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Unit for Sound Practice Research

Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR)

Sound Practice Research (SPR) is a research group that integrates and advances the innovative activities of EMS composers and researchers.

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Sound Practice Research (SPR) is a research group that integrates and advances the innovative activities of EMS composers and researchers.

The Goldsmiths Electronic Music Studios (EMS) has been a leading centre for electronic music and the sonic arts since its founding in 1968 by Hugh Davies.

Fields and concerns include, but are not limited to:

  • Phonography, soundscape studies and field recording
  • Improvisation and live algorithmic music
  • Interactive audiovisual performance
  • Acousmatic composition, including multi-channel
  • Utterance, including sound poetry and text sound composition
  • Site-specific and gallery based sound installation

To support its commitment to innovative practice, SPR will engage in apposite activity in the following areas:

  • Foster musicological and analytical research
  • Promote knowledge transfer and collaborative and interdisciplinary ventures
  • Instigate outreach and open access pedagogic activities
  • Maintain and enhance audiovisual archives, including the Daphne Oram Collection

Steering Group:

Dr Freida Abtan (Lecturer in Music Computing)
Dr Patricia Alessandrini (Lecturer in Studio Composition)
James Bulley (Graduate Representative)
Dr Lisa Busby (Lecturer in Music)
Prof John Levack Drever (Professor of Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art)
Ian Stonehouse (Head of the Electronic Music Studios)

Visiting Fellows 2014 - 15:

Sarah Angliss
Helen Frosi
Colin Black
Maria Chavez
Gilbert Nuono
Lawrence Upton
Dr Hiroshi Yoshida

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