Richard Brown

Adjunct Instructor

  • Program:
  • Division:
    Scholarly and Professional Studies
  • Expertise:
    20th-Century Music


PhD in Musicology (University of Southern California), MA, Music History and Literature (University of Southern California), BM, Guitar Performance (University of Nebraska, Lincoln). Research interests include American experimental music, John Cage, film music, audiovisuology, and sound studies. Brown has presented papers at the national conferences of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory, and has published peer reviewed articles in the Journal of the Society for American Music, Contemporary Music Review, and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. He is currently completing a monograph: Through the Looking Glass: John Cage and Avant-Garde Film.

Professional experience

Career Highlights:

  • Music supervisor for abstract animator Oskar Fischinger’s Raumlichtkunst (1926), HD reconstruction and installation by the Center for Visual Music, exhibited at Tate Modern, London; The Whitney Museum, New York, NY,(2012), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013), and Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2014).

Honors, Awards & Competitions:

  • Ingolf Dahl Graduate Paper Competition Winner, Joint Meeting of the Pacific Southwest and Northern California Chapters of the American Musicological Society
  • National Film Preservation Grant for The Sun (1956), by John Cage and Richard Lippold (2013)
  • Premiere at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014)
  • Teaching Assistant Fellow, USC Center for Excellence in Teaching
  • Graduate and Professional Students’ Advocate-Student Relations, USC Graduate School

Academic degrees

  • PhD, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
  • MA, University of Southern California Thornton School of Music
  • BM, University of Nebraska, Lincoln