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Mr Matthew Fairclough BA (Hons), MMus

Reader and Director of Music Technology Music

    Biography

    Personal Statement

    Matthew Fairclough is a composer and the Director of Music Technology at Liverpool. He lectures on the creative applications of Music Technology in both Popular and Classical music. His research is focused on composition for acoustic instruments often with real-time electronic processing and interactive visual media. His most recent work explores the control and generation of electronic sound, video and computer graphics using continuously varying data taken in real-time from an instrumentalist’s performance (pitch/accent/timbre). In 2014 Matthew founded Open Circuit Festival, a festival of new music, sonic art and audio-visual media, which runs annually at the University of Liverpool. He regularly collaborates with high profile performers, composers and organisations. These have included performers such as Joanna MacGregor, Andy Sheppard, Joby Burgess, John Kenny and Oliver Coates, and the composers Jonathan Harvey and Luciano Berio. He has collaborated as a sound designer with many ensembles, orchestras and arts organisations including Britten Sinfonia, Psappha, Ensemble 10/10, Smith Quartet, London Sinfonietta, SoundUK and Sound Intermedia. In 2015, alongside composer and artist Kathy Hinde, he co-taught the Composition for Multimedia course at Dartington International Summer School and again in 2016 with composer Sarah Angliss.

    Matthew has enjoyed a long collaboration with percussionist Joby Burgess and mixed media artist Kathy Hinde through their trio Powerplant. Mathew’s work with Joby was the subject of an Impact Case Study for REF2014. For many years many he has worked as a sound designer with concert pianist Professor Joanna MacGregor. This work has resulted in many CD recordings, concerts and international tours and multimedia performances.

    As a sound engineer and designer Matthew has engineered many large scale live sound events and recored, mixed and mastered many commercial CD and online music releases, including Joanna MacGregor's Play album which was nominated for a Mercury Prize.

    Personal Distinctions

    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Lancaster Concert Series 2013)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Sheffield University Concert Series 2013)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, The Mac Theatre, Birmingham 2013)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Glasgow Royal Concert Halls 2013)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Sound Festival, Aberdeen 2013)
    • Gesang der Jünglinge - Pre Concert Lecture (Invitation to Speak, FACT/Apatt Orchestra 2012)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Joby Burgess 2012)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Joby Burgess 2012)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Joby Burgess 2012)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Sounds New Festival 2012)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Joby Burgess 2012)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Joby Burgess 2012)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Wiltshire Music Centre 2012)
    • Young Composers Workshops (Invitation to Speak, SoundUK/National Trust/BBC 2012)
    • The boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Cambridge Music Festival 2012)
    • Waiting for Waves at Newgale (Performance of Composition, Rodewald Concert Society 2012)
    • Britten Sinfonia Birthday Concert (Invitation to Perform, Britten Sinfonia 2012)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Royal College of Music and Drama (Cardiff) 2012)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Joby Burgess 2012)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Riverside Arts Centre 2011)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, The Apex 2011)
    • Biophilia School Lecturer (Invitation to Perform, Manchester International Festival 2011)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Kings Place, London 2011)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Dartington Arts 2011)
    • Clicks (Performance of Composition, Ensemble 1010 2011)
    • Deloitte Ignite Soundscapes (Performance of Composition, Royal Opera House, London 2010)
    • Performance of Resonances Soundscapes (Performance of Composition, SoundUK/National Trust 2010)
    • Performance of Resonances Soundscapes (Performance of Composition, SoundUK/National Trust 2010)
    • Performance of Looking back (Performance of Composition, Newcastle University 2010)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Joby Burgess 2010)
    • Performance of Resonances Soundscapes (Performance of Composition, SoundUK/National Trust 2010)
    • Performance of Resonances Soundscapes (Performance of Composition, SoundUK/National Trust 2010)
    • The Boom and the Bap (Performance of Composition, Cheltenham Festival 2010)
    • Performance of Looking Back (Performance of Composition, Liverpool University/ Stefan Osterjo 2010)
    • Performance of Stages (Performance of Composition, Ensemble 10.10 2009)
    • Performance of Stages (Performance of Composition, Ensemble 1010 2009)
    • Performance of 'Stages' (Performance of Composition, Esemble 10:10 2009)
    • Performance of Static (Performance of Composition, Berlin Electronic Arts Festival 2009)
    • Composition Workshop (Invitation to Speak, Colchester Institute 2009)
    • Performance of Static (Performance of Composition, Elysian Quartet 2009)
    • Audiotectonics II (Performance of Composition, Colchester Institute 2009)
    • Performance of Carbon Copy (Performance of Composition, Powerplant, Berlin Germany 2009)
    • Sound Projection (Invitation to Perform, Autumn Festival, Warsaw 2009)
    • Audiotectonics III and Carbon Copy (Performance of Composition, Arts Council 2008)
    • Event Curator for Bath International Music Festival 2007 (Invitation to Perform, Bath International Music Festival 2007)
    • Performance of Carbon Copy (Performance of Composition, Aldeburgh Music 2007)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics I (Performance of Composition, Oxford University 2007)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics I (Performance of Composition, Aldeburgh Festival 2007)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics I (Performance of Composition, FACT, Liverpool 2007)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics I (Performance of Composition, LightHouse Arts Centre 2007)
    • Performance of Carbon Copy (Performance of Composition, FACT, Liverpool 2007)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics I (Performance of Composition, Aldeburgh Music 2007)
    • Performance as Sound Designer (Invitation to Perform, Aldeburgh Music 2007)
    • Performance as Sound Designer (Invitation to Perform, Dublin Fringe Festival 2007)
    • Performance of Carbon Copy (Performance of Composition, Sound Festival, Aberdeen 2007)
    • Performance of Sometimes Moved (Performance of Composition, Liverpool Hope University 2007)
    • Performance as Sound Designer (Brighton) (Invitation to Perform, London Sinfonietta 2007)
    • Performance as Sound Designer (Basingstoke) (Invitation to Perform, London Sinfonietta 2007)
    • Performance as Sound Designer (Manchester) (Invitation to Perform, London Sinfonietta 2007)
    • Performance as Sound Designer (Perth) (Invitation to Perform, London Sinfonietta 2007)
    • Performance as Sound Designer (Sheffield) (Invitation to Perform, London Sinfonietta 2007)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics II (Performance of Composition, York University, Spring Series 2007)
    • Performance of Carbon Copy (Performance of Composition, Oxford University 2007)
    • Curator for Bath International Music Festival '07 (Bath Festivals 2007)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics I (Performance of Composition, FACT, Liverpool 2007)
    • Performance of Carbon Copy (Performance of Composition, Bath University 2007)
    • Performance as Sound Designer (Invitation to Perform, Birmingham Town Hall 2007)
    • Performance as Sound Designer (London) (Invitation to Perform, London Sinfonietta 2007)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics I (Performance of Composition, Poole Arts Centre 2007)
    • Performance of Carbon Copy (Performance of Composition, Poole Arts Centre 2007)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics II (Performance of Composition, York University Concerts 2007)
    • Event Curator for Bath International Music Festival 2006 (Invitation to Perform, Bath International Music Festival 2006)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics II (Performance of Composition, Leeds International Concert Series 2006)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics II (Performance of Composition, St Georges Concert Hall, Bristol 2006)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics III (Performance of Composition, Aldeburgh Festival 2006)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics II (Performance of Composition, Petworth Festival, UK 2006)
    • Visiting Lecturer, Aldeburgh (Aldeburgh Productions 2006)
    • Performance of Siren Song (Performance of Composition, SPNM 2006)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics III (Performance of Composition, Barbican, London 2006)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics III (Performance of Composition, Surrey University 2006)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics III (Performance of Composition, Corsham Fesitval 2006)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics III (Performance of Composition, Warp Records 2006)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics III (Performance of Composition, Arts Council 2006)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics III (Performance of Composition, Hayward Gallery, London 2006)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics III (Performance of Composition, Rhythm Sticks Festival 2005)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics II (Performance of Composition, New Noise 2005)
    • Presentation on Electronics and New Music (Invitation to Speak, Beta Conference, FACT, Liverpool 2005)
    • Ensemble in Residence (New Nosie) (Radley College 2005)
    • Exibition of Work (Pakistan) (Performance of Composition, British Council/VM Art Gallery (Pakistan) 2004)
    • International Performance of Audiotectonics I (Venezuela) (Performance of Composition, British Council 2004)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics I (Performance of Composition, Psappha 2004)
    • Performance of Audiotectonics I (Performance of Composition, Psappha 2004)
    • International Concert Performance (Columbia) (Invitation to Perform, British Council 2003)
    • International Concert Performnace (Tour, China) (Invitation to Perform, British Council 2002)
    • Research Trip/Presentations (Invitation to Speak, British Council 2002)
    • International Concert Performance (Tour, Norway) (Invitation to Perform, Norwegian Arts Council 2002)
    • International Concert Performance (Poland) (Invitation to Perform, Festival of Audio Art, Krakow, Poland 2002)
    • International Concert Performance (Macedonia) (Invitation to Perform, British Council 2002)
    • International Concert Performance (Serbia) (Invitation to Perform, British Council 2002)
    • International Concert Performance (Latvia) (Invitation to Perform, British Council 2001)
    • International Concert Performance (Estonia) (Invitation to Perform, British Council 2001)
    • International Concert Performance (Ireland) (Invitation to Perform, Irish Music Network 2001)

    Administrative Roles

    • Programme Director for Music and Technology BA (Hons) W370
    • Director of Music Technology

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