Thomas Patteson explores the relationships between music, technology, and society, particularly in the period since 1900. He is Professor of Music History at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he been a member of the faculty since 2013, and Associate Curator for Bowerbird, an arts organization that presents contemporary music, film, and dance. Beyond his academic work, he has organized concerts and events with groups such as Data Garden, <fidget>, and Philadelphia Sound Forum. Online projects include the music blog Acousmata and the Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments.
Thomas' first book, Instruments for New Music, a study of experimental sound technologies in Germany during the Weimar Republic and Nazi periods, was published by the University of California Press in 2015. Current interests include: