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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) Popular Music 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 on the following modules: 

MUS1124 - Digital Audio Workstation 1

MUS2124 - Digital Audio Workstation 2 

MUS1130 - Composition and Theory 1

MUS1129  - Cultural Theory

MUS2127 - Performance 2

MUS3128 - Performance 3

MUS3126 - Avant Pop


Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Nottingham

1 Sep 200431 May 2006

Award Date: 31 May 2006

Master, University of Northampton

1 Sep 200031 May 2031

Award Date: 31 May 2002

Bachelor, University of Salford

1 Sep 199631 May 1999

Award Date: 31 May 1999

External positions

Researcher and visiting lecturer, dBs Music

1 Sep 2015 → …


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


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