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Reginald Bain

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

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USC Composition Program
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. 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 works employ unique musical sonification techniques, algorithmic approaches and tuning systems. His music is available on the Centaur, Equilibrium, Innova and Red Clay labels. His recent work includes Sounding Number, an album of electronic music that focuses on musical sonifications of mathematical ideas, and the Mutational Music project, the broader impact component of biologist Dr. Jeff Dudycha’s NSF project Mutational variance of the transcriptome and the origins of phenotypic plasticity.

Dr. Bain's work in the area of music theory focuses on pedagogical software development for mathematical music theory. He has 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. His research has appeared in the Csound Journal, Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, and Proceedings of the Bridges: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture International Conference.

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