Dr Antti Saario

Job title
Head of Music
01326 255925 Ext: 5925

Dr Antti Sakari Saario is an award-winning post-acousmatic composer, educator and an audio professional. Antti's compositions has been performed in over 200 concerts, dance performances, festivals and installations in England, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Germany, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil amongst other countries, and has been broadcast worldwide. 


YearQualificationAwarding body
PhD Musical Composition
University of Birmingham
BSc (Hons) Electronic Music and Mathematics
University of Keele

Honours and awards


Bullet Train Ballad no.1 (2002) [7’], fixed media.
Finalist in Bourges 2003 TRIVIUM A – Degre II Studio Category.


Bullet Train Ballad no.1 (2002) [7’], fixed media.
1st prize absolute for 'Electro-acoustic, analogical and digital music' section of the IV International Contemporary Music Contest "Città di Udine" competition 2002 (1500 euros, public performance and realization of a CD of the concert), Udine, Italy.


Soft Lies, Soft Icons (1997-8) [12’], fixed media.
Seventh place in the Prix Scrime acousmatic composition competition, Bordeaux, France.

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Black Metal: production, black metal theory
Composition: electroacoustic, fixed media, post-acousmatic and studio composition
Performance practice: electronic music performance, mixed media sound making, installation, post-acousmatic performance
Praxis: Collaborative and nomadic creative methods, sound-body-technology dynamics, media and technology futurology, sound theory
Production: audio and music production and post-production; audio theory

Research topics

Black Metal

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs


Särkelä, Janne (2016) Melancholy Paradox (LP). [Composition] (In Press) Item not available from this repository.

Saario, Antti and Riikonen, Taina (2013) INK(ED - Ihoon Kaiverrettua: Thoughts, Deeds, Vibrations multi-lingual experimental radio feature (duration: 50'). [Composition] Item not available from this repository.

Saario, Antti, Marclay, Christian, Wiegold, Peter and Young, Michael (2012) The Doll's House with A Game of You - for an improvising ensemble, fixed media and video score. [Composition]

Saario, Antti (2008) Nomadische Luftspiegelung für Eva: for accordion and fixed media (audio). [Composition]

Saario, Antti and Iddon, Martin (2008) Proposition 6a: ceci n'est pas une machine de guerre (Refrain) - for fixed media, with optional amplified piano and live electronics. [Composition]


Ferrett, D and Lamb, Johny (2015) Dark Sound: Destructive Pop 2015. [Conference]


Newall, Amanda (2015) Hoover Diaries. UNSPECIFIED. Item not available from this repository.



Falmouth-Yamaha Jazz Summer School (Director)

Externally funded research grants information

Year startingYear endingProject titleFunderValueCollaboratorsHESA Category

Research students

Current research students

Amble Skuse (PhD candidate): Experiential performance practice (3D3 funded)
Tom Slater (PhD candidate): Composition, Sound art

Previous student supervision

Philip Reeder: Composition (AHRC Funded) 

Number of research students supervised to completion: 1

Research degrees examined

Associate Director of Postgraduate Studies, Lancaster University, 2008-2010
Internal Examiner (PhD), Musicology, Lancaster University, Dec 2010
External Examiner (PhD), Cheung, Kaho PhD Rapid Transit Systems: a portfolio of music compositions, University of Manchester, February 201.   
External Examiner (PhD), Jansch, Adam PhD Towards the open outcome record: a portfolio of works exploring strategies of freeing the record from fixity (2011) , University of Huddersfield, March 2012
Internal Examiner (PhD), Musicology, University College Falmouth/University of Plymouth, July 2012

Number of research degree examinations: 4


Areas of teaching

Sound Recording
audio and music production
Studio composition
music technology theory and practice
Professional Practice
sound art
audio theory
contextual studies

Courses taught

BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology
BA (Hons) Music
BA (Hons) Popular Music
PhD Supervision

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Cornwall Music Education Hub (CMEH) Strategic Advisory Board Member
Cornwall Music Network(CMN) Board Member

Business engagement

Consultancy and facility services

Delivery of HEIF Business Assists (incl. recording, production and creative consultancy) for Cornish artists, business and musicians (2011-15)

Professional engagement