Core research areas
Our research expertise encompasses four major sub-disciplines of musical research:
- instrumental and vocal composition
- electroacoustic and interactive composition
Many of our staff work across two or more of these broad fields, and most have interdisciplinary approaches to their specialisms.
Our research is strongly collaborative and involves partnerships with academic, cultural and community colleagues from across the world. Yet staff within the department also share interests in particular research questions, themes and approaches that are brought together in our eight core research areas.
The core research areas are explored thematically through our Thursday research afternoons. These allow us to interrogate key issues in music research from multiple angles, fostering imaginative and multi-layered responses that are both intellectual and creative.
Creative and performing practices
Research into collaboration and creativity, musical notation, and creativity and the environment.
Sound, space and interactive art
Applied research at NOVARS investigating relationships between sound and space.
Politics, protest and power
Investigating the interaction between music and politics.
Nationalism, mobility and identity
An exploration of music and identity, including national and cultural definition, and belonging and marginalisation.
Historically and culturally informed analysis
Exploring historically and culturally informed approaches to analysis of repertories across different periods.
Critical reception studies
Research into the intersections between performance history, audience consumption and critical reception.