Professor Gascia Ouzounian

Associate Professor; Fellow and Tutor, Lady Margaret Hall; Lecturer at Brasenose College

BMus, MMus (McGill University), PhD (UC San Diego)


Experimental music after 1950; sound art; urban sound; spatial audio; new technologies in music.


As a musicologist and violinist Gascia Ouzounian’s work is focused upon experimental music and sound art traditions of the last century. Her current book project examines concepts of acoustic space since the early 1800s, whether in connection to physiological studies of binaural audition, psychological studies of auditory perspective, early stereophonic technologies, wartime listening devices, multichannel electroacoustic composition, or contemporary forms of acoustic mapping. Her articles appear in many of the leading journals of contemporary music and art, including Computer Music Journal, Organised Sound, Leonardo Music Journal, Journal of Visual Culture, Journal of Architecture & Culture and Journal of the Society for American Music. She is Assistant Editor of Evental Aesthetics, a journal of art and philosophy.

As a violinist who specialises in music of the 20th century, and as a composer, Ouzounian has performed and presented her work internationally at venues including Carnegie Hall, Issue Project Room, Diapason Gallery, Dream House (NYC), Modern Art Oxford, Metropolitan Arts Centre (Belfast), basso (Berlin), STEIM (Amsterdam), BEAM Festival (London), and Green Man Festival (Wales), among others. She has performed with such diverse artists as Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Sinfonia Toronto (as a soloist), the Biomuse Trio (an ensemble that performs with bio-sensors), and the Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, a contemporary music ensemble based in Northern Ireland. She has recorded the music of La Monte Young and Morton Feldman with cellist Charles Curtis.

Ouzounian holds two AHRC grants as Principal Investigator: ‘Hearing Trouble’, which investigates sound art in post-conflict cities, and ‘Pet Sounds’, which develops new technologies for collaborative composition via social media. She is co-director of Recomposing the City, a research group that brings together sound artists, composers, architects and planners in rethinking the design and planning of urban space through an acoustic perspective.

Ouzounian holds degrees in violin performance and music technologies from McGill University and a PhD in music from the University of California, San Diego.


For a full list of publications and a current research C.V. please see here.


Dr Gascia Ouzounian

Faculty of Music

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