Curtis Bahn

Associate Professor
Department of the Arts

Biography & Research

Curtis Bahn is an improvising composer involved in relationships of body, gesture, culture, technology and sound. He holds a PhD in music composition from Princeton University, and studies Hindustani classical music as a formal disciple of acclaimed sitarist, Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan. He has taught at Columbia University, Brown, NYU, Princeton and CUNY. His music has been presented internationally at venues including Lincoln Center, Sadler’s Wells – London, Palais Garnier – Paris, Grand Theatre de la Ville – Luxembourg, as well as numerous festivals, small clubs and academic conferences. He has worked with the Trisha Brown and Merce Cunningham Dance Companies. Curtis recently was named the “Ralph Samuelson fellow” through the Asian Cultural Council, receiving a grant to study and collaborate with artists in India. Curtis is Assoc. Prof. of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York.


Kapur, Darling, Diakopoulos, Murphy, Hochenbaum, Vallis, Bahn, “The Machine Orchestra: An Ensemble of Human Laptop Performers and Robotic Musical Instruments” Computer Music Journal Winter 2011, Vol. 35, No. 4: 49–63.

McDonald, K., Kouttron, D., Bahn, C., Braasch, J., Oliveros, P. “The Vibrobyte: A Haptic Interface for Co-Located Performance” New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2009).

Bahn, Braasch, Kouttron, McDonald, Oliveros. “Haptic Communication and Co-Located Performance,” invited paper, Conference of the Acoustic Society of America – Miami 11/11/08.

Motione. DVD publication of residency commission “How Long Does the Subject Linger on the Edge of the Volume…” Trisha Brown Dance at Arizona State University Arts, Media and Engineering Program. 2007.

Bahn, C. (producer/engineer/performer), Hahn T., Trueman D., Oliveros P. Recording Field, H, DVD. Deep Listening Publications, 2004.

Hahn, T., Bahn, C. 2003. “Pikapika – the Collaborative Composition of an Interactive Sonic Character,” Organised Sound, vol 8-8.

Bahn, C., Hahn, T., Trueman, D. 2001. “Physicality and Feedback,” Proceedings Intl. Computer Music Conference.

Bahn, C., Hahn, T., Trueman. D. 2001. “A Focus on the Body in the Performance of Electronic Music.” Proceedings of the IEEE Multi-Media Technology and Applications Conference (MTAC).

Bahn, C., Trueman, D. 2001. “Interface: Electronic Chamber Ensemble.” New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) workshop of the CHI2001 conference for human/ computer interaction, Seattle, WA.

Trueman, D., Bahn, C., Cook, P. 2001. “Alternative Voices for Electronic Sound: Spherical Speaker Arrays and Sensor/Speaker Arrays.” Proceedings International Computer Music Conference.