Rich Bitting is an artist, composer and teacher residing in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rich Bitting makes soundscape-based audio compositions, concert music, visual artworks and sound art installations. His visual 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 where he taught Music in the 20th and 21st Centuries and Introduction to Music Composition.
Mr. Bitting was a National Teaching Fellow (Concord University, Athens, West Virginia) and recipient of grants from the Ohio Arts Council, Meet the Composer (New York) and Arts Wave (Cincinnati). He has lectured at Christopher Newport University (Newport News, Virginia), Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), Art Academy of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Art Museum (Cincinnati, Ohio) where his visual work is in the permanent collection.
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).
"The natural soundscape is rich with color and nuance beyond imagination. It is from this sonic metaworld that I draw inspiration for my projects.
As a species, we have evolved to rely primarily on our sense of sight. Our brains have evolved to edit our soundscapes, to filter out “perceived” background “noise” and to process only that sound we deem necessary as information. I invite you to close your eyes, open your mind, and listen to the world through fresh ears."