Bio

mail: thom at thomblum dot com

Thom Blum (b. 1954, Columbus, Ohio  USA) has been composing electroacoustic and computer music since 1973. He is primarily self-taught but counts as his earliest mentors and influencers Curtis Roads, James Tenney, Earl Howard, and Ingram Marshall, all of whom he met while studying composition and classical guitar at California Institute of the Arts in 1972. He has lived in San Francisco, California since 1978 and composes out of his studio, On Premises.

His recent performances and installations include Recital in the Library, 2019 solo prepared and improvised music performed at The Prelinger Library, San Francisco; To My Son Parker, Asleep in the Next Room (1996) for the San Francisco Tape Music Festival 2020, Sound Portraits (aural renderings of 18th C. Indian paintings) for the San Francisco Asian Art Museum (2015), Spanish Panoramas for The 2015 International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (concert), Málaga, Spain, and the “SoundScraper Project” for live crowd-sourced soundscaping performances (2014-present).

He is co-founder of The International Computer Music Association, served as an associate editor of the M.I.T. Press Computer Music Journal, and is a member of the seven-person San Francisco Tape Music Collective.

Recordings available through Bandcamp’s sfSoundLabel and directly, here: Collections: Music by Thom Blum