Dr Peter Batchelor

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Technology

School/department: Leicester Media School

Research group(s): Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre (MTIRC)

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8563

E: pbatchelor@dmu.ac.uk

W: 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, but uses this heritage as a springboard 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

  • DOME (Geodesic sound dome for 26 loudspeakers) (2012)
  • Nebula — 8 channel acousmatic work (2011)
  • 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

Acousmatic Composition, Installation Art, Public Art, Multichannel Sound Deployment, Trompe L’oreille.

Areas of teaching

  • Programming using Max/MSP
  • Composition and creative work
  • Sound in Space
  • Installation Art


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

Courses taught

  • MUST1001 Foundations of Music
  • MUST1002 Techniques of Digital Audio
  • MUST1008 Creating with Technology
  • MUST1009 Digital Cultures
  • MUST2007 Sound in Space
  • MUST3021 Advanced Creative Projects
  • MUST3028 Installation Art
  • MUST3000/3024 Dissertation/Final Project

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

Membership of external committees

International Computer Music Association


Conference attendance

International Computer Music Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia — Sep 2012

Sound and Music Computing Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark — Jul 2012

International Computer Music Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark — Aug 2007

Current research students

Simon Smith (MA by independent research): 2nd supervisor.


Professional esteem indicators

Reviewer: Organised Sound


Other forms of public presentation

(selected recent performances/presentations)

09-14.09.12: International Computer Music Conference, Jakopic Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia (DOME installation)

11-14.07.12: Sound & Music Computing Conference, Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark (DOME installation)

13.03.12: Invited concert, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, UK (Kaleidoscope: Fissure; Nebula)

04.05.11: HYDRA electroacoustic music and video concert, Paine Hall, Harvard University (Kaleidoscope: Arcade)

30.10.10: Jugendzentrum "mon ami", Weimar, Germany (Kaleidoscope: Arcade)

27.05.10: Greek Orthodox Church, Old Fortress, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

29.07.10: Inventionen 2010, Elisabethkirche, Berlin, Germany (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

06.02.10: Soundings, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

06.06.09: Sound Junction 2009, University of Sheffield, Sheffield (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

00.04.09: Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

11.01.08: 25 yrs BEAST, George Cadbury Hall, Birmingham, UK (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

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

29.02.08: Sonic Space, SEAMS (Society for Electroacoustic Music in Sweden), Fylkingen, Sweden (Kaleidoscope: Arcade)

29.04.08: ElectriCity, The Great Hall, City University, London (Kaleidoscope: Fissure)

15.08.08: VII BIMESP 2008, SESC Vila Mariana, São Paulo, Brazil (Kaleidoscope: Arcade)

25.11.08: LA Sonic Odyssey, Pasadena, CA, USA (Kaleidoscope: Arcade)

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