Alex Hofmann

research interests: acoustics, improvisation, wind instruments, live-electronics, interface design
affiliation: University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Alex Hofmann is a researcher and saxophone + live electronics performer working with improvised and contemporary music. He developed unique tools to enhance expressivity in saxophone performance by advancing new sensor technologies and developing custom computer software.


In his Ph.D., Alex analyzed motor-actions in clarinet and saxophone performance using miniaturized sensor-technology and advanced signal processing methods. He presented his artistic works and research results in various forms, such as concerts, sound installations, conference presentations and via workshops at venues such as the Akademie der Künste Berlin (DE), Berklee College of Music (Boston, US), BEK (Bergen Center for Electronic Arts, NO), ZKM (Karlsruhe, DE), RADIALSYSTEM V (Berlin, DE) and maintains active exchange with computer music communities such as the Linux Audio Community and NIME.


As an active member in the Csound (computer music language) community, he worked as a co-editor for the books "Csound Floss Manual" (Heintz et al., 2011), and "Ways Ahead - Proceedings of the First International Csound conference" (Heintz et al., 2013), which document Csound’s open-source software development towards real-time sound synthesis in the last 25 years.