Matt Collins

Research Interests

Composition; mixed electroacoustic music; electronic music; psychology and phenomenology of timbre, contemporary music analysis

Area of proposed thesis

My thesis, supervised by Prof. Martyn Harry and Prof. Gascia Ouzounian, will explore notions of timbral ‘blend’ in mixed electroacoustic compositions from the last fifty years. Through the analysis of a series of contemporary works, I intend to examine how the timbres of acoustic and electronic instruments may be utilised, manipulated or exploited in order to bridge an oft-perceived sense of aesthetic disconnect when they are used together. This research will inform the portfolio of compositions that will accompany my dissertation.

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AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Subjects Taught

Teaching at Brunel (composition, orchestration and extended techniques for acoustic instruments, music copying and engraving)