Scott Wilson


  • Professor of Composition & Electronic Music, Music

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am happy to supervise students interested in instrumental and/or electroacoustic composition, particularly those interested in realtime computer music environments such as SuperCollider, audio spatialisation, multimedia, mixed instrumental/electroacoustic works, laptop ensemble performance, network music and live coding. I can also supervise ‘technical’ projects where appropriate.


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Personal profile


Originally from Canada, I joined the Department of Music in 2004 as a lecturer. My administrative responsibilities include being Director of the Electroacoustic Studios, and serving as a coordinator for COMPASS, the department’s Centre for Composition and Associated Studies.

Research interests

As a composer my research focuses on musical composition for both acoustic instruments and electroacoustic resources. I have a particular interest in real-time interactive computer systems, mixed media pieces, and works mixing electroacoustics and live performers. I am also involved in research to develop flexible and idiosyncratic systems for audio spatialisation and am active in the development community of SuperCollider, a DSP and audio synthesis programming language. I was the lead editor of The SuperCollider Book, published in 2011 by MIT Press.

Further information about my research and my career can be found on my personal site.

Research group(s)

As part of my research and the Department’s focuses on Composition and Electroacoustic music, I work closely with staff and postgraduate researchers within COMPASS. This involves many external concerts and performances (with BEAST and the New Music Ensemble), and the ongoing development and refinement of BEAST’s systems for multichannel audio spatialisation (the BEASTmulch project). I direct the Department's laptop ensemble BEER (the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research).


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