Thomas Phillips (b. 1969) is a composer, novelist, and teacher whose sound work focuses on improvisational performance and minimalist through-composition. He began composing electronic music in the early 1990s, releasing limited edition cd-rs under such monikers as Sea Optic, Lisbon and Eto Ami (with Dean King), and has since released music on such labels as Trente Oiseaux (Germany), Non Visual Objects (Austria) and Line (USA). Additionally, he has created music for installations and collaborations in dance and theatre. Thomas has taught in the disciplines of literature and fine arts at various universities in the US, Québec, and Finland. In 2007 he completed a PhD at Concordia University in Montreal. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC, where he teaches literature at North Carolina State University.