Ambrose Seddon

Dr Ambrose Seddon

  • Principal Academic in Music and Audio Technology
  • Poole House P303a, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

I am a Principal Academic in the Department of Creative Technology, focusing on Music & Sound Production. After completing a BMus (Hons) in Music at Goldsmiths College, University of London, I composed, produced, and performed electronic music, which was released through a number of independent record labels. I then pursued an MA in Electroacoustic Composition, followed by a PhD in Music (electroacoustic composition) both at City, University of London.

My teaching experience encompasses composition, music and sound for media, creative music technology, studio recording, and music production. I supervise PhD students in composition here at BU.

Research

My research interests include electroacoustic composition, form and structure in electroacoustic music, and music analysis, and I have presented at various international conferences and festivals.

My immersive acousmatic works are regularly performed internationally in concert and on radio, receiving numerous competition prizes and special mentions including:

• 1st Prize - Klang! Electroacoustic Composition Competition 2014 • 1st Prize - Visiones Sonoras Electroacoustic Music Composition Competition 2006 • 2nd Prize XI° Destellos International Competition of Electroacoustic Music 2018 • 2nd Prize - Klang! Electroacoustic Composition Competition 2019 • Finalist - Métamorphoses Acousmatic Composition Competition 2012 • European Region Composition Prize - ICMC 2007 (International Computer Music Conference)

I have been composer in residence at Elektronmusikstudion (EMS, Sweden, 2015, 2016), and at Visby International Centre for Composers, (Gotland, Sweden, 2021 [forthcoming]).

I also create interactive sound installations, collaborate on immersive audiovisual projects, and perform as part of improvised live electronics ensemble NonRecursive.

Favourites

Journal Articles

Chapters

  • Seddon, A., 2016. Temporal recurrence in Andrew Lewis’s Penmon Point. In: Emmerson, S. and Landy, L., eds. Expanding the horizon of electroacoustic music analysis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 231-246.

Conferences

  • Seddon, A., 2021. Variability and the spatial setting: emergent properties and sound relationships in acousmatic music. In: Electroacoustic Music Studies Network Conference 2021 [forthcoming] 10-13 November 2021 De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Forthcoming.
  • Seddon, A., 2018. Audible relationships in acousmatic music composition. In: CeNMaS Composers' Conference 27-29 April 2018 University of Sheffield.
  • Seddon, A., 2017. Some reflections on using video feedback at Bournemouth University. In: CELebrate 2017 - Assessment and Feedback 13 June 2017 Bournemouth University, UK.
  • Seddon, A., 2015. Notions of Landscape and Environment in Fleeting Strands. In: INTIME 2015 - Landscapes And Environments: Experimentation And Transformation In Sound And Music 24-25 October 2015 Coventry University.
  • Seddon, A., 2013. Trevor Wishart's Globalalia: Analytical Agendas, Initial Listenings and Question Marks. In: OREMA Symposium 4 11 July 2013 Leicester.
  • Seddon, A., 2012. Sound Material Correspondence and Temporal Relationships in Acousmatic Composition: Proposing a Taxonomy of Recurrent Phenomena. In: Electoacoustic Music Studies Network Conference (EMS) 11-15 June 2012 The Royal College of Music (Kungliga Musikhögskolan), Stockholm. Stockholm: Electroacoustic Music Studies Network.
  • Seddon, A., 2011. Developing a Taxonomy of Recurrence for Acousmatic Music: Sound Identity Correspondences. In: Sound Sight Space Play 8-10 June 2011 De Montfort University, Leicester.
  • Seddon, A., 2011. Investigating Recurrences in Andrew Lewis’s Penmon Point. In: Wolfe, M. and Hill, A., eds. Sound, Sight, Space and Play 2010 2-4 June 2010 De Montfort University Leicester. Leicester: Sound, Sight Space and Play Postgraduate Symposium for the Creative Sonic Arts.
  • Seddon, A., 2007. Recurrence in Acousmatic Music: Creative and Analytical Possibilities. In: EMS07 Electroacoustic Music Studies Network Conference 11-15 June 2007 De Montfort University Lecester. Leicester: Electroacoustic Music Studies Network.
  • Seddon, A., 2006. Approaches to Electroacoustic Composition. In: Visiones Sonoras Festival Internacional de Música Electroacoústica y Nuevas Tecnologías 18-26 September 2006 Morelia, Mexico.
  • Seddon, A., 2006. Recurrence and Sound Material Identity in Acousmatic Composition. In: Digital Music Research Network 22-23 July 2006 Goldsmiths College, University of London. Online London: Digital Music Research Network.

Performances

Compositions

Artefacts

PhD Students

  • Antonino Chiaramonte. Audio-visual relationships and the use of electroacoustic sounds as a main compositional source for producing a soundtrack
  • Arnold Marinissen. The composition of concert music in the Digital Audio Workstation environment: Music creation at the crossroad of composition, performance and production; conceptual, musical and performative impact of the DAW
  • Dennis Braunsdorf, 2021. Composing with flexible phrases: the impact of a newly designed digital musical instrument upon composing Western popular music for commercials and movie trailers

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Composing Using Technology
  • Production Techniques 1
  • Creative Music Technology
  • Creative Music and Audio Technology
  • Production Techniques 2
  • Composing Using Technology
  • Studio Techniques
  • Individual Project - supervision 2014–present
  • Composition 2
  • Production Portfolio

External Responsibilities

Internal Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader: BSc Music & Sound Production Technology, Department of Creative Technology

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • BU Sonic Arts concert of music for piano and electronic sound featuring Dr Xenia Pestova Bennett (University of Nottingham) performing Karlheinz Essl’s Gold.Berg.Werk, a reinterpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for piano and live electronics March 2020
  • BU Sonic Arts Concert featuring visual music and multichannel electroacoustic music by Dr Andrew Knight-Hill (University of Greenwich)alongside work by Natasha Barrett, Game of Thrones sound designer Paula Fairfield, sound artist Bethan Kellough, and BU PGR Antonino Chiaramonte. (First concert in the PGB Screening Room)
  • BU Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert of multichannel electroacoustic music featuring Prof. David Berezan (University of Manchester) and Dr. Manuela Blackburn (Keele University) March 2019
  • BU Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert of music for harp and electronics featuring Dr Úna Monaghan (University of Cambridge) Jan 2019
  • BU Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert of electroacoustic music featuring Dr Brona Martin and Dr Orestis Karamanlis alongside students from the Composing Using Technology unit Dec 2018
  • BU Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert of electroacoustic music featuring Dr Owen Green and researchers from University of Huddersfield Oct 2017
  • BU Loudspeaker Orchestra concert showcasing the work of student composers on the Compsing Using Technology unit (BSc Music & Sound Production Technology) alongside music of PGR Antonino Chiaramonte. Diffusion workshop for students. May 2018
  • BU Loudspeaker Orchestra concert featuring Dr Annie Mahtani and composers from the University of Birmingham Feb 2018
  • Visiting talk at Ringwood School to promote BSc Music & Sound Production course at Bournemouth University Nov 2017
  • Concert of music for Cello and electronics at Bournemouth University featuring Dr Alice Eldridge (University of Sussex), Dr Chris Kiefer (University of Sussex), Dr Thomas Gardner (University of the Arts, London), Dr Tom Davis (BU) and Laura Reid Nov 2017
  • Bournemouth and Poole College visit to BU campus to see the Music and Sound Production facilities: talk, tour and taster lab workshop using a range of synthesis techniques Oct 2017
  • Visiting talk at Bournemouth Academy of Modern Music to promote BSc Music & Sound Production course at Bournemouth University Oct 2017
  • Highcliffe School visit to BU campus to see the Music and Sound Production facilities: talk, tour and taster lab workshop using granular synthesis techniques Oct 2017
  • Visiting talk at Twynham 6th Form, Christchurch, to promote BSc Music & Sound Production Technology course at Bournemouth University Oct 2017
  • Visiting talk at Brockenhurst College, Brockenhurst to promote BSc Music & Sound Production course at Bournemouth University Oct 2017
  • Visiting talk at Bournemouth and Poole College to promote BSc Music & Sound Production course at Bournemouth University May 2017
  • BU Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert Nov 2016
  • NonRecursive - improvisation and electronics performance group Oct 2015

Attended Training

  • Avid Certified User Pro Tools, 15 Apr 2021, Avid Certified User Pro Tools
  • Supervisory Development Training for Established Supervisors, 10 Jun 2019
  • Programme Approval and Review training, 16 Mar 2018
  • Bournemouth University Research Council Development Scheme (RCDS), 07 Mar 2018
  • Academic Career Pathway (ECR): Becoming a Research Leader. Personal Development Skills for New and Aspiring Research Leaders, 27 Feb 2018
  • Supervisor Training: New Supervisors, 10 May 2016, Certificate of Doctoral Training

Qualifications

  • PG Cert in Education Practice (Bournemouth University, 2016)
  • PhD in Music (electroacoustic composition) (City University, London, 2013)
  • MA in Composition (electroacoustic) (City University, London, 2002)
  • BMus (Hons) in Music (Goldsmiths College, University of London, 1996)

Honours

  • 2nd prize: Klang! Electroacoustic Composition Competition, Montpellier, France (Klang! Electroacoustic Composition Competition, Montpellier, France, 2019)
  • 2nd Prize XI° Destellos International Competition of Electroacoustic Music 2018 for the acousmatic work 'Traces of Play' (Destellos Foundation, Argentina, 2018)
  • Finalist: Métamorphoses 2018 Acousmatic Composition Competition (Musiques et Recherches, Belgium, 2018)
  • Finalist: Metamorphoses competition for acousmatic music composition (Musiques & Recherches, Belgium, 2018)
  • 1st prize: Klang! Electroacoustic Composition Competition, Montpellier, France (2014)
  • Special Mention: Métamorphoses 2012 Acousmatic Composition Competition (2012)
  • Special Mention: Foundation Destellos International Competition of Electroacoustic Composition and Visual-Music (Destellos Foundation, Argentina, 2010)
  • European Region Composition Prize: ICMC 2007 (International Computer Music Conference) (2007)
  • 1st prize: Visiones Sonoras Electroacoustic Music Composition Competition, Mexico (2006)

Memberships