PerMagnus Lindborg is a composer, sound artist and researcher. He is assistant professor at School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore since 2007, and a member of the composer societies in Norway (since 1995) and in Singapore. Lindborg studied piano performance (Ingesund 1991), composition (BA Norwegian State Academy of Music 1995), music computing (Cursus IRCAM 1999), and contemporary musicology (DEA Université de Paris Sorbonne 2003). His dissertation, “Sound perception and design in multimodal environments” (Doctor of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology), is defended in December 2015.
Lindborg’s research interests include psychoacoustics, spatial sound, interactive art, and multisensory perception. He has led eight research grants while at NTU, including two AcRF Tier 1, and has received numerous international commissions for artwork. IRCAM-Delatour included his chapter on computer-assisted voice analysis for composition in the OM Composer’s Book (2008). Peer-reviewed articles have been published in Applied Acoustics, PLoSone, eContact, Leonardo, LNCS-Springer Verlag, and NASS, and in proceedings of AES, EMS, ICAD, ICME, ICMC, ICMPC, and SMC.
In a creative career spanning more than two decades, Lindborg has signed more than 70 artworks presented in 25 countries. Selected works have been released on ECM Records, Daphne Records, and Ash International. Highlights include a First Prize at Stavanger Symphony Orchestra Competition (2002), Audience Prize at Forum (Montreol 1996), commissions from Centre Pompidou (Paris 2002) and the Norwegian Cultural Ministry (2012). He was a featured composer at WOCMAT (Taiwan 2012), and exhibited sound installations at the State Theatre (Perth 2013), and Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens 2014). Together with the Freq-out collective, he created works at Niemeyer’s Communist Party HQ (Nuit Blanche, Paris 2005), Museum of Modern Art (Stockholm 2012), and Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam 2013).
Lindborg designed Southeast Asia’s largest interactive 3D audio diffusion system for “On the String” with long-time collaborator Joyce Beetuan Koh for the Singapore Arts Festival (2010). They made “The Canopy”, an interactive 3D sound sculpture installation, exhibited at World Stage Design in the UK (Oct. 2013). His sound installations have been exhibited at Singapore’s National Design Centre (Jan. 2015), ArtScience Museum (Aug. 2015), and the new National Gallery (Dec. 2015).
Lindborg is committed on a long-term basis to strengthening the professional and educational sound art and sound design communities in Singapore as well as increasing international contacts. In August 2015, he initiated and chaired the Si15 Soundislands Festival (http://soundislands.com) in partnership with ArtScience Museum and seven other organisations. Si15 continues on the Si13 International Symposium on Sound and Interactivity (Nov. 2013) that led to a Special Issue in eContact (Oct. 2014). As part of his commitment to education and the research communities, Lindborg regularly acts as peer reviewer and jury member. He serves as Music Coordinator on the board of the International Computer Music Association.
In his spare time, PerMagnus enjoys outdoor sports such as sailing, scuba diving, and kayaking. He lives in Singapore since 2007 with wife Joyce Beetuan Koh, composer and conductor, and daughter Älvi Weiyu, born 2003.