Curtis Bahn

Associate Professor, Arts, and HASS Associate Dean for Graduate Studies & Research, Arts

Curtis Bahn is a composer and improviser who specializes in live interactive electronic performance. Currently he is Associate Professor of Computer Music Composition/Performance, Deaprtment of Arts, and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. 

He received his Ph.D. in music composition from Princeton University. From 1986-1993 he was the Technical Director of the Center for Computer Music of the City University of New York working with composer Charles Dodge. His music has been presented internationally at venues including Lincoln Center, India International Centre - Delhi, Sadler's Wells - London, Palais Garnier - Paris, Grand Theatre de la Ville - Luxembourg, as well as numerous festivals, conferences and clubs. Curtis was the composer for a major residency project entitled "Motione," in interactive dance and graphics with Choreographer Trisha Brown and Visual Artists Paul Kaiser, Marc Downey and Shelly Eshkar hosted by the ASU Arts Media and Engineering Program. He released a solo recording of live electronic performance on his extended string bass entitled "R!g," on the EMF label, a duo recording entitled "./swank" with Dan Trueman on the cycling 74 label, and a DVD with Pauline Oliveros and Tomie Hahn on the Deep Listening label.


Ph.D., Music Composition - Princeton University, Princeton NJ

Research Focus
  • live interactive electronic performance
  • robotics
  • human computer interaction