Christopher Haworth

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

My scholarly interests lie in the areas of electronic music and sound art, broadly; I research this using a mixture of historical, ethnographic and philosophical methods.  In the past I've written on topics as varied as the late electroacoustic music of Iannis Xenakis, the exchanges between hearing science and music theory in 20th Century music, genre in electronic music, and the politics of software in underground computer music. My current research focuses on the musical uses of computer networks, including the Internet, from the late 1970s to the present. Part of this, an intervention into the field of ‘digital musicology’, uses digital social network analysis methods to analyse and map the changing social, communicative, aesthetic and discursive uses of the Internet and World Wide Web that are characteristic of a range of underground electronic music genres whose genesis spans a period from the late 1990s to the present. I also compose computer music, often incorporating principles from psychoacoustics, music psychology, and cybernetics into my work.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I am keen to hear from students with projects that overlap with my research interests:
20th and 21st Century music
Music and media theory
Music and digitisation
Popular music