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Dr Martin Parker

Senior Lecturer

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

I am available to support research relating to sound design, composition with electronics, live performance and improvisation involving electronic sound, sound installation and sonic art.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Music, University of Edinburgh
Portfolio of compositions - computer music
Master of Music, University of Manchester
Portfolio of compositions
Bachelor of Music, University of Manchester
An analysis of György Ligeti's Violin Concerto



I am programme director of the MSc in Sound Design. You are welcome to contact me for more information about the taught and research versions of this programme.

The taught course lasts 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time.

The course handbook is available at the following link:


Schedule and Courses

Semester 1
Sound Design Media
Sound tools, sound libraries, audio editing and basic sound sync
Sonic Structures 
Industrial Sound Design, Max MSP programming and prototype design
Media and Culture 
Design and cultural theory

Semester 2
Interactive Sound Environments
Web design, multimedia sound design, interaction design, computer games audio
Sound and Fixed Media
Film sound analysis, sound design for moving image, surround sound
Digital Media Studio Project 
Interactive sound design beyond the desktop, sound art and interactive devices

Final Project
Collaborative or individual research into a sound design topic of your choice

Research students

Recently completed PhD projects:

First supervisor

Vangelis Lympouridis

Sean Williams

Current PhD Projects


Research outputs

  1. Capturing the sounds of an urban greenspace

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  2. Scripts for ensemble and electronics: A series of concert interludes

    Research output: Non-textual formComposition

  3. Sonikebana v1.0: Sonikebana version 1

    Research output: Non-textual formComposition

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Research activities & awards

  1. PhD Examination

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examiner or Assessor

  2. PhD examination

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examiner or Assessor

  3. PhD Examination - Sergio Pisfil

    Activity: Examination typesExamination

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Research projects

  1. (working title) gruntCount - multiplayer version

    Project: Other (Non-Funded/Miscellaneous)

  2. limits to growth

    Project: Other (Non-Funded/Miscellaneous)

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