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Professor Monty Adkins is a composer, performer, and Professor of Experimental Electronic Music at the University of Huddersfield. He has created installations, concert and audio-visual works, and a number of collaborations with contemporary performers, video artists and photographers. His work since 2008 has been released by Audiobulb, Cronica, Eilean, and empreintes DIGITALes .

His works have been commissioned by Ina-GRM, IRCAM, BBC Radio 3, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, SpACE-Net, ZKM (Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe) and Sonic Arts Network, among others. For his oeuvre he has been awarded over 15 international prizes including the Stockholm Electronic Arts Award (Sweden), Grand Prize at Musica Nova (Prague, Czech Republic), and five prizes at the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition (France).

Having read music at Pembroke College (University of Cambridge) where he studied French medieval and Italian Renaissance music, Adkins then studied electronic music with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham where he performed across Europe with the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST), and Simon Waters at the University of East Anglia.

Adkins is also active as a writer and concert curator. He completed his first book with Pip Dickens (University of Lancaster) in 2011 on the relationship between art and music (Shibusa – Extracting Beauty), followed by two further edited collections  on the music of Roberto Gerhard. Adkins has also contibuted journal articles to Organised Sound and the Journal of Music Technology and Education, book chapters on music education, mixed music and the electronic music of Christopher Fox amongst others. 

Portfolio: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4OaC5xZHj2njvhaj8AkjJ8

Website: https://monty-adkins.com/

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Digital Music
  • Acousmatic Music
  • Aesthetics of Digital Music
  • Experimental Electronic Music Composition
  • Sonic Art
  • Sonic Installation
  • Sound Spatialisation


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