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Profile: Dr Sean Williams

Dr Sean Williams

The Open University, Music Department

Professional biography

Sean is a practice-led researcher in the field of electronic music and performance. He has published research on a range of electronic music practices across genres, specialising in the Cologne studio and the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, as well as Jamaican dub producer King Tubby. He designs and builds instruments, incorporating them alongside early electronic devices in historically informed performance practice. He has performed electronic pieces by Hugh Davies, Karlheinz Stockhausen, David Johnson and others, as well as having performed his own music internationally both as a DJ and live performer.

After several years as an independent engineer and recording artist, Sean took an MSc in Sound Design at the University of Edinburgh and continued on a PhD in Creative Music Practice with Simon Frith and Martin Parker, focusing on the relationship between performance practice, instrument design, and composition in electronic music. He was awarded DAAD funding for several months research in Germany, which was followed by a 3 year Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. He currently divides his time between lecturing at the University of Kent and the Open University.

Academic advisor for: A history of music and technology

Dr Sean Williams's activities

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Dr Sean Williams's Research & Publications

Sean Williams and Owen Green (2018-10-01) Negotiating sonic space for group electronics, In Fifth International Symposium on Music/Sonic Art: Practices and Theories, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Sean Williams (2016-11) Interpretation and Performance Practice in Realizing Stockhausen's Studie II, In Journal of the Royal Musical Association 2(141)
Sean Williams and Owen Green (2016) Negotiating sonic space for group electronics, In Fifth International Symposium on Music/Sonic Art: Practices and Theories
Sean Williams (2015-11) Stockhausen Concerts Database, Edinburgh College of Art
Matthew Collings, Jules Rawlinson and Sean Williams (2015-10-23) Requiem for Edward Snowden, Sound Scotland
Sean Williams, James Mooney and Owen Green (2015-10-17) Celebrating the work of Hugh Davies 3, University of Leeds
Sean Williams (2015-10) Technical influence and physical constraint in the realisation of Gesang der Jünglinge, In Tracking the Creative Process in Music
Owen Green, Sean Williams and Dave Murray-Rust (2015-10) Concert with Aleks Kolkowski and Grey Area, Edinburgh College of Art
Matthew Collings, Jules Rawlinson and Sean Williams (2015) Requiem for Edward Snowden, Edinburgh College of Art

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