Brad Decker is a composer, educator, and performer of contemporary concert music, whose works often incorporate electronic, electroacoustic, or interactive media. His recent works explore the interaction of acoustic instruments and electronics to create immersive composite textures. His instrumental works combine virtuosic flourishes, polyrhythmic interplay, and extended techniques. Electronic elements include interactive computer processing and sampling, multichannel diffusion, and fixed-media accompaniments. Multimedia projects range from traditional film soundtracks to live-performed improvisations with video. As a double bassist, he regularly performs his own compositions and improvisations that incorporate computer interactivity. His music is performed at venues in the US and internationally, and is distributed through his website www.braddecker.org.
Dr. Decker holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focused on the creative process of composer Franco Donatoni, which has resulted in several publications. He completed Masters in Music composition and theory at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His teachers include Peter Hestermann, Kenneth Jacobs, Erik Lund, Heinrich Taube, Steven Taylor, and Scott Wyatt. He has attended masterclasses and lessons with composers Agostino DiScipio, Stefano Gervasoni, Lee Hyla, and Tristan Murail. He currently teaches music composition and electronic music at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.