Ambrose Field
Professor & Head of Department

Profile

Biography

Ambrose Field is a British Composer. His music is recorded on ECM (Munich, Germany) and Sargasso (London, UK), and broadcast by the BBC and other international networks (SVR, RTE, ORF).  His works have been performed at the Vienna Konzerthaus, The Chicago Early Music Festival, Parco della Musica Rome, the A-Cappella Festival Leipzig, The Perth International Festival Australia, Konvergencie Bratislava, Kultursommer Rheinland-Pfalz Germany, the ICA London, Ultima Norway, the Tampere Vocal Music Festival Finland, Kryptonale Berlin, CBSO Centre Birmingham, Voce-Versa Milan, Huset Copenhagen, Warsaw Autumn, and other international events.

Field spent his early years learning violin and organ, taking part in festivals and events as a performer. After taking an undergraduate degree at York, he went on to graduate studies in Music Education at University of Cambridge, singing bass in the choir of Pembroke College. In 1994 he moved to London and, funded by the British Academy, received a PhD in Composition from City University. Field served as a board director of the UK’s Sonic Arts Network (the forerunner to today’s Sound and Music Organisation) in the late 1990s.

Field’s work with technology and composition is the recipient of several international awards, including three Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mentions in 2006, 1997 and 1996.  He has been a resident artist at Asphodel/Recombinant Media Labs in San Francisco, at HFG in Karlsruhe, Germany, and a composer in the electronic music studio of Hungarian National Radio in Budapest funded by UNESCO.

New sounds, new structures and new methods of creating and performing music are his primary research concerns. Prof Field has led courses and given guest lectures internationally from China to the USA on contemporary music issues.

Departmental roles

  • Head of Department
  • Department Management Team
  • Chair, Development Committee
  • Chair, Web & Digital Marketting Committee

Research

Overview

  • Composition.
  • New aesthetics and compositional strategies.
  • Postmodern Culture.
  • Immersive media: performance and creativity.

Grants

  • Prix Ars Electronica, 2006: Storm!, studio album, Honoury Mention, Digital Music
  • Prix Ars Electronica, 1997: Empty Spaces, surround audio work, Honoury Mention, Digital Musics
  • Prix Ars Electronica, 1996: Pyrotechnic, surround audio work, Honoury Mention, Digital Musics

Residencies

  • Hungarian National Radio 2000 Funded by UNESCO/GMEB
  • Mksound 2006 HFG Karlesruhe, Germany
  • Listening to Land: Field Recording Course, 2008, Leader Funded by the AHRC, hosted by Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts
  • Asphodel Studios / Recombinant Media Labs, San Francisco, USA Feb 2007, with invited lecture: University of California, San Diego

Publications

Selected publications

Research outputs

Field, A. E. (2013). Pod Twoja Obrone. Large-scale vocal composition for Polski Chor Kameralny. Permier performance takes place to mark the 80th Birthday of Gorecki. Gdansk, Poland.

Field, A. E. (2012). Architexture 1. Large-scale composition for spatially distributed solo-voice ensemble of ten singers, one to a part. Commissioned for performance within the DAFX 2012 International Conference, The Guildhall, York. Sept 2012, duration 21m.

Field, A. E. (2013). Quantaform Series. New approaches to flute composition. 20 compositions, duration 48m. Performed by Jos Zwannenberg, C-Flute. Recorded on Sargasso, SCD 2871, London, United Kingdom.

Fretwell P. and Field A.E. (2013). Northern Loop: Northern Loop. Collaborative composition, involving live and offline electronics. 8 compositions, duration 60m. Recorded on Sargasso, SCD, London, United Kingdom.

Field, A. E. (2012). Networks of meaning in the audio-visual work of Ryoichi Kurokowa. Paper presented at Raymond Monelle International Conference on Music Semiotics, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Field, A. E. (2012). Frozen Voyagers. Immersive, multi-spatial public audio work. Performance at MUTEK, Montreal, in association with Recombinant Media Labs (RML) Cinechamber.  7.6.2012, Montreal, Canada.

Field, A. E. (2009) Je me complains. recorded on Being Dufay, duration 6m22. Recorded on ECM Records ECM 2071. Composition for tenor voice solo and electronics.

Field, A. E. (2009) Je vous pri  recorded on Being Dufay, duration 7m48. Recorded on ECM Records ECM 2071. Compositionfor tenor voice solo and electronics.

Field, A. E. (2009) Presque quelque choses duration 2m30. Recorded on ECM Records ECM 2071. Composition for tenor voice and electronics.

Field, A. E. (2009) Sanctus recorded on Being Dufay, duration 8m34. Recorded on ECM Records ECM 2071. Composition for tenor voice and electronics.

Field, A. E. (2009) La Dolce Vista, duration 6m24.  Recorded on ECM Records ECM 2071. Composition for tenor voice and electronics.

Field, A. E. (2009) Ma Belle dame souverain duration 5m29. Recorded on ECM Records ECM 2071. Composition for tenor voice and electronics.

Field, A. E. (2007) New forms of composition and how to enable them, in Finney, J and Burnard, P. (eds) 'Music Education with Digital Technology'. New York & London: Continuum Publishing, pp156-169

Field, A. E. and Fretwell P. (2007) Live from Huset: collaborative live international performance Copenhagen/London over the internet. International Computer Music Conference, Copenhagen.

Summary Pre 2007

Field, A. (2006) Silent City recorded on Storm!, Sargasso, London (SCD 28054)
Field, A. (2006) Thor's Hammer recorded on Storm!, Sargasso, London (SCD 28054)
Field, A. (2006) Chinese Whispers recorded on Storm!, Sargasso, London (SCD 28054)
Field, A. (2006) Cathedral recorded on Storm!, Sargasso, London (SCD 28054)
Field, A. (2006) The alligator recorded on Storm!, Sargasso, London (SCD 28054)
Field, A. (2006) White Sands recorded on Storm!, Sargasso, London (SCD 28054)
Field, A. (2006) Recreation recorded on Storm!, Sargasso, London (SCD 28054)
Field, A. (2006) Tombstone Catalogue recorded on Storm!, Sargasso, London (SCD 28054)
Field, A. (2006) Gum recorded on Storm!, Sargasso, London (SCD 28054)
Field, A. (2006) Hurricane Ridge (revision 2) recorded on Storm!, Sargasso, London (SCD 28054)
Field,A. (2006) World Facts. ICAD 06 Conference Proceedings.
Field,A. (2006) Hurricane Ridge (revision 1) ORF and SONY DADC companion disk to Leopoldseder (2006) Cyber-Arts, Springer International: New York.
Field,A. (2005). One hell of a place to lose a cow. Cultures electroniques 17, Memnosyne Media, LDC 278078, France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Postmodernism; Music and culture
  • Creative Performance
  • Future Lab: Experimental new media
  • New York Mystery Plays
  • Electronica, and the early Warp years
  • Practical Project: Worldscape (2008)
  • Practical Project: Cagefest (1996)
  • Practical Project: 2013
Dr Ambrose Field

Contact details

Prof. Ambrose Field
Department of Music
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 2430

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