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Electronic Composition, Performance Art and Technology

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  • Full or part time
    Dr SJ Kim
    Dr A Bryzgel
  • Application Deadline
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This research explores ways in which technologies can play a critical role in combining electronic composition and performance art. There has been a growing interest in re-examining the meaning and significance of liveness and the role of the body in electronic composition recent years, the two concepts that are pertinent to performance art. A successful candidate will conduct practice-led research on the potential of new technologies including various sensors and geo-location tracking to novel audio spatialisation tools, mobile technologies, and processing of big data, investigating whether and how such new technologies may engender a new platform for electronic composition and performance art. We encourage research projects that have the potential to make a substantive contribution to the above research theme through the rigorous application of existing methods, and projects that reflect on practice within and across discipline boundaries and those that explore methodological approaches. We are particularly interested in accepting applications from those who show potential in conducting practice-based research through electronic composition, performance art, and/or creative coding.

Research areas: electronic composition, creative coding, live electronic performance, performance art, sound studies and/or audio-visual work.

The successful PhD candidate will become a member of SERG ( Based on its research theme, New Approaches to Sound and Place, SERG members work on various inter- and cross-disciplinary research and artistic projects.

The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture has a lively postgraduate community. Postgraduate students are offered a comprehensive programme of research skills training.

Funding Notes

This project is funded by a University of Aberdeen Elphinstone Scholarship. An Elphinstone Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, whether Home, EU or Overseas.

Selection will be made on the basis of academic merit, the research proposal and the submitted portfolio. You are welcome to contact Dr Suk-Jun Kim (Lead Supervisor; [Email Address Removed]) if you wish to discuss your ideas or submit a preliminary draft proposal. For information about English-language requirements, see

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