Burke Jam

Creative Computation

Visiting Professor





Burke Jam is an artist working in sound, performance and experiential design. Current research includes aesthetic computation, generative systems and data modeling/transformation. Jam’s research interests focus on human and environmental relationships and the proposed Anthropocene. Jam completed an M.F.A. at the University of Montana and was awarded a Fulbright grant to Iceland in 2013/2014 researching acoustic-ecology and expanded field-recording techniques. He has curated performances and symposia for the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art and Portland Art Museum.

Jam has held positions at Portland State University as an Instructor of Art, Instructor of Music, Director of the School of Music Laptop Ensemble– S.A.M.P.L.E, and Director of Digital Facilities, Office of the Dean, College of the Arts. Previously Jam worked as a Forestry Technician – Smokejumper for the United States Forest Service.

His work has been published via Kesh Recordings (Cambridge), Dragon’s Eye Recordings (Los Angeles) and Room 40 (Brisbane).


M.F.A., The University of Montana

Course list

SMU in Tokyo: Design Thinking for Possible Futures   
Nature and Code  
Data: Meaning, Narrative, and Discovery
Junior Milestone
Aesthetics and Computation
Senior Capstone