Owen Vallis is a musician and artist interested in performance, sound, and technology. As a co-founder of Flipmu, Owen explores a diverse range of projects including producing other musicians, composing his own music, building audio processors, and designing new hardware interfaces for musical performance. Having lived in Toronto, Canada, Wellington, New Zealand, San Francisco, Nashville, and Los Angeles, Owen has been able to develop a broad and interesting cross section of musical ideologies and aesthetics.
In 2008, Owen graduated from the MTIID program at California Institute of the Arts, and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Sonic Arts at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University of Wellington. Over the past 10 years, Owen has worked as an engineer in studios around Nashville Tennessee and Los Angeles, built a recording facility from the ground up, produced and mixed records for other artists, had production work featured in major motion films, worked for leading ribbon microphone manufacturer Royer Labs, and developed multitouch interfaces for Nokia Research Labs. Owen’s work has been featured in Wired, Future Music, Pitchfork, XLR8R, Processing.org, computer arts magazine, and shown at events such as NASA’s Yuri’s Night, and Google I/O.