Composition

Composition at postgraduate level enables students to further define their creative voice in both instrumental and computer music areas.

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Our musical history continues to expand at a rapid pace. Aesthetic boundaries are stretched to their limits yet we must always question our compositional methods. Composition with technology is about understanding how it works and, most importantly, why it works.

Composition is about placing your aesthetic within a vibrant tradition and The University of Sheffield Sound Studios has a thriving community of budding composers. A PhD in Composition and Music Technology is increasingly popular as it affords an opportunity to develop a broad portfolio including compositions, installation art, visual music, software and a substantial written contextualisation (35-40K words).  

The Centre for New Music at Sheffield (CeNMaS) aims to foster connections among composers, performers and audiences in Sheffield and beyond. CeNMaS is the focus for the large number of concerts, visiting lectures, residencies, symposia and festivals taking place at Sheffield throughout the academic calendar, including those hosted by the University of Sheffield Sound Studios (USSS), the Sheffield University New Music Ensemble and the Sound Laboratory Concerts Series. Visit the CeNMaS website to view past and future events and to connect with us on social media.

Works by composers at USSS

SoundsSheffield - a brand new site tracing the changing sound of the city. Spearheaded by a new project with the Sheaf and Porter Rivers Trust, Where have the rivers gone? A sonic exploration of the Sheaf and Porter rivers.

USSS recently featured on Acoustic Frontiers in Ottawa.

To listen to more works by USSS composers, visit the USSS Soundcloud.

Subscribe and stream music by Adam Stanovic and Adrian Moore at electrotheque.com and purchase CDs and Books from electrocd.com.

Fields of Darkness and Light by Adrian Moore

An example of a 'mixed' work for violin and electroacoustic sound. 

Academic Staff 

Thinking of applying for postgraduate study?

If you are interested in applying for a masters degree, please contact music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk.

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