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Thomas W. Patteson

Music History

Thomas W. Patteson is a specialist in music since 1900. His research and teaching explore the modern classical tradition and its 20th-century offshoots of electronic and experimental music. Among the figures examined in his writings and presentations are Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman, Eliane Radigue, Roland Kayn, Pietro Grossi, François Bayle, and Jörg Mager. As a teacher, he pursues constructivist methods of music education inspired by the pedagogical theories of John Dewey.

Dr. Patteson received his bachelor’s degree from New College of Florida. Supported by a Fulbright Scholarship, he studied 20th-century music under Cristoph von Blumröder at the University of Cologne. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation on new technologies and musical modernism in Germany during the Weimar Republic. His first book, Instruments for New Music: Sound Technology and Modernism in the Weimar Republic, is currently under consideration at the University of California Press.

Actively involved in the Philadelphia new music scene, Dr. Patteson is an associate curator at Bowerbird and has collaborated with groups such as Data Garden, <fidget>, and Philadelphia Sound Forum. Since 2009, he has been documenting his own highly idiosyncratic adventures in listening on his music blog, Acousmata. He joined the Curtis faculty in 2013.