PerMagnus Lindborg (born in Sweden, 5th of April 1968) is a composer, performer and researcher. He is a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers since 1994 and Assistant Professor since 2007 at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He studied piano, trombone, mathematics, languages, classical music and jazz improvisation in his native Sweden before concentrating on composition. He obtained degrees from Oslo (Norwegian Academy of Music 1995) and Paris (Ircam 1999 and a DEA from Paris-4 Sorbonne 2003) and studied privately with Klas Torstensson in the Netherlands. Lindborg was twice awarded a Young Artist Grant (1998 and 1999) from the Norwegian government.
Since 1995, he has published more than 50 artistic works, in the fields of concert music composition, opera, sound installation design, and programming-performance of interactive music, which have been performed and presented live in more than 20 countries. Select compositions have been released on ECM Records and Daphne Records, and with sound artist group freq_out, on Ash International. Highlights include: Khreia for orchestra winning the First Prize in the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra Nordic Composer’s Competition 2002, Norway; Extra Quality #2 for dancers and electronics commissioned for the Agora Festival at Centre Pompidou 2002, Paris; TreeTorika for saxophone and chamber orchestra commissioned by Ensemble Ernst for Ultima Festival 2006, Oslo; and Nermal SonoSofisms for chamber orchestra winning the Audience Price at Forum 1996, Montreal.
Lindborg’s main research interests are CAAC (computer assisted analysis and composition), interactive audiovisual performance, and musical persuasiveness in the rhetoric voice. Peer-reviewed articles/chapters have been published by a.o. LNCS-Springer Verlag and Ircam-Delatour. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Speech, Music and Hearing at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
He is the Principal Investigator of an AcRF Tier 1 grant Exploring kinetoaudiovisual parameter mapping in virtual instrument performance and interactive installation, on how sound and visuals can be meaningfully piloted by the same physical gesture. He is collaborating with linguists to research on musical aspects across multiple languages; a first outcome is “Singapore Voices”, an interactive sound installation with images, on display in NTU Libraries in 2009/10. He is also working on an interactive sound installation, entitled Walking Bach Slowly, on an Art & Technology grant from the university’s Institute for Media Innovation.