MARK FERGUSON IS A WILDLIFE SOUND RECORDIST AND ELECTROACOUSTIC COMPOSER, WHOSE WORK EXPLORES THE UNIQUE AND INTRICATE SONIC DETAIL OF THE NATURAL WORLD.

 
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PhD Research

My doctoral studies at The University of Birmingham have formally begun.

Jointly supervised by Drs. Annie Mahtani and Scott Wilson, my research will focus on multichannel acousmatic composition.

Drawing exclusively from an ever-growing recording library of species, soundscapes and abiotic phenomena, I’ll be deconstructing, processing and rearranging sounds from nature, creating intricate, large-scale audio works using programming languages and other specialised software.

A substantial component of this practice-led research will explore the relationship between sound recording and acousmatic composition: more specifically, how the inherent methodologies of wildlife sound recording inform creative work in the studio, and how intensive, studio-based sonic manipulation influences subsequent work in the field.

Finished compositions will projected through the University's internationally-renowned BEAST sound system, capable of mounting multichannel configurations of up to 100 loudspeakers and one of the largest of its type worldwide.

Other areas of interest will include: the broader practice of field recording and its associated technologies, methodologies, pedagogy and online community; approaches to wildlife sound archiving and curation; the historical development of wildlife sound recording; and cross-disciplinary conservation projects.

My doctoral research is supported by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (formerly Midlands3Cities), funded by the AHRC.

I’ll be adding new, research-focused pages to this website soon: updates to come!

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