David A. Jaffe (b.1955, New Jersey) studied violin, mandolin, and composition from an early age, then attended the Ithaca College School of Music, Bennington College, and received his DMA in composition from Stanford University. He has taught at Princeton, UCSD, and Stanford, and has lectured widely in Europe, Japan, the Americas and Australia. His musical language is at once personal and audacious, drawing on pop music elements, with aesthetic roots in the music of Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, and Henry Brant. His "maximalist" approach extends to extra-musical material as well, with elements ranging from birdsong to politics and social justice. Jaffe's technical innovations date back to the early 1980s, when he developed a breakthrough technique for plucked string synthesis, in collaboration with Alex Strong, Kevin Karplus and Julius Smith. He has continued to explore his interests in physical modeling and software design as part of the Sondius/SynthBuilder project. His compositions have been commissioned by such ensembles as the Kronos Quartet, the American Guild of Organists, and the Mostly Modern Orchestra. Recordings of his music can be found on Elektra/Asylum, Wergo, CDCM/Centaur, Vienna Modern Masters, and Well-Tempered. His writings on music have been published extensively in prominent music journals.
The Great Pyramid, from The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (1996)
Racing Against Time (1990)
Silicon Valley Breakdown (1982, rev. 1993)