Zach Lovitch

zlovitch [at] gmail [dot] com             


A Short Bio

I’m Zach. I’ve received Master's degrees in Music Composition (from CSU, Long Beach) and Sound (at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago).  While pursuing research on appropriation for my work 27-1, and a short study: Abstraction, Recursive Meta-Structures, and Collage as a Compositional Method for Deconstructed Source Material, I designed the curriculum/co-instructed seminars in electronic music and sound design at CSULB. I have organized numerous concerts, designed sound for theater/film, and been commissioned to build hardware electronics. I perform on woodwinds, “obsolete” electronic equipment, and (modular) synthesizers. I am now mainly obsessed with influence, trajectories, and time… and the ways they must manifest in work.



2016       Master of Fine Arts in Studio (Sound) School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2012       Master of Music, composition. California State University, Long Beach

2008       Bachelor of Music, composition (Magna Cum Laude); Minor: Anthropology


Recent Employment     

2017          Videographer/Photographer/Sound Installation, Gensler Architecture & Design

2016-17     Artist Assistant: James Elniski, Joseph Grigely, Amy Vogel, Frances Whitehead

2015-16     Camera Operator, Spark Street Digital

2015-16     Sound Technician, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Sound Dept.)

2015-16     Sound Dept. Electronics & Instrument Fabrication Shop Manager, SAIC

2014-16     Contemporary Practices-Digital Fabrication Studio Monitor/Technician, SAIC

2014          Audio/Visual Services Technician, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2010-12     Podcast Production/Music Supervisor, University Art Museum - CSU, Long Beach

2009-12     Technical Consultant, Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

2006-12     Sound, Audio, Recording Engineer/Lighting Designer/Videographer,

Music/Theatre/Dance Departments, College of the Arts (COTA), CSU Long Beach.

2004-07     Board Operator/Music Library Assistant, Pacific Public Radio/KKJZ, 88.1 FM.       


Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2016     Hardware Hacking (S 3020)

2016     Sound and Image (FVNMA 3011)

2015     Realtime (FVNM 3812)

2015     Max/MSP (A+T/S 3052)

2015     Introduction to Sound (S 2001)

2015     Installation (FVNM 3705)

2015     Raspberry Pi/Pure Data (A+T/S 3052)

2014     Random Edges (S 3026)


Graduate Instructor, California State University, Long Beach (Music Dept.)

2012     Sound Design (MUS 456/556) (Spring)

2011/12 Laptop Ensemble (MUS 200/400/600B) (Fall/Spring)

2011     Computers and Sound (MUS 455/55) (Fall)

2010     Composition with Interactive Technologies (MUS-497/597E) (Spring)


Hardware Proficiency

Audio:   Analog/Digital consoles, microphone placement/techniques, mixing, multi‑loudspeaker diffusion, analog/digital musical instruments, 4-track tape, reel-to-reel

Visual:   Analog/digital/hybrid theatrical lighting, digital video mixers, videography (DSLR + pro camcorders), 16mm/8mm filmography optical printing and digital transfer/telecine, digital/analog (35mm) photography, darkroom developing/printing, analog video synthesis/graphics

Fabrication: CNC milling, CNC routing, 3D printing (PLA/ABS), 3D scanning, laser cutting, basic woodworking


Software Proficiency

Apple: Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Compressor, Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro

Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Premiere

Other: Ableton Live, Audacity, Finale, Microsoft Office, Peak Pro, ProTools, Reason, Sibelius, Soundhack

Programming: Max/MSP/Jitter, PureData, analog computing, Arduino/Processing, SuperCollider, Lisp, Java, Csound, PVC, ChucK, PWGL



Nicolas Collins, Sound Dept. Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Robb Drinkwater, Sound Dept. Technician/Faculty, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Martin Brenner, Director of Technology, COTA, CSU, Long Beach

Rychard Cooper, Recording Engineer/Lecturer - Music Technology, CSU, Long Beach

Martin Herman, Director - Strang Electronic Music Studio, CSU, Long Beach

Justus Matthews, Professor Emeritus, CSU, Long Beach