RMCAD Faculty


Sean Peuquet, Ph.D.

Sean is from Philadelphia, PA and currently resides in Denver, CO. He holds his BA from the University of Virginia, double major in Music and Psychology, with a minor in Astronomy; MA from Dartmouth College in Electro-Acoustic Music; PhD in Music Composition from the University of Florida.

Sean states that as learners, we should strive to be skeptical, agnostic, and curious about both musical aesthetics and technologies. We must learn to wear many hats, walk in different shoes, and value and validate diverse perspectives. But that doesn’t mean we should soak in knowledge from some distanced, unengaged perspective. As developing practitioners, we need to get our hands dirty; we need to make an applied choice— to adopt a perspective, technology, or collaborative effort that aligns with and asserts a particular way of listening, to defend that decision, to remain open to listening beyond our current limitations, to solicit feedback and criticism, to confront our blindspots in dialogue with others, and to then try again.

His favorite thing about RMCAD is the dynamic sense of openness to new ideas and possibilities that serve our students. We’re a collaborative, solutions-oriented group of faculty, staff, and administrators that want to make learning art, design, and music fun, relevant, and socially impactful.

Sean is a soccer fan, both watching and playing. He is also into outdoor life in CO, particularly hiking, camping, fly-fishing, and skiing. He’s climbed several 14ers, but has no need or inclination to conquer the full list. Sean is a foodie who loves to cook and find exceptional restaurants. He says that at the end of the day nothing beats a good cheesesteak, Italian hoagie, or slice of tomato pie. And if you want to pop by his office to hear him rhapsodize about the magnificence of WaWa, he’s available. Sean has a wonderful family with his partner, Laura, and daughter, Élodie.

Recent Exhibitions, Significant Work, or Publications:

Presents music and scholarship regularly at national and international venues, including the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS), New York City Electronic Music Festival (NYCEMF), Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC), Korean Electro-Acoustic Music Society Annual Conference (KEAMSAC), Electroacoustic Music Studies (EMS), and many others. Publications: Peuquet, Sean. “Electroacoustic Music, Pluralism, and the Intractability of Epistemological Limitation.” Journal SEAMUS 28, no. 1–2 (2023): 26–34. Peuquet, Sean. “Conditioning Compositional Choice: Theoretical Imperatives and a Selection Algorithm Using Converging Value Sets.” EContact! 18, no. 4 (2016).Peuquet, Sean, and David Jones. “RackFX: A Cloud-Based Solution for Analog Signal Processing.” Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference 2016 (2016): 434–37. Awards + Commissions Highlights: • International Computer Music Association, Award: “Best Music of the Americas” 2022. • Meow Wolf Denver, Composer + Sound Designer for Convergence Street Exhibition (4th Floor), 2021.

Course Credentialing:
MP 1000 – Music Production Styles + Analysis, MP 1100 – How Music Works, MP 1110 – Theories of Musical Practice I, MP 1140 – Musicianship, MP 1230 – Music Composition I, MP 1400 – How Digital Audio Works, MP 1500 – How the Music Industry Works, MP 2110 – Theories of Musical Practice II, MP 2140 – Critical Listening, MP 2230 – Music Composition II, MP 2330 – Sound Design I: Synthesis, MP 2430 – Recording + Production I, MP 2510 – Music Copyright + Ethics, MP 3150 – Reharmonization Techniques, MP 3220 – World Music Composition Resources, MP 3250 – Contemporary Styles: Arrangement + Orchestration, MP 3330 – Sound Design II: Creative DSP, MP 3430 – Recording + Production II, MP 3510 – Music Business Administration, MP 3630 – Film + Game Music Production, MP 3650 – Sound for Media I, MP 3750 – Computer Music Systems, MP 3840 – Digital Performance I, MP 4230 – Music Composition III, MP 4430 – Mixing + Mastering, MP 4450 – Advanced Audio Engineering, MP 4570 – Music Branding + Marketing, MP 4650 – Sound for Media II, MP 4840 – Digital Performance II, MP 4900 – Special Topics in Music Production, CCT 2200 – Sound Studies, MH 2020 – History of Popular Music, MH 3120 – Musical Ethnography, NS 3100 – Acoustics of Music.

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