Joshua Ottum

Professor, Commercial Music


Josh Ottum is Professor of Commercial Music at Bakersfield College. He holds an MFA in Integrated Composition Improvisation and Technology from UC Irvine and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio University. As a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer, Josh has released several records, toured throughout Europe and the United States, and has music featured in multiple television and radio programs.


  • Between Two Worlds: American New Age Music and Environmental Imaginaries MUSICultures 45 (1-2): Ecologies (April 18, 2019).
  • Compost Listening: Vaporwave and the Dissection of Record Production Perspectives on Music Production (March 22, 2019).
  • Listening to Oil Levan Humanities Review (March 29, 2017).
  • California Scenario Noise and Silence Magazine (October 17, 2016).
  • Sounds Like Garbage: Paddling Through an Imaginary Island of Trash Toward a New Sonic Ecology Social Alternatives (Vol. 33, No. 1, 2014).
  • Sounding Boards and Sonic Styles: The Music of the Skatepark Sounding Out! (July 29, 2013).
  • Nonsensical Connections: Kurt Rosenwinkel’s “The Polish Song” IASPM-US (May 22, 2013).
  • IASPM-US Interview Series: Timothy Taylor The Sounds of Capitalism IASPM-US (April 15, 2013).

Josh has been making production music and doing custom compositions for media for a while. His work appears in ads for Nordstrom and Volvo and shows on AMC, MTV, CBS, ABC, etc.