Larry Polansky is a composer, theorist, performer, teacher, writer, editor and publisher. He is the Strauss Professor of Music at Dartmouth College, where he also teaches in the graduate program in electro-acoustic music. Prior to moving to New Hampshire, he worked at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music Center as staff and faculty. He is one of the three co-authors (with Phil Burk and David Rosenboom) of the widely used computer music language HMSL, and has written a great deal of other musical software. His music has been recorded, performed, reviewed and written about widely, and his articles and writings have appeared in numerous publications, on diverse topics including theory, computer music, and American music. He is the co-founder and co-director of Frog Peak Music (A Composers’ Collective), the founding editor of the Leonardo Music Journal, and works actively with other musical journal and institutions.
His solo CDs are on Artifact (The Theory of Impossible Melody, Simple Harmonic Motion, Change), Pogus, Cold Blue (Four Voice Canons), and New World Records (Lonesome Road). His book on Ruth Crawford (The Music of American Folk Song) is published by Rochester University Press. His current musical ensembles include Trio (with Kui Dong and Christian Wolff).