Justin Peake is an audio-visual composer, performer, and multimedia artist. His music is built from acoustic and electronic elements often using his own interactive software instruments. He has released music on the Moodgadget, Ghostly International, Ears & Eyes, and Articulated Works labels. He has been based in New Orleans since 2007.
A graduate of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), he focused on building software for variably structured improvisation in performance. He is the main developer behind AETHER, a new music software for improvised conduction as well as MANTIS (the Mutually Adaptive Neuro-Tonal Interface System) which is a biorhythmic musical instrument incorporating realtime analysis of and reaction to an individual’s heart-rate.
Justin is a researcher and educator and has worked as a teacher & lecturer at New York University and Tulane University. He facilitates public workshops centered around his own research and process which investigates perception and aesthetics by reference to ecology, cognitive science, philosophy, anthropology, and a variety of contemplative practices.
“ ...a gem of an electronic music producer. His sound design chops are doctorate-worthy, his ideas are always tasteful in their avoidance of excess, and he’s a master of flirting with many genres while being difficult to classify...”
“...a wonderful glimpse into not only what music can be, but also how art must necessarily involve its audience...”- Mike Griffith, myneworleans.com
“Peake belongs to a rich corner of the New Orleans music scene, one that is nonetheless largely invisible within the town’s broader musical culture. In the birthplace of jazz - a music born out of the freedom of creative improvisation. Peake’s electro-acousticism is just one branch of an extremely varied tradition.”- Zachary Young, offbeat.com