Jeff Morris creates musical experiences that engage audiences’ minds with their surroundings. His performances, installations, lectures, and writings appear in international venues known for cutting-edge arts and deep questions in the arts. He has won awards for making art emerge from unusual situations: music tailored to architecture and cityscapes, performance art for the radio, and serious concert music for toy piano, robots, Sudoku puzzles, paranormal electronic voice phenomena, and live coding using algebra and breath-controlled piano. His work was selected for the International Society for Contemporary Music’s World New Music Days in 2022, one of the longest-0running (est. 1923) and most competitive festivals for new music in the classical tradition, one of six composers representing the USA among 74 composers worldwide and the first at TAMU to achieve this honor.

He has also presented work in the Onassis Cultural Center (Athens), Triennale Museum (Milan), D–22 (Beijing’s avant-garde music scene), the International Symposium on Electronic Art, the International Conference on Computational Creativity, the Network Music Festival, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum (Austin), the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s “Open House Chicago,” the Boston Microtonal Society, and the Network Music Festival.

His work has won awards in the Concours de Bourges (France), Viseu Rural (Portugal), “Music in Architecture” International Competition (Austin), the Un“Cage”d Toy Piano Competition (NYC), and the “Radio Killed the Video Star” Competition (NYC).

Writings about his works and their aesthetics have been presented at the International Symposium on Electronic Art, International Computer Music Conference, ARTECH (ACM), Electronic Literature Organization conference, Generative Art International Conference, and Computer Art Congress and are published by Leonardo Music Journal, Springer, and IGI Global. He has served as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Art, Culture, and Design Technologies, created the Weblogmusic project and the Fresh Minds Festival, and is an editorial consultant for Computer Music Journal (MIT Press).

His music is on Ravello Records (distributed internationally and online by Naxos) and can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.


DMA in Composition

University of North Texas—Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia

MM in Composition

Florida State University

BA in Music

Florida State University

Scholarly Interests

Music composition, computer music, generative art, improvisation, intermedia art, glitch art, live coding, aesthetics