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Reginald Bain

Title: Professor / Composition and Theory / Director of the Experimental Computer Music Studio (xMUSE)
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Website: Reginald Bain website
Phone: 803-777-8183

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Music Theory

Reginald Bain


A composer and theorist with a specialty in computer music, Reginald Bain (b. 1963) holds degrees from Northwestern University (D.M. Composition 1991 & M.M. Composition 1986) and the University of Notre Dame (B.S. Mathematics and Computer Science 1985) where he studied composition and computer music with Gary Greenberg, Paul Johnson, M. William Karlins, Gary Kendall, and Alan Stout. He is currently Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of South Carolina where he serves as Director of the Experimental Computer Music Studio (xMUSE).

Dr. Bain has composed a wide variety of music that has been performed by leading artists across the U.S. and Europe. He is an accomplished electroacoustic composer whose music employs unique sonification techniques, algorithmic approaches, and tuning systems. His music is available on the Centaur, Equilibrium, Innova, New Focus, and Red Clay labels, and his computer music is featured on the album Sounding Number.

Dr. Bain's current project is an interdisciplinary collaboration with biologist Jeff Dudycha called the Mutational Music Project - the broader impact component of the National Science Foundation (NSF) project Mutational variance of the transcriptome and the origins of phenotypic plasticity. His work in the area of music theory focuses on pedagogical software development and mathematical music theory. He served as editorial consultant for "An Introduction to Twentieth-Century Music," the final unit of McGraw-Hill’s widely acclaimed undergraduate theory textbook Tonal Harmony by Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Payne, and his research has appeared in the Csound Journal, Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, Proceedings of the Bridges: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture International Conference, and Proceedings of the International Conference on Auditory Display.

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