Dr. John Latartara is associate professor of music at the University of Mississippi and received his doctorate degree in Theoretical Studies from New England Conservatory of Music. His research interests include timbre and performance analysis using spectrographic technology and he has published on a wide variety of Western and non-Western music including Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Beethoven, Chopin, twentieth-century computer music, the Chinese Qin, and Japanese Gagaku music. He has lectured throughout the United States, and in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Thailand. He was granted a Fulbright Senior Scholar award to Thailand for 2008-2009 where he researched and lectured on traditional Thai music. Dr. Latartara is also a composer specializing in computer-generated music with releases out on the Centaur, Sachimay, and Visceral Media record labels.