Research and Additional Work


West, Ruth & Eitan Mendelowitz, Zach Thomas, Christopher Poovey, Luke Hillard, Kathryn Hays, Nathaniel Helgesen. “Designing a VR Arena: Integrating Virtual Environments and Physical Spaces for Social Sensorial Data-Driven Experiences” in Electronic Imaging, Advanced Online Publication. DOI:

Thomas, Zach. “Audiovisual Concatenative Synthesis in Replica” PhD diss., University of North Texas, Denton, 2019.

Thomas, Zach, Dan Tramte, Ermir Bejo, and Victoria Cheah. “Curation, Choice, and the Internet: Score Follower and New Music on YouTube” in International Conference of Computer Music Proceedings, Volume 2019. Michigan Publishing, 2019.

West, Ruth & Violet Johnson, I-Chen Yeh, Zach Thomas, Eitan Mendelowitz and Lars Berg. “INSTRUMENT | One Antarctic Night.” 2018 Art Gallery (SIGGRAPH ’18). ACM, New York, NY.

West, Ruth,  Violet Johnson, I-Chen Yeh, Zach Thomas and Eitan Mendelowitz. “Experiencing a Slice of the Sky: Immersive Rendering and Sonification of Antarctic Astronomy Data” Electronic Imaging, The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2018, pp. 449-1-449-10(10).

West, Ruth & Violet Johnson, I-Chen Yeh, Zach Thomas, Eitan Mendelowitz and Lars Berg. “INSTRUMENT | One Antarctic Night.” Leonardo, vol. 51 no. 4, 2018, pp. 439-440.

Kinect Studies

Audiovisual Concatenative Synthesis

Portal Nexus

large-scale collaborative intermedia installation


Bouncing for projection, camera, ambisonic audio (2011, rev. 2016)

by Zach Thomas and Krzysztof Wolek

Bouncing is an interactive audio-visual installation designed initially for children. It uses a Kinect controller to project an avatar of the user inside of a virtual room which becomes mapped to the space the user is standing in. Collisions with the bouncing objects inside of the virtual room give the sound feedback and help to create a sound composition using positional audio, blending virtual and real space. The project is realized bridging four different applications of which Max is a central component. The virtual environment is designed to allow users to engage in composition through play and embodiment.

presented at:
Diffrazioni Festival 2016, Florence, Italy
International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music 2015, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Studio 300 Festival, Transylvania University
University of Louisville New Music Festival, 2011, Louisville, KY