Ernest Strauhal is a Californian MAO (Musique Assistée par Ordinateur - Computer Assisted) composer and visual artist based in Chicago. His compositions and visual works have been shown and performed across Illinois, New York, California, and New Mexico. In 2021, Strauhal released his first music project “Beuys 1974” on .phonographiq, a music label dedicated to the intersection of the aesthetics of sound and image.
Upon graduating from the California College of the Arts in 2022, Strauhal was accepted into the graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied computer music composition, visual art, and artificially intelligent computer systems.
Strauhal has had several of his compositions performed at the historic Grace Place Sanctuary in Chicago (No. 12 and No. 13, Sans titre) and has played selections from his music in the greater Chicago area (Links Hall, Color Club, Cafe Mustache).
Since the beginning of 2023, Strauhal has studied composition and generative video art under composer and video artist William Harper (PhD, Eastman School of Music).
Strauhal’s visual artworks and music pieces have been exhibited at Root Division Gallery (San Francisco), Open Air Media Festival (Iowa City), Links Hall (Chicago), soundpedro (Los Angeles), Gallery 23 (New York City), Grace Place (Chicago), Mac Fine Arts (Emeryville), Currents New Media (Santa Fe), and UMA Gallery (Oakland).
Strauhal is currently completing his graduate degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he assists in teaching topics such as digital music creation and artificial intelligence and (Digital Sound, Alternative Image Capture).
(This is a brief overview of a curriculum designed specifically for students interested in computer music at Notre École de Musique)