Sean Williams Research Blog

The site is being redesigned so the recording and mastering pages are temporarily unavailable.

See below for all the research and performance activity.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

MusDig Workshop - Oxford University

Professor Georgina Born invited me to present my work on Stockhausen and King Tubby at a workshop at Oxford University as part of her wide ranging Music and Digital Cultures research project.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

PhD awarded!

On the 27th of June I was awarded a PhD in Creative Music Practice from the University of Edinburgh.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Noisy Treasures - Supersonix conference paper

In June I gave a paper at the Supersonix conference in the Science Museum, London entitled "Noisy Treasures: how incidental noise can bridge the gap between recording and listener."

This is a spin off from my PhD thesis and concerns all kinds of interesting ways in which noise can be considered as a positive and useful part of the listening experience. It relies a lot on work by Eric Clarke and Simon Waters, and originally Gregory Bateson and the ecological approach.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowhip

In May 2012 I heard that I had been awarded a 3 year research fellowship at the University of Edinburgh  starting in September 2012. My research topic is the history of electronic music performance practice, and this is very much practice led work.

This will centre around the WDR Studio in Cologne and the work of Stockhausen, Koenig, Eimert, Kagel and others as well as an in depth enquiry into the technicians and engineers such as Heinz Schütz, Friedhelm Leppel, Leopold von Knobelsdorf, Jaap Spek, Werner Scholz, Volker Müller and others.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Stockhausen performance at Dialogues

On 7th April our improvisation group - Intuitive Music Edinburgh - performed at Martin Parker's Dialogues Festival as part of Edinburgh International Science Week.

"Wellen" from Für Kommende Zeiten. Karlheinz Stockhausen
"Verbindung" from Aus den Sieben Tagen. Karlheinz Stockhausen
"Mutual Composition 1" Owen Green, Nikki Moran, Shiori Usui, Sean Williams

Owen Green - bowed cardboard box
Nikki Moran - viola
Shiori Usui - broken piano
Sean Williams - analogue electronics