The Contemporary Music Research Cluster (CMRC) at the University of York supports and promotes creativity in contemporary music of all kinds.
We are firmly committed to the idea of practice as research and our staff and students are all dedicated to the creation of new music through composition, improvisation and performance.
The Cluster offers outstanding facilities and a supportive environment in which creative ideas can be realised and our staff have a wide range of experience and expertise. Research students from all parts of the world pursue projects independently or in collaboration with each other.
The CMRC hosts a packed schedule of seminars, performances and workshops every term, with distinguished visiting artists and scholars.
- Professor William Brooks
Composition, Performance, Musicology: American music; contemporary vocal music; World War I songs.
- Dr Tom Collins
Music Technology: music and artificial intelligence; web audio; user interfaces; pattern discovery; music perception.
- Dr Jonathan Eato
Musicology, Composition: Jazz; improvisation; South African popular music.
- Ben Eyes
- Professor Tim Howell
Musicology: analysis, including of contemporary music; Finnish music from Sibelius to the present.
- Dr Mark Hutchinson
Musicology, Performance: contemporary musical aesthetics and analysis; music and literature; piano accompaniment.
- Dr Catherine Laws
Musicology, Performance: contemporary music and experimental music practices; music and embodiment/subjectivity/identity; music and language; Samuel Beckett.
- Liam Maloney
Music Technology: sound recording; electronic dance music history; listening studies; music sociology.
- Dr Daniel March
Musicology: analysis of contemporary music; minimalism; specific non-western repertoire and traditions.
- Dr Federico Reuben
Creative Music Technology, Composition: live electronic performance; improvisation; sound art; music computing and interactivity.
- Professor Thomas Simaku
Composition: European modernism; contemporary music; the string quartet.
- Dr John Stringer
Composition, Performance: contemporary performance practice; conducting.
- Dr Martin Suckling
Composition, Performance: spectral and microtonal music; live electronics; orchestration.
- Dr Jez Wells
Music Technology: sound recording; music signal processing and modelling; technology in pop music production.
- Gaia Blandina
- Owen Burton
- Helen Diggle
- Richard Evans
- Catherine Fahy
- Christian Fernqvist
- Dominic Floyd
- Nikki Franklin
- Stefano Gioffré
- Robin Haigh
- Kier Hall
- Mark Hanslip
- Clare Lesser
- Neil Luck
- Helen Madden
- Liam Maloney
- Claire McGinn
- Jack McNeill
- Maja Palser
- Michele Pizzi
- Lynette Quek
- Omar Shahryar
- Beau Stocker
- Carmen Troncoso
- Andreas Tsiartas
- Shu Yu Lin
Our researchers host regular seminars, lectures, concerts and informal meetings throughout the year.
Around the CMRC
Isang Yun remembered – remembered!
Three videos from the Isang Yun Remembered Recording Project with music by Isang Yun, Roger Marsh, and John Stringer. Performed by Anna Myatt (soprano), Ching-Han Lin (viola), and Jin Hyung Lim (piano).
The butterfly effect: music for non-performance
The fifth piece in La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 collection begins by instructing a performer to "Turn a butterfly (or any number of butterflies) loose in the performance area."
Ho, what a beano! – why set the same poem twice?
David Power is a former PhD student. His latest project is the CD A Hundred Years of British Piano Miniatures which goes on worldwide release on the Naxos Grand Piano label on Friday 12 October 2018.
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