Postgraduate

Pictured above the MANTIS-10 year official photo with distinguished composers, such as Francis Dhomont and Trevor Wishart and composer and publisher Jean-Fran├žois Denis from empreintes DIGITALes

OUR POSTGRADUATE COMMUNITY



Postgraduate Students at the NOVARS Research Centre are one of the most proactive and self-organised communities of Researchers in the UK. Our community and research environments attracts the interest of composers working with new media and surround systems, sound and visual artists with a focus on interactivity or soundmapping, software desginers, game-engine oriented composers and performers with a taste for technology and sound experimentation. Postgraduate succesfully co-run compositional and performing Research tools such as Kairos Improvisation Ensemble, Bling This Story, FM- licensed radio show at Fusefm Radio and actively contribute to the organisation and difussion of the Mantis Festival which happens twice a year. They actively present concerts and papers all around the world and as a group they look beyond the silos of their research areas and commitments for the benefit of the artistic comunity. While studying, PhD students also acquire teaching experience in areas of composition, acoustics and technology at the BMus degree in Music at Univerity of Manchester, one of the most prestigious in the country. Subjects include Sonic Invention, Sound Design, Live interactive Music, Acousmatic composition and aesthetics, acoustics for musicians or composition portfolio supervision. Alongside the Electroacoustic comunity and in close collaboration with it, Music at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures which embodies a large comunity of Instrumental only composers, Musicologists and World Music researchers.


Project Highlights

MANTIS system

Large Scale multi-channel system for sound diffusion created by David Berezan and customised or extended by postgraduate students at NOVARS

Game-Audio

Research strand started in 2008-09 by Ricardo Climent utilising game-engines, such as Blender, Unity3D, CryEngine and Unreal Engine 4 for composition purposes

Locativeaudio.org

Collaborative Project between NOVARS, NoTours and Escoitar, featuring large scale network projects. PG outcomes include novel software, such as sonicmaps.org

Postgraduate's Leadership

Our graduate Postgraduate students hold prominent positions in UK and abroad and publish internationally on peer-reviewed academic conferences.

PhD Researchers


  • GUILLAUME DUJAT DES ALLIMES, FRANCE

    • PhD Focus: TBS
    • Supervisors: Prof David Berezan

  • FALK MORAWITZ, GERMANY

    • Richard Scott  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Molecular Sonification, Music from Molecules
    • Supervisors: Prof Ricardo Climent and Prof. Gareth A. Morris (Chemistry)

  • ADRIANA RUIZ, COLOMBIA

    • PhD Focus: Fixed Media Composition
    • Supervisor: Prof David Berezan

  • ALEJANDRO ASPINWALL, MEXICO

    • PhD Focus: Procedural audio in game-engines for immersive sound environments
    • Supervisor: Prof. Ricardo Climent

  • Haruka Hirayama, Japan

    • Haruka Hirayama  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Live Interactive Systems
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • Julian Avila-Sausor, Spain

    • Haruka Hirayama  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Spectral Diffusion in composition
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • Epameinondas Fassianos, Greece

    • Haruka Hirayama  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Practicability of diverse electroacoustic music compositional approaches and formats to explore specific relationships between real-world and abstracted sound materials, through the strategic use of pitched, melodic and non-pitched materials
    • Supervisor: David Berezan

  • Michael Lau, Hong Kong

    • Michael Lau  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Cities within Cities, Soundscape Composition
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • Ignacio Pecino, Spain

    • Ignacio (Nacho) Pecino  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Sonic Navigation in virtual environments , game-audio [COMPLETED]
      This research proposes the use of real and virtual space as a new medium for the creation and organisation of sound events via computer-simulated audio-sources. In such a context, the role of the performer can now be assumed by the listener itself, through the operation of an interactive-adaptive system, or it can be replaced by a set of automated but flexible procedures.
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • Richard Scott, England

    • Richard Scott  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Hybrid Strategies for Electroacoustic Music Composition and Improvisation
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • Mario Duarte, Mexico

    • Mario Duarte
    • PhD Focus: Evolutionary Biological forms in composition
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • Rosalia Soria, Mexico

    • Rose Soria NOVARS
    • PhD Focus: State Models (Physical models) in composition
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • Danny Saul, England

    • Danny Saul  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Acousmatic Music
    • Supervisor: David Berezan

  • Manuella Blackburn, England

    • Manuella Blackburn  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Applications of Spectromorphology vocabulary [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • OLIVER CARMAN, England

    • Oliver Carman Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Acousmatic Composition and Sound Diffusion [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: David Berezan

  • Irma Catalina Alvarez, Spain

    • Irma Catalina Alvarez  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Sound Theatre and the Acousmatic image (intercalating)
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • Kaho Cheung, Hong Kong

    • Kaho Cheung  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Rapid Transit Systems (Fixed Media Composition) [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • Lee Fraser, England

    • Lee Fraser  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Fixed Media Composition employing Sound synthesis [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: David Berezan

  • Andrew Garbett, England

    •  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Mixed Media composition (acoustic instruments and live electronics)
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • Alexis Guneratne, England

    •  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: The performing- listening situation [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: David Berezan

  • Joshua Kopecek, England

    • Josh Kopecek  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Interactive Composition and Notated sound [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • Gavin Osborn, England

    • Gavin Osborn  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Interactive Composition and Notated sound [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: John Casken

  • Mauricio Pauly, Costa Rica

    • Mauricio Pauly  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Algorithmic and Heuristic composition [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent

  • Brona Martin, Ireland

    • Brona Martin
    • PhD Focus: Acoustic Ecology, Soundscape composition [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: David Berezan

  • Mark Pilkington, UK

    • Mark Pilkington  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Mapping strategies and the Audiovisual Contract [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent / David Berezan (50/50)

  • Constantin Popp, Germany

    • Constantin Popp  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Space and the acousmatic image [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: David Berezan

  • Donal Sarsfield, Ireland

    • Donal Sarsfiled  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Fixed Media composition [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: David Berezan

  • Sam Salem, England

    • Sam Salem  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Composition and introspective landscapes [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: Ricardo Climent / David Berezan (50/50)

  • Tom Scott, England

    • Tom Scott  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Fixed Media with visuals [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: David Berezan

  • Diana Salazar, Scotland

    • Diana Salazar  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Space-form, a compositional focus [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: David Berezan

  • Nina Whiteman, England

    • Nina Whiteman  Novars Research Centre
    • PhD Focus: Instrumental and Vocal [COMPLETED]
    • Supervisor: Philip Grange (instrumental)


  • MusM in Electroacoustic Composition Postgraduates


  • MATTHEW OMAHAN, USA


  • MITCHELL HERRMANN, USA


  • CHRISTOPHER KEOGH, UK


  • MICHAEL ARMSTRONG, UK


  • DAVID MCFARLAND, UK


  • STEPHEN SUMMERS, UK


  • SETH SCOTT DEUCHAR, UK


  • CHRIS RHODES, UK


  • KELLY JONES, UK


  • KEVIN TESTAGROSSA, UK


  • Falk Morawitz, Germany


  • Shaun Rimmer, UK


  • Shaun Rimmer, UK


  • James Wynne, UK


  • William Campbell-Rowntree, UK


  • James Bagshaw, UK


  • Nikki Sheth, UK


  • Arthur Phillips, UK


  • Hayley Hedges, UK (i)


  • Nuria Bonet, Swiss/Spain


  • Demetrios Savva, Greece


  • Joel Morrey, UK


  • Mark Ferguson, Northern Ireland


  • Mario Duarte, Mexico


  • Craig Burgess, UK


  • Tommy Rushton(i), UK


  • Danny Saul, UK


  • Rodrigo Constanzo, US-Spain


  • Nick Casswell, UK


  • James Percival (Musicol. D. Derbyshire archive), UK


  • Jose Ignacio Pecino, Spain


  • Michael Lau, Hon Kong


  • Richard Scott, UK


  • Irma Catalina Alvarez, Spain


  • Panos Amelides, Greece


  • Chris Swithinbank (mixed portfolio), UK


  • Heather Bamforth, UK


  • George Dennis, UK


  • Sam Salem, UK


  • Patrick Sanan, USA


  • Thom Harrison, UK


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