Adam Basanta (b. 1985) is a composer and media artist, whose work traverses electroacoustic, acoustic and mixed composition, audiovisual installations, and interactive laptop performance. His work often explores aspects of listening, cross-modal perception, unorthodox performance practices, and the articulation of site and space.

His music has been described as “frantic, noisy and gutsy” (Words and Music), “an electrochemistry of the new and old” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), while “the richness and dynamism of colour in his pieces stirs questions” (Musicworks).
He holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University, where he studied extensively with Barry Truax, and is currently an MA candidate at Concordia University, supervised by Sandeep
Bhagwati and Chris Salter.

His concert works have been presented throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the UK, and have been awarded national (SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers 2008, 2010, 2011; Jeu de Temps 2010) and international prizes (Metamorphoses Acousmatic Biennale 2010, Belgium; VII International Contest of Electroacoustic Miniatures 2009, Spain; Musica Viva 2010, Portugal; Sound in Space Competition,
Boston, MA). His collaboration with dance companies (Henry Daniel, Troika Ranch, Kinesis Dance somatheatro) have toured internationally.

He has received commissions for new works by Vancouver New Music, Codes d’accès (Montréal), Ensemble Allogène (Montréal), Krista Martynes (Bass Clarinet – Montréal) and VANOC Cultural Olympiad. His audiovisual installations have been presented in Eastern Bloc Gallery (Montréal), Concordia University (Montréal), Espace Projet (Montréal), Scotiabank Dance Centre (Vancouver), Artscape Wychwood Barns (Toronto), and the Bridge PAI Gallery (Charlottesville, Virginia).

Adam Basanta is the research coordinator at matralab.

Projects by Adam Basanta


Contour, for a hallway

Diagonal (for Eastern Bloc)

Limits & Renewals

Music for Lamps

Noiseborder meets matralab

object / field


Room Dynamics

Villes LuminoSoniques – LuminoSoniCities

Wellington Tunnel

News about Adam Basanta

Sounding Space – Adam Basanta at Send + Receive Festival

New Video of Adam Basanta’s Installation “The sound of empty space.”

Adam Basanta on CKUT’s “Underground Sounds”

Adam Basanta releases “Memory is the residue of thought”

Adam Basanta on CKUT’s “If You Got Ears”

Adam Basanta: “a glass is not a glass” @ Harvard University

Adam Basanta: “synchronicity ain’t no thing” @ De Montfort University

Adam Basanta: “synchronicity ain’t no thing” Premiere @ SARC (Belfast)

Adam Basanta: Onde_symbiotique @ Akousma XI Festival

Äänen Lumo: Jen Reimer/Max Stein/Adam Basanta (Helsinki)

Jen Reimer, Max Stein & Adam Basanta @ McGill MMR

Noiseborder Ensemble meets matralab, University of Windsor

Adam Basanta – Frank Liszt Stipendium Participant

Music for 12 Domestic Lamps @ Cafe Zosha

Wellington Tunnel- Jen Reimer + Max Stein + Adam Basanta

“sound unsound” @ Chapelle historique: Dec 14, 2012

matralab @ Goethe-Institut: Villes LuminoSoniques – LuminoSoniCities

Jen Reimer + Max Stein + Adam Basanta – Site-Specific Performance: Nov 15, 2012

The Burning Skies of Bogota @ MAI, Nov 9-10, 2012

“Room Dynamics” by Adam Basanta @ NAISA Space (Toronto)