Described as “bright, erotic and alive” by The New York Times, Aaron David Ross (ADR) is a composer, producer and artist preoccupied with music’s affective potentiality. In addition to his work as one half of the critically acclaimed Gatekeeper duo, ADR releases solo recordings, composes music for film, tv and advertising, hosts an array of ongoing collaborations and maintains a practice of live performance and sound installation.
With a background in classical composition and a propensity towards contemporary art & technology practices, Aaron’s work dances precariously on both sides of the chasm between irony and true belief, often conflating the two completely. He explores the failures or impartial successes of cultural ephemera through detailed, high-definition visions of optimistic resignation.
As a recording artist, Aaron has released music with Warp (UK), PAN (DE), Hippos in Tanks (US), Kompakt (DE), Merok (UK), Public Information (UK), Presto (IT), and Rainbow Body (US). He has performed at many of the world’s premiere concert venues, clubs and festivals, and has been featured and reviewed in publications including The New York Times, NPR, The Fader, Art In America, The Guardian, Dazed & Confused, Pitchfork, Interview, FACT, and many others. His installed collaborative works have been exhibited at galleries and museums internationally, including Saatchi Gallery Paris (FR), The Creator’s Project Beijing (CN), MoMA PS1 NYC (US) and Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (PL). His original film scores have premiered in globally celebrated festivals and programs including Festival del film Locarno (CH), Berlin Biennale (DE), Migrating Forms at BAM (US) and Film Society of Lincoln Center (US).
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Aaron received a BM in composition from Columbia before pursuing a MFA in Sound Arts + Music Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He now lives and works in New York City.