William (Bill) Dougherty is a composer, writer, and sound artist. His music invites listeners to engage with the “inner life” of sounds. Drawing from early recording technology, his work often explores elements of decay, distortion, and erasure. His music has been presented at festivals including IRCAM’s ManiFeste, musikprotokoll, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Donaueschingen Musiktage, and the New York Philharmonic Biennale. In 2021, he was recipient of the Luciano Berio Rome Prize in Music Composition from the American Academy in Rome. That same year he earned his DMA from Columbia University.