About

Better Than Future is a Los Angeles-based digital media ensemble featuring Casey Anderson, Scott Cazan, and Elisabeth McMullin. With an emphasis on testing the plasticity of current conceptions of sound as art, Anderson, Cazan, and McMullin wildly embrace various methodologies from improvisation to installations, sound art to live electronic music, and video to hardware-hacking (to name a few).

Member Bios
Casey Thomas Anderson
Casey thomas anderson is an artist working with sound in a number of media, including composition, improvisation, electronic music, saxophone, and installations. Anderson has composed works for the California E.A.R. Unit (LA), the CalArts New Century Players (LA), and TRANSIT (NY). He has performed with Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Michael Pisaro, Ulrich Krieger, Mark Trayle, Fomoudou Don Moye, the CalArts New Century Players, and as part of Michael Pisaro’s Dogstar Orchestra. Recent residencies include STEIM, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. Anderson holds a Bachelors degree, in Music Composition and Philosophy, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a Master of Fine Arts, in Music Composition, from the California Institute of the Arts. Anderson has studied with Mark Trayle, Ulrich Krieger, Michael Pisaro, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Art Jarvinen, and Vinny Golia. he currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Scott Cazan
Scott Cazan is a composer, performer and media artist currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. Recent works have involved chamber ensembles, live electronics/installations, robots and improvisations on laptop. His musical interests have included the sonification of relational data, algorithmic composition, human relations with technology, space, architecture and the physicality of sound. He holds an MFA in Music Composition from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied primarily with Mark Trayle, Michael Pisaro, Sara Roberts, Ulrich Krieger and Clay Chaplin. Scott also holds a degree in Music Composition from The College of Creative Studies of UC Santa Barbara where he studied with Jeremy Haladyna. Other teachers have included composers such as Julio Estrada, Zbigniew Karkowski, and Morton Subotnick.

Elisabeth McMullin
Elisabeth McMullin is a Los Angeles area digital media artist, composer, and audio technician, whose artistic interests include instrument design, circuit bending, physical computing, improvisation, and noise. She is proficient at both repairing and creatively breaking audio equipment. Elisabeth is currently an instructor of audio electronics and music theory at the Art Institute of California Los Angeles, and has taught classes and workshops on physical computing and microcontrollers at Machine Project and CalArts. She is also an audio technician at the world-renowned village recorder studios. Elisabeth holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in composition with a specialization in experimental sound practices,
and ABs in music and modern culture and media from Brown University.
She has studied with Mark Trayle, Ulrich Krieger, Michael Pisaro, Sara Roberts, Gerald “Shep” Shapiro, and Christopher Penrose.

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