Research & Teaching


I currently lecture at Edinburgh College (Sighthill Campus).  Subjects include Performance Technology, Composition Techniques and Orchestration.  I also supervise graduate level students.

Over the course of the Performance Technology unit, I introduce students to glitch, soundscape composition, sound design, gesture capture and circuit bending techniques while training them in Max/MSP.

I also work as an ad hoc lecturer at the University of Aberdeen where I have designed and taught several composition courses including: Acousmatic Composition, Glitch Composition and Contemporary Musical Theatre.

Research – Papers and Presentations

  • “Perpetual Erosion: Impermanence in Audio-Visual Intermedia”, presented at the INTIME 2011 Symposium, Coventry University, 24 September 2011 and at the Royal Musical Association (RMA) Annual Research Students’ Conference, 6 January 2012.  Publication pending.
  • “A Private Space: Ambient and Soundscape Composition” CeReNeM Journal: Issue Two, Part One (2010): PDF.
  • “Three Types of Engagement with Place Through Acousmatic Listening and Composition” (with Suk-Jun Kim and Pete Stollery), presented at the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology (ESEM), University of Aberdeen, 16 September 2011.  Published in I. Russell & C. Ingram (eds), Taking Part in Music: Case Studies in Ethnomusicology, Elphinstone Institute Occasional Publications 9, Aberdeen: Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, in association with the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology.
  • “Negation of Liveness and the Metamorphosis of its Meaning” (with Suk-Jun Kim), FIMPaC 2011, Leeds College of Music, 12 May 2011.  Publication pending.
  • “Reproductions: Glitching Dance”, Music Research Seminar, University of Aberdeen, 28 April 2011
  •  “Recent Compositions”, Music Research Seminar, University of Aberdeen, 11 December 2009
  • “Fog: Communication Breakdown and the Role of the Artist”, The Artist Under the Microscope, University of Durham, 14 November 2009
  • “Fog and Recent Compositions”, RSAMD Research Talks, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, 22 October 2009
  • “Acoustic Ecology”, AberdeenEcology Day, University of Aberdeen, 16 April 2009
  • “Synaesthesia and Multi-Sensory Perception in Music”, Music Research Seminar, University of Aberdeen, 27 March 2009


2 responses to “Research & Teaching

  1. Hi Ross,

    Hope you are well.

    We are a corporate film production company based in Perth and we are looking for a Scottish composer for an upcoming project we are pitching for at the moment. Glasgow City Council have been given 24 million pounds to invest in the city to become ‘A Future City’. In order to capture this moment they are looking to produce a 5-6 minute programme filming the areas, buildings and projects that have benefited from the money. This programme would be fronted by a known Scottish actor, and would be used at events for the key stakeholders and the investors. I was therefore wondering if this was something you would be interested in being involved in?

    The filming would take place in May / June as it will be launched in July. The platforms that the programme will be used will be at corporate events (worldwide), online (youtube, Facebook and GC website).

    If you are interested in being involved, we would be looking for a 30 second sample score and an indication of your daily or buy out rate. The programme we are working towards as a guide for style is the Johnnie Walker ‘The Man Who Walked Around the World’ advert: We are looking for something slightly grittier than the music on this advert as the script is geared to be delivered in that manner, and the kind of presenters we are talking to are Robert Carlyle and Douglas Henshall. I have attached the creative treatment for you to take a look at.

    Just to reiterate, we are currently at the pitch stage for this project and we are talking to a range of suppliers to find the right fit for each role.

    In the meantime, if you have any questions please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind regards,


    • Hi Melissa,

      I managed to completely miss your message. Is it too late to submit a sample score?


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