Rich Bitting

Richard Bitting is a classically trained composer, electronic musician, photographer, and field recordist in Cincinnati, Ohio.  

He makes soundscape-based audio compositions, concert music, visual artworks, and sound art installations. His graphic work is in museums and private collections across the United States; his music has been presented regionally, nationally, and internationally. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. 

He attended Philadelphia Musical Academy (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). He holds a B.A. in Music Composition/Theory from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His music composition teachers include Scott Huston (Cincinnati) and George Crumb (Philadelphia).

Artist’s Statement

The natural soundscape is rich with color and nuance beyond imagination. From this sonic meta world, I draw inspiration for my projects. I record audio from specific environments and compose ambient soundscape compositions based on these sounds, focusing on the oft-ignored and uncommon aspects of our everyday sound world. My art takes the common and reveals it as unique, offering a fresh perspective to our aural and visual world. 

We have evolved to rely primarily on our sense of sight. Our brains have evolved to edit our sonic environment, filter out “perceived” background “noise,” and process only that sound we deem necessary information. In my work, I invite you to close your eyes, open your mind, and listen to the world through fresh ears.