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Dr. Rupert Till is Professor of Music in the Department of Music and Drama, having worked at the University of Huddersfield since 2002. He is also Associate Dean International in the School of Music, Humanities and Media, responsible for overseeing international development and recruitment. In addition he is Director of the Popular Music Studies Research Group.

He has research interests in popular music and sound archaeology. He is a member of the executive committee of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland Branch. He directs Huddersfield activities within the European Music Archaeology Project, a large 5 year European Union Culture Programme funded project.

He previously worked at Bretton Hall University College, and studied composition with minimalist Gavin Bryars, Scratch Orchestra founder member Christopher Hobbs, sound artist Katharine Norman, and with George Nicholson. His PhD included film music, music for dance, ambient techno and electronica compositions. He continues to write electronica and music for screen, and is also an active performer, he plays piano, keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion and sings. He has appeared on TV and Radio, including BBC Breakfast, BBC News, the Sky at Night, Mystery Quest, BBC Radio 2, 4, 5, 6 and World Service, LBC, various international stations, and speaks regularly on BBC Radio Leeds and Sheffield on popular music subjects.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Electronic Dance Music and its culture
  • Popular Music Composition
  • Popular Music Performance
  • Popular Music and Religion
  • Stardom and Celebrity Culture
  • Arhcaeoacoustics, Music Archaeology and Sound Archaeology
  • Postmodern Composition and Performance
  • Art of Record Production


  • Electronic Dance Music
  • Popular Music Composition
  • Popular Music Performance
  • Popular Music and Religion
  • Stardom
  • Celebrity Culture
  • Archaeoacoustics
  • Music Archaeology
  • Sound Archaeology
  • Postmodern Composition
  • Performance
  • Art of Record Production

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Projects 2013 2014

Songs of the Caves: acoustics and prehistoric art in Cantabrian caves

Till, R., Fazenda, B. & Scarre, C.


Project: ResearchResearch Council - AHRC

Research Output 2010 2019

Open Access
World Heritage Site
acoustic property

Apollo and Dionysus: Sounds From Classical Antiquity. European Music Archaeology Project Volume 5

Till, R., Conner, S., Brown, B., Armstrong, C., Sutkowska, O., Kenny, J., Willberg, J., Till, R., Till, R. & Lake, D., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Classical Antiquity
European music

Ambient Music

Till, R., 6 Apr 2017, The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music. Partridge, C. & Moberg, M. (eds.). 1 ed. London: Bloomsbury Academic, (Bloomsbury Handbooks in Religion).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


An archaeoacoustic study of the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum on Malta

Till, R., Feb 2017, In : Antiquity. 91, 355, p. 74-89 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
religious behavior
1 Citation (Scopus)

Cave acoustics in prehistory: Exploring the association of Palaeolithic visual motifs and acoustic response

Fazenda, B., Scarre, C., Till, R., Pasalodos, R. J., Rojo Guerra, M., Tejedor, C., Ontanon Peredo, R., Watson, A., Wyatt, S., García Benito, C., Drinkall, H. & Foulds, F., 2017, In : Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 142, 3, p. 1332-1349 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
acoustic measurement

Activities 2014 2018

Ambient @40

Rupert Till (Organiser)
23 Feb 201824 Feb 2018

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

Kairos: stopping time with ambient dub

Rupert Till (Speaker)
18 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Samsara Festival

Rupert Till (Participant)
11 Aug 2018

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

An Introduction to Archaeoacoustics

Rupert Till (Speaker)
20 Jul 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Theory and Practice

Rupert Till (Organiser), Toby Martin (Organiser), Jan-Peter Herbst (Organiser), Austin Moore (Organiser), Mark Mynett (Organiser), Lisa Colton (Organiser), Catherine Haworth (Organiser)
3 Sep 20185 Sep 2018

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

Press / Media

Music to Keep the Darkness at Bay

Rupert Till


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment