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Bradford Blackburn


Bradford Blackburn

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
Musicianship I, II, III and IV
Music Theory I, II, III and IV
Composition Arranging
Interactive Arts Ensemble

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 and new media production at The University of Tampa, where he directs the music technology and composition 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 film scores, music for dance, acoustic concert music, jazz and popular music, and interactive computer music.  His compositions have been selected for performance at prestigious peer-reviewed events such as the national conferences for the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the College Music Society (CMS) and the Electronic Music Midwest festival, among others. He also has been active with promoting New Music in the Tampa Bay community through the highly successful Minaret New Music Concert series he began curating in 2010. His doctoral dissertation explores the music of Harry Partch using replica instruments that he built following his research at the Harry Partch Instrumentarium. 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. 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.

Honors and Awards: Blackburn's music and research have been presented in radio broadcasts and various international peer-reviewed festivals. His music has won awards and honors, including a prestigious ASCAP Fellowship for Film Scoring and Composition at the Aspen Music Festival. In 2010, he was awarded a UT David Delo Research Professor Grant to develop a wearable body sensor rig for interactive electroacoustic music performance.