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Rulon, C. Bryan (b. 1954, Indiana). American composer of mostly chamber and electroacoustic works that have been performed in Europe and North America.

Mr. Rulon studied piano in Indiana as a child. He studied composition and electronic music with John Eaton, Frederick Fox and Bernhard Heiden at Indiana University from 1972-80, where he received his BM in composition and his double MM with distinction in composition and electronic music. He later studied at Princeton University and there earned his PhD in composition in 1995.

Among his many honors are First Prize at the National College Dance Festival (1984, for his dance music to Corporate Whimsy), the Harvey Gaul Prize from the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (1988), a finalist in the Olympia competition in Athens (1990), and a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (1992). In addition, he has received a fellowship grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (1994), commissions from the Fromm Foundation (1995) and Chamber Music America (1996) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1996).

Mr. Rulon is also active in other positions. He served as director of the Electronic Music Ensembles of Indiana University from 1977-80. He then co-founded with oboist Matt Sullivan the improvisational live electronics duo (now a trio with double bassist William Kannar) First Avenue in New York City in 1982, with which he has since performed and which is now in residence at Princeton University.

He taught as an associate instructor at Indiana University from 1977-80 and later taught at the Thurnauer School of Music in New Jersey from 1989-91 and at Princeton University in 1993-94.


E-mail address: CBRulon@aol.com

Street address: Mr. C. Bryan Rulon, 163 Ludlow St., Apt. 3B, New York, NY 10002, USA

Telephone: 212 674 6386


STAGE: Corporate Whimsy (dance music, choreography by Bill T. Jones), synthesizers (1 player), percussion, 1983; Self Exacting Archives, actor, synthesizers (1 player), percussion, tape, 1995; Disorderly Lullabies (instrumental theatre work), flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, tape, 1995; Still Life with Daniel: the lonely mutant (music theatre work/cyber-opera, libretto by Orlando Ferrand, after Sigmund Freud), 4 actor-voices, MIDI-orchestra, 1997

ORCHESTRAL: Generations, small orchestra (14 players), 1989; Quantum Mechanics, Lesson I, Ecstatic States, large orchestra, 1989

CHAMBER MUSIC: SynthObie, synthesizer, 1982; Woodwind Quintet, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1982; Momentum I, synthesizer, 1983; Music for String Quartet and Synthesizer, 1983; Two Dances for Oboe Quartet, oboe, violin, viola, cello, 1984; Quintet Too Plus One, amplified ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, synthesizer), 1987; Oh, Rampant Punk!, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano (+ synthesizer), percussion, 1988; Suite, cello, synthesizer, 1988; A Fragile God, flute, oboe, piano, percussion, 1990; Res Facta, MIDI-ensemble, 1991; Small Animals Run through My Heart, string quartet, live electronics ad libitum, 1992, revised 1994; Divine Detours, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, 1993; May I Speak to Henry Sicorski?, oboe, double bass, synthesizers (1 player), live electronics, 1993; Eliade Aeterna, violin, piano, 1994; SelfRequiem, flute, oboe, cello, double bass, piano (+ synthesizer), percussion, tape, 1994; ...I'm Yolanda Vega!... (all players also speak text by Jean Baudrillard), flute, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, percussion, 1997; Division of Labor, flute, clarinet, piano, 1997; Trying to Stay Calm (Concerto), oboe, cello, double bass, piano (+ synthesizer), live electronics, 1998; MessMixExpress, flute, clarinet (+ bass clarinet), violin, cello, piano, percussion, 2000

PIANO: East Village Rhapsody, 1986; Arpeggicide, Again, 2 pianos, tape, 1992

ELECTROACOUSTIC: Entropy, 4-track tape, 1979; Arpeggicide, MIDI-ensemble, computer, 1990; Field of Dreams, oboe, bassoon, synthesizer, computer, 1991; The Abstract Coronation, French horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba, piano, synthesizer, computer, 1991; The Luddites' Disclaimer, piano, computer, 1998

MULTIMEDIA: Ritual for the Industrial Tribes, 1981


Momentum I. C. Bryan Rulon, synthesizer (CBS Records: RMT34293, 1983) (LP)

Music for String Quartet and Synthesizer. (Opus One Records: 117, 1984) (LP)

Two Suns. First Avenue (Newport Classic: NCD60062, 1989) (LP)

Res Facta. New York New Music Ensemble (Centaur: CRC2338, 1992)

Hocus Opus. First Avenue (OOdiscs: 13, 1992)

Divine Detours. New York New Music Ensemble (Princeton: 01CD, 1994)

Arpeggicide. First Avenue (OOdiscs, 1995)

SelfRequiem. C. Bryan Rulon/Musicians Accord (CRI: 729, 1995)

(Last updated on March 18, 2005)

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