Leadership in New Music and Audio Technology (URF Grant, 2015-17)

As a result of a three-year grant from the University Research Fund (URF) at the University of Huddersfield, the Centre for Research in New Music initiated the Speculations in Sound International Research Network, bringing together a group of leading universities and institutes to carry out a high-profile programme of research collaboration. The network has supported opportunities for research exchange and partnership in various areas of new music, including composition, performance, music technology, improvisation, new sonic media, and musicology, including many of the projects outlined below. The grant also enabled a series of key Creative Industry Partnerships, including projects with the Bozzini Quartet (Canada), Apartment House (UK), ELISION ensemble (Australia), the BlackBox Project, and the HCR partnership with NMC Records.


Sustainability in Strategic International Research Partnerships and establishment of the ‘Creative Coding Lab’ (URF Grant, 2016–20)

A follow-up to the 2015 URF grant, this University Research Fund award provided funding to create the Creative Coding Lab, which focuses on on software programming for creative purposes with projects covering applied psychoacoustics, 3D spatialisation, interactive analysis, and large database navigation and resynthesis. Further funding supports the continued staff exchanges of the Speculations in Sound international research network, as well as continued support for the HCR industry partnership with NMC Records.

Current projects

Fluid Corpus Manipulation (FluCoMa)

A €2m Horizon 2020 European Research Council Consolidator Grant led by Prof Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, with Dr Alex Harker, Dr Gerard Roma, and Dr Owen Green

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Interactive Research in Music as Sound (IRiMaS)

A Horizon 2020 €2.5m European Research Council Advanced Grant led by Prof Michael Clarke, with Prof Robert Adlington, Prof Amanda Bayley (Bath Spa University), Dr Axel Roebel (IRCAM), and Prof Jonathan Stock (University College Cork), Dr Frédéric Dufeu.

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John Cage and the Concert for Piano and Orchestra

A three-year £514k AHRC-funded project led by Prof Philip Thomas, with Prof Martin Iddon (University of Leeds), Dr Emily Payne, and Dr Christopher Melen

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Creative Coding Lab (CCL)

An international research hub led by Dr Alex Harker and linked to Dr Hyunkook Lee’s Applied Psychoacoustics Lab. Software projects cover applied psychoacoustics, 3D spatialisation, interactive analysis, and large database navigation and resynthesis.


TaCEM: Technology and Creativity in Electroacoustic Music,  A three-year £312k AHRC-funded project led by Prof Michael Clarke, with Prof Peter Manning (Durham University) and Dr Frédéric Dufeu

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Democracy in Music

Prof Robert Adlington, Prof Liza Lim and Dr Bryn Harrison. How can different musical practices instantiate different ideas of democracy? Which elements of democratic musical practices are open to democratic decision-making, and which are placed beyond democratic debate?

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New Music Theatre in Europe, 1955–75

Professor Robert Adlington, in collaboration with Gianmario Borio (Università di Pavia), Giordano Ferrari (Université de Paris VIII), Dörte Schmidt (Universität der Künste Berlin) and Daniela Tortora (Università di Roma La Sapienza)

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Prof Aaron Cassidy, Prof Liza Lim. ELISION Ensemble, with Tristram Williams, Peter Evans, and Wu Wei. Performances in Australia, Switzerland, UK, China, and USA. Recording on HCR

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Bozzini +

New works for the Bozzini Quartet (Montreal) with Prof Philip Thomas, piano, and Sarah-Jane Summers, fiddle, composed by Prof Monty Adkins, Dr Bryn Harrison, and Dr Mary Bellamy. Performances in the UK, Norway, and Canada. Double-length CD on HCR

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Saturated. The Rest.

Prof Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Sylvain Pohu (CA), Patrick Saint-Denis (CA), Rodrigo Constanzo (ES-US). Performing (with) technology: live audio processing, musical interfaces, interactive video and audio, robotics.

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Being Time

Dr Bryn Harrison, with Dr Richard Glover (Wolverhampton) and Jennie Gottschalk, The project promotes the participatory qualities of the listener in the act of music-making, and defines a language for discussing temporality which develops solely out of experiential responses

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Prof Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Dr Alex Harker. Powerful yet lightweight, modular and accessible open source software tools to address specific issues related to the composition, performance and presentation of electronic music, including the widely used HISSTools Impulse Response Toolbox

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Material translation

Prof Liza Lim, wit Prof Eric Clarke and Dr Mark Doffman (Oxford), Prof Tim Ingold (Aberdeen), Ensemble Musikfabrik, Opera Cologne, Hellerau European Centre for the Arts, Cikada, Arditti String Quartet.

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The Electronic Music of Roberto Gerhard

Two-year £146k AHRC Research Grant, led by Prof Monty Adkins. Research into previously unknown works from the archive of the Catalonian composer Roberto Gerhard.

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Past projects

Noise in and as music

Dr Aaron Einbond and Prof Aaron Cassidy

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The Stratified Voice

Prof Aaron Cassidy

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Pragmatic Concerns in Mixed Music

Professor Pierre Alexandre Tremblay

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Hearing is the work

Former Huddersfield Research Professor Peter Ablinger, in examinations of the conventions of listening practice

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Creative processes and collaboration

Creative processes and collaboration: how can these can be negotiated and fostered between composers and performers?

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