nolan lem
I create dynamic acoustic systems that render sound and movement through kinetic gesture and physical materiality. My work explores the strange interplay between the ecological processes observed in nature and the synthetic, culturally-specific materials embedded into 21st century life. Oftentimes I employ multiplicities of everyday objects to repurpose, activate, and disorientate a sounding landscape.

I'm interested in the seemingly invisible forces at work within the composition of sound though the use of repetitive movement and visual phenomena. As a researcher, my ongoing work in the area of psychophysics and generative neural-networks provides me with the analytical tools to better realize these aesthetic aims. Ultimately, I hope my work promotes alternative ecologies of sound and environment, one that is at once investigative, transformative, and playful in its evocation of mechanical and emotional process.


Nolan Lem is an artist and researcher whose work reflects a broad range of influences and mediums. His work examines issues related to emergent dynamics, machine learning and perception, and the synchronization of auditory phenomena.

He has premiered his work and research at a number of spaces both in the US and abroad including the Hayden Planetarium at the Natural History Museum, Pioneer Works, L'HOSTE Art Contemporain, and the NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) Conference among others. He has held residencies at IRCAM, MassMoCA, Cité Internationale des Arts, and Pioneer Works. He holds degrees in saxophone performance, Electrical Engineering, and received his MFA at Columbia University where he studied at the Computer Music Center.

Nolan is currently a PhD candidate at Stanford University where he studies at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) .

contact: nolan.lem[at]