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Dr Ben Hackbarth

Head of Composition Music


Personal Statement

Benjamin Hackbarth

Ben is the director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology, the artistic director of the Open Circuit Festival and the Head of Composition at the University of Liverpool where he writes music for instruments and electronic sound. REF 2021 musical outputs include Volleys of Light and Shadow, Liquid Study no 1, Liquid Study no 2, and Lockstep Variations.

Ben has been named composer in residence for musical research and composer in research at IRCAM three times since 2010. He was also a composer affiliated with the Center for Research and Computing in the Arts (CRCA) and a Sonic Arts Researcher at CalIT2. He has had residencies at Cité des Arts, Centre Internationale de Récollets, Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. In addition to writing concert music, he has collaborated with other artists to create multimedia installations with realtime graphics, sound and motion tracking. Notable performances include those by the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble InterContemporain, the New York New Music Ensemble, the L.A. Percussion Quartet, the Collage New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Ensemble SurPlus and the Wet Ink Ensemble. His work has been presented in venues such as Cité de la Musique, Akademie Schloss Solitude, the MATA festival, SIGGRAPH, the Florida Electro-acoustic Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Ingenuity Festival, E-Werk, the Pelt Gallery, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the Roulette Concert Space and Espace de Projection at IRCAM. Ben's music can be heard on CD releases by the Carrier Records and EMF labels.

Prizes or Honours

  • Composer in Production (IRCAM/Centre Pompidou, 2013)
  • Artist in Residence (Cité Internationale des Arts, 2010)

Funded Fellowships

  • Artist in Residence (Centre International des Récollets, 2013)
  • Composer in Research (IRCAM, Paris, 2011)
  • Composer in Residence for Musical Research (IRCAM, Paris, 2010)