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Reginald Bain

Professor / Composition and Theory / Director of Experimental Music Studio (xMUSE)
School of Music

Website: Reginald Bain website
Phone: 803-777-8183

School of Music Room 227


USC Composition Program
Music Theory

Reginald Bain


A composer and theorist with a specialty in computer music, Reginald Bain (b. 1963) holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame where he studied mathematics, computer science and composition with Gary Greenberg, Paul Johnson, M. William Karlins and Alan Stout. As a Salter Fellow in composition at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles he studied with Robert Linn, David Raksin and Leonard Stein. He is currently Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of South Carolina where he serves as coordinator of theory and director of the Experimental Music Studio (xMUSE).

Dr. Bain has composed a wide variety of instrumental and vocal music that has been performed by leading artists across the U.S. and Europe. He has written extensively for the theatre and is an accomplished electro-acoustic composer whose works employ unique tuning systems, algorithmic approaches, and musical sonification techniques. His music is available on the Centaur, Equilibrium, Innova, and Red Clay labels. Centaur recently released a CD of his electronic music titled Sounding Number featuring musical sonifications of mathematical ideas such as pi, prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers, the golden ratio, fractals and chaos theory.

Dr. Bain's work as a theorist includes serving as editorial consultant for Part 6, "An Introduction to Twentieth-Century Music," of McGraw-Hill's widely acclaimed theory textbook Tonal Harmony by Stefan Kostka and Dorothy Payne. He is also a regular presenter at the Association for Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) national conference where he has given numerous papers on his pedagogically-oriented software applications for music theory including Atonal Assistant, Twelve-Tone Assistant, The Harmonic Series and SLAPI.