Dr Stace Constantinou

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Biography

Stace Constantinou, PhD is a senior lecturer and programme leader for the Popular Music course at The University of Northampton. He has twenty-year’s experience as a musician, composer/ songwriter.

He also makes the occasional radio programme, sporadically writes about music, and has recently started making Podcasts.

He is currently working on a couple of projects including an electronic music EP, The SAPIAN Trilogy about an imaginary AI, as well as analysing popular music songs.

As a child won a scholarship to study piano, cello and composition at music school. Aged 13 got a job waiting tables and saved up for a year to buy first AKAI synthesiser, later also bought an Alesis MIDI sequencer. At University learned music technology and has gone on to compose and produce for the concert stage, radio and film – he won the Ricordi Prize for Best Composition.

Having collaborated with artists, film directors, other musicians there is a mathemusic and technological aspect to his work, including patterning and concepts for musical composition/ production practice. Technology also plays a very important role in his music producing, with a strong capability in using various digital audio workstation (DAW) software including Logic X, Max, Ableton, and Sibelius.

Composes and produces a range of styles and mediums including for solo instruments, ensembles, popular, electronic, concert music and music for media. Having produced a number of radio programmes about music has also written a chapter on the Audio Object for Routledge.

His works have been performed in concerts, festivals and exhibitions in Britain, Greece, Finland, Australia and more recently in the USA and Japan too. His music has also been featured on the radio including Resonance FM and BBC national radio too.

Research Interests

Currently working on part two of a trilogy of programmatic electronic music works, exploring artificial intelligence in relation to science and ontological ideas, from writers as diverse as Joanna Zylinska, G. I. Gurdieff, Kurzweil/ Minsky, Nick Bostrom, Caroline Bassett and Kate Crawford.

Writing a book proposal on popular song analysis, using a new analytical tool.

Also investigating the potentiality of attempting to adapt reduced symmetry in mathematics into a digital signal process (DSP) for use in music production.

Other interests include:

  • I'm also interest in sound as a creative medium with which to work with.
  • Musical Creativity and Composition/ Songwriting.
  • Novelty in Music.
  • The impact and use of technology on musicmaking.
  • Music analysis (popular music song analysis primarily).
  • The nature and impact of patterns on music making.
  • Machine learning in music creation (including the use of AI).

Industry Connections

Resonance FM (including Resonance Extra)

Angel Studios, London

The Podcast Company

 

Supervision

I am first supervisor to two practice based PhD in the arts students.

Gemma Boaden
The development and implementation of a hybrid voice practice for actors in various performance environments: a creative approach.

Michael W. Bell
Experiential Soundtracks: A Creative, Programmatic Approach Utilising Contemporary Spatial and Multichannel Audio Technologies (CS-MAT).

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Processes of creative patterning : a compositional approach, Kingston University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2015

Keywords

  • M Music
  • Composition
  • Music Production
  • Music Technology
  • Electronic Music
  • Digital Audio Workstation
  • Audio-Objects
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Music Philosophy
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Patterns in Music
  • Novelty in Music
  • Performance and Installation
  • Soundscapes
  • Spatial Sound
  • MT Musical instruction and study
  • ML Literature of music
  • BH Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Music
  • T201 Patents. Trademarks

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