Ed Cooper

Ed Cooper


I am a composer and artist. Encompassing deep-listening techniques, temporal aesthetics, and musical fragility, my practice-led PhD explores liminality — the function and dimensions of the ‘in-between’. Specifically, it researches how a liminal state might not rely on stable phenomena to transition between, but how these areas of ambiguity might move from being passageways to productive sites in and of themselves. This project is supervised by Martin Iddon and Scott McLaughlin; it is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, through the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH).

My music has been performed across North America and Europe and I have worked with international ensembles and artists such as Apartment House, Reanimation Orchestra, Jack Adler-McKean, Ryoko Akama, Séverine Ballon, and Ian Pace. In 2019, my piece places/place was featured on BBC Radio 3. In 2016, I attended the Irish Composition Summer School to work with John McLachlan, Gráinne Mulvey and The Robinson Panoramic Quartet. 

I am an Education Outreach Fellow, designing and delivering interactive sessions for school students, which outline my research and its pertinence to their studies. I also sing tenor in The Clothworkers Consort of Leeds.

Orcid ID: 0000-0002-5289-4590


Research interests

composition; new music; experimental music; liminality; time in music; ambiguity; spatialisation; Pauline Oliveros; 20th century aesthetics; homelessness


  • MMus Critical and Experimental Composition
  • BA Music (International)