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David Bird

David Bird
David Bird

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

David Bird received his D.M.A. in music composition and M.A. from Columbia University, and B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has an international career in music composition with an interdisciplinary body of work that blends acoustic composition, computer music, and multimedia art. Bird’s work has been featured at festivals such as the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands; the Wien Modern Festival in Vienna, Austria; and the Musica Electronica Nova Festival in Wroclaw, Poland. He is a founding member of the New York-based chamber ensemble TAK, and an artistic director with Qubit New Music, a non-profit group that curates and produces experimental music events in New York City. Bird has previously taught courses at Columbia University, the New School, and the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Recent Courses Taught

Introduction to Electronic Music
Studio Techniques in Recorded Sound
Masterpieces of Western Music

Research Interests

Computer Music Composition, Studio Recording, Interactive Sound and Video, Algorithmic Music Composition, Spectral and Transcription-Based Music, and Multimedia Collaboration.


  • Giga-Hertz Production Award Residency ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, Germany, 2021
  • Confini International Call for Composers, Winner, 2021
  • Duo-Axis Commission Competition, Winner, 2020

Select Publications

  • “Mixed Media and Metaphor: An Analysis of the Performance Technologies Utilized in Drop and Decoder” - ProQuest/Columbia Libraries - Spring 2019
  • “Multiplicities” - for the MIT School of Architecture Journal, Thresholds - Fall 2017
  • “Iron Orchid” - Ning Yu and David Bird (New Focus Recordings 2021)
  • “Mirrors” - David Bird (Self Release 2020)
  • “OOR” - TAK Ensemble (TAK Editions 2019)
  • “playlist” - andPlay (New Focus Recordings 2018)
  • “Currents” - Nouveaux Classical Project (Gold Bolus 2018)
  • “Dialogues” - Helen Newby (Ephemeral Stream Recordings 2016)
  • “Currents Vol. 3” - Yarn/Wire (Yarn/Wire Self Release 2015)

Appointed to the Faculty: 2021

Educational Background

D.M.A., Columbia University
M.A., Columbia University
B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music

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