Robert Phillips was an American chamber and electroacoustic music composer whose work integrates a diverse vocabulary of sound samples, multimedia tools, and interrogative approaches to musical style. A range of microtonal techniques and notation strategies are employed to inflect glissandi and vibrati variations within signature harmonic networks, and explore a broad, hyper-expressionist palette, superscribed over a diverse array of materials and samples from a variety of forms and genres.
His music has been featured at Internationale Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Harvard University Summer Composition Institute, June in Buffalo, Opéra de Lille, Stuttgart American Days, Buffalo Fringe Festival, and others. Phillips has held residencies at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, and PACT Zollverein.
He received his B.A. degree in music from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied with Chaya Czernowin and Steve Takasugi, and his Ph.D. in music composition from the University at Buffalo, SUNY, where he studied with David Felder. He lived and worked in Berlin.