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Dr. Bruce Mahin


Professor of Composition and Music Theory
Porterfield 162
Box 6968
Phone: (540) 831-6174
Fax: (540) 831-6133

Bruce P. Mahin is a composer and music theorist whose work attempts to explain the parameters of musical expression in modernist and post-modern music and its relationship to visual art and poetry. His interest in technology focuses on intelligent interactive systems. He holds the rank of Professor of Music and serves as Director of the Radford University Center for Music Technology.

Mahin's work with algorithmic compositional models led to the development of real-time interactive computer music systems, a CD-ROM "Time Chants" released on the Capstone recordings label, and an active performance schedule.

Mahin's chamber works focus on harmonic structure and textural contrasts as well as the development of timbral resources as represented on 4 compact discs released on Capstone and Highlander labels. New chamber works performed by Glasgow-based Scottish Voices will be released in late 2011 on the Parma Recordings label.

As a theorist, Mahin has focused on the treatment of time in music, art and poetry, particularly the concept of "frozen time." His article “Non-Linear Temporal Constructs and the Loss of Self in Edgard Varese's Octandre, Jackson Pollock's Lavender Mist, and Robert Penn Warren's Being Here,” has been published in both French and English.

Mahin has pioneered the development of music applications for mobile devices in an ongoing effort to use emerging technologies as a core means of music distribution. He currently has three applications available on the iTunes app store.

In 2007, he received the Radford University Distinguished Creative Scholar award. He has resided at Le Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris as a guest composer in 2007, 2009 and 2010. In 1996, Mahin worked for six months as an honorary research fellow at the University of Glasgow.

Mahin received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, the Master of Music Composition degree from Northwestern University, and the Bachelor of Music Theory-Composition from West Virginia University.

He is a former President of the Southeastern Composers League, a former co-chair of Socity of Composers Region 3, and the recipient of awards from Meet the Composer, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. His works are available on compact disc through Capstone Recordings (CPS-8624, CPS-8748, and CPS-8611) and published in score by Pioneer Percussion and the SCI Journal of Music Scores.


2011 Performances
March 14, 2011 Cellist J.W. Turner performance, "Waves of Amber" Raleigh
March 18, 2011 Cellist J.W. Turner performance, "Waves of Amber" Roanoke
July 13, 2011 Glasgow-based Scottish Voices performance, "Time Squared."
Oct. 27, 2011 Cellist J.W. Turner performance, "Waves of Amber" Radford
Nov. 10, 2011 Cellist J.W. Turner perf, "Waves of Amber" High Point N.C.

2009-10 Performances
Oct. 30, 2009 Cellist J.W. Turner premiere of "Waves of Amber", Radford University
Nov. 5, 2009 Cellist J.W. Turner, Winston-Salem State University
Nov. 15, 2009 Cellist J.W. Turner, Appalachian State University
Feb. 4, 2010 Society of Composers Region IV conference, UNC - Greensboro
Feb. 18, 2010 Presentation: "Higher Ed. in the 21st-century," CIDER - VPI/SU
April 1, 2010 Cellist Jeffrey Krieger, Radford University
July 27, 2010 Stamford (England) International Music Festival
Sept. 21, 2010 Guest composer, New Music Festival UNC-Greensboro
Nov. 20, 2010 "Mosaic" iPhone presentation, SCI National Conference

2008-09 Performances
Nov. 14-15, Composer residency/concert, Winston-Salem State University
Feb. 9 Pianist Chung Ha Kim Radford University
Feb. 15 Pianist Lisa Weiss, St. Stephens Church, New York City
Feb. 18 Pianist Lisa Weiss, Goucher College, Baltimore
Feb. 25 Pianist Lisa Weiss Radford University
March 13 WSSU String Trio, Southeastern Composers League, Greensboro, N.C.
March 17 Pianist Chung-Ha Kim, Mount Union College, Ohio
March 20 Cellist J.W. Turner, CMS, George Mason University, Va.
April 3 String Trio, SCI, Santa Fe College, N.M.
April 8 Scottish Voices , Goucher College, Baltimore
April 9 Scottish Voices , University of Delaware
April 15 Scottish Voices , Radford University
Oct. 30 J.W.Turner, cello, Radford University

2007 Performances
"Skye Lines", Radford University, February 5
"Freedom Lost" for piano, Washington & Lee University, February 11
"Freedom Lost" for piano, Radford University, Febuary 15
"Freedom Lost" for piano, Western Illinois University, March 6
"Freedom Lost" for piano, UNC-Greensboro, March 15
"Platonic Drowse", "Safe in Shade" at Glasgow West End Festival, June 9

2006 Performances
"Safe in Shade" for four voices and harp, New Horizons Concert, Radford University, April 4.
"Freedom Lost" for piano, Radford University, Sept. 11.
"Freedom Lost" for piano, Winthrop University, Oct. 14.
"Skye Lines" for clarinet, piano and percussion, PASIC (Austin, Texas), Nov. 7.
"Eat or Be Eaten" featured on npr.org, Sept. 27.

2005 Performances
"Safe in Shade" for four voices and harp, Glasgow West End Festival, Scotland, June 12.
"Blue" for two pianos, Society of Composers National Conference, Oct. 15
"Blue" for two pianos, New Horizons, Radford University, March 24

Recent Awards and Honors

2010 Artist Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (May - June)
2009 Artist Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (May - June)
2007 Radford University Distinguished Creative Scholar Award
2007 Artist Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (Sept. – Oct.)
2007 Visiting International Scholar, University of Glasgow (Nov.)
2007 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award Nominee
2007 Virginia Commission for the Arts, Artist Fellowship Finalist


“Non-Linear Temporal Constructs and the Loss of Self in Edgard Varese's Octandre, Jackson Pollocks
Lavender Mist, and Robert Penn Warren's Being Here,” Current Issues in 20th-Century Music. Sydney: forthcoming 2007 (premiere issue).
"En un instant : les parallèles de la construction temporelle dans Octandre d'Edgard Varese, Lavender Mist de Jackson Pollock, et Being Here de Robert Penn Warren," L'oeuvre en morceaux: Esthétiques de la mosaïque. Paris/Brussels: Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2006.


"Blue," SCI CD Series, Vol. 21, Capstone Recordings (CPS-8748), 2005.


"Non-Linear Musical Time in Edgard Varese's Octandre" at the National Conference of the College Music
Society, Quebec, Nov. 3.