I am a graduate student in the Music department at Goldsmiths University of London. My doctoral research is centred around articulations of identity amongst ukulele players, both alone and in a group/community context, and will draw particularly from intersectional theory, taking into account overlapping issues of identity including gender, race, class, sexuality and dis/ability. My research is funded by the CHASE consortium.
MA in Music (Popular Music Research) (Distinction)
Goldsmiths, University of LondonLondon, UK
Thesis: ‘Being a Woman, Being a Woman’: Gendered Criticism of Joanna Newsom
Research paper: Is the time we spend on music justifiable in ethical, social and economic terms?
Literature Review: Cultural significance of the C86/Indiepop scene from 1986 to the present day
Research paper: With reference to specific theorists and musicians, assess the critical treatment of postfeminism.
Research paper: Representation of the Ukulele in Western Popular Culture
Bachelor of Arts in Music (2:1)
University of CambridgeCambridge, UK
Dissertation: 'Well, who am I?': Constructions of identity in the music of Neil Hannon.
Dissertation: Out of the Wilderness: an enquiry into the redirection of contemporary music through the synthesis created by John Coolidge Adams
Analysis portfolio: Steve Reich and Beryl Korot's 'Three Tales'/William Walton's 'Facade'
I taught weekly seminar groups for the first-year music course's core Issues and Topics module, Disco Cultures, for two years running, preparing revision materials, leading discussion sessions and elaborating upon topics taught in lectures. I also set and marked mock exams, and double-marked coursework essays.
School of Noise
I work on an occasional, ad-hoc basis for School of Noise, an organisation running workshops for young people and adults aimed at encouraging the exploration of experimental, electronic sound and music.
I have played various keyboard instruments, including synthesiser, harmonium and piano, in live and recorded session contexts for multiple musicians, including Darren Hayman (formerly of Hefner), Pete Astor (formerly of The Loft and the Weather Prophets), and Ian Button (formerly of Death In Vegas). I also make solo electronic music under the name Deerful.
Web designer and front-end developer
While seeking PhD funding I ran a successful small business as a primarily self-taught web designer and front-end developer.
I write, produce and perform synth-pop under the name Deerful. I have released two singles and two EPs on independent labels Where It's At Is Where You Are and Gare Du Nord, and will release an album in the spring/summer of 2017. I also maintain a YouTube channel with a small following focused upon songwriting, production, and live performance.
I also contributed the tracks 'Strength In A Storm', 'A Hopeful Moment', 'A Spark of Joy', 'Early Riser', and 'Teatime Shuffle', co-written and co-produced with Donal Scott, to the Clearwave production library's album Simply Ukuleles, using my knowledge of the advertising market for ukulele music gained from my thesis work.
I create and self-release audio collages using found sounds in various locations as abstract documents of spaces, places and events. In January 2016 I also produced and released the EP Browser Pieces, using only web browser-based synthesisers, in a single evening.
Intersectional Gentleness in Early-Stage Fieldwork
CHASE Music Network
Don't Make Me Go Outside: Feminine melancholy, recovery, and rejecting resilience through electronic music
S.E.E. - Sound Education Experience
A Declaration of Openness: intersectionality, idealism, and the politics of gentleness in early-stage research
European Doctoral Seminar - Situations of Knowing
Radio interview - 'Little Trouble Girls' - Marie Merlet
A series of bots using the Twitter framework to automate artistic or humorous content, programmatically generated in the Tracery library or in Python. My primary bot project is Graphic Score Bot, which generates graphic scores to inspire experimental musicians, and which was premiered in a live performance at Somerset House in April 2016.
I contributed Python code to sound artists |end| and Annie Goh's installation, |dis|quiÉTUDE, which will be shown at St James Hatcham Church in southeast London. The code taps into Twitter streams which can be specified either by retweeted user or by specific search terms or hashtags, extracts numerical data from their associated follower counts, likes, and permalinks, and passes that data to Supercollider via the Open Sound Control protocol.