John P. Hastings is a composer, sound artist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. His current focus is on the creation of unique sonic environments utilizing novel methods to engage the audience. Many compositions and installations include the use of the harmonic series, field recordings, digital sound generation, graphic performance scores, site-specificity, microtones and aleatoric performance practice. He is a founder of the web-based music journal, The Experimental Music Yearbook, a co-head of the experimental music performance group, Ensemble 303, and a music curator for the Sound Series Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY.
Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, John has lived in London, UK, Charlottesville, VA, Los Angeles, CA and New York, NY. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied with Ulrich Krieger , Michael Pisaro, Mark Trayle and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. His influences include James Tenney, La Monte Young, and John Cage.