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. As a Salter Fellow in composition at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles he studied with Robert Linn, David Raksin and Leonard Stein. He is currently Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of South Carolina where he serves as Theory Area Coordinator and Director of 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 data-driven music employs unique sonification techniques, algorithmic approaches, and tuning systems. His music is available on the Centaur, Equilibrium, Innova, New Focus Recordings, and Red Clay labels, and his electronic 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 work 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 Community for Auditory Display.

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Updated: July 2, 2019