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Mary Elspeth Moore 2019

Spencer Topel is an American artist known for his unique blend of sound, installation, and performance art. He explores the relationship between sculpture and musical instruments, creating a wide range of works that reveal the unique voice of objects.

Topel's work has been showcased at prestigious institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Barnes Foundation in Pennsylvania, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Boston. His work has been performed by renowned ensembles like the Minnesota Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony, and the FLUX Quartet.

After studying music composition at Juilliard School and Cornell University, Topel became a professor of music at Dartmouth College. He has collaborated with several artists, including sculptor Soo Sunny Park, architect and artist Hana Kassem, cellist Seth Parker Woods, and violinist-composer Pauline Kim Harris.

In 2019, Topel founded Physical Synthesis, a company dedicated to developing cutting-edge sound devices. His latest project was his residency at The Yale Quantum Institute, where he and his team created the world's first musical synthesizer using Qubits.

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