Emma Margetson

Emma Margetson

Department of Music
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

PhD Title: Sonic Immersion: Reaching new audiences through sound
Supervisor:  Dr Annie Mahtani and Dr Scott Wilson
PhD Music Composition

Qualifications

  • BMus, University of Birmingham, 2011-2014 (with First-Class with Honours)
  • MA: Electroacoustic Composition/ Sonic Art Pathway, University of Birmingham, 2014-2015 (with Distinction)

Biography

Emma Margetson (1993) is a composer of acousmatic music based in Birmingham and is currently studying for a PhD in Electroacoustic Composition at the University of Birmingham funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. Emma has collaborated with a variety of organisations including the IKON gallery, Birmingham Hippodrome, Sampad and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Her works have been performed internationally; performances include BEAST, Musica Electronic Nova, MA/IN, Noisefloor Festival, Delian Academy of New Music, Sound + Environment, SIME, Sound-Image, klingt gut!, NYCEMF, Spectra, Festival Ecos Urbanos, Sound Junction and more.

Emma also works as an assistant for BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) and has received the following awards: COMPASS Prize (University of Birmingham, 2014)

Cultural Engagement Award (Midlands3Cities, 2018)

YOUNG ARTIST AWARD 2018 (klingt gut!, 2018).

Emma is also a board member and Chair of the Arts and Education sub-committee for sampad and during her studies has undertaken a placement as a Research Assistant for the Arts Council England project, The Bigger Picture.

Teaching

Spring 2016: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for BMus Year 1 Studio Composition Module

Autumn 2016: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for BMus Year 1 Studio Composition Module

Autumn 2017: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for BMus Year 1 Studio Composition Module

Autumn 2018: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for BMus Year 1 Studio Composition Module

This role entails teaching and planning seminars  (- introduction to EA music to composing with Reaper) in addition to the marking of formative and summative assignments.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Sonic Immersion: Reaching new audiences through sound

Research

Through multiple modes of immersive dissemination (performance, installations and workshops) this portfolio delves into reaching new audiences with acousmatic composition (stereo to eight channel formats), some of which are collaborative and mixed media works. Through site-specific works, collaborations with different arts organisations and community groups across Birmingham, UK and beyond, this portfolio primarily explores: audience development techniques, to develop existing and potential audiences; audience engagement; collaboration; inclusivity and participation to encourage active listening and to reach out as a composer to new audiences.

Publications

'Water Waves' in Experimental Sound Art [CD-Rom]. Germany: Urban Arts Berlin, 2018. 

'Water Waves' and 'Dreaming Waves' in Loudspeaker Music for Headphones, Volume One [Digital Album]UK: Sonos Localia, 2018.

'Distorted Illusions' in Awakenings [CD-Rom]. Russia: Obs, 2018.