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Name: James Opstad

PhD: Musical Composition

Thesis Title: A new kind of score: rethinking the relationship between composer, performer and technology


Thesis Description:

This practice-based research focuses on the composition of new musical works utilising tablet-based score reading technologies. I am exploring whether new innovations could enable the development of a more fluid and dynamic relationship between composer, performer and technology. As part of my research, I am developing a new score reading application to address the specific demands of my compositional works. I hope this will also form the basis of further research leading towards a flexible and accessible tool to be used by others.


Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Scott Wilson (University of Birmingham)

Howard Skempton (Birmingham City University)

Xenia Pestova (University of Nottingham)



BMus (Hons) First Class, Royal Academy of Music

MA by Research, University of Birmingham


Performance Experience

duck-rabbit (

Apartment House


Fugata Quintet


Performances in UK, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Romania and Abu Dhabi

Live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and BBC Radio 3 World On 3



University email address:

Twitter: @james_opstad

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