Ian Costabile

Postgraduate Research Student



Ian Costabile is a composer and sound artist based in the Department of Music. As part of the Transformation North West scheme, he is undertaking doctoral practice-based research funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He holds a BA degree in Composition (FMU, Brazil) and an MA degree in Art Aesthetics and Cultural Institutions (University of Liverpool).

Ian’s works often explore interactivity, lights and spatialisation. He has also taught music in several institutions and published fiction and non-fiction books.

Website: http://www.iancostabile.com

Research Interests

  • Light and sound interaction.
  • Sound spatialisation.
  • Interactive art, sensors and microcontrollers (Arduino, ESP32, STM32).
  • Virtual concerts.

Keywords: sound spatialisation; sound to light; stage lighting; sound canvas; multichannel sound; spatial music; interactive art; virtual concerts; mixed-media art; sensors; soundscapes.

PhD Thesis

Ian’s thesis explores composition and sound art with a focus on spatial music and lighting interactivity, which includes a portfolio of projects and demonstrates new design for sound interfaces.

One of his most notable projects is the ‘Sound Canvas’, which consists of acoustic panels that include loudspeakers and a compact multichannel system within a frame. These panels can be attached to a wall and are shaped as traditional paintings, sometimes being multisensory, combining visual or other sensory elements and integrating sensors for interactivity.

Research Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Research Group Membership

Transformation North West

External Engagement

CAVA (Centre for Architecture and Visual Arts) and ICCaT (Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology)

Personal Distinctions

Academic Jury Prize- University of Liverpool PGR Showcase.