Jay C. Batzner is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches theory, composition, and technology courses as well as coordinates the composition program. He holds degrees in composition and/or theory from the University of Missouri Kansas City, the University of Louisville, and the University of Kansas.

Jay's music is primarily focused around instrumental chamber works as well as electroacoustic composition. His music has been recorded on the Capstone, Vox Novus, and Beauport Classical labels and is published by Unsafe Bull Music.

Jay is a sci-fi geek, an amateur banjoist, a home brewer, and juggler.

I'm such a nerd

When I woke up this morning, I didn't know today was going to be 1234567890 day.

But it is. And I'm going to celebrate.

This actually reminds me of what got me interested in electroacoustic composition: Negativland. Back when I was an undergraduate, a friend of mine played "Time Zones" for me off of Negativland's Escape from Noise album. I Instantly loved the track and everything about the album. You should go hear "Time Zones" if you haven't heard it already. The whole album is on iTunes so you can hear it today. Right now. I'll wait.

That album taught me what you could do with recorded sound. I knew I wanted to do that but had no idea how. When I look back, I can see how Negativland shaped my interest in electroacoustic music. Some 15 years later, I'm a little closer.