Mark Thursby

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Mark is the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) in Music Production. He is also a panel member of the C@N-DO team, monitoring applications for Advance HE membership. Mark also manages the HE Partnerships for the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology. 

Mark has 20+ years experience teaching in Higher Education and has extensive knowledge of curriculum design and external verification. 

Outside of his teaching and research commitments, Mark composes electronic music and is a sound designer for theatre and other art-based projects. Mark also plays Guitar and drums. 

Research Interests

Mark Thursby's research interests lie across the following areas:

1) analytic philosophy and philosophy of mind: consciousness and naturalistic approaches to the exploration of self and qualia. Heterophenomenology and third-person analysis of first-person ontology. 

2) psychology and evolutionary psychology: cognitive bias, evolutionary approaches to learning, learning theory, intuition and reason, group behaviour, biological analysis of politics and gender. 

3) Critical theory in music: postmodernism, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, marxism, social constructionism vs epistemology. 

4) Composition: acousmatic, drum and bass, electonic, synthesis, sampling, harmonic series and just intonation, digital audio and glitch

5) Music theory and improvisation: student understanding of music theory in the digital age. 

Teaching Interests

Mark Thursby is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Music Production at the University of Northampton. His teaching interests are:

* Music Production - synthesis, sound design, exploration of audio in the digital domain.

* Composition - acoustimatic, electronic and drum and bass.

* Music theory: harmony, jazz, fusion, improvisation

* Acoustics and psychoacoustics: harmony, pitch, just intonation, equally tempered scales, perception of sound 

He teaches the following modules: 

MUS1141 - Music Production Analysis

MUS1142 - Creative Music Production Techniques

MUS2140 - How Music Works

MUS2148 - Critical Listening & Mastering

MUS2150 - DAW2 Synthesis

MUS2151 - DAW2 Sampling

MUS3130 - Music Education

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Philosophy , University of Nottingham

1 Sept 200431 May 2006

Award Date: 31 May 2006

Master, Certificate in Education , University of Northampton

1 Sept 200031 May 2031

Award Date: 31 May 2002

Bachelor, BA (Hons) Music and Recording, University of Salford

1 Sept 199631 May 1999

Award Date: 31 May 1999

External positions

Researcher and visiting lecturer, dBs Music

1 Sept 2015 → …


  • B Philosophy (General)
  • BF Psychology
  • L Education (General)
  • M Music
  • MT Musical instruction and study


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