Dr Scott Wilson BFA, MA, Mus Doc

Photograph of Dr Scott Wilson

Department of Music
Reader in Music
Director of BEAST and of the Electroacoustic Studios

Contact details

Address
Bramall Music Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I am a Reader in the Music Department, where I teach composition and work with Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST).

Qualifications

BFA Simon Fraser, MA Wesleyan, Mus. Doc Toronto

Biography

Originally from Canada, I joined the Department of Music in 2004 as a lecturer. My administrative responsibilities include being Director of the Electroacoustic Studios, and serving as a coordinator for COMPASS, the department’s Centre for Composition and Associated Studies.

Teaching

I regularly teach on both undergraduate and postgraduate syllabuses with a specific focus on music composition and live electroacoustic music. I also teach other subjects, such as experimental music, and on occasion lead the University New Music Ensemble. I'm involved with BEAST, our 100 loudspeaker electronic music presentation system, and BEER (Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research) our postgraduate laptop group.

Postgraduate supervision

I am happy to supervise students interested in instrumental and/or electroacoustic composition, particularly those interested in realtime computer music environments such as SuperCollider, audio spatialisation, multimedia, mixed instrumental/electroacoustic works, laptop ensemble performance, network music and live coding. I can also supervise ‘technical’ projects where appropriate.


Find out more - our Music postgraduate study  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.

Research

As a composer my research focuses on musical composition for both acoustic instruments and electroacoustic resources. I have a particular interest in real-time interactive computer systems, mixed media pieces, and works mixing electroacoustics and live performers. I am also involved in research to develop flexible and idiosyncratic systems for audio spatialisation and am active in the development community of SuperCollider, a DSP and audio synthesis programming language. I was the lead editor of The SuperCollider Book, published in 2011 by MIT Press.

Further information about my research and my career can be found on my personal site.

Research group(s)

As part of my research and the Department’s focuses on Composition and Electroacoustic music, I work closely with staff and postgraduate researchers within COMPASS. This involves many external concerts and performances (with BEAST and the New Music Ensemble), and the ongoing development and refinement of BEAST’s systems for multichannel audio spatialisation (the BEASTmulch project). I direct the Department's laptop ensemble BEER (the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research).

Other activities

Performances

My compositions have been presented internationally (Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Germany, NewZealand, Japan, etc.) with notable performances at the Huddersfield Festival, ZKMusikFest, the Open Ears Festival, the Synthèse festival in Bourges, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada, and elsewhere. They have been broadcast on CBC Radio, the BBC, and Radio France.

I also have an active interest in traditional Irish music, and in the performance of Javanese gamelan music.

Further information and examples of my work are available at http://scottwilson.ca

Publications

Recent publications

Composition

Wilson, S, What If There's Nothing You Can Do? (28/1/21), 2021, Composition. <https://soundcloud.com/muellmusik/what-if-theres-nothing-you-can-do-28121>

Wilson, S, Blue: for Bass Clarinet and Electronics, 2019, Composition.

Paper

Wilson, S, Yeung, T, Margetson, E, Vasilakos, K, McCauley, T & Khosravi Mardakheh, M 2020, 'Sonification of High Energy Physics Data Using Live Coding and Web Based Interfaces', Paper presented at New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) 2020, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 21/07/20 - 25/07/20.

Performance

Wilson, S & Zöllner, E, Broadcast performance of Vivid by Eva Zöllner on Deutschlandfunk, 2021, Performance, Deutschlandfunk.

Wilson, S, Louilarpprasert, P, Mahtani, A, Sheth, N, Nittibhon, A & Caillouët, J-D, Improvisation with collaborators in Bangkok and the UK, 2021, Performance.

Wilson, S & Paksamai, C, Performance of Brennen in Bangkok, 2021, Performance.

Wilson, S & Louilarpprasert, P, Performance of Ember in Bangkok by the Taceti Ensemble, 2021, Performance.

Wilson, S & Srisukson, S, Performance of Flame in Bangkok, 2021, Performance.

Wilson, S, Wilson, S, Mahtani, A, Lorway, N, Garcia, J, Williams, J & Caillouët, J-D, Distant Soundings: Part of the online concert Collective Resonance in PGVIS 2020, 2020, Performance.

Wilson, S, Yeung, T, Margetson, E, Nystrom, E & Vasilakos, K, Live Stream online performance of Dark Matter at NIME 2020, 2020, Performance. <https://youtu.be/4C8E559Pc30>

Wilson, S, Margetson, E, Yeung, T, Nystrom, E & Vasilakos, K, Performance of Dark Matter (pre-recorded) at NIME 2020, 2020, Performance. <https://youtu.be/m0A3C1imhhw>

Wilson, S & Zöllner, E, Performance of Vivid by Eva Zöllner at BEAST FEaST 2020, 2020, Performance.

Wilson, S & Zöllner, E, Performance of Vivid by Eva Zöllner in an Online Concert broadcast from Bonn, Germany: Eva Zöllner »In sechs Richtungen« – Bonn, 23.05.2020, 2020, Performance, YouTube.

Roche, H, Wilson, S & Wilson, S, Blue, 2019, Performance.

Wilson, S & Zöllner, E, Performance of Vivid by Eva Zöllner in Mexico City, 2019, Performance, Ciudad de México, Ex Teresa Arte Actual.

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