Tom Sturm is a Los Angeles based sound artist and composer that creates homemade instruments, sound installations, and electro-acoustic music. They create DIY instruments, custom software, and interactive spaces that draw from pataphysics and speculative fiction.
Sturm has performed and received numerous commissions with organizations such as M.A.R.S. Festival, The American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, The American Festival for the Arts, the International Society of Improvised Music, Friends of Flutes Foundation, and Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt. Their music has been performed by groups including The Boston New Music Initiative, the Enso String Quartet, the Prism Saxophone Quartet, and Little Giant Chinese Orchestra.
Alongside working as a composer and musician, Sturm is an installation artist. In these works they primarily collaborate with visual artist, Samantha Calvetti. Their work has been shown in the M.A.R.S. Festival’s Testing Site Salons at Art Share, California Institute of the Art’s Digital Arts Expo, and the Center for Integrated Media at CalArts.
Sturm has worked as an educator and teaching assistant at institutions including California Institute for the Arts and at Rice University. Their teaching focus is in composition, music theory, and creative coding. They also have worked as a copyist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Currently, they are a curator at Coaxial Arts, focusing on organizing events that span a variety of mediums, including sound installations, video art, and experimental music.
Sturm holds an MFA in Experimental Sound Practices and Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts and a BM in Composition and Theory from Rice University. Their past teachers include Ulrich Krieger, Tom Leeser, Kurt Stallmann, Sara Roberts, Laura Steenberge, Scott Cazan, Shih-hui Chen, Richard Lavenda, Aaron Alon, and Anthony Brandt.