Dr Lance Putnam

Lance is a composer and researcher, interested in generative art, digital sound synthesis and media signal processing.

Staff details

Dr Lance Putnam


Research Associate




L.Putnam (@gold.ac.uk)

Lance Putnam is a composer and researcher with interest in generative art, audiovisual synthesis, digital sound synthesis and media signal processing.

His work explores questions concerning the relationships between sound and graphics, symmetry in art and science, and motion as a spatiotemporal concept. He holds a BSc in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and an MA in Electronic Music & Sound Design and a PhD in Media Arts and Technology from the University of California.

As a Research Associate in Goldsmiths' Digital Creativity Labs, Lance is currently investigating new approaches to procedural art, working primarily with Professor William Latham and Visiting Professor Stephen Todd.

Publications and research outputs


Latham, William; Todd, Stephen; Todd, Peter and Putnam, Lance. 2021. Exhibiting Mutator VR: Procedural Art Evolves to Virtual Reality. Leonardo, 54(3), pp. 274-281. ISSN 0024-094X

Putnam, Lance; Latham, William and Todd, Stephen. 2018. Flow Fields and Agents for Immersive Interaction in Mutator VR: Vortex. Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments, 26(2), pp. 138-156. ISSN 1054-7460

Conference or Workshop Item

Putnam, Lance; Todd, Stephen; Latham, William and Williams, Duncan. 2019. 'Mutator VR: Vortex Artwork and Science Pedagogy Adaptations'. In: ACM/EG Expressive Symposium 2019 - Posters, Demos, and Artworks. Genoa, Italy 5-6 May 2019.

Putnam, Lance; Todd, Stephen and Latham, William. 2019. 'Abstract Shape Synthesis From Linear Combinations of Clelia Curves'. In: ACM/EG Expressive Symposium 2019. Genoa, Italy 5-6 May 2019.

Putnam, Lance. 2016. 'Audiovisual Art in VR Workshop'. In: Virtual Worlds Symposium. East Gallery.

Professional Activity

Putnam, Lance. 2017. VR Workshop with Art and Technology, AAU.

Putnam, Lance. 2017. Research Trip to Media Arts and Technology Program and AlloSphere and talk "On Space Curves as a Substrate for Audiovisual Synthesis and Composition".


Latham, William; Todd, Stephen; Putnam, Lance; Todd, Peter and Leymarie, Frederic Fol. 2016 - 2020 Mutator VR.


Latham, William; Todd, Stephen; Todd, Peter and Putnam, Lance. 2020. Mutator VR at Centre Pompidou, Paris. In: "Neurones, les intelligences simulées", Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, 26 February - 20 April 2020.

Latham, William and Putnam, Lance. 2019. Formscape VR at ID Art:Tech, Saint Petersburg. In: "CYFEST-12: ID: International Festival of Media Art", Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, 13 – 24 November 2019.

Latham, William and Putnam, Lance. 2019. Mutator VR at Kinninji Buddhist Temple. In: "KyotoU-Goldsmiths Art & Science International Symposium: "Art Innovation"", Kinninji Buddhist Temple, Kyoto, Japan, 14 - 28 March 2019.