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Dr. Bradley D Decker

Dr. Bradley D Decker

Music Composition & Theory

Office: 0349 - Doudna Fine Arts Center
Phone: 217-581-3010
Fax: 217-581-7137
Email: bddecker@eiu.edu
Website: http://www.braddecker.org

Bradley Decker's Vita

Frequently Taught Courses

MUS 1070 - Introduction to Music Technology
MUS 1501 - Comprehensive Musicianship 1
MUS 1502 - Comprehensive Musicianship 2
MUS 1560 - Introduction to Composition
MUS 1570, 3570, 5570 - Applied Composition
MUS 2070 - Electronic Music Studio Techniques
MUS 2501 - Comprehensive Musicianship 3
MUS 2502 - Comprehensive Musicianship 4
MUS 3547 - Orchestration
MUS 3542 - Post Tonal Analysis


D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M. M. University of Tennessee - Knoxville

B. M. Eastern Illinois University 

Professional Organizations

International Computer Music Association (ICMA)
American Society of Composers and Performers (ASCAP)
Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS)                        
Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI)                                           
The College Music Society (CMS)                             
The Southeastern Composers’ League (SCL)            
New Music Circle (St. Louis)                                     
Chicago Composers Forum


My recent music is derived from a series of structured improvisations, as I explore the immediacy of expression through hands-on exploration of acoustic instruments connected to a computer-processing environment. Each work captures the essence of the moment, time and place, emotion, and life experience. These have been recorded in different capacities; my interest is in harnessing this energy into a fixed medium, such as a score or fixed electronic work. I continue to perform as a double-bassist using structured improvisation and live computer processing in numerous capacities, namely solo works, group ensemble collaboration, video-art installations, and film soundtracks. Notable performances have been in Mexico, Australia, Italy, France, Brazil, and Canada, as well as at numerous venues in the United States.

As a teacher, I stress positive, creative exploration, and refined clarity of expression. My classes center on the discovery of new ideas through hands-on experience, critical thinking, and focused observation.My dissertation on the late works of Franco Donatoni was published in January 2006. My most recent scholarly publications and lectures address Donatoni’s late chamber music style, and I am currently studying Donatoni’s many solo works.

I completed my Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I received my Master in Music Composition and Theory at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I currently teach music composition, electronic music, and musicianship at Eastern Illinois University. 

Selected Publications

Decker, Bradley D. “Preserving the Fragment: Franco Donatoni’s Refrain for eight instruments” In Franco Donatoni. Gravità senza peso. Atti del convegno. edited. By Candida Felici. Lucca, LIM. 2015
Decker, Bradley D. “Preserving the Fragment: Techniques and Traits of Franco Donatoni’s Late Chamber Music” Perspectives of New Music. 46, no. 2 (Summer 2008)

Selected Conference Presentations

06/2015          Centro Mexicano para la Música y los Artes SonoresMorelia, MX
Computer Music and Performance: Multiplicity of Influences
11/7/2011       Aries Festival of Contemporary MusicFort Collins, CO
                        “Preserving the Fragment: Donatoni’s Late Chamber Music”
06/27/2011     Istituto Musicale Pietro Mascagni – Livorno, Italy
                        “Preserving the Fragment: Donatoni’s Late Chamber Music”
06/2009          Summer Music Composition Institute – Illinois Wesleyan University
Annual electronic music seminar for high-school composition students
06/2008          Summer Music Composition Institute – Illinois Wesleyan University
Annual electronic music seminar for high-school composition students
08/07/2007     Aspen Composers’ Conference – Aspen, CO
            “Preserving the Fragment: Donatoni’s Late Chamber Music”
01/31/2006     Composers’ Forum Seminar - University of Illinois, Urbana
                        “Preserving the Fragment: Donatoni’s Joyous Period (1977-2000)”
05/01/2004     Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science –
University of Illinois, Urbana
“Educational Technology: A Classroom of the Future”

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