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Derek Hoffend

Professor of Sound Design

A headshot of Derek Hoffend

Derek Hoffend is a visual and audio artist who creates interactive sound-sculpture installations and electronic music—exploring sound as a medium intersecting with physical forms, structures, bodies, and spaces—to create immersive and participatory experiences for viewers.

Fusing elements of sonic, electronic, digital, and physical media, his work combines acoustic, recorded, and generative audio processes with objects and environments, and emphasizes relationships between sensory phenomena and perception.

Ongoing themes of interest include explorations in immersive audio, multi-channel arrangements, geometric architectural forms, tactile interfaces, Vibro-Acoustics, viewer participation, resonant objects, and amplified spaces.

Derek's recent work explores an interest in biometric sensing, and therapeutic potentials of audio frequencies, rhythmic entrainment, and colored light. Derek also maintains an active music practice, recording and performing electronic music under the moniker Aether Chroma as well as under his own name.

Derek Hoffend holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology (2004), an MA from New York University in Studio Art (2001), and a dual-major BFA from the State University of New York at Fredonia in Sculpture and Photography (1997).