Eduardo Reck Miranda

(b. 1963, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul).

Brazilian composer, now resident in the UK, of mostly chamber and electroacoustic works that have been performed in the Americas, Asia and Europe; he is also active as a researcher.

Prof. Miranda graduated in data-processing technology, but also studied composition at the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos in Rio Grande do Sul and philosophy at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. He undertook postgraduate research in the field of artificial intelligence at the University of York, where he received his MSc in music technology in 1991, then studied at the University of Edinburgh, where he obtained his PhD in music and artificial intelligence in 1995.

Among his honours are prizes in the Concours International de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges (1994), the Concurso de Composição de Londrina, Paraná (1995) and the competition Luigi Russolo in Varese (1995, 1998). His music has been performed in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Uruguay, and the USA.

As a researcher, he is active in the field of artificial intelligence in music and has conducted research in Brazil, France, Germany, and the UK. He has written numerous articles, as well as the books Computer Sound Synthesis for the Electronic Musician (1998, Focal Press; second edition as Computer Sound Design: Synthesis Techniques and Programming, 2002, Focal Press), Composing Music with Computers (2001, Focal Press), New Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction Beyond the Keyboard (2006, with Marcelo Wanderley, A-R Editions), and Evolutionary Computer Music (2007, with John Al Biles, Springer Science+Business Media). He edited the collection of essays A-Life for Music: On Music and Computer Models of Living Systems (2011, A-R Editions).

He has taught as Professor of Computer Music at Plymouth University since 2003.

He has lived in the UK since 2003.

Goldberg Edições Musicais is the publisher of five of his early works.


E-mail address:




Atmos, string orchestra, 1987

Entre o Absurdo e o Mistério, small orchestra, 1993

Sacra Conversazione, percussion, orchestra, fixed media, 2008, revised 2011 (also version for fixed media)

Mind Pieces, prepared piano, percussion, orchestra, 2010


Parábola, piano, xylophone, 1986

Anátema, flute, oboe, clarinet, 1987

Zenrinbau, ensemble of berimbau (musical bows from Brazil), 1989

Mônadas, percussion ensemble, 1989

The Turning of the Tide, prepared violin, fixed media, 1992

Wee Batucada Scotica, string quartet, 1996

Suíte para Vibrafone, vibraphone, 1996

Waggle Dance, 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, soundwall (invented, immersive instrument by Beau Lotto), 2010


Réquiem per una véu perduda, mezzo-soprano, fixed media, live electronics, 1997


Grain Streams, piano, fixed media, live electronics, 1999

Mozart Reloaded, piano, fixed media, 2010


Efervescência em Dois Movimentos, fixed media, 1988

Azteka, fixed media, 1989

Noises, fixed media, 1991

Gestures, fixed media, 1993

Deep Resonance, fixed media, 1993

Italo Calvino takes Jorge Borges on a taxi journey in Berlin, fixed media, 1993

Olivine Trees, fixed media, 1994

Electroacoustic Sambas IX, fixed media, 1991–95 (its sections may be performed separately)

Goma-Arábica, fixed media, 1995

Le Jardin de Jérôme, fixed media, 2001

Sacra Conversazione, fixed media, 2008 (version of work for percussion, orchestra, fixed media)


Die Lebensfreude, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, fixed media (6 tracks), film, 2012


Olivine Trees. (Simpósio Brasileiro de Computação e Música: NUCOM01, 1995)

Goma-Arábica. (Sociedade Brasileira de Música Eletroacústica: SBME 001, 1996)

Electroacoustic Samba X. (OOdiscs: 45, 1998)

Réquiem per una véu perduda. (Organised Sound: 3/3, 1998)

Electroacoustic Samba II; Electroacoustic Samba III. (Le Chant du Monde: LDC 278 068/69, 1999)

Electroacoustic Samba I. (Leonardo Music Journal: 10, 2000)

Grain Streams. (SOKOJ–MIC, 2002)

Grain Streams; Anátema; Entre o Absurdo e o Mistério. (Fumproarte: 389.726.04-7, 2003)

Electroacoustic Samba II; Le Jardin de Jérôme; Réquiem per una véu perduda; Goma-Arábica; Electroacoustic Samba I. Simone Sahyouni, mezzo-soprano (Sargasso Records: SCD28051, 2004)

Sacra Conversazione (second version). (Sociedade Brasileira de Música Eletroacústica: SBME 005, 2009)

Mozart Reloaded. Luciane Cardassi, piano (Sargasso Records: SCD28065LE, 2011)