Zack Settel (BFA Music Comp. Cal Arts 1995, DMA Music Comp. U. of Montreal 2002) studied composition with Mortons Subotnick and Feldman. Keenly interested in the use of technology in music production/performance, Settel moved to Paris in 1986, with a Fulbright Scholarship for computer music research and composition at the Institute for Research and the Coordination of Acoustics and Music (IRCAM), headed by Pierre Boulez. After a two-year composing residency there, Settel remained at IRCAM until 1995, working full-time in the music production and music research groups. In 1997 Settel returned to North America, where he was a professor at McGill University in Canada for two years, chairing the Music Technology area, and teaching courses and graduate seminars in computer music. He was a visiting professor of composition at the University of Montreal (UDM) in 2001-02. In addition to composing full time, Settel now is an associate professor in music composition and research at the UDM, where he founded the Volumetric Audio Lab as an iACT principal researcher. He is also in (arts/science) collaboration with the Center for Intelligent Machines at McGill (CIM), and with the Societé des Arts Technologiques (La SAT) in Montreal, working as a creator/researcher on immersive audio/music projects.
Settel has composed chamber works, studio works, as well as music for film, video, television, theater, dance, and opera. Some of his music includes the use of advanced technologies in live performance. His music is published by Editions Ambrioso (Paris), recorded on the CENTAUR, ICMA, MIT Press, and Empreints Digitales labels, and is performed regularly in North/South America and in Europe and Asia. Settel has composed music for Television and Film, and has worked with various performing ensembles including the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris), Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Montréal), Zeitgeist (Minneapolis), the California Ear Unit (Los Angeles), and Chants Libres (Montréal).