Mark Ferguson

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Department of Music
Doctoral researcher

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PhD Title: Electroacoustic music composition, guided by the inherent methodologies and approaches of wildlife sound recording
Supervisors: Dr Scott Wilson  and Dr Annie Mahtani
PhD Musical Composition by Research (FT)

Qualifications

  • MusM, Electroacoustic Music Composition with Distinction (University of Manchester, 2012-2013)
  • BMus, Music with First-Class Honours (Queen’s University Belfast, 2009-2012)

Biography

I’m a UK-based wildlife sound recordist and sound artist.

All of my works are crafted exclusively from my own library of wildlife sounds, using audio programming languages and customised processing algorithms to dramatically alter original source recordings and reveal hidden sonic detail.

My pieces and recordings have been broadcast by the BBC, mentioned by the Guardian, and selected for performance in England, Ireland, France, Sweden, Germany and the USA.

Teaching

  • University of Birmingham, 2019-2020 (Semester 1): Year 1 UG Studio Composition Teaching Assistant
  • HEFi Horizon Award for completion of introductory modules in lecturing, small group teaching, assessment, feedback and other fundamental HE teaching practices.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Electroacoustic music composition, guided by the inherent methodologies and approaches of wildlife sound recording

Research

Wildlife sound recording and fixed-media electroacoustic composition are the two main components of my practice-based research. I’m particularly interested in how the various methodologies of wildlife sound recording inform creative work in the studio, and vice versa.

All of my works are created exclusively from my own library of wildlife sounds.

Other activities

  • Other areas of research interest include: approaches to wildlife sound cataloguing and curation; the historical development of wildlife sound recording; cross-disciplinary conservation projects; the broader practice of field recording and its associated technologies, methodologies, pedagogy and community.
  • Current memberships: Wildlife Sound Recording Society; Bat Conservation Trust
  • Please see my personal website for updates on all ongoing work

Publications

  • In progress: 3rd-order ambisonics work (~27' duration). Title TBC. Estimated completion month: July 2021.
  • Oak Trunk (2020). 3' stereo/binaural electroacoustic composition [Habitats Suite, Work 1]. UK: Private Studio & University of Birmingham Electroacoustic Music Studios.
  • Woodland Understorey (2020). 5' stereo/binaural electroacoustic composition [Habitats Suite, Work 2]. UK: Private Studio & University of Birmingham Electroacoustic Music Studios.
  • Pond Sediment (2020). 4' stereo/binaural electroacoustic composition [Habitats Suite, Work 3]. UK: Private Studio & University of Birmingham Electroacoustic Music Studios.
  • Seabed (2020). 2' stereo/binaural electroacoustic composition [Habitats Suite, Work 4]. UK: Private Studio & University of Birmingham Electroacoustic Music Studios.
  • Humble (2020). Digital Album. UK: Independent release & Bumblebee Conservation Trust fundraiser
  • Avian: Selected Bird Recordings (2020). Digital Album. UK: Independent release
  • Machair Impressions (2020). 10' stereo electroacoustic composition. UK: University of Birmingham Electroacoustic Music Studios.
  • The Bumblebees of Winterbourne (2019). 13' stereo bookshop installation, Winterbourne House & Garden. UK: Private Studio.
  • Mud Roots (2019). 7' stereo electroacoustic composition. UK: University of Birmingham Electroacoustic Music Studios.
  • The Sunlit Thawing (2019). 4' stereo electroacoustic composition. UK: University of Birmingham Electroacoustic Music Studios
  • Cassiano's Blackbird (2019). 10' stereo electroacoustic composition. UK: University of Birmingham Electroacoustic Music Studios. Commissioned by the Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • Shorelines (2019). 10' 8-channel electroacoustic composition. UK: University of Birmingham Electroacoustic Music Studios
  • Deadwood (2019). 7' 8-channel electroacoustic composition. UK: University of Birmingham Electroacoustic Music Studios.

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