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Derek Hoffend is a visual and audio artist who creates interactive sound-sculpture installations and electro-acoustic music.

His work explores sound as a medium intersecting with physical forms, structures, bodies, light, and spaces to create immersive and participatory experiences for viewers. Fusing elements of sonic, electronic, digital and physical media, his work combines acoustic, recorded, and generative audio processes with objects and environments, and emphasizes relationships between sensory phenomena and perception.

Ongoing themes of interest include explorations in immersive audio, multi-channel arrangements (4 to 12 speakers), geometric architectural forms, tactile interfaces, vibro-acoustics, viewer participation, resonant objects and amplified spaces. Recent work additionally focuses on interacting with biological systems such as heartbeats, and therapeutic potentials of sound, colored light, and geometric forms influenced by studies of holistic healing modalities.

Hoffend also maintains an active music practice, recording and performing electronic music under the moniker Aether Chroma as well as his own name. The Aether Chroma album Supernalia was released in 2011, and the album Soft Power was released in 2015. Hoffend was also active as an electro-acoustic improvisor as a member of the Mobius Quartet and the New England Phonographer's Union between 2009-2013.

Works have been performed or installed at Boston CyberArts (Jamaica Plain, MA), AS220 (Providence, RI), 808 Gallery at Boston University (Boston, MA), Mobius Artist Space (Boston/Cambridge, MA), IBM (Cambridge, MA), Microsoft Start-up Labs (Cambridge, MA), the Distillery Gallery (South Boston, MA), Studio Soto (Boston, MA), Union Square (Somerville, MA), The Enormous Room (Cambridge, MA), sQuareone Studio (Boston, MA), 90.3 WZBC (Boston, MA), Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), Sonotheque (Chicago, IL), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), Athenaeum Theater, (Chicago, IL), and Consolidated Works (Seattle, WA).

Hoffend holds a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology (2004), a MA from New York University in Studio Art (2001), and a dual-major BFA from the State University of New York at Fredonia in Sculpture and Photography (1997). He is currently Associate Faculty of Interactive Media at Becker College in Worcester, MA, and Adjunct Faculty in Animation at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. He lives and maintains a studio in South Boston, MA.