- Job title
- Associate Professor, Music
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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.
University of Birmingham
University of Wales, Bangor
Honours and awards
Phonurgia Nova, France Organ of Corti (Frances Crow and David Prior) - Runner Up
Prix Ars Electronica, Ars Electronica, Linz Organ of Corti (Frances Crow and David Prior) - Honorary Mention, Digital Music and Sound Art category
John Connell Innovation Award, Noise Abatement Society, UK Organ of Corti (Frances Crow and David Prior) - Winner
PRS Foundation New Music Award, UK Organ of Corti (Frances Crow and David Prior) - Winner
Stipendienurkende, DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst), Berlin Stipend to study for one year at the Technisches Universitat, Berlin
Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition, Bourges IMEB (Institute International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges) an die Materie - Finalist
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.
EAR, Hungarian Radio International Electroacoustic Music Competition Hungarian Radio Awards an die Materie - Second Prize
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
Cornelius Cardew Composition Competition, Cornelius Cardew Trust Somewhere Submarine (For Piano and Tape) - Joint Winner
Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition, Bourges IMEB (Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges) Dense - Prix de Residence Winner
Membership of external committees
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.
Publications and research outputs
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Prior, David (2016) Loudspeaker Listening: Tabula Rasa or Augmented Reality. Leonardo Music Journal, 26. pp. 3-6. ISSN 0961-1215|
|Prior, David (2017) Ringing the Changes. In: Soundscapes and Sound Identities. Soundscapes . Galaad Edizioni, Teramo, Italy, pp. 203-219. ISBN 9788898722501|
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.|
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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Crow, Frances (2014) Framing Listening and the Phonosphere. In: Bright Collisions Summit 2014, TodaysArt 2014, 24 - 28 September 2014, Den Hague, Netherlands.|
|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.|
|Prior, David (2013) Art from the Archive. In: Sensuous Knowledge, 23 - 25 January 2013, Bergen, Norway. Item not available from this repository.|
|Crow, Frances and Prior, David (2016) Field of Play:End of the Game. [Exhibition]|
|Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2016) To Intercession. [Exhibition]|
|Crow, Frances and Prior, David (2015) Transient Parish. [Exhibition]|
|Prior, David and Crow, Frances (2015) 289ms Away. [Exhibition]|
|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]|
|Prior, David and McKinnon, Dugal (2007) Arcades - Who's Most Lost? [Composition]|
|Rofe, Michael and Prior, David and Reuben, Federico (2015) The Online Orchestra: Connecting Remote Communities through Music. [Performance]|
|Crow, Frances and Prior, David (2014) Report. [Performance]|
|Lynch, Larry and Prior, David (2008) On What it Might Mean to be Spinning. [Performance] Item not available from this repository.|
|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]|
|Prior, David (2009) Black Water Brown Water. [Media]|
|Ferrett, D and Lamb, Johny (2015) Dark Sound: Destructive Pop 2015. [Conference]|
|Rofe, Michael and Prior, David (2017) Online Orchestra - Special Issue of Journal of Music, Technology and Education. [Journal] Item availability may be restricted.|
Current research students
Ciaran Clarke (Director of Studies)
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.
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
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
Independent professional practice
2017, Tin Star (12 Episodes) Skye Drama – Music Mixes
2016, End of the Game for Kickstart, Cambridge. Commissioned by Crest Nicholson https://www.flickr.com/photos/liminal_sound/albums/72157661051520093
2016, Waiting For You – Feature Film – Music Mixes
2015, To Intercession for binaural/ Nodar for the Viseu Rural 2.0 Collective Exhibition at Casa das Memórias (Viseu, Portugal) from 28 November 2015 – 17 April 2016. http://www.liminal.org.uk/portfolio/to-intercession/
2015, Transient Parish for Goonhilly Village Green, http://www.liminal.org.uk/portfolio/transient-parish/
2015, Only 289m/s Away. 8-channel interactive sound installation commissioned by BEAST for BEAST FEaST 2015, University of Birmingham. http://www.liminal.org.uk/2015/04/Always-289ms-Away/
2015, Report. Performance with Frances Crow (liminal) commissioned by Fort Process Sound Art Festival, Newhaven Fort.
2013-14, The Village, Series 1 & 2 (12 episodes) BBC Drama – Music Mixes
2013, Raise, Adrian Corker – Album mixes
2013, Chroma: Interactions of Noise. With Frances Crow (liminal). Sound installation for six cassette tape players. First exhibited at Paul Stolper Gallery, London. http://www.liminal.org.uk/chroma-interaction-of-noise/
2013, Of This Parish, Performance lecture with Frances Crow (liminal) for SoundFjord, London followed by 4-channel audio installation with film.
2013, Of This Parish. 8-channel sound installation with Frances Crow (liminal, commissioned by Binaural/ Nodar, Sul, Portugal. http://www.liminal.org.uk/of-this-parish/
2012, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin. Sound Designs for exhibit by Tribal DDB. http://www.liminal.org.uk/guinness-community-map/
2012, On What it Might Mean to Be Spinning, HD film with text by Larry Lynch screened at Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, Coole Castle, Northern Ireland. https://vimeo.com/12602845
2012, Larry Lynch Meets a Pony. HD film with text by Larry Lynch screened at Humbly Through the Dust, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
2011, Arcades (Prior, David and McKinnon, Dugal), Who’s Most Lost. Album release. Rattle Music RAT-DO26
2011, Heartlands exhibition, Pool, Cornwall. Designed by Outside Studios for Stephen Feber. Sound design by David Prior for Centre Screen productions. http://www.liminal.org.uk/underground/
2010, Corker, Adrian & Prior, David, Clipper remix for Portico Quartet (Real World Records) for release in December 2010.
2010, Hum! With Frances Crow (liminal) - A massive circular photograph for Futurescope installed on the side of Lingfield Point power plant building, Darlington. Commissioned by Vista Projects. http://www.liminal.org.uk/hum/
2009, On What it Might Mean to Be Spinning - A film by David Prior featuring Larry Lynch with text by Larry Lynch at Poetry and the Mirror of Nature symposium on contemporary poetry and poetics, University of Cambridge, https://vimeo.com/12602845
2009, The Boisterous Sea of Liberty exhibit, The Thomas Jefferson Museum, Monticello, Virginia. Music by David Prior with John Matthias. Sound Design by David Prior. http://www.liminal.org.uk/the-boisterous-sea-of-liberty/
2009, Swash: 8 channel improvised performance as part of 24 Fragments event by Jane Grant, John Matthias and Nick Ryan, funded by the PRS Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. Newlyn Art Gallery with a live stream to FACT, Liverpool.
2008, Prior, David; Phineas Gage Remix on Matthias, John and Ryan, Nick, Cortical Songs. Non-classical records NONCLSS004
2008, With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment, 3-channel video installation by Anya Lewin. Sound recording, editing and design by David Prior. First exhibited at Picture This, Bristol, May 2008 http://imadeitup.info/painless/index.htm
2008, Black Water Brown Water, binaural, site-specific sound-walk at Stourport canal basins. Commissioned by British Water Ways. Black Water Brown Water was remixed for radio in November 2008 and broadcast across all 18 stations of the international RADIA network. http://www.liminal.org.uk/black-water-brown-water/
2008, Bassett, Michael Soft Verges. Eschatone Records ESC010 Piano, engineering and production on 10 Days, Exchange, Hastings to London & 9.8m/s2 by David Prior
2008, Prior, David with Lynch, Larry. Larry Lynch Meets a Pony (DVD video release) Featured in World One Minutes: video and literature, ter Borg, Lucette (Ed.). Veenman Publishers ISBN/EAN 978-9-0869019-1-3
2008, Matthias, John, Stories from the Watercooler. Counter records COUNTCDD14P Production on Open and One Sunny Morning in the No-Fly Zone by David Prior, Roy Merchant and Jonathan More
2008, Song Pole, Cotswold Water Park, permanent installation by Frances Crow and David Prior (liminal) with text by Larry Lynch. Commissioned by the Cotswolds Water Park with support by Natural England, Arts Council England, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Gloucestershire County Council. http://www.liminal.org.uk/songpole/
2008, On What it Might Mean to be Spinning. A film by David Prior featuring Larry Lynch with text by Larry Lynch. First performed at the Jill Craigie Cinema as part of the Voices III contemporary music festival, Plymouth, March 2008 with text read live by John Hall. https://vimeo.com/12602845
2008, Swash: 8-channel improvised performance. Immersive Vision Theatre, University of Plymouth.
2007, Glass, Philip, Music in Changing Parts (Part 1 and Part 2), Icebreaker. Recorded by David Prior, mixed by Derek Nash, Produced by James Poke. OMM records OMM0035 2007, Prior, David with Lynch, Larry, Larry Lynch Meets a Pony on The One Minutes, Salto Broadcast 68 (DVD publication)
2007, Swash: 8-channel improvised performance. School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), Porto, Portugal.
2006, Derailer (Matthias, John, Prior, David and Prior, Andrew) Derailer Remix on Richards, John, Suite for Piano and Electronics. Non-classical records NONCLSS002
2005, Hitchcock, Nicola, Everything on Hitchcock, Nicola Passive Aggressive. Arranged and mixed by David Prior. Co-produced by David Prior and Nicola Hitchcock Tempted Records 001US
2005, The Space Between, liminal (Frances Crow and David Prior) as part of a group exhibition. Plymouth Arts Centre http://www.liminal.org.uk/portfolio/the-space-between/
2004, Derailer (Matthias, John and Prior, David), Radiant Idiot Derailer Remake on Corker Conboy Six For Five. Vertical Form records VFORM035CDP
2003, Prior, David, Somewhere Submarine on Legacies: Celebrating 20 Years of BEAST Sargasso records SCD28046
2000, Prior, David, Somewhere Submarine (5th Movement) on Presence II: Une Compilation d’oeuvres électroacoustiques. Production PeP