Dr Ewan Stefani


My research interests lie in all forms of electronic music, free improvised music, and sound studies. I lecture in the areas of electronic/computer music, analog synthesizer ensemble, composition, and applied music technology.

Currently, I am undertaking research into the specific musical and technical issues that arise from the use of analogue synthesizers in contemporary musical practice.

I direct the Leeds Analogue Synthesizer Ensemble, and I run projects with the Recon community-based synthesizer ensemble.

As a composer and performer I have released a variety of collaborative and solo works that have been performed on BBC Radio 3 and at various national and international events.

My fixed-medium compositions are either computer-based acousmatic works or made to be performed with video, exploring audio-visual interactions.

I direct the Centre for Practice Research in the Arts (CePRA) based at the University of Leeds.


  • Director, Centre for Practice Research in the Arts
  • UCU representative for Music

Research interests

  • I currently supervise PGR (PhD) researchers in the area of music technology & education
  • I currently supervise PGR (PhD) researchers in the area of electroacoustic composition
  • Practice-based research, including collaborative practice
  • The use of analogue (analog) synthesizers in contemporary musical practice
  • Synthesizer studies
  • Composing for analogue (analog) synthesizer ensembles
  • Multi-channel and site-specific sound installations
  • Computer music composition
  • Audiovisual compositions
  • Free improvisation, particularly using electronic instruments
  • Sound in space and acousmatic sound theatre
  • Applied analogue and digital music technology
  • Experimental audiovisual performance practice
  • Investigation of computer hardware, software and technology as musical instruments
  • Sonic arts communities and networks
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  • PhD
  • MMus
  • BA(Hons)

Professional memberships

  • ICMA
  • Sound and Music
  • Sonic Arts Forum
  • British Electroacoustic Network (BEAN)

Student education

  • Composition (all levels);
  • MA Electronic & Computer Music Practice / Portfolio modules
  • Analogue Synthesizer Ensemble (Music in Practice)
  • Music Technology (all levels)
  • Applied Project
  • Dissertation

Drop-in hours (2020-21):

Semester 2

Tuesdays during term time at 10am.

I use MS Personal Bookings for tutorials (send me an email for the link)

Research groups and institutes

  • Making Music
  • Music, Science and Technology

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>