Erin Demastes is a Los Angeles-based multimedia artist, composer, and performer whose research lies at the intersection of art and science. She uses repurposed technology and everyday objects to explore sonic phenomena related to acoustics, resonance, electricity, and magnetism. Her fixed media work usually consists of assembled sculptures made from hacked electronics and things that should probably be in the trash. Erin also specializes in improvised music, and her current work involves performing on synthesizers, laptops, toys, found objects, and homemade instruments and electronics. She fosters a sense of play, experimentation, and discovery in both her performances and installations.
Erin received an M.F.A. in Experimental Sound Practices and Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts in 2018 and a B.M. in jazz studies and piano performance from Loyola University New Orleans in 2011. While a student at Calarts, she was employed as a teaching assistant for tonal harmony and keyboard, western music history, and electroacoustic seminar (hardware hacking) and as a technical assistant for the modular synth lab and electronics lab. She currently works as a freelance artist and educator, and before coming to Los Angeles, Erin worked as a jazz and classical pianist, composer, and arranger for 10 years in the New Orleans area.