I grew up in Austin, Texas

writing songs, singing in choirs and musical theater, playing in bands, and making noise collages with a four track cassette-tape studio I assembled in the garage.

Today, I use every tool I can. I go outside and sing.  I play piano, guitar and computer.  I scribble in a notebook on trains.  I code algorithms looking for surprises.   I don't know where it fits in the world or if it has to.  It's the music of my culture of one, but you're invited.

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Elliot Cole (*1984) is a composer and "charismatic contemporary bard" (NY Times).  He has performed his music with Grammy Winners Roomful of Teeth, Grammy Nominees A Far Cry and Metropolis Ensemble, as well as the Chicago Composers Orchestra, New Vintage Baroque, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and as a member of the book-club-band Oracle Hysterical.  His percussion music has been performed by over 250 percussion ensembles all over the world.  In 2017 he was invited by Talks at Google to share his unique approach to music through computer programming.  He is on faculty at the The New School and Juilliard Evening Division, and is Program Director of Musicambia at Sing Sing, where he runs a music school for incarcerated men.

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Elliot Cole (*1984) is a composer and "charismatic contemporary bard" (NY Times).  He has written for and performed with Grammy Winners Roomful of Teeth, Grammy Nominees A Far Cry and Metropolis Ensemble, as well as the Chicago Composers Orchestra, New Vintage Baroque, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and as a member of the book-club-band Oracle Hysterical.  His percussion music has been performed by over 250 ensembles all over the world, and evokes "sparkling icicles of sound" (Rolling Stone).  In 2017 he was invited by Talks at Google to share his unique explorations in music through computer programming.  Recent projects include Roda, a CMA-commissioned work for the berimbau sextet Arcomusical, Movements, a VR music playground for the Currents new media festival, and The Future is Bright, a percussion concerto / film score for soloist Peter Ferry, which is being performed on portrait concerts of Cole's work at 10 universities in the 2017-18 season.  He is on faculty at the The New School and Juilliard Evening Division, and is Program Director of Musicambia at Sing Sing, where he runs a music school for incarcerated men.  He is a PhD candidate in Composition at Princeton University.