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PhD: Music Composition

Thesis Title: 

Grandchildren of Experimental Music performing the compositional act by creating intriguing situations in which musical sound may occur. 

Thesis Description: 
I explore alternative methods of musical composition that question the distinction between composer and performer in order to create a series of large-scale works that engage a broader public in the production of new music. Music is a social practice, but what are the implicit rules of its composition? Can I reinterpret these rules to incorporate public action, and is it possible to compose with the fabric of the city itself? The outcome of my research will introduce an expanded compositional practice that will serve as a blueprint to equip composer-performers with appropriate skills to question existing orthodoxies within a changing music world.

Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Michael Wolters and Howard Skempton - Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University)

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:


  • Awarded the degree of PhD on 3/5/18 following my Viva Voce examination on 1/2/18.
    Examination team: Mel Brimfield, Lawrence Crane, and Ed Bennett.
  • Accepted a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Birmingham City University.


  • 'Royal Musical Association Music and Philosophy Study Group' conference at King’s College London - presentation of my piece Wachen during the 'RMA Music and/as Process Study Group'. More info.

  • Publication in CRU3 magazine, published by La Plaque Tournante, London/Berlin: 'Sound of a marathon' and 'Listening to music when pregnant harms your baby'. More info.

  • Publication in Riffs - Experimental writing on popular music (Issue 1, February 2017) ISSN 2513-8537: 'Locational Aesthetics: Squashing'. Available here.


  • Publication in MusikTexte Zeitschrift für Neue Musik (Issue 149, May 2016): 'Stop inhaling Oxygen and exhaling Carbon Dioxide because "we did that in the 60s"'. Available to download here.

  • 'Fringes, Outsides and Undergrounds: The aesthetics and politics of unpopular music' conference at Goldsmiths (University of London) - presentation of my collaborative piece Packaged Pleasure. More info.

  • 48th Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt (Germany) - Developed collaborative work with Chicago ensemble Mocrep under guidance of Steven Takasugi (Rieman and Baketel Fellow for Music at Harvard University). More info.


  • Publication in International Journal of Žižek Studies (Volume 9, Number 1) - 'Why that monkey washes his balls in my whiskey'. Available to download here.


  • International Žižek Studies Conference, University of Cincinnati (USA) "Parallax Future(s) in Art and Design, Ideology, and Philosophy" - presentation of creative response to the philosophy of Slavoj Žižek. More info.

  • 47th Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt (Germany) - participant in the Composer-Performer workshop, including a performance of my work at the Kunsthalle. More info.

Selected performances


16/6 Make each face a living note - Birmingham International Dance Festival, UK


28/4 A Song - Via Nova - Post Paradise, Centrala, Birmingham, UK

11/3 Up Down Left Right - Salvation Army Citadel, Bristol, UK


13/8 In which we went looking for one thing and found another - Orangerie, Darmstadt, Germany

9/7 He that plays the English Gentleman shall be welcome - Cheltenham Music Festival, UK

6/5 Tea Towel - The Hermes Experiment. 'Late Shift', National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

13/3 ***SURPRISE PERFORMANCE*** - Frontiers Festival, Birmingham Conservatoire, UK


26/9 Packaged Pleasure - Collaboration with Mathias Monrad Møller and Kaj Duncan David. Nordic Music Days, Copenhagen, Denmark

28/7 Bowmanship - Del Rex, Berlin, Germany

13/7 Long Piece - Block4 Recorder Quartet. '840 Concert Series', St. James' Church, Islington, London, UK

18/4 Composing music for eleven minutes dressed in Eighteenth Century costume - Orkest de Ereprijs. Orgelpark, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

16/3 - 25/3 
£108 – Art Never Lies. 
We built this Stadt. 
The Ticklish Subject
Collaborative work presented as part of Frontiers Festival, Birmingham Conservatoire, UK

14/1 BBC Radio Luck - Live interview on BBC Essex, Andy Ingamells performing as fellow composer Neil Luck, Chelmsford, UK


9/12 Holland, 1889 - Ludwig Abraham, Daniel Verasson, Andy Ingamells. 'Trugschluss #vier', Kunstmuseum, Marburg, Germany

5/12 I WANT YOU - 'Digbeth First Friday', Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK

2/9 Sound of a Marathon - 'Kammer Klang', Café Oto, London, UK

13/8 Music in training - Leo Hofmann & Andy Ingamells. Kunsthalle, Darmstadt, Germany

19/7 The Highland Games People Play - Ensemble Lös Caballeros. 'Walled City Festival', Derry, UK

4/4 Why that monkey washes his balls in my whisky - 'International Žižek Studies Conference', University of Cincinnati, USA

22/3 Ringing Out - Collaboration with Beth Derbyshire. 'SCORE - Trace that sound', Library of Birmingham, UK

24/1 @textscoreaday #180: Run 10km to a concert hall - Vinyl record played on 'The Palindrome Jukebox' made by Simon Lewandowski & Sam Belinfante. 'The Reversing Machine', The Tetley, Leeds, UK


6/7 Why that monkey washes his balls in my whisky - Žižek (the band). 'Map Play Narrate', The Royal Gallery, The Hague, The Netherlands

15/6 As Slow As Possible - collaboration with Maya Verlaak. 'It's About Time', Quartair, The Hague, The Netherlands

7/6 Free as in beer - 'New Fordist Organisation', Vrije Academie, The Hague, The Netherlands


16/12 The Belgian Job - Dynamics-Of-Performance. 'Expanded Performance', Stroom, The Hague, The Netherlands

23/11 How to explain songs to a Goudakaas wedge - 'Kunstvlaai - INexactly THIS', Sint Nicolaas Lyceum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

9/11 Psychogeography - collaboration with Ravi Deepres. 'The Voice & the Lens', Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

16/9 Willkommen im Paradies - Festakt in fünf Teilen - Marcus Droß, Gerd Kolter, Michael Wolters, Andy IngamellsGöppingen, Germany

23/4 March in three movements and eight meters, or Loud Sinatra Gets ASBO For Deaf Gran, 87 - collaboration with Sarah Nixon. Ligeti Academy, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

15/4 The naïve genius does the darndest things - (collaboration with Julia Reist and Jeremiah Runnels) Iris Marie Vermeulen, Luka Happe and the Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor. 'Three artists walk into a bar', Het Veem Theater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Other Research Interests:

  • Performance Art
  • Visual Art
  • Theatre

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