Ambrose Edmund Field

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Postal codeYO10 5DD
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • Music
    University of York
    YO10 5DD

Phone: (01904) 322005

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Prof. Ambrose Edmund Field

Head Of Department - Music

Research interests


The purpose of my research is to investigate new forms of musical creativity which can engage with contemporary public audiences outside of academic environments.

To make new music which is both innovative and accessible poses a considerable research challenge. I have approached this aim through investigating methods which enable music to be written as a bespoke and site-specific entity, creating pieces which are individually tailored to particular venues, people and communities. This approach involves a detailed acoustic analysis of performance spaces, to help me create new musical works that highlight their unique resonant characteristics. My approach is informed by science and technology, bringing recent acoustic measurement techniques (such as using three-dimensional ambisonics) into direct contact with the traditional craft of musical composition. As a result, I have been able to create new music for buildings which do not currently exist today (such as the construction of new vocal music which is acoustically appropriate to a 500 year old heritage site (2015)), and to create compositions for communities with very specific requirements - such as a commission from the Polish National Chamber Choir "Polski Chor Kameralny” to mark the 80th birthday anniversary of notable Polish composer H. M. Górecki.

I work with human voices, individual instrumentalists, small ensembles, and new-media technologies. My compositions have received recent performances at festivals in Asia, Europe, Canada and the USA, and at venues such as The Vienna Konzerthaus, Chicago Early Music Festival, MUTEK, Parco della Musica Rome, with broadcasts on the BBC and other national and international networks. It has gained three honourary awards from the Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, and is published on ECM Records (distributed by Universal and available on iTunes). 


Video examples of pieces written for specific spaces are available here:

Pod Twoją Obronę(2013) | for 25 solo voices | Recorded live in Gdansk, with Jan Łukaszewski conducting

Architexture Series (2012 - 2015) | for 10 solo voices | Ebor Singers | Paul Gameson

Being Dufay (2009) | for solo voice (John Potter, tenor) and electronics | ECM records


Being Dufay, ECM Records

ECM records, being Dufay