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Richard Hall

Richard D. Hall
Richard Hall

Richard D. Hall is a musician, composer, animator, and music educator based in central Texas. His main interest is performing live laptop “art” music in concert settings. Richard has performed at several national and international conferences and festivals including those sponsored by the College Music Society, the National Association of Composers USA, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, the International Society of Improvising Musicians, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and the Texas Society of Music Theorists. His music has also been featured at conferences by the National Flute Association, the Society of Composers, Inc., the Vox Novus 60x60 Contemporary Music Project, the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, and the International Computer Music Association as wells as the Sonic Art Oxford Festival in England, the LOOP Video Art Festival in Spain and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.  His electronic music has been used at art museums in many major US and European cities. He has also created several animated Digital Art works that have been featured in numerous national and international performances.

Richard has received numerous commissions throughout the country, scored several independent films, written for television series, documentaries, podcasts and theatrical productions and has pieces published by Dorn Publications and GoFish Music. His 2019-piece Desert Waves, Wilderness of Water for saxophone and electronics and 2014 score for the Spanish film drama "Viva La Reina De La Muerte" both won medals from the Global Music Awards, a peer reviewed, prestigious international music competition. In 2020, he was co-composer for the screen-dance film, "THULE," which won Best Original Score at the Frostbite Film Festival and in 2011, his music score for the theatrical production "Electra," won an award for Excellence in Musical Score from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. His music has also been recorded by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra for ERM Media and the Wild Basin Winds with the Emmy award-winning children's group The Biscuit Brothers. He is also the recipient of several ASCAP Plus Awards grants.  He has composed music for films that have been included in multiple festivals including the Flagler Film Festival in Florida, the Atlanta Web Fest, the Dallas Indie Festival, the Rio Web Fest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival in Kolkata, India and the Studio City International Film Festival Film Festival in Hollywood, CA.  His musical collaborations with dancers have been featured in Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Romania, Scotland, Guatemala, Egypt, South Korea, India, Iran and Berlin, Germany. He has published software and book reviews for the South-Central Music Bulletin for which he was also the music graphics editor.  In 2021, Richard was one of the only musicians invited to write a chapter for the book "Dance and Philosophy," published by Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

Richard is currently a Senior Lecturer of Music at Texas State University-San Marcos. His teaching duties include Composition, Electronic Composition, Music Technology, and Humanities.  He also directs the Texas State Mysterium for New Music Ensemble.