Dr Scott Mclaughlin
- Position: Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology
- Areas of expertise: Materiality; material-agency; Experimental Music; Spectral music; microtonality; chaos theory; ambiguity; perception; Emergent and self-organising musical structures; interactivity and game-mechanics.
- Email: S.McLaughlin@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 2545
- Location: 1.14 Music
- Website: www.scottmclaughlin.co.uk | Soundcloud | Twitter | Researchgate | ORCID
I was born in Ireland (Co. Clare) in 1975. I played in an indie-rock bands until my mid-twenties, I then studied music at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown where I gained a BMus degree in 2001. I completed a PhD (Strange Attractors: A Commentary on Applications of Indeterminacy in my Recent) at the University of Huddersfield with Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Bryn Harrison in 2009. I attended the Ostrava New Music Days summer school (2005, 2007), and the Irish Composers Summer School (1999—2001). I have previously lectured at the University of Huddersfield, and Brunel University.
- Admissions Lead
- Deputy Director of Centre for Practice Research in the Arts, & Centre for Audio Visual Experimental
- Programme Leader for MMus Critical and Experimental Composition
My research is practice-led and focuses on composition, materiality, and indeterminacy in complex systems. My current research uses different methods to excite resonance in sounding bodies to exploit physical non-linearities to generate musical patterns/structures.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- PhD (practice-based), University of Huddersfield 2009
- MA Composition, University of Huddersfield 2005
- BMus University of Ulster (Jordanstown) 2001
- Association of Irish Composers
Most of my teaching is on composition modules, and some music technology. I have a particular interest in helping composers develop into new areas and question the musical ideas they have inherited; while understanding that the ideas they've grown up with will always be the basis of their understanding.
Research groups and institutes
- Making Music