Keith Kothman

Director of the School of Music
Music Technology

186 Howard Hall

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. 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.

Prior to Montana State, Kothman was an associate professor of composition at Ball State University, where he had also been the director of the music technology program, and coordinator of undergraduate programs in music. Kothman serves as the director of conferences for the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US.