School of Drama, Music and Screen

 

Dr Mark Slater

Contact

Lecturer in Music, Admissions CoordinatorMark Slater

BMus (Sheffield), PCHE (Sheffield), PhD (Sheffield)

Office: L213
Email: m.slater@hull.ac.uk
Phone: 01482 465604

Profile

Mark Slater is a composer, producer and musicologist with particular interests in popular and experimental musics, and the possible links that might exist between them. Improvisation and the accidental play a large part in shaping the direction of the music he makes and studies. This interest was developed during the completion of his doctoral portfolio, completed in 2004, which centred on the role and status of improvisation as part of the composition-performance cycle (taking cues from British and American experimentalists of the 1940s onwards). His current compositional activity (often more akin to production) combines, in various quantities, the timbral aesthetics of jazz and orchestral music, the rhythmic momentum of dance idioms and an ideology of restriction and accident that has its roots in acousmatics and glitch.

Current research projects focus on how the elusive process of musical creativity, particularly as mediated by increasingly mobile music technologies, can be captured and understood. Each project strives to track and offer insight into the lifespan of creative collaborations from social, compositional and technological perspectives. Current music projects include Middlewood Sessions (exploring the rich potential of 27 jazz and orchestral musicians) and Nightports (exploring the rich potential of being limited to just the sounds one vocalist can make). Music from both of these projects has been broadcast and released internationally.

Selected Publications

Articles and Book Chapters

  • ‘Timbre and Non-radical Didacticism in the Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come for Free: a Poetic-Ecological Model’ in Music Analysis, 30/2-3 (2012)
  • ‘A Conceptual Foundation for Understanding Musico-Technological Creativity’ in Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 5/1 (2012)
  • ‘Processes of Learning in the Project Studio' (forthcoming book chapter)
  • 'The Lifespan Phases of a Collaborative Studio Project' (forthcoming article)
  • 'From Amateur to Professional: Developing Identities in a Project Studio' (forthcoming co-authored article)
  • 'Actors, Actions and Mechanisms in a Single-track Recording Session' (forthcoming co-authored article)

Conference Papers and Invited Lectures

  • 'The Poetic-Ecological Model', presented at the International Conference on Analyzing Popular Music (PopMAC), University of Liverpool, July 2013
  • 'Social, Musical and Technical Processes in the Recording Session', co-authored paper included in the online conference Performance in the Studio hosted by the Art of Record Production, April 2013
  • 'The Domestic Project Studio as a Place for Learning: Informality, Experimentalism and Demonstrative Exchange', presented at the International Festival of Innovations in Music Production and Composition, Leeds College of Music, December 2012
  • 'A Case Study of Collaborative Music-Making in the Project Studio', research seminar at the University of Leeds, November 2012
  • ‘Nightports: a Case Study of the Songwriting Process in Contemporary Electronica’, presented at Leeds International Songwriting Conference, Leeds College of Music, March 2012
  • ‘Reconceptualising the Studio’, presented at 7th Art of Record Production Conference, San Francisco State University, December 2011
  • ‘Timbre and Non-radical Didacticism in the Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come for Free’, presented at Lancaster University Music Analysis Conference, University of Lancaster, July 2011
  • ‘Conceptualising the Studio as a Locus of Creativity’, presented at Forum for Innovation in Music Production and Composition, Leeds College of Music, May 2011
  • ‘The Poetic-Ecological Analytical Approach’, invited lecture at Leeds College of Music, May 2011
  • ‘Timbre in (Popular) Music’, research seminar series, Department of Drama and Music, University of Hull, February 2011
  • ‘Timbre in Popular Music’, research seminar series, Leeds College of Music (May 2010)

Reviews

  • Understanding Records: A Field Guide to Recording Practice, Hodgson, J. (New York: Continuum), Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 4/1 (2011)
  • The Act of Musical Composition: Studies in the Creative Process, edited by Dave Collins (Farnham: Ashgate), British Journal of Music Education (forthcoming)

Teaching

Undergraduate

Level 4

  • Music in Practice II  

Level 5

  • Instrumental Composition
  • Song Writing  

Level 6

  • Modern Music Studies Since 1945
  • Composing for Stage and Screen I and II
  • Special Study (supervision)

 

Postgraduate

Level 7 (MMus)

  • Techniques of Composition I and II
  • Composition I and II
  • Special Study (composition)

PhD

  • Lewis Kennedy
  • Adam Martin: Music Production in 21st Century Britain
  • Nathaniel Seaman: composition portfolio

Administration

School
  • Admissions Coordinator   

External

  • External Academic Advisor, Birmingham City University  for BA Music and BA Music Business degree programmes, May 2012
  • External Examiner, University of Chester for MA in Popular Music, 2011- 
  • Steering and Validation Panel, University of Chester for MA in Popular Music, April 2011

 

Music

Nightports

  • Skywide EP (January 2013)
  • Ports EP (March 2013)

     

    Middlewood Sessions

    • The Middlewood Sessions, 9-track album (released February 2012 on Middlewood Records, MWS1101) - embedded below
    • ‘Red Waters’ released on Underground Hits & Exclusive Bits 3, compilation album (release April 2008 on Wah Wah 45s, WAHCD006)
    • ‘Used To Be’ released on Underground Hits & Exclusive Bits 3, compilation album (release April 2008 on Wah Wah 45s, WAHCD006)
    • ‘Red Waters’, 12” vinyl and digital single (released February 2008 on Wah Wah 45s, WAH12016)
    • ‘Astro Blue’, 12” vinyl and digital single (released February 2008 on Wah Wah 45s, WAH12016)
    • ‘Fall Back’ released on Brownswood Bubblers Volume 2, compilation album (released June 2007 on Brownswood Recordings, BWOOD015)
    • ‘Fall Back’, 12” vinyl and digital single (released June 2007 on Brownswood Recordings, BWOOD016)

     

    Selected Compositions

    • Fanfare for brass nonet and percussion (commissioned by Bullring, Birmingham in August 2004). Duration: 3 minutes.
    • A Lecture on Transparency for SSA vocal trio (commissioned by Juice; first performed at the University of York in May 2003). Duration: 9 minutes)
    • The Journey Reason for solo piano (SPNM shortlist 2003). Duration: 35 minutes.
    • Cantos from ‘Inferno’ for SSATB vocal quintet (first performed at the University of York in February 2002). Duration: 12 minutes.
    • Waterline for solo flute (first performed at the University of Sheffield in April 2001). Duration: 6 minutes.
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