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Geoffrey Cox began his musical career in London as a guitarist in a post-punk, new wave band in 1979. Rejecting all forms of structured musical learning, he submerged himself in various rock groups before finally embarking on a course of musical study at Liverpool Community College in 1989 which led to the formation of a jazz-influenced quintet playing mostly his own music.  This, in turn, led to an exploration of classical and contemporary music through an HND. He completed a First class honours degree in composition at Huddersfield in 1999  and a PhD in 2007 which focuses on the use of borrowed material in sampled and written form across a wide variety of musical genres. Other specialisms include Popular Musicology (the history and effect of technological developments on popular music) and working with visual images in a musical context, work which has become increasingly important to his output.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Acoustic music composition.
  • Electroacoustic music composition.
  • Sound and image: theory and practice.
  • Popular musicology.
  • Music technology.

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Research Output 2014 2018


Cox, G., 23 Jul 2018, Soundings : Documentary Film and the Listening Experience. Cox, G. & Corner, J. (eds.). University of Huddersfield Press, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

Weave Me a Rainbow ‘The march, the march of colour and pattern’: Music and cinematography at the service of the creative promotion of the 1960s Scottish woollen industry

Cox, G., 23 Jul 2018, Soundings: Documentary Film and the Listening Experience. Cox, G. & Corner, J. (eds.). University of Huddersfield Press, p. 37-67 31 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

‘Shape, Form, Colour’ … and Music: Abstraction, Meaning, and Nostalgia in 1960s Scottish Industrial Documentary

Cox, G., 1 Aug 2018, In : Music and Letters. 99, 3, p. 386-426 41 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Mill Study

Cox, G., Marley, K. & Cox, G., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formComposition

Documentary Film
1 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Acoustic waves
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Activities 2014 2018

  • 3 Oral presentation
  • 2 PhD Examination
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Publication Peer-review

External Examiner (PhD)

Geoff Cox (Examiner)
5 Oct 2018

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

Music, Sound and the Moving Image (Journal)

Geoff Cox (Reviewer)
Feb 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

International Symposim

Geoff Cox (Organiser)
23 Feb 201724 Feb 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

‘Sound Was An End in Itself": Early Documentary Sound and the Prefiguring of Musique Concrete

Geoff Cox (Speaker)
16 Apr 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

‘Sounding and Resounding’ - Planting Sounds: Poetry, Feeling, Place in Tree People, the Story of the Colne Valley Tree Society

Geoff Cox (Speaker)
20 Nov 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation