Reworking Musical Strategies In the Digital Age

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis


This thesis comprises a portfolio of creative musical work and a written commentary. The creative work seeks to rework musical strategies through technology by challenging aspects of how music is traditionally performed, composed and presented.
The portfolio of submitted work is divided into five main projects. The first project is E-tudes, a set of four compositions for live electronics and six keyboard players. The second project is a composition called On Violence, for piano, live electronics, sensors and computer display. The third project is Žižek!?, a computer-mediated-performance for three improvisers that serves as an alternative soundtrack to a documentary about Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. The fourth project is a collection of small experimental pieces for fixed media called FreuPinta. The fifth project consists of a selection of different improvisations that I devised or participated in using a computer environment I developed for live improvisation.
Throughout the portfolio recent technological advancements are considered not for their use in implementing pre-existing models of music-making but rather for their potential to challenge preconceived notions about music. The written commentary gives the theoretical tools necessary to understand the underlying reasoning, preoccupations and concerns behind the submitted work as well as providing supplementary information about the musical results and the computer programmes developed as part of this research.

This thesis was awarded the Vice-chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Research and was funded by Brunel University and the Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS).
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Brunel Univ
  • Barrett, Richard, Supervisor, External person
  • Fox, Christopher, Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date1 Feb 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Composition portfolio
  • Computer music
  • Music technology
  • Musical Aesthetics
  • Musical appropriation

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