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Current research students and their projects

Katherine Betteridge, PhD student (p/t, 2012 – 2018)

Project: "Nature and Supernature: A Portfolio of Composition"
Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Lewis

Image of KatherineKatherine studied music at Bangor University, specialising in Performance and Composition, where she gained a first class honours degree in 2005. She won the Drapers Scholarship, enabling her to study for a Masters in Performance on the violin, which she completed in 2007. Katherine continued to compose music for short films and for enjoyment and in 2012 composed a piece that was broadcast on BBC Radio and was subsequently invited to embark on a funded PhD in Composition studying under Professor Andrew Lewis. Katherine’s PhD compositions include both acoustic and electronic elements, using recordings of animals, birds, insects, the weather, radio wave recordings of outer space events among other things. She focuses largely on extended techniques in her acoustic writing, but still often adhering to a rough framework of tonality. She also often includes elements of dramatic action, improvisation and special visual effects. She is an active and experimental performer and, with her collaborator the clarinettist Sioned Eleri Roberts, enjoys exploring unusual locations (abandoned buildings, caves etc) and unconventional instruments (often natural objects) for performances and on-location recordings.

Richard Garrett, PhD student (f/t, 2013–2016)

Project: "Generative Music from Fuzzy Logic and Probability" funded by AHCR
Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Lewis

After some years as a largely self-taught, independent composer, programmer and musician, Richard came to Bangor in 2011 to study for an MA in Electroacoustic Composition. While working on his MA, he began applying a number of generative programming techniques based around fuzzy logic and probability to electroacoustic composition. In 2013, he was granted an AHRC studentship to undertake a PhD comprised of a portfolio of works that would further investigate these ideas. While some of these works are written for instrument and electronics, the majority are acousmatic pieces involving techniques for the simultaneous generation and spatialisation of large numbers of sound-objects over large three-dimensional arrays of loudspeakers. During his time at Bangor, Richard’s work has been performed in numerous locations in the UK, Europe and North America.

Rhianydd Hallas, PhD student (f/t, 2016–2019)

Project: "Two rhymed offices composed for the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Comparative study and critical edition"
Supervisors: Dr Hana Vlhová-Wörner and Dr Sue Niebrzydowski (School of English)

Rhianydd attained a MA in Early Music from Bangor University in 2015 under the supervision of Hana Vlhová-Wörner, focusing on Offices for the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene, and female saints in the Penpont Antiphoner. She also organised the 11th Annual Medievalism Transformed conference, ‘Icons of Villiany?
Her research topic titled will produce critical music editions and a thorough analysis of texts and melodies of two rhymed offices for the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, composed by the Prague archbishop John of Jenstejn (d. 1400 in Rome) and the "English cardinal" Adam Easton (d. 1397 in Rome) .

Christina Homer, PhD student (f/t, 2015–2018)

Project: "Situating Peter Crossley-Holland’s Collection of West Mexican Musical Instruments: Strategies for Interpretation, Dissemination and Sustainability", funded by AHRC
Supervisor: Dr Jochen Eisentraut

Christina studied Music and Visual Arts Practices at Dartington College of Arts (BA, 2008) and completed her MusM in Ethnomusicology at University of Manchester in 2014.

Christina's research centres on the collection of ancient West Mexican musical instruments and artefacts collected by the ethnomusicologist and composer Peter Crossley-Holland (1916-2001). She is investigating the origins of these instruments, their journey from Mexico to Bangor, and strategies for their future use. She is working in collaboration with Storiel (formerly the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery) in order to develop displays and programmes which will once again bring these instruments into musical practice.

Shen Lin PhD student (p/t, 2016–2022)

Project: " East, West, Past, present:
Chinese folk songs, interactive and acousmatic music"
Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Lewis

Lin is associate professor of the Shanghai Normal University - Music College, Director of the Music Technology Department. He attained an MA of Musical Composition from Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the supervision of Professor Fuzai Jin. In 2013, he went to Bangor University as an academic visitor and spent one year studying electroacoustic music and movie music in the School of Music. During that time, he composed several acousmatic music pieces under the guidance of Prof. Andew Lewis and had the concert Sound of the Two Dragons: Welsh and Chinese Music Dialogue, once in Bangor and once in Shanghai Grand Theatre. He is now the head of Shanghai Workstation of Electroacoustic Music Association of China and the vice-chairman of Shanghai Computer Music Association (SCMA).As an electronic music composer, he has composed and edited many music pieces. Some of them have been published in MusicAcoustica-BeiJing and International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR). Some of them have been performed in US, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan, China.

Fueanglada Organ Prawang, PhD student (f/t 2016-2020)

Project: "Thai Opera and the Influence of Western Music on Opera in Thailand", funded by Office of Higer Education, Thailand

As a scholarship student in the Opera and Musical Drama program at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Organ Prawang focused her MA's thesis on the “Historic Roots and the Influence of Western Music on Opera in Thailand”.

Organ was the Second Prize Winner (First Prize not awarded) in the Voice Category in the 7th Osaka International Music Competition, Japan.  In February 2008, she was the Golden Prize Winner of the Settrade Music Competition. Organ won the 1st Prize in the Chinese Song Competition in Thai-Chinese Vocal Competition in December 2009, organized by the Chinese Embassy and the Thai Ministry of Cultural Affairs. She was also the 2nd Prize Winner of The Barry Alexander international competition in New York, USA, and performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation Auditorium in New York on October 9, 2010.

Steven Tunnicliffe, Bangor University Research Student

Project: Gestural behaviour in acousmatic music: a portfolio of compositions

Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Lewis

Steven Tunnicliffe is a composer and sonic artist from Staffordshire, UK. After completing his undergraduate studies at Staffordshire University in 2003, Steven devoted his efforts to composing music and designing sound for television, film, and video game. In 2010 Steven resumed his formal studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, being awarded the degree of Master of Music with a focus in electroacoustic music composition and creative music technology.

Steven is currently developing his doctoral portfolio at Bangor University under the supervision of Professor Andrew Lewis. Building on the music and seminal theoretical work of pioneering composers Pierre Schaeffer, Denis Smalley, and Curtis Roads, Steven’s research concentrates on the investigation of gestural behaviour and interaction in acousmatic music. Steven’s compositions have been performed at concerts in the UK and USA.