N. Cameron Britt

N. CAMERON BRITT is a composer, percussionist, and electronic musician. He began his career in music as a percussionist and it was his work as a performer and improviser that ultimately led him down the dark path of composition. His current life situation finds him combining, permuting and juggling his various musical endeavors on a daily basis: He is teaching percussion at Duke University while completing a PhD in Composition at Princeton University.

As a composer of concert music he enjoys writing for both standard and non-traditional ensembles and he has been fortunate to work with some outstanding ensembles in recent years including the Brentano String Quartet, So Percussion, Ensemble Klang, janus, NOW Ensemble and the electronica duo Matmos. Current commissions include a piece for the bicoastal ensemble REDSHIFT and a vibraphone solo. His composition “Gossamer Albatross” can be heard on New Amsterdam Records (janus, i am not).

His interest in electronic music primarily concerns performance. His work combines electronics with acoustic instruments, and he is interested in creating performable electronic instruments in both hardware and software. He is a member of the laptop-centric ensemble Sideband and has worked closely with its progenitor PLOrk (the Princeton Laptop Orchestra) as a performing member and assistant director. As part of his doctoral dissertation is he building the EM-vibe, an electromagnetically actuated vibraphone.

He remains active as a percussionist, primarily as a creator and interpreter of new music having given numerous world and regional premieres. He performs with cellist Tom Kraines in the free improvisation duo Dithyramb and has written himself into some of his recent compositions. In addition, he has performed extensively with the North Carolina Symphony and many other orchestras throughout the Southeast including the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and the Macon Symphony. His work as a percussionist can be heard on Innova, Tzadik and Opus 3 Records.

In 2005 he was awarded a Fulbright to work with vibraphone virtuoso Anders Åstrand in Stockholm, Sweden. He holds degrees in composition, percussion performance and music theory from Northwestern University and the University of South Carolina.