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Dr Jack McNeill
Associate Lecturer



Jack McNeill is a composer, sound artist, DJ and researcher. Graduating in 2012 with a degree in Music (BA Hons) from the University of York, Jack began to work in sound engineering, composition and education in the UK and Germany. In 2021, Jack completed his PhD in Composition from the University of York, supervised by Dr Federico Reuben. His doctoral work focused on the intersection between contemporary club culture, cross-disciplinary arts and personal creative practice. Primarily creating physical installations and electroacoustic composition, Jack has recently collaborated with filmmakers, digital artists, VR artists, dancers and theatre-makers. His work has recently been exhibited and performed at the Copeland Park Gallery Backroom (London), the Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), the University of York and the University of Leeds.

Jack has worked extensively in music education and community music. He has been the Composer in Residence and Artistic Programme Manager with Orchestras for All and has worked on a wide range of projects with the organisation. His primary focus has been to develop accessible, participatory pieces for young musicians of all abilities using notation and electronics. Highlights include a piece for full orchestra and electronics performed at the Leeds First Direct Arena, an Arts Council funded digital project with the National Orchestra for All and an online sound installation project with the Orchestras for All’s Modulo Programme (both in collaboration with visual artist Bryony Simcox). In 2021, Jack was commissioned to produce a brand new orchestral and electronic work for Liverpool’s Resonate Hub, in collaboration with spoken word artist Testament and body percussionist Ollie Tunmer. His work in music education involves extensive workshopping and collaboration with young people, and he has independently delivered workshops to young people and adults across the UK and in Berlin.

Jack is the co-founder of London based Artificial Hells Studio, whose primary focus is presenting practice-based research around club culture to non-expert audiences. Curating regular happenings at Grow Tottenham, Artificial Hells has invited musicians, visual artists, performance artists, DJs and more to present their work and perform in the space. The group also recently presented a multimedia installation at We The Curious science centre in Bristol for Simple Things Festival in collaboration with Thomas Rosser, Erin Robinson and Mila Moleman. Jack is a DJ and producer, with releases on Blackbox Records, and bookings and residencies in the UK and Europe. He is a regular feature on the UK’s online radio scene, with a residency at AAJA Deptford, and guest appearances on Threads and Netil Radio. Outside of his work at the University of York, Jack is a Guest Lecturer in Popular Music Production and Performance at the University of Winchester.



Jack's main research interests concern:

  • Dance Music Cultures
  • Electroacoustic composition
  • Visual and participatory arts
  • Electronic dance music production and performance
  • Creative collaboration in music education


Selected publications

McNeill, Jack. 'Site-making in Underground Club Cultures in the Midst of the COVID-19 Crisis', Journal of Music Health and Wellbeing, 2022.



  • Popular Music and Experimentation
  • Dance Music Cultures
  • Introduction to Sound Recording
  • Critical Recreation Project
  • Sound Entrepreneurship


External activities

Invited talks and conferences

McNeill, Jack. 'Two modes of participation in Freeport', Audience Research in the Arts Conference, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, 3-5 July 2019.
McNeill, Jack. 'Dance Edits and the Situationist International: Strategies of Appropriation in Contemporary Club Cultures', Royal Musical Association 56th Annual Conference, Goldsmiths, London, 8-10 September 2020.
McNeill, Jack. 'The Nightclub as Instrument: Performing club culture in electroacoustic composition', Instruments, Interfaces, Infrastructures, Harvard University, Boston, MA, 11-13 May 2023.


Crossfade, with the National Orchestra for All, Leeds First Direct Arena, 1 August 2017
Basel 8/04, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 17 November 2018
Freeport, Copeland Park Gallery Backroom 22-25 November 2018
Artificial Hells presents Nodes, with Mila Moleman, Erin Robinson and Thomas Rosser, Simple Things Festival, Bristol, 19 October 2019
The Great Interstellar Orchestra, with the National Orchesra for All, 15 June 2021
iCreate, with Beat Goes On, Testament and Resonate Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, 24 June 2022.

Contact details

Dr Jack McNeill
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
YO10 5GB

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 2509