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Dr Martin Parker

Senior Lecturer

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Willingness to take Ph.D. 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
Bachelor of Music, University of Manchester
An analysis of György Ligeti's Violin Concerto
Master of Music, University of Manchester
Portfolio of compositions



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. Building Bridges: Sound Design and Collaboration, as Style and as Music in The Bridge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. Limits to Growth - conference edition

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  3. gruntCount multiplayer version 1

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

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Research activities & awards

  1. School of Arts, Jozef Kluyskensstraat 2 9000 Ghent

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

  2. International Conference on Live Interfaces

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

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Research projects

  1. (working title) gruntCount - multiplayer version

    Project: Other ProjectOther (Non-Funded/Miscellaneous)

  2. limits to growth

    Project: Other ProjectOther (Non-Funded/Miscellaneous)

  3. Gap in the air

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

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