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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. M. & Scarre, C.


Project: ResearchResearch Council

Research Output 2010 2017

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 Citations

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., 11 Sep 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
1 Citations

Popular music education: A step into the light

Till, R., 20 Jan 2017, The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education. Dylan Smith, G., Moir, Z., Brennan, M., Rambarran, S. & Kirkman, P. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 14-30 17 p. (Routledge Research Companions).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

music lessons
educational activities
field of study
educational program

Popular Music Practice: Music as Research. Introduction to the Special Issue

Till, R. (ed.), 2017, In : IASPM@Journal. 7, 2, p. 2-7

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Popular music
Research Practice

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Editorial work

IASPM@Journal (Journal)

Rupert Till (Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work