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Popular Music Studies; Popular Music Composition; Art of Record Production; Popular Music Practice; Music Archaeology; Sound Archaeology; Archaeoacoustics; Music, Religion and Spirituality; Music and Ritual; Electronic Dance Music; Electronic Dance Music Cultures; Songwriting; Celebrity and Stardom.

  • 29 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
20102019

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Personal profile

Biography

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. He has research interests in popular music and sound archaeology. He is Chair of the International Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland Branch. He directed Huddersfield activities within the European Music Archaeology Project, a large 5 year European Union Culture Programme funded project (2013-18). He is Editor of the Cambridge University Press Elements in Popular Music series. 

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

External positions

Chair of the Executive Committee, International Association for the Study of Popular Music

Jul 2019 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • 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

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

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

1/02/1331/03/14

Project: Research

Research Output

Interactive Soundgate Exhibit

Till, R., 10 Dec 2019

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

  • Open Access
  • 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

  • Dub Archaeology

    Till, R., Conner, S., Salama, M., Hagel, S., Egevad, A., Egevad, J., Potengowski, A. F. & Lake, D., Aug 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • 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

  • Activities

    Sound Archaeology: Producing the Ancient Past

    Rupert Till (Speaker)
    4 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Crosstown Traffic

    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, ...

    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

    Ambient @40

    Monty Adkins (Organiser), Rupert Till (Participant)
    23 Feb 201824 Feb 2018

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

    Press / Media

    1969: When the Beatles Broke Up and the Party had to Stop

    Rupert Till

    27/12/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Offensive Language in Music

    Rupert Till

    19/12/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Music to Keep the Darkness at Bay

    Rupert Till

    16/12/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Classical CDs Weekly: Handel, William Howard, Professor Chill

    Rupert Till

    13/10/18

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    How I Made A Record With 30,000-Year-Old Bone Flutes

    Rupert Till

    27/09/18

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment