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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. 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.

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  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

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


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