performances include the International Computer Music Conference in NY, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University
Reflections on a Mote of Dust (mixed ensemble) - premiered by the New Century Players
Ersatz Lullaby - premiered by the California EAR Unit
Sacrament - 2011
From Tomorrow, With Love (Beta to the Max) - 2011
UPC_EP (Beta to the Max) - 2010 Read Less