Robert Coburn is a composer and sound artist. His creative work includes concert music, both acoustic and electroacoustic; live, interactive computer music; temporary sound environment installations; and permanent soundworks as public art. His music has been performed throughout North America and Europe. His permanent soundworks, Bell Circles II and 39 Bells, are installed as public art at the Oregon Convention Center and along the Avenue of the Arts (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). In 1993 he participated in the Tuning of the World Conference (Banff Center for the Arts, Canada) and has recently given papers at the Pacific Centuries Conference (Melbourne) and at Musical Cognition and Behavior: Relevance for Music Composing (Rome).
He is Associate Professor and Chair of Music Composition and Theory at the Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific where he directs the Conservatory Computer Studio for Music Composition and Ensemble 20/21.