Professor Peter Stollery
BMus(Hons), MA, PGCE, PhD, FRSA
Chair in Music
Pete Stollery, BMus(Hons), MA, PGCE, PhD is Professor of Electroacoustic Music and Composition. He studied at the University of Birmingham with Jonty Harrison and was a founding member of BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre). His compositions are performed around the world at major festivals and conferences and most works are available on CD. A solo DVD-A (Un Son Peut En Cacher Un Autre) was released in 2006 on empreintes DIGITALes, Montreal and a further CD published in 2011 (Scenes). He is also passionate about education and working with young and emerging composers.
When I first became involved in electroacoustic music, I was fascinated with the way that technology could allow the composer to work directly with sound, in a similar way to a sculptor or potter working with his/her materials. The ability to manipulate material at this basic level is, of course, a central aspect of my music for tape alone, which falls aesthetically very much within the traditions of the musique concrète and acousmatic music of France and Québec. This can be seen most obviously from later pieces which are concerned with the interplay between the “meanings” associated with sounds and these sounds as pure sonic material, divorced from any mimetic connotation. My music involving live performers also uses these ideas, particularly during the creation and subsequent development of materials and structures within the compositional process - a vocal or instrumental gesture might be generated through improvisatory techniques, much in the same way as I might improvise with sound transformations in a studio environment.
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New music for the new normal: Creatively overcoming challenges of lockdownJournal of Music, Health and Wellbeing, vol. 2021, no. Special IssueContributions to Journals: Special Issues
This is what lockdown sounds likeThe ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
COVID-19 Sound MapNon-textual Forms: Compositions
RewindNon-textual Forms: Compositions
Listening to Place: Music, Sound, Heritage and MemoryChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
PichucoNon-textual Forms: Compositions
Hilton Soundscape: internet-based sound artNon-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
Of the BatNon-textual Forms: Compositions
You're a Fisherman's BassoonNon-textual Forms: Compositions
Stolen VoicesNon-textual Forms: Compositions