Photograph of red and yellow audio leadsThe University of Birmingham has long been recognised as a leading research centre in the field of electroacoustic music, both within the UK and internationally.

Birmingham's Music Department was ranked joint second out of all the country's 53 Music departments in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. The work of all staff was returned for the RAE and a full 50% of our work was judged 'world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour'; a further 35% was judged 'internationally excellent'. This follows our top ranking of 5* in the 2001 RAE.

Research activity involving the studios and BEAST includes a number of major themes:

  • Electroacoustic composition
  • Live and interactive electroacoustic systems
  • Software development (BEASTmulch, BEASTtools, contributions to SuperCollider)
  • Large-scale multichannel composition and presentation
  • Interface development

Other research at the studios

A variety of other research has been undertaken at the studios, including:

  • Development of control interfaces for real-time sound diffusion
  • Development of a viola-based controller for sound synthesis
  • Development of stochastic synthesis techniques
  • Idiosyncratic approaches to multichannel spatialisation such as Spatial Swarm Granulation