Meet Bradford Blackburn
Chair/Associate Professor, Music; Director, Music Technology and Composition
Education: 1996 State University of New York at Fredonia, B.M.
1998 University of Miami, M.M.
2006 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, DMA
Courses Taught: Recording and Electronic Music I and II
Aural Skills I, II, III and IV
Music Theory I, II, III and IV
Concert Recording Practicum
Interactive Arts Ensemble
Studio Production Ensemble
First Year Seminar in Music I and II
Career Specialties: Bradford Blackburn is a composer whose recent work has been in the areas of electroacoustic and interactive music, sonification of dance movement, microtonal tuning theory and the construction of experimental musical instruments.
Professional and Community Activities: Blackburn is an associate professor of music at The University of Tampa, where he serves as department chair, directs the music technology and composition program, and coordinates the music theory program for the Department of Music. Before coming to UT, he taught at Truman State University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Miami-Dade College and the University of Miami. Blackburn has composed over 100 works in a variety of media including music for dance, acoustic concert music, jazz and popular music, music for film and interactive computer music. His compositions have been selected for performance at peer-reviewed national conferences such as the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, the Electronic Music Midwest festival and Electroacoustic Barn Dance. He has promoted new music in the Tampa Bay community through the Minaret New Music Concert series he began curating in 2010. In 2009, he was one of several North Americans invited to present at the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music. In 2011, he performed by invitation at the Raflost festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. In addition to his professional work as a composer, his discography includes credits as a recording/mastering engineer for Centaur Records. His doctoral dissertation explores the music of Harry Partch using replica instruments that Blackburn built following his research at the Harry Partch Instrumentarium. Blackburn presented his research at the Harry Partch Legacy Symposium and Festival at New England Conservatory in 2012, and the 50th National Conference of the College Music Society in 2007. His research interests also include traditional Chinese instrumental music, and performance studies on dizi, erhu, sheng and guqin. In 2015, while on sabbatical in Taiwan, he studied guqin with Shiou-Shiang Su (蘇秀香), and later applied this research to the construction of an original musical instrument, the electroacoustic guqin. At The University of Tampa, he founded and directs the Interactive Arts Ensemble, a course for students to collaboratively create and perform with new or repurposed technologies for real-time multi-media performance. He also expanded the music technology curriculum at UT to include advanced courses in studio production and field recording.
Honors and Awards: Blackburn's compositions have been presented in radio broadcasts, international peer-reviewed festivals, as well as performances by solo artists and professional ensembles. His music has won awards and honors, including a prestigious ASCAP Fellowship for Film Scoring and Composition at the Aspen Music Festival. In support of his creative scholarship and teaching, Blackburn has been awarded several David Delo Research Professor Grants from The University of Tampa for: “Development and Creative Implementation of a Wearable Body Sensor Rig for Interactive Electroacoustic Music Performance” (2010), “Xenharmonic/Electroacoustic Music Research, Composition, and Performance with the Haken Continuum Fingerboard” (2012), and “Performance Practice Research on the Chinese Guqin, and its Application to Electroacoustic Music”(2014).