David Behrman has been active as a composer and artist since the 1960s. Over the years he has made sound and multimedia installations for gallery spaces as well as compositions for performance in concerts. My Dear Siegfried, Leapday Night, On the Other Ocean, Interspecies Smalltalk and Long Throw are among Behrman's works for soloists and small ensembles.
Behrman's sound and multimedia installations have been exhibited in various galleries and museums. Among the installations are Cloud Music (1979), a collaboration with Robert Watts and Bob Diamond; Sound Fountain (1982), a collaboration with Paul DeMarinis, Algorithme et Kalimba (1986), a collaboration with George Lewis; Pen Light (2002), and View Finder (2005). In 2013 Cloud Music was acquired into the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington and is currently on display in the Museum's Lincoln Gallery.
Together with Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma, Behrman founded the Sonic Arts Union in 1966. He had a long association with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as composer and performer, created music for several of the Company's repertory pieces, and was a member of the Company's Music Committee during its last years. Behrman has received grants from the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the D.A.A.D., the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Henry Cowell Foundation. He has been a member of the faculty at the Avery Graduate Program in the Arts at Bard College since 1998.