Over the course of 15 years of creative endeavor, Bill Baird has won praise for his adventurous sonic sensibilities, his many albums (both self-released and through many labels), and, more recently, his interactive multi-media installations.
His newest album, Owl, released through Dangerbird Records, shows Baird combining his songwriting, painterly sonic landscapes, and installation work into a multi-media labor of love: the Cube (see video link below). The album and its accompanying videos received glowing write-ups in Billboard, NPR and numerous other outlets.
Previous albums have been featured on the BBC, MTV, NPR, with 2015's 'Earth into Aether' named Rough Trade's album of the month. He has released music through Super Deluxe, Capitol, Parlophone, St Ives / Secretly Canadian, Moon Glyph, Curly Cassettes, and other small labels you might not recognize. His music has been licensed to Netflix, HBO, Showtime, WB, and other random TV channels. He's done scores for many independent films.
Recent installations include commissions from the Waller Creek Foundation in Austin, TX and Luminaria Festival in San Antonio, Tx; and installations at Fort Mason Center for the Arts (San Francisco), California Academy of Sciences (SF), Museum of Human Achievement (Austin), and Soundwaves Festival (SF).
He earned an MFA from Mills College, where he worked closely with Pauline Oliveros, who invited him to present at the 1st annual Deep Listening Conference. While at Mills, he worked as teaching assistant and subsequently received the Frog Peak Experimental Music Prize. Subsequently, he was named artist-in-residence with the Paul Dresher Ensemble, where he wrote a large-scale multi-media worked which premiered at the 2015 Switchboard Music Festival.
"Psych-pop master craftsman" -- Spin Magazine
"modern psychedelia at its finest" - Exclaim
"One of the last of the living rock n roll geniuses" - Tiny Mix Tapes