Hello! My name is Anthony Kozar and I am a composer, sound artist, musician, and computer programmer among other things. I try to engage in a wide variety of creative activities and I use this site to share the more interesting fruits of my endeavors.
I am fascinated by process and complex textures in music, so I enjoy contrapuntal and algorithmic music from Pérotin to Pärt, and from Bach to Brian Eno. In my own music, I have explored using a small number of simple algorithms and sound-processing techniques to generate music that I hope is richer than its humble inputs. I have mostly employed synthesizers and computers to realize my musical compositions but have in the past written and arranged for other instruments including piano, organ, brass, and woodwinds. I hope to return to writing for acoustic instruments some day. I am interested in the dual musical issues of tuning and temperament, particularly the use of just intonation in new and historical music.
Somewhere around 1999 or 2000 I discovered Csound and the allure of the “unlimited” potential of this software for sound manipulation and music-making gradually came to dominate many of my activities. I have used Csound to write many of my compositions since 2001 and from 2003 to the present most of the software development that I have done has been on the Csound core software or for various “front-ends” and utilities that attempt to make Csound easier to use.
In the past few years, I have been revisiting some of my older passions – studying Bach, dusting off my piano skills, learning new music, and exploring several areas of mathematics (some familiar, some not). And I have been setting some new challenges for myself like solving the Rubik’s Cube. I enjoy games and puzzles of many types and can sometimes be found playing abstracts or Zendo, a game of inductive logic, on Super Duper Games. Offline, I am something of a nocturnal recluse. I enjoy the quiet solitude of working, reading, or playing late at night.
Personal and Biographical Details
Location: Northeast Ohio, USA
Spouse: Elizabeth Mather
Email: contact me
Sourceforge profile: akozar
SDG profile: AnalogKid
IMDb: profile (a list of films that use my music)
Education: BA in Humanities and MSE in Computer Science, University of Toledo (Toledo, Ohio)
Biography: My composer’s bio is available for now. I am working on a more complete biography.