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Monty Adkins is a composer, performer, and Professor of Experimental Electronic Music at the University of Huddersfield. He has created installations, concert and audio-visual works, and a number of collaborations with contemporary performers.
His works have been commissioned by Ina-GRM, IRCAM, BBC Radio 3, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF), SpACE-Net, ZKM (Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe) and Sonic Arts Network (SAN), among others. For his oeuvre he has been awarded over 15 international prizes including the Stockholm Electronic Arts Award (Sweden), Grand Prize at Musica Nova (Prague, Czech Republic), and five prizes at the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France).
Having read music at Pembroke College (Cambridge, England, UK) where he studied French mediaeval and Italian Renaissance music, Adkins then studied electronic music with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham where he performed across Europe with the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST), and Simon Waters at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, England, UK). He is currently Professor of Experimental Electronic Music at the University of Huddersfield (England, UK).
Adkins is also active as a writer and concert curator. He completed his first book in 2011 on the relationship between art and music (Shibusa Extracting Beauty) a second on the music of Roberto Gerhard is due out in 2013. Adkins also is Co-Artistic Director of the Electric Spring Festival. Held in Huddersfield, annually, this festival focuses on live electronic music and experimental performance.
Russ, M. and Adkins, M. (2013) The Roberto Gerhard Companion . : Ashgate . ISBN 9781409445159
Adkins, M. and d'Escrivan, J. (2013) ‘tunturi - remix as nodal practice’. In: ICMC 2013, 12th 16th August 2013, Perth, Western Australia
Sundin, P., Adkins, M. and Gierakowski, A. (2013) ‘Beyond Pythagoras’. In: ICMC 2013, 12th 16th August 2013, Perth, Western Australia
Adkins, M (2012) Still Time [Audio]
Adkins, M., Duque, C. and Karman, G. (2012) ‘The electronic music of Roberto Gerhard’. In: International Computer Music Conference Proceedings. Ann Arbor, MI: MPublishing, University of Michigan Library. pp. 22-29.
Adkins, M (2012) ‘Issues of live-ness in fragile.flicker.fragment’ Journal of Music, Technology and Education , 5 (1), pp. 5-16. ISSN 17527066
Adkins, M (2012) Clapoutique [Audio]
Adkins, M (2012) Four Shibusa [Audio]
Adkins, M. and Dickens, P. (2012) Shibusa: extracting beauty . Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press . ISBN 978-1-86218-101-4
Adkins, M (2011) fragile.flicker.fragment [Audio]
Adkins, M (2010) ‘Metaphor, Abstraction and Temporality in Electroacoustic Music’. In: ArtMusFair 2010, 22-26 September 2010, Chopin University, Warsaw, Poland
Adkins, M (2010) For Jana [Audio]
Adkins, M (2010) ‘Audiomobiles, Sculptures and Conundrums’. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Roberto Gerhard Conference. Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield. pp. 131-136. ISBN 9781862180888
Adkins, M. and Gatt, M. (2009) ‘Project: Conception, Composing and Archiving ’. In: International Computer Music Conference Proceedings. Ann Arbor, MI : MPublishing. pp. 137-140.
Adkins, M (2009) Five Panels [Audio]
Adkins, M (2009) ‘The Project: an analytical and contextual critique’. In: New York City Electroacoustic festival, 2-4 April 2009, Cuny Graduate Centre New York
Adkins, M. and Gatt, M. (2009) ‘Project: Conception, Composition and Archiving.’. In: International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2009), 1621 August 2009, Montreal, Canada
Adkins, M (2009) ‘The application of memetic analysis to electroacoustic music’ Sonic Ideas , 1 (2).
Adkins, M (2008) ‘Towards a beautiful land: Compositional strategies and influences in Five Panels (no.5) ’ Sonic Ideas , 1 (1), pp. 12-19.
Adkins, M (2008) ‘Towards a beautiful land: the influence of Mark Rothko on five panels no.5’. In: Proceedings of the 2008 International Computer Music Conference. Belfast: ICMA and SARC.. pp. 368-371. ISBN 0-9713192-6-X
Adkins, M (2008) ‘The application of memetic analysis to electroacoustic music’. In: 5th Conference EMS08, 3-7 June 2008, University of the Sorbonne, Paris
Adkins, M (2008) ‘Towards a beautiful land: Compositional strategies and influences in Five Panels (no.1)’. In: 2nd SpACE-Net Spatial Audio Workshop, 23 January 2008, Music Research Centre, University of York
Adkins, M (2008) Project [Audio]
Adkins, M (2007) ‘The Influence of Futurist painting in my music’. In: Digital Music Research Network (DMRN) Summer Conference, 7-8 July 2007, Leeds Metropolitan University
Adkins, M (2007) ‘Schaeffer est mort! Long live Schaeffer!’. In: EMS07 - Electroacoustic Music Studies, 12-15 June 2007, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Adkins, M (2006) Mondes inconnus [Audio]
Clarke, J., Watkins, A., Adkins, M. and Bokowiec, M.(2006) Sybil software. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield .
Adkins, M (2005) Cortex [Composition]
Adkins, M (2005) Silk to steel [Composition]
Clarke, J., Watkins, A., Adkins, M. and Bokowiec, M. (2004) ‘Sybil: Synthesis by Interactive Learning’. In: International Computer Music Conference 2004, 1-6 November 2004, Miami , pp. 1-5
Adkins, M (2002) Symbiont [Composition]
Adkins, M (2002) Aerial [Composition]
Adkins, M (2002) Still Time [Composition]
Adkins, M (2000) Noumena [Composition]
Adkins, M (1999) ‘Acoustic Chains in Acousmatic Music’. In: Imaginary Space: Proceedings of the 1999 Australasian Computer Music Conference. Wellington, New Zealand: University of Wellington. .
Adkins, M (1999) Breaking [Composition]
Adkins, M (1997) Neurotransmission [Composition]
Ryoko Akama The Counterpoint Between Traditional and Contemporary Music – An Investigation of Technology and Nature
Ylva Q. Arkvik Harmonic Horizons: an investigation into the construction of my harmonic language through a creative portfolio of compositions.
Girilal Baars Ballads and Ohms: Vocal folk traditions and electroacoustic composition
Brian Jones Diffusion controllers for instrumental music - new techniques in performance practice
Braxton Sherouse Intentional Computer Music: Integrating Software Development and Concept-Oriented Music Composition
Antria Theodorou Electroacoustic Composition and the Study of Electroacoustic Composition and History in Greece
Sten-Olof Hellstrom Algorithmically driven synthesis and feedback systems: an investigation into the aesthetic and technical processes in my compositional practice.
Samantha Horseman Dynamic Relationships between the Sonic Artist, the Sonic Artwork and its Audience: an Investigation through Theoretically Informed Creative Practice.
Jamie Fawcus Frozen Music - an investigation into the Neolithic and Bronze Age sound through electroacoustic composition
Mark Bokowiec Interconnecting forms of expressivity as a compositional process; the evolution of an interactive practice with specific reference to eh Bodycoder System
Adam Jansch Composition of Music with Open Forum within a digital framework
Paulina Sundin Reinventing Harmony in Electroacoustic Composition (Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Thesis)
David Badger The Development of New Compositional Tools using Max/MSP and the Application of these tools to aid the creation of site specific audiovisual installations
Thomas Davenport Aspects of dissonance in contemporary electronic music
Patrick Mohan The composition of ambient glitch music and live performance with Max/MSP
Christopher Ruffoni Indeterminism in electronic music (awarded with Distinction)
Jonathan Rich Exploring the Synthesis of Musique Concrète and Visual Media in Popular Culture (awarded with Distinction)
Jaydev Mistry The Mistry Hyper-Guitar (awarded with Merit)
Income from delegates relating to International Computer Music Conference 2011 and Roberto Gerhard Conferences 2010 and 2012
Research Co-Ordinator for UoA 35 (Music and Drama)