Bradford Blackburn (b. 1974) is a composer, music technologist, and music theorist whose work explores electroacoustic and interactive music, new musical interfaces, extended just intonation, immersive audio, environmental sound, live video processing, sonification of movement and gesture, contemporary music performance, improvisation, and the construction of experimental musical instruments.
Since joining the music faculty at The University of Tampa in 2008, Blackburn has directed the music technology and composition program, coordinated the contemporary performance and music theory programs, and has served as the music department chair (2012-14, 2017-20). He has curated performances of experimental music, music technology, and contemporary performance for the Tampa Bay community through the Minaret New Music concert series, the UT Composer Festival, and the Synergy concert series.
Blackburn has presented his music and research at national and international events including the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music, the Raflost festival in Iceland, and the International Conference of the College Music Society in Belgium. Blackburn’s crossover chamber work, Chimera, was selected for inclusion on the Society of Composers, Inc. CD series, and was released by Navona Records. He also has album credits as the recording engineer for several classical music releases on Centaur Records.
Blackburn’s doctoral dissertation, completed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, discusses compositional techniques in the music of Harry Partch, using replica Partch instruments that Blackburn built and composed music for. His global musical interests include performance studies on dizi, erhu, sheng and guqin, which he began in Taiwan. Prior to studying at UIUC, Blackburn earned a M.M. in Media Writing and Production from the University of Miami FL, and a B.M. in Music Composition from The State University of New York at Fredonia. His major composition teachers have included Donald Bohlen, Zack Browning, Warren Burt, and Scott Wyatt.
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