David Bird is a composer and multimedia artist from Southern California. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and currently studies composition at Columbia University. His work explores the dramatic potential of electroacoustic or mixed media environments, often focusing on the relationship between technology and the individual; highlighting the ways that individuals come to recognize and express themselves within systems. The Australian magazine Limelight described his work as an "intricate timbral universe... tickling the ears in such a new way”, and the Dutch Music blog Nieuwe Noten described his compositional approach as "...exceedingly disturbing, alienating, cold and at times quite aggressive”. A review from Pitchfork’s Altered Zones has described his expansive sound as, “vibrant, shirt-staining, color squirting... amidst swirling layers of white noise and choir... I do believe a lie-down is in order.” His work has been performed internationally, at venues and festivals such as the MATA festival in New York City; the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands; the Wien Modern Festival in Vienna, Austria; the SPOR festival in Aarhus, Denmark; the IRCAM Manifeste Festival in Paris, France; the Festival Mixtur in Barcelona, Spain; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana; and the SEAMUS electroacoustic music festival in Appleton, Wisconsin.
“If you’re looking to uncover new pioneers
then producers like Bird aren’t just evolving music
they’re pursuing an entirely new frontier.”
— UK Music Journal “THE RECOMMENDER”