Ambrose Field
Professor and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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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.



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


  • 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


  • 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


Full publications list

View Ambrose Field's full publications list at the York Research Database.



  • 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
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 2430

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