Dr Peter Batchelor

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: Leicester Media School

Research group(s): Music, Technology and Innovation Institute for Sonic Research (MTI^2)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8563

E: peter.batchelor@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.peterbatchelor.com


Personal profile

Dr Peter Batchelor is a Senior Lecturer in Music, Technology and Innovation.  He studied with Jonty Harrison and Andrew Lewis and, having completed a PhD in composition at the University of Birmingham, joined the team at De Montfort in 2003.

His music draws strongly on the aesthetics and compositional concerns of the acousmatic tradition, which provides a foundation from which to investigate a variety of other genres and presentation formats for electroacoustic media including radiophonic documentary, live-electronics and improvisation, multimedia and large-scale multi-channel installation work.  More recently his interest has shifted towards site-specific public (sound) art, including the fabrication of aural landscapes and sonic illusion (trompe l’oreille).

His work has received recognition from such sources as the Concours de musique electroacoustique de Bourges and the International ElectroAcoustic Music Contest of São Paulo and has been presented internationally.

Key research outputs

  • Contraption (288 channel installation — speakers arranged in cylindrical columns) (2020)

  • Batchelor, P., 2019. Grasping the Intimate Immensity: Acousmatic compositional techniques in sound art as 'something to hold on to'. Organised Sound, 24(3), pp.307-318.
  • Orbits (6 channel installation — speakers on rotating arms) (2019)

  • Cascade (256 channel installation — flat panel arrangement) (2018)

  • Beyond (40 channel installation — geodesic sphere arrangement) (2015)

  • Batchelor, P. 2015. Acousmatic Approaches to the Construction of Image and Space in Sound Art. Organised Sound20(2), pp.148-159.

  • Kaleidoscope: Fuse— 8 channel acousmatic work (2013)

  • Kaleidoscope: Pulse — 8 channel acousmatic work (2013)

  • Batchelor, P., 2013. Lowercase Strategies in Public Sound Art: celebrating the transient audience. Organised Sound, 18(1), pp.14-21.
  • DOME (26 channel installation — geodesic dome. arrangement) (2012)

  • Kaleidoscope: Nebula — 8 channel acousmatic work (2011)

  • Batchelor, P. 2007. Really Hearing the Thing: An Investigation of the Creative Possibilities of Trompe L'Oreille and the Fabrication of Aural Landscapes. EMS Proceedings 2007.
  • Kaleidoscope: Fissure — 8 channel acousmatic work (2006)

  • Studies on Canvas — 30 channel flat-panel installation (2004)

  • Kaleidoscope: Arcade — 12 channel acousmatic work (2004)

Research interests/expertise

Music composition (electroacoustic, acousmatic), installation art, public art, multichannel sound deployment, trompe l’oreille.

Areas of teaching

  • Audio Production
  • Sequencing
  • Synthesis and sound design
  • Critical studies
  • Programming using Max/MSP
  • Composition and creative work
  • Sound spatialisation
  • Installation Art


  • BMus—University of Wales, Bangor (1996)
  • MPhil—University of Wales, Bangor (1997)
  • PhD—University of Birmingham (2004)

Courses taught

  • MATA1006 Introduction to Studio Production
  • MATD1046 Sequencing & Synthesis
  • MATT2006 Negotiated Project
  • MATT3000 Research Project
  • MATT3003 Personal Practice
  • MATT3007 Installation Art & Environments
  • MATT3017 Spatial Audio Production
  • MUST1001 Foundations of Music
  • MUST1008 Creating with Technology
  • MUST1009 Digital Cultures
  • MUST2007 Sound in Space
  • MUST3000/3024 Dissertation/Final Project
  • MUST3021 Advanced Creative Projects
  • MUST5001 Aesthetics and Ideas in Sonic Arts
  • MUST5009 Spatial Audio

Honours and awards

  • Finalist in the Sounds Electric ’07 Competition, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland 
  • Mention in the 'Quadrivium' category of the 34e Concours Internationaux de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2007
  • 2nd Prize in the CIMESP'99 competition, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Mention in the 'Quadrivium' category of the 25e Concours de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges 1998
  • Prize in the 'Residences' category of the 24e Concours de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges 1997
  • Honourable Mention in the CIMESP'97 competition, São Paulo, Brazil

Membership of external committees

International Computer Music Association


Conference attendance

Keynote Presenter

  • Batchelor, P. 2015. A view to somewhere in space: multichannel acousmatic music outside the concert hall. Keynote talk presented at VOLUME Sound & Spatiality Festival, Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.

Invited Talk

  • Batchelor, P. 2018. Encounters in space and place: immersive environment construction for the concert hall and beyond. Bournmouth University
  • Batchelor, P. 2017. Through the Looking Glass: Reflectivity vs Transparency; and the embedding of Place through Sound. Paper presented at ARCTIC SOUND & NATURE Conference 2017, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi.

Reviewed Conference Papers

  • Batchelor, P., 2019. MAKE(R) SOUND: Affordable technologies in the creation of (acousmatic) sound art. Convergences 2019 Conference, De Monfort University, Leicester.

  • Batchelor, P. 2015. From Spaces to Places: multichannel acousmatic music outside the concert hall. Paper presented at BEAST FEaST 2015, University of Birmingham, Birmingham.

  • Batchelor, P. 2014. Evaluating Acousmatic Compositional Strategies within Public Sound Art. Electronic Music Studies Network Conference, Berlin.

  • Batchelor, P., 2007. Fabricating Aural Landscapes: some Compositional Implications of Trompe L'oreille. Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference.

Current research students

PhD First Supervisor

  1. Stefano Catena -- The Language of Music in Space: A Study ofListeners' Perception to Develop a New Vocabulary of Sound Movement
  2. Thom Corah -- A Framework for Site-Specific Spatial Audio Applications
  3. Michael Uwins -- Can augmented 360° sound be used to enhance the listening experience of vinyl?
  4. Stewart Worthy -- Beyond the Curtain: An Investigation of Hidden Qualities within Sound-based Installation Art

PhD Second Supervisor

  1. Philip Arnold -- Deep Hertz - The Challenges of Site Specific Infrasound Installations

Professional esteem indicators

Reviewer: Organised Sound


Other forms of public presentation

(selected recent performances/presentations)

17-20 Jun 2020  — Accepted for EMS 2020, a conference run by the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network (Cancelled due to COVID-19) (Contraption)

1-2 May 2020 — Accepted for BEAST FEaST 2020 ‘Come Together’, a conference run by the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (Cancelled due to COVID-19) (Contraption)

1-4 Jun 2019 — CURVE Theatre, Leicester as part of Interfaces Festival (Contraption prototype)

7 Feb 2019 — Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre, London as part Music of Today series run by the Philharmonia Orchestra (Orbits)

21-23 Sep 2018 -- Studio 2, PACE Building, De Montfort University, Leicester as part of Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ International Conference (Cascade)

26-28 Apr 2018 — Studio 1, Bramall Building, University of Birmingham as part of BEAST FEaST—BEASTopia!, a conference run by the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (Cascade)

5 Mar 2018 — Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool as part of the VOLUME Festival (Beyond: White)

23-24 Jun 2017 — Hugh Aston Courtyard, De Montfort University, Leicester as part of Art & Sound Symposium: ‘Craft’ (Beyond: Willow)

1-3 Nov 2015 — Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland as part of the VOLUME Festival (Beyond: White)

6-13 Jun 2015 — CURVE Theatre, Leicester as part of the Make||Sound Festival (Beyond: White)

6-13 Jun 2015 — Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester as part of the Make||Sound Festival (Beyond: Fire)

30 Apr-2 May 2015 — Bramall Foyer, University of Birmingham at BEAST FEaST, a conference run by the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (Beyond: White)

30 Apr-2 May 2015 — Chancellor's Court, University of Birmingham at BEAST FEaST, a conference run by the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (Beyond: Willow)

3-11 May 2014 — Cube gallery, Phoenix Square, Leicester as part of Loss & Gain (Assisting Hearing; Expanding Listening)— an installation focusing on hearing loss by Ximena Alarcon, Peter Batchelor, Ian Bilson and Lorenzo Picinalli (Beyond: White)

09-14 Sep 2012 -- International Computer Music Conference, Jakopic Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia (DOME installation)

11-14 Jul 2012 -- Sound & Music Computing Conference, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark (DOME installation)

13 Mar 2012 -- Invited concert, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK (Kaleidoscope: Fissure; Nebula)

04 May 2011 -- HYDRA electroacoustic music and video concert, Paine Hall, Harvard University (Kaleidoscope: Arcade)

30 Oct 2010 -- Jugendzentrum "mon ami", Weimar, Germany (Kaleidoscope: Arcade)

27 May 2010 -- Greek Orthodox Church, Old Fortress, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece (Kaleidoscope: Fissure) 

29 Jul 2010 -- Inventionen 2010, Elisabethkirche, Berlin, Germany (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

06 Feg 2010 -- Soundings, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

06 Jun 2009 -- Sound Junction 2009, University of Sheffield, Sheffield (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

April 2009 -- Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

11 Jan 2008 -- 25 yrs BEAST, George Cadbury Hall, Birmingham, UK (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

07 Feb 2008 -- ÉuCuE: serie XXVI series, Salle de concert Oscar Peterson, université Concordia, Montreal, Quebec (Kaleidoscope: Fissure; Kaleidoscope: Arcade)

29 Feb 2008 -- Sonic Space, SEAMS (Society for Electroacoustic Music in Sweden), Fylkingen, Sweden (Kaleidoscope: Arcade)

29 Apr 2008 -- ElectriCity, The Great Hall, City University, London (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

15 Aug 2008 -- VII BIMESP 2008, SESC Vila Mariana, São Paulo, Brazil (Kaleidoscope: Arcade)

25 Nov 2008 -- LA Sonic Odyssey, Pasadena, CA, USA (Kaleidoscope: Arcade)