John C. S. Keston's combined backgrounds in music technology, new media, and software development have led him to adopt music, sound, moving images, and interactivity as the primary modalities in his performances, artistic practice, and research. His work involves building software and hardware based instruments that engage audience participation, interaction, and audiovisual media. With these tools he composes music, and produces interactive performances and installations.
His recent series, Duets for Synthesizers and the Singing Ringing Tree, funded by the American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation, involved traveling to a wind activated sound sculpture in Northern England. For five days on location, John documented duets with the sculpture using a custom built binaural head microphone and a variety of electronic instruments. Originally from the United Kingdom, John is currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is a professor of interactive media at St. Thomas University.