Dr Suk-Jun Kim

Dr Suk-Jun Kim
PhD in Composition; MMus (HONS) in Music Technology; Grad. Diploma in Art & Tech; BA in Theology

Senior Lecturer

Dr Suk-Jun Kim
Dr Suk-Jun Kim

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A Korean Composer and sound artist, Suk-Jun Kim’s music focuses mainly on the sense of places that are fantastic, imaginary, magical, and realistic, where listeners can visit, stop by, and dwell on. His music has received a number of international awards: Métamorphoses (Biennale Acousmatic Composition Competition in Belgium: 2000 & 2008), Regional Composition Prize at 2008 ICMC in Belfast, Concurso International de Música Electroacústica Såo Paulo (CIMESP: 2007), Bourges International Competition (2001), ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition (2001) as well as mentions and finalists in MUSICA VIVA (2005) and MUSICA NOVA (2002 & 2005). Kim also received commissions from the 2006 World Cup in Germany (2006), Bourges commissions (2002, 2006 & 2009), SpACE-Net in UK (2007), QUB Silver Collection Soundscape Commission from Belfast (2007), and ASCAP/SEAMUS (2001) and has been a resident composer at Bourges (2004, 2007 & 2009), Visby International Centre for Composer, Sweden (2007), Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida (2007), MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire (2008), and Artists-in-Berlin, DAAD, Germany (2009). Kim’s music has been published by ICMC, IMEB, and SEAMUS, and M&R.Kim has published two books, "Humming" by Bloomsbury and "Hasla" by Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg. His research also focuses on sound studies, immersive sound, phenomenological approaches to the aesthetics of electroacoustic music, space and place among others.Kim is a senior lecture in Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art and Director of Postgraduate Research, School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen. In 2014, he co-founded and is the director of sonADA (Sound Arts Days in Aberdeen), an experimental music festival in Aberdeen, UK.

Internal Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director of Postgraduate Research, School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Cuture
  • REF Lead (UoA 33)

Research Overview


  • Humming
  • Immersive sound for VR/AR/XR/MR
  • Aurality of scientific epistemologies
  • Audienceship in the twenty-first century
  • Sound studies
  • Sound and knowing
  • Electroacoustic music
  • Sound art

Teaching Responsibilities

  • MU1538 Digital Musicianship
  • MU3050 Music and Brain
  • MU3523 Theory and Practice of Experimental Music
  • MU4504/5506 Voice and the Machine
  • MU5009 A Survey of Sonic Arts
  • MU5010 Creative Coding and Technology
  • MU5507 Sound Design and Processing
  • MU4507/5509 Sound Design for Film and New Media


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  • We Are The Primitives of A New Era: Immersive VR Work

    Kim, S.

    Non-textual Forms: Compositions

  • Crowd-sourcing the sounds of places with a web-based evolutionary algorithm

    Brownlee, A. E., Kim, S. J., Wang, S. H., Chan, S., Lawson, J. A.

    GECCO 2019 Companion - Proceedings of the 2019 Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference Companion. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc pp. 131-132, 2 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • The Hum III for Brass Pots and Live Coding

    Kim, S.

    Non-textual Forms: Performances

  • The Hum II for Brass Pots and Live Coding

    Kim, S.

    Non-textual Forms: Compositions

  • A Question

    Kim, S.

    Non-textual Forms: Compositions

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