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Sonva is a Cornish word meaning 'a place of sound'.

Formally established in 2012, Sonva has brought together a group of people for whom the reciprocal relationship between practice and research is central. We are a rapidly growing team who between us traverse the domains of music composition and performance, musicology and music theory, songwriting and audio production, critical theory and cultural studies, popular music studies and music industry research, as well as sound art, design and interactivity. For many of us, it is the space between these discourses that is the locus of our activity. Our work has been published, performed and broadcast widely and has received numerous international awards and considerable critical acclaim.

Recent PhD completions include work on embodied musical analysis, investigations in the use of 5.1 surround environments in acousmatic music composition and a project that explored the Alt-folksong as a means of making articulations of place. We welcome applications from candidates who wish to pursue practice-based research into sound and music and the role these play in wider culture, and we are particularly interested in hearing from candidates whose work engages with different cultural contexts and musical languages, interdisciplinarity and collaboration and the intersections between technology, the body and performance.

To view projects, follow the links to members' profiles (right).

Contact us

For further information about the Sonva research group, please contact:

Dr David Prior
Associate Professor in Music & Sound Art