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Name: Sam Topley

PhD: Music/Textiles

Thesis Title: Craft-Focused Electronic Instrument Building

 

Thesis Description:

This research investigates a craft-focused approach to electronic musical instrument building. Through the investigation of textile-based handcrafts, sound and electronics, this multidisciplinary and practice-led research intends to further develop an artistic practice, question gender and inclusion in electronic music and music technology, and the potential of engaging audiences through craft, play and participatory practices.

 

Supervisors and Institutions: 

Dr John Richards (De Montfort University)

Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd (Nottingham Trent University)

Prof Leigh Landy (De Montfort University)

 

Publications:

One Knob To Rule Them All: Reductionist Interfaces For Expansionist Research. Proceedings of the International Conference On New Interfaces For Musical Expression, Brisbane, Australia. p433 - 438. 

 

Undergraduate Teaching:

2016/2017 - 2017/2018
Modules: 
Creating with Technology and Music, Media and Community Arts
De Montfort University

 

2015/2016
Modules: 
Music, Media and Community Arts
De Montfort University

 

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

2017:

Making Noise (SEND workshops, c/o soundLINCS)
Guildhall Arts Centre
Grantham, UK
Feb - Jul 2017 (biweekly)

 

DIY Music Technology (workshops, c/o soundLINCS)
Redhill Youth & Community Centre
Arnold, UK
Feb - May 2017 (biweekly)

 

2016:

poem (performance)
Yan Jun provocation - 'A Laundromat by the Sea'
Phoenix Arts Centre
Leicester, UK
06/12/16 


build a snog synth (workshop)
SynthPunk Festival
DIY Space for London
London, UK
22/10/16 


giant pompom (participatory performance)
Music, Technology and Innovation Concert Series 
De Montfort University
Leicester, UK
12/10/16


build a snog synth (workshop)
Always The Sun Festival
Guildford, UK
11/09/16 


neonoise (exhibition)
Indie Art Collective
Lights of Soho
London, UK
16/08/16


Hand Crafted Music Technology (seminar/workshop)
Milford Music Works
Yamaha Music Centre
Surrey, UK
15/08/16 


threadbare (workshop)
Media Festival
De Montfort University
Leicester, UK
24/05/16


Textile-Based Sound Art (seminar)
Symposium 2
Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre 
De Montfort University
Leicester, UK
09/03/16


(performance)
w/ Max Wainwright, Jim Frize, Dushume and Dirty Electronics
24kvm
Gothenburg, SE
27/02/16


Stress Call of the Stinging Nettle (performance)
by Christine Odlund
Dome of Visions
Stockholm, SE
26/02/16


Royal College of Music (residency)
Stockholm, SE
22/02/16-28/02/16


giant pompoms (exhibition)
Erika's 'ONNA' E.P. launch event
Red Gallery, Shoreditch
London, UK
27/01/16


2015:

One Knob to Rule Them All
A research project and performance between: Culture Lab, Newcastle University De Montfort University, Leicester and Tongji University, Shanghai
08/12/15-16/12/15
see: blog and NIME 2016 proceedings 


Dirty Electronics: Colossus (workshop/performance)
BEASTdome Pantry Session: 'Hand-made Music'
University of Birmingham, UK
10/12/15


The Unexpected Whiz (performance)
with Anat Ben-David (Chicks on Speed) and the Dirty Electronics Ensemble
De Montfort University
Leicester, UK
02/12/15


Art & Sound Symposium (organiser)
Phoenix Arts Centre & Curve Theatre
Leicester, UK
04/07/15


pompom synth (workshop)
Make||Sound Festival
Highcross Centre
Leicester, UK
11/06/15
http://makefestival.uk


Build a Chocolate Block Synth (workshop)
w/ Dirty Electronics 
Spark Arts Children's Festival
Phoenix Arts Centre
Leicester UK
28/05/15
http://www.sparkfestival.co.uk


Greenwich Noise Colloquium (performance)
University of Greenwich
London, UK
21/03/15-22/03/15


piece for three crap pompoms (performance)
MTI Mix 4
De Montfort University
Leicester, UK
18/03/15


LLEAPP Symposium (performance)
De Montfort University
Leicester, UK
04/03/15-06/03/15


Dirty Electronics' Ugly Weekender (performance)
Primary
Nottingham, UK
13/02/15-14/02/15

2014:

Dirty Electronics' Wounded Furniture (performance)
Phoenix Arts Centre
Leicester, UK
11/12/14


R1 Reactor Hall (performance)
KTH
Stockholm, SE
09/10/14


Towards Attire (seminar)
Royal College of Music (KMH)
Stockholm, SE
October 2014


sewable synths (workshop)
St. Bartholomew's C of E Primary School
Leicestershire, UK
March/April 2014


Other Research Interests:

  • Sound Art
  • DIY Music Technology
  • Participatory Art
  • Craftivism
  • Gender
  • Wellbeing and Mindfulness

 

University email address: samantha.topley@dmu.ac.uk

Social Media: @samtopley

Website: www.samantha-topley.co.uk

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