Keith Kothman is a composer and sound artist working across the realms of concert music to interactive installation. Performances and installations of his work have taken place at the International Computer Music Conference; Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States; SIGGRAPH Asia 2008; University of Minnesota Spark Festival; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; Bowling Green New Music and Art Festival; Electronic Music Midwest; Richmond Third Practice Festival; the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in Sweden; InteractivA ’03 at MACAY: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Ateneo de Yucatán, Merida, Mexico; and Videoformes International Multimedia and Video Arts, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Kothman was awarded an Honorable Mention for Interludes (video by John Fillwalk) at the 31 st annual Bourges Electroacoustic Music competition, and recordings of his music are available on the Capstone, Cambria and New Albany labels. His Ph.D. in Music Composition came from the University of California, San Diego. He received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. Principal composition teachers have included Roger Reynolds, Russell Pinkston, Joji Yuasa, Lars-Gunnar Bodin, and Dan Welcher.
Recent work has focused on live-performance electronic music involving laptop, iPad, various MIDI controllers, and LittleBits synthesis modules. He performs with Michael James Olson as Orbital Sound Collective. Scholarly interests include the aesthetics of modernism and postmodernism, the sociology of music, technology and culture, and the later works of Morton Feldman. While at UCSD, Kothman studied aesthetics and the sociology of music with Jann Pasler and George Lewis.
Kothman is currently professor of music at Western Michigan University. He teaches courses in composition, music theory, and music technology. He has previously been the director of the School of Music at Montana State University and the School of Music at Western Michigan University. At Ball State University, Kothman served as director of the music technology program, and coordinator of undergraduate programs in music.
Keith Kothman is a composer and sound artist, currently living in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kothman was awarded an Honorable Mention for Interludes at the 31st annual Bourges Electroacoustic Music competition, and recordings of his music are available on the Capstone, Cambria and New Albany labels. He is on faculty at Western Michigan, and perviously served in leadership positions at Ball State University, Montana State University, and Western Michigan University. Recent work has focused on live-performance electronic music involving laptop, iPad, various MIDI controllers, and LittleBits synthesis modules. He performs with Michael James Olsen as Orbital Sound Collective. More information is at keithkothman.com.