Dr PerMagnus Lindborg is a composer, sound artist and researcher in sound perception. 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). In December 2015, he successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Sound perception and design in multimodal environments”, at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Lindborg’s research interests include psychoacoustics, spatial sound, interactive art, and multisensory perception. He has led seven grants while at NTU, including two AcRF Tier 1, and has received international commissions for sonic artwork. IRCAM-Delatour included his chapter on computer-assisted voice analysis for composition in the OM Composer’s Book (2008). Refereed articles have been published in Applied Acoustics, PLoS ONE, eContact, Leonardo, LNCS-Springer Verlag, and NASS, and in proceedings of AES, EMS, ESCOM, ICAD, ICME, ICMC, ICMPC, and SMC.
In a creative career spanning more than two decades, Lindborg has signed around 70 artworks presented in 25 countries. Highlights include a First Prize at Stavanger Symphony Orchestra Competition (2002), Audience Prize at Forum (Montreol 1996), commissions from Centre Pompidou (Paris 2002), Ultima Festival (2006), Arts Council Norway (2012), and releases on ECM Records, Daphne Records, and Ash International. 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), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam 2013), and in Vienna (TONSPUR 2016). A culminating piece in Lindborg’s work with spatial sound was the design of 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 also made “The Canopy”, an interactive 3D sound sculpture installation, exhibited at World Stage Design in the UK (Oct. 2013). Lindborg’s sonic artwork has been presented at all prominent venues in Singapore, including the National Design Centre (2015), ArtScience Museum (2015), National Library Theatre (2011), Esplanade Recital Hall (2008, 2010, 2013), and at the opening show of the new National Gallery (December 2015).
Lindborg is passionate about contributing to the development of Singapore’s professional sound art and design scenes by creating events that connect local, regional, and international practitioners. In August 2015, he created and chaired the Si15 Soundislands Festival (http://soundislands.com) in partnership with ArtScience Museum and seven other organisations. Si15 continued on the Si13 International Symposium on Sound and Interactivity (2013) that led to a Special Issue in eContact (2014). As part of his commitment to the education and research communities, Dr Lindborg regularly acts as peer reviewer and jury member, and 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 Dr Joyce Beetuan Koh, composer and conductor, and their daughter Älvi Weiyu.