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


5093330681_a90fd75e06_oResearch activity involving the studios and BEAST includes a number of major themes:

  • Electronic Music Composition including acousmatic and other approaches
  • Soundscape Composition / Field Recording / Phonography
  • Mixed Instrumental/Vocal and Electroacoustic Composition
  • Live or Interactive Electroacoustics
  • Software development (BEASTmulch, BEASTtools, contributions to SuperCollider)
  • Live Coding
  • Network Music Systems
  • Large-scale multichannel composition and presentation, including higher order Ambisonic workflows and hybridised approaches
  • Sound Installations
  • Non-standard synthesis
  • Sound Recording
  • History and Aesthetics of Electronic Music

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