Dr David Prior

Job title
Associate Professor, Music
Email
david.prior@falmouth.ac.uk
Telephone
01326 255924

David is an associate professor of music and sound art. He is post-graduate research student coordinator, co-director of the AHRC-funded 3D3 centre for doctoral training and leads the Innovation in Rural Environments research and innovation programme. With architect, Frances Crow, he is a partner in liminal, a practice that explores the relationship between sound, listening and space. Their work encompasses site-specific interventions and sound walks, gallery installations, performances, research and consultancy.  From 2008-2010 Liminal lead a multi-disciplinary research project in partnership with Sustrans, funded by the Wellcome Trust. A proposal based on the research from that project lead to our winning the PRS Foundation New Music Award in September 2010 with their piece, Organ of Corti. This piece went on to win the John Connell Innovation Award (2011) and an honorary mention at Prix Ars Electronica (2012).

David’s music has been performed and broadcast around Europe and North America and has won a number of international competitions including Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition, Cornelius Cardew Prize, E.A.R (Hungarian Radio), and the George Butterworth prize. As a sound designer he has made permanent, multi-ward winning installations for The Imperial War Museum (UK), The New York Historical Society (USA), The Thomas Jefferson Museum (USA) and the Guinness Storehouse (IRL), amongst others. David is also active as a mix engineer with recent credits including score mixes for The Way of the Morris, The Domino Effect, The Village and Tin Star.

From 2014-2016 David was co-investigator for the ARHC-funded Online Orchestra project, which brought together children and amateur musicians who live in remote locations to connect together online to make music in real time. The outcomes from this project were published in a special edition of the Journal of Music, Technology and Education, which David co-edited with the project’s principle investigator, Michael Rofe. David is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Sound Art with Jane Grant and John Matthias. David studied Music and Religious Studies at the University of Wales, Bangor and then completed a PhD in music at the University of Birmingham, studying with the composer Jonty Harrison. From 1996-2001, he completed residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, Les Ateliers UPIC, Paris and the Technisches Universität, Berlin where he was a guest of the DAAD. After working at Dartington College of Arts since 2001, David wrote Falmouth’s Creative Music Technology BA award, which launched in 2010 and for which he was previously course coordinator. Alongside his research student responsibilities, David teaches music in the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, now focusing on music production, audio engineering and sound design. David has taught widely across the UK, as well as in Germany, Finland, Portugal, Iceland and the USA.

Qualifications

YearQualificationAwarding body
2000
PhD
University of Birmingham
1995
BA(Hons)
University of Wales, Bangor

Honours and awards

YearDescription
2012

Phonurgia Nova, France
Organ of Corti (Frances Crow and David Prior) - Runner Up

2012

Prix Ars Electronica, Ars Electronica, Linz
Organ of Corti (Frances Crow and David Prior) - Honorary Mention, Digital Music and Sound Art category

2011

John Connell Innovation Award, Noise Abatement Society, UK
Organ of Corti (Frances Crow and David Prior) - Winner

2010

PRS Foundation New Music Award, UK
Organ of Corti (Frances Crow and David Prior) - Winner

1999

Stipendienurkende, DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst), Berlin
Stipend to study for one year at the Technisches Universitat, Berlin

1998

Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition,
Bourges IMEB (Institute International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges)

an die Materie - Finalist

1998

George Butteworth Prize, George Butterworth Foundation Dense - Winner

The George Butterworth prize was awarded annually by the artistic director of the SPNM (Society for the Promotion of New Music) for a piece programmed that artistic season. 'Dense' had been performed as part of the State of the Nation festival at the South Bank Centre, London that year and the award was nominated by Howard Skempton, artistic director for 1997-98.

1997

EAR, Hungarian Radio International Electroacoustic Music Competition
Hungarian Radio Awards
an die Materie - Second Prize

1997

Bourges International Electroacoustic Composition Competition,
Bourges IMEB (Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges)

Somewhere Submarine (for Piano and Tape) - Honorary Mention in the Instrument and Tape category

1996

Cornelius Cardew Composition Competition,
Cornelius Cardew Trust

Somewhere Submarine (For Piano and Tape) - Joint Winner

1995

Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition,
Bourges IMEB (Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges)

Dense - Prix de Residence Winner

Membership of external committees

Specialist for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKAAVQ)
Member of the AHRC Peer Review College
External Assessor for the Austrian Science Fund

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

My research is focused on the relationship between sound and space. My background as an electroacoustic composer strongly informs this theme, and I continue to create pieces for instruments, fixed media and live electronics, which explore the use of space as a fundamental parameter of the composition. Recent work in this area has concentrated on binaural, headphone-based pieces as well as multi-channel performances and installations for a variety of formats including ambisonics. Current work also includes the exploration of the direct manipulation of acoustics as a means of composition.

Research topics

sound and architecture; the cultural history of sound technology; sound art; spatial and immersive audio; site-specific and locative audio; sound design; electroacoustic and electronic music; music production

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs

Article

Prior, David and Reuben, Federico and Biscoe, Ian and Rofe, Michael (2017) Designing a System for Online Orchestra - Computer Hardware and Software. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 185-196. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.
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Geelhoed, Erik and Prior, David and Rofe, Michael (2017) Designing a System for Online Orchestra - Microphone Evaluation and Cost-Benefit Analysis. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 213-230. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.
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Prior, David and Reeder, Philip and Rofe, Michael and Biscoe, Ian and Murray, Samuel (2017) Designing a System for Online Orchestra - Peripheral Equipment. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 197-212. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.
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Prior, David (2017) The Network as Niche. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 10 (2-3). pp. 289-303. ISSN 17527066 Item availability may be restricted.
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Prior, David (2016) Loudspeaker Listening: Tabula Rasa or Augmented Reality. Leonardo Music Journal, 26. pp. 3-6. ISSN 0961-1215
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Prior, David (2010) The Cochlea Unwound: A case study for a listening aid using a sonic crystal. Performance Research, 15 (3). pp. 95-102. ISSN 13528165
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Book Chapter

Prior, David (2017) Ringing the Changes. In: Soundscapes and Sound Identities. Soundscapes . Galaad Edizioni, Teramo, Italy, pp. 203-219. ISBN 9788898722501

Prior, David (2007) A Space for Sound: The Rise, Fall and Fallout of the Concert Hall as a Primary Space for Listening. In: In the Place of Sound. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, pp. 125-134. ISBN 9781847183750 Item not available from this repository.

Report or Working Paper

Rofe, Michael and Prior, David and Reeder, Philip and Murray, Samuel and Parker, Will and Geelhoed, Erik and Biscoe, Ian (2015) Online Orchestra. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.
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Conference or Workshop Item

Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2016) Of This Parish - Artist Talk. In: Seachange Festival 2016, 26 - 28 August, Totnes, Devon, UK.
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Rofe, Michael (2016) Online Orchestra - conference paper at Performance Studies Network, Bath Spa. In: Performance Studies Network Conference, Bath Spa University. Item not available from this repository.

Crow, Frances and Prior, David (2016) Of This Parish: Creative Placemaking. In: Creative Placemaking, 9 June 2016, The Exchange, Penzance, UK.
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Prior, David (2015) Of This Parish: Project Report and Panel Discussion. In: BEAST FEaST, April 30 - May 3, 2015, Bramall Building, University of Birmingham. Item not available from this repository.

Prior, David (2015) Ringing the Changes: An Investigation into Sounds and Power. In: Forum Klanglandschaft (FKL) Symposium: Soundscapes and Sound Identities, May 22-24, 2015, Beseno Castle, Italy. (Unpublished) Item availability may be restricted.
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Crow, Frances (2014) Framing Listening and the Phonosphere. In: Bright Collisions Summit 2014, TodaysArt 2014, 24 - 28 September 2014, Den Hague, Netherlands.
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Prior, David (2014) Documentary Sound: Beyond the Diegetic. In: World Documentary Film and TV Conference, September 4-6, 2014, Falmouth University. (Unpublished) Item availability may be restricted.
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Prior, David (2013) Art from the Archive. In: Sensuous Knowledge, 23 - 25 January 2013, Bergen, Norway. Item not available from this repository.

Exhibition

Crow, Frances and Prior, David (2016) Field of Play:End of the Game. [Exhibition]
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Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2016) To Intercession. [Exhibition]
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Crow, Frances and Prior, David (2015) Transient Parish. [Exhibition]
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Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2015) 289ms Away. [Exhibition]
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Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2013) Chroma: Interactions of Noise. [Exhibition]

Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2013) Of This Parish. [Exhibition] Item not available from this repository.

Prior, David (2013) Underground: Sculpting with Voices. [Exhibition]

Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2011) Organ of Corti. [Exhibition]

Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2006) Warwick Bar Masterplan: lead artist. [Exhibition]

Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2005) The Churchill Museum: Sound Design. [Exhibition]

Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2003) Swash. [Exhibition]

Composition

Prior, David and McKinnon, Dugal (2007) Arcades - Who's Most Lost? [Composition]

Performance

Rofe, Michael and Prior, David and Reuben, Federico (2015) The Online Orchestra: Connecting Remote Communities through Music. [Performance]
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Crow, Frances and Prior, David (2014) Report. [Performance]
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Lynch, Larry and Prior, David (2008) On What it Might Mean to be Spinning. [Performance] Item not available from this repository.

Media

Ferrett, D (2016) Halloween, Witchcraft and the Power of Spells. [Media] Item not available from this repository.

Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2014) Of This Parish [Film]. [Media]
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Prior, David (2009) Black Water Brown Water. [Media]

Conference

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

Rofe, Michael and Prior, David (2017) Online Orchestra - Special Issue of Journal of Music, Technology and Education. [Journal] Item availability may be restricted.
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Research students

Current research students

Louise Bell
Ian Biscoe
Gareth Churcher
Ciaran Clarke (Director of Studies)
Gemma Garwood
Lucie Hernandez
Frances Jenkins
Samuel Murray
William Parker (Director of Studies)
Caitlin Shepherd (University of West of England)
Tom Slater (Director of Studies)

Previous student supervision


Dartington College of Arts  
1. Dr. Tim Sayer (Director of Studies) – 2005 (PhD) Using Interactive Software as a Conceptual Tool: An Examination of Cognition in Improvised Musical Performance – Examined by Dr. Jonathan Impett, University of East Anglia and Prof. John Hall (Dartington)  

2. Dr. Paul Swoger-Ruston (2nd  supervisor, with Dr. Bob Gilmore, DoS) – 2006 (PhD) Harmonic Intonation and Implication (Analyses and Compositions): Harmonic perception and intonation in the reception and performance of alternative tuning systems in contemporary composition – Examined by Dr. Christopher Fox, de Montford University and Dr. Christopher Best (Dartington)  

3. Dr. Tom Begbie (2nd  supervisor,  with Dr. Catherine Laws, DoS) – 2008 (PhD) Musicology and Mediation: an examination of the cultural materialisms of Raymond Williams and Pierre Bourdieu in relation to the fields of contemporary music and musicology, with a case study of Arvo Part and ECM – Examined by Dr. Martin Iddon, Lancaster University and Prof. John Hall (Dartington)  

University College Falmouth  
4. Dr. Stacey Sewell (Director of Studies, with Dr. Catherine Laws) – 2013 (PhD) The Sampling of Bodily Sound in Contemporary Composition: towards an embodied analysis – Examined by Dr. Anthony Gritten, Royal Academy of Music and Dr. Antti Saario (Falmouth).  Chaired by Prof. Phil Stenton.  

5. Dr. Philip Reeder (2nd  supervisor,  with Dr. Antti Saario, DoS) – March 2013 (PhD) Inter-Piece Sampling and Convolution: Portfolio of 5.1 Acousmatic and Electronica Compositions, Interactive Diagrams and Text – Examined by Prof. Michael Alcorn, Queen’s University Belfast and Dr. Chris Best (Falmouth).  Chaired by Dr. David Hawkins.  

Falmouth University  
6. Dr. Johny Lamb (Director of Studies, with Prof. John Hall) – November 2013 (PhD) I Cannot Sing You Here, But for Songs of Where: Contemporary Alt-Folk Song and Articulations of Place – Examined by Dr. John Matthias, University of Plymouth, Dr. John Richards, de Montford University and Dr. Simon Persighetti (Falmouth).  Chaired by Dr. Kym Martindale.  

7. Dr. Mariella Casar (Director of Studies, with Dr. Chris Best and Dr. Trevor Wiggins) – April 2014 (PhD) Creative Responses to Maltese Culture and Identity: case study and composition portfolio Examined by Prof. Geoffrey Poole, University of Bristol and Dr. Michael Rofe (Falmouth).  Chaired by Dr. David Hawkins.  

8. Dr. Sue Smith (Director of Studies, with Prof. Emilyn Claid, Roehampton University) – March 2016 (PhD) Dancing in the Dark: described dances and unseen choreographies Examined by Prof. Sarah Whatley, Coventry University and Prof. Ric Allsopp (Falmouth). Chaired by Prof. John Hall.  

9. Dr. Sam Bleakley (Director of Studies with Dr. Larry Lynch) – September 2016 (PhD) Surfing Haïti, and a new wave of travel writing Examined by Dr. Andy Martin, University of Cambridge and Dr. Niamh Downing (Falmouth). Chaired by Dr. Kym Martindale  

10. Dr. John Hillman (Director of Studies with Dr. Sarah Arnold) – September 2017 (PhD) Examined by Dr. Simon Starling (University of Plymouth) and Dr. Mark Leahy (Falmouth) Chaired by Dr. Kym Martindale

Number of research students supervised to completion: 10

Research degrees examined

1. Nick Trussler, MPhil, Dartington College of Arts, June 2006 An Evaluation of the Interaction Between Teaching, Learning and the Computer Interface for Distance Learning Programmes – Director of Studies - Dr. Trevor Wiggins – Examined with Dr. Sarah Hennessy, University of Exeter  

2. Matthew Martin, PhD, practice based, Dartington College of Arts, October 2006 On the Nature of Fieldwork: A Composer’s Interdisciplinary Theory and Practice – Director of Studies – Prof. Edward Cowie – Examined with Prof. Roderick Watkins, Canterbury Christ Church University  

3. Scott de Lahunta, PhD by staff candidature, Dartington College of Arts, June 2009 Shifting Interfaces: art research at the intersections of live performance and technology – Director of Studies – Prof. John Hall – Examined with Prof. Mike Punt, University of Plymouth and Prof. Sally Jane Norman, University of Sussex  

4. Efthymios Chatzigiannis, PhD, practice based, Oxford Brookes University, January 2012 Aural Evolutions: Intersections of Sound with Physical Space – Director of Studies - Dr. Paul Whitty – Examined with Ray Lee, Oxford Brookes University and Dr. Janice Howard, Oxford Brookes University  

5. Tony Martin-Salinas, PhD, practice based, London Metropolitan University, February 2013 Pitch Resources for New Music: An Integrated Approach to Instrument Development and Composition – Director of Studies – Dr. Lewis Jones – Examined with Dr. Elaine Thomazi, London Metropolitan University  

6. Sorrel Harriet, University of York, PhD, standard route, October 2013 Application of Auralisation and Soundscape Methodologies to Environmental Noise – Director of Studies - Dr. Damian Murphy – Examined with Prof. David Howard, University of York  

7. Tom Smith, PhD, practice based, Liverpool University, September 2014/2016 Portfolio of Compositions – Director of Studies – Dr. Robert Strachen – Examined with Dr. Oliver Carmen, Liverpool University & Dr. Matthew Fairclough, Liverpool University  

8. Emmanuel Spinelli, PhD, practice based, Goldsmiths College, University of London, July 2015 Acoustic Phenotypology – The territory of the disembodied voice in electro-acoustic music and the perception of Acousmatic Identities – Director of Studies – Prof. John Levack Drever – Examined with Dr. Katherine Norman (Independent Researcher) – Chaired by Dr. Tom Perchard, Goldsmiths College, University of London  

9. Diogo Alvim, PhD, practice-based, Queen’s University Belfast, December 2015 Music Through Architecture - Contributions to an Expanded Practice in Composition – Director of Studies – Prof. Pedro Rebelo – Examined with Prof. Michael Alcorn, Queen’s University Belfast  

10. Thomas Voyce, PhD, practice-based, New Zealand School of Music, January 2016 Do I Get a Say In This? Environmental Sound Composition, the Phonograph and Intentionality – Director of Studies – Dr. Dugal McKinnon – Examined with Dr. Ros Bandt, University of Melbourne and Dr. Florian Hollerweger, Massachussetts Institute of Technology  

11. Peter Shepherd, ResM, practice-based, University of Plymouth, November 2016 Flow Interactive Sonic Art: The Creation And Use Of Responsive Strategies To Re-Imagine The Performer-Spectator Relationship And Create Visitor Inclusive Sonic Environments – Director of Studies – Prof. Eduardo Miranda – Examined with Dr. Duncan Williams, University of Plymouth  

12. John Grierson, PhD, standard route, Falmouth University, January 2017 Localised, geographically proximate Radio in Cornwall: comparing challenges in achievement of objectives – Director of Studies – Prof. John Hall – Examined with Dr. Janey Gordon, University of Bedford  

13. Alexander Thumm, PhD, practice-based, University of Adelaide, Australia, July 2017 Creative Performance in Play: A Synthesis of Audio, Visual and Narrative for Maximising Expressive Potentials in Gameplay - Director of Studies – Dr. Stephen Whittington

Number of research degree examinations: 13

Teaching

Courses taught

BA(Hons) Creative Music Technology
BA(Hons) Music
BA(Hons) Popular Music
PhD Programme
Research Supervisor Training

Professional engagement