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Contemporary Music Practice

The group is based at Brunel University, which has a rare concentration of contemporary music specialists on its academic staff. While many of the group's activities focus on the work of its members, its seminars also provide opportunities to encounter the work of eminent composers, performers and thinkers from the UK and around the world.

The group also offers seminars at the University of London in collaboration with the Institute of Musical Research. Recent guests include Peter Ablinger, Paul Griffiths, Clarence Barlow, Tom Johnson, Hans W Koch, François-Bernard Mâche, and Phill Niblock. The CCMP's current Artists-in-Association are Apartment House, Distractfold Ensemble and Piano Circus.



Dr John Croft Dr John Croft
Reader - Music
John Croft (b. 1971) studied philosophy and music at the Victoria University of Wellington, and composition and music cognition at the University of Sheffield. He has a PhD from the University of Manchester, where he studied with John Casken. His music has been played by many ensembles and soloists, including the BBC Philharmonic, the London Sinfonietta, the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble Exposé, Studiya Novoi Muzyki, Distractfold Ensemble, 175 East, Stroma, Marij van Gorkom, Philip Thomas, Matthew Barley, Richard Craig, Barbara Lüneburg, and Xenia Pestova. He received First Prize in the 2001 Jurgenson International Composers\' Competition for his String Quartet and the the 2011 ICMA European Regional Award for l\'aura che trema for alto flute and live electronics. His Intermedio III for bass clarinet and live electronics won the Prix Ton Bruynèl 2012. His opera-monodrama Malédictions d’une furiewas recently premiered at the Sounds New Festival, with Lore Lixenberg as the Fury. He also teaches and writes on the philosophy of music. Music Perception, Instrumentation and Orchestration, Musicology, Music Aesthetics, Live electronics
Professor Christopher Fox Professor Christopher Fox
Honorary Professor - Arts and Humanities
Christopher Fox is a composer, teacher and writer on new music. Between 1984 and 1994 he was a member of the composition staff of the Darmstadt New Music Summer School. During 1987 he lived in West Berlin as a guest of the DAAD Berlin Artists Programme. From 1994 until 2006 he was a member of the Music Department at the University of Huddersfield, eventually becoming Professor of Composition. He joined Brunel University London as Professor of Music in 2006 and left his full-time teaching role in 2021 to become Emeritus Professor. In November 2021 he was elected as a member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Composition, musicology Activities: Christopher Fox is a composer, teacher and writer on new music and since 2006 has been professor of music at Brunel University London. His work has been performed and broadcast world-wide and has featured in many of the leading new music festivals, from the Amsterdam PROMS to the BBC Promenade Concerts and from St Petersburg to Sidney. He has established particularly close relationships with a number of ensembles with whom he regularly works, including Apartment House, EXAUDI and The Clerks in the UK, the Ives Ensemble in the Netherlands, and KNM Berlin in Germany. Fox’s music is widely available on CD, with six portrait CDs on the Metier label, a portrait CD on the NMC label, and other recordings on Artifact, BVHaast, FMR, HatHut, Metier and NMC. Fox has been hailed by The Wire as \"a tantalising figure in British Music\" and the Sunday Times has described his music as \"impressive, thoughtful, entertaining and extremely varied\". His work regularly extends beyond the conventional boundaries of the concert hall and includes a number of extended ensemble works which defy categorisation.
Dr Carl Faia Harrison Dr Carl Faia Harrison
Lecturer in Digital Programmes
Dr Carl Faia studied composition at the University of California at Santa Barbara with Peter Racine Fricker and Edward Applebaum, and the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, on a Fulbright grant, with Karl Aage Rasmussen and Per Norgaard. Since 1995 he has been active as a live electronics designer and composer working at IRCAM in Paris, the CIRM in Nice then as a freelance artist. He has collaborated with numerous composers and artists to present new works with computer electronics in festivals throughout Europe and works regularly with Art Zoyd Studios in France. Sonic Arts, composing with sound, GUI for computer music programs using MaxMSP Activities: