Stanford Experts

Mark Applebaum

Professor of Music


(650) 723-1656



Since 1990 Mark Applebaum has built electro-acoustic instruments out of junk, hardware, and found objects for use as both compositional and improvisational tools. His solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, operatic and electro-acoustic work has been performed throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Many of his pieces are characterized by challenges to the conventional boundaries of musical ontology: works for three conductors and no players, a concerto for florist and orchestra, pieces for instruments made of junk, notational specifications that appear on the faces of custom wristwatches, works for an invented sign language choreographed to sound, amplified Dadaist rituals, a chamber work comprised of obsessive page turns, and a 72-foot long graphic score displayed in a museum and accompanied by no instructions for its interpretation.