Damon Holzborn is a Brooklyn based musician, new media artist, and software developer. His new media work includes algorithmic image and language projects, mobile games, music tools, and sound installations. As a musician, he is an improviser and composer who works primarily with electronics, employing custom software, traditional effects, and interactive processes. Holzborn has long relied on instruments that he develops for his own use, creating dynamic software designed for improvisational performance. He also collaborates with other artists to produce custom technology for their installations and performances, including software or hardware for projects by George Lewis, Eric Metcalfe, Miya Masaoka, and Duane Pitre.
Holzborn has presented his work in the US, Mexico, Canada, Europe and Japan, both as a solo artist and with several ensembles, including Donkey — a decades-long collaboration with musician/filmmaker Hans Fjellestad. He has performed and/or recorded with Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, Miya Masaoka, Sparks (Peter Evans and Tom Blancarte), Lê Quan Ninh, Eugene Chadbourne, Mike Keneally, and Nortec Collective. He also composes for dance and theater, having worked with Sean Griffin, Bruce Andrews, Alicia Marván, and dance collective Lower Left.
He was a founding member of the Trummerflora Collective (1999-2009), a group whose aim was to create a fertile, varied, self-sustaining environment for experimental and improvised music. He was co-creator of Zu Casa (1997-2013), an online guide for experimental music once named one of the top 25 essential online music resources by The Wire.
Holzborn holds a degree in music from UCSD and a DMA in composition from Columbia University. He has taught music technology classes at Columbia University and Manhattanville College and given talks and workshops at Brooklyn College, Amherst College, Dorkbot, NIME 2012, ImproTech ’12, Max Expo ’74, and the Web Audio Conference 2016.