Bruce Pennycook is a Professor in Composition, especially electronic music and media and is the Director of the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technologies in the College of Fine Arts. Pennycook specializes in new media and audio technologies including music visualization, film/video music, interactive music performance and network-based audio.
He received a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University in 1978 then taught at Queen's University in Canada from 1978-1987 in both the Department of Music and the Department of Information and Computer Science. From 1987 to 1999, Pennycook taught at McGill University in Montreal where he developed new undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Music, Media and Technology. From 1998-2000 he held the position of Vice-Principal for Information Systems and Technology, McGill University.
Pennycook's compositions include electroacoustic and acoustic pieces for solo, chamber and large ensemble and these are widely performed in the US and Canada. He has published many articles on various aspects of music technology and new music practices. He has also worked as a consultant for government, industry and other post-secondary institutions in the US and Canada.