Jacob Richards is a drummer, composer, and creative technologist who specializes in building new systems and methods of performance that prioritize improvisation. He leverages technologies such as virtual reality and methods of musical composition to explore interactivity and the boundaries of spatial and aural perception.
Jacob's recent work on Fractal Polyrhythms was presented at the Vu Symposium in Park City, Utah. His interactive installation piece BATTERY, which has become a full-fledged solo drum set and electronics project, premiered at the CalArts Digital Arts Expo in 2016. He was interviewed in January 2017 by Bandcamp for his work as BATTERY. Richards is currently a Content Creator for Amaze VR, and is a Curriculum Developer for Digital Media Academy.
Jacob holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Jazz Studies, granted in May 2017. He earned a BA in Applied Mathematics and Music from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014.