Course Co-ordinator & Senior Lecturer

Si Waite is a songwriter, producer and educator. He has written, recorded and performed as a solo artist (National Trevor) and in bands (including Captain Yange). A trained vocalist, guitarist, percussionist and technologist, Si established the participatory arts organisation Planet Sound in 1998. He went on to work as a freelance artist for Youth Music and Creative Partnerships and as a part-time lecturer. He gained his Masters at Keele University and became a full-time member of staff at Staffordshire University in 2011.  
Si joined Falmouth University in 2019 and in the same year completed his PhD at De Montfort University.

Si has worked and collaborated with individuals and organisations from across the music and creative industries including Nick McCabe (The Verve), Mark Ralph (Producer), Junction 15 (Video company), Danny Mekanik & Kelvin Andrews (Sure is Pure), Scott Ralph (Songwriter), Geese Theatre Company, Pete & Roxana Vilk (Wolf Collective), David M Allen (Producer) and Aamir Yaqub (Mix Engineer). He has performed and presented work at international conferences and events including New Interfaces for Musical Expression and Sonorities.

External Links

Contact details

Telephone +44 (0)1326 255982



Year Qualification Awarding body
2019 PhD De Montfort University
2011 MRes Keele University
1997 BA(Hons) University College of Wales, Swansea

Honors and awards

Year Description
2017 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
2016 Teaching Excellence Fellowship (Staffordshire University)

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Research: songwriting, liveness and interactive audio-visual music systems.
Expertise: songwriting, programming, production, live performance, sound design and music for visual media.

Research Topics

  • Music
  • Contemporary Music Studies
  • Music Computing
  • Noise & Experimental Music
  • Noise & Experimental Music; Experimental Film; Post-disciplinary Arts Practices & Theories; Contemporary Art
  • Popular Music Studies
  • popular music

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Waite, Simon

    (2019), Liveness and Interactivity in Popular Music, In: Innovation in Music Performance, Production, Technology, and Business, 1st Edition, Routledge, Abingdon, ISBN: 9781138498198
  • Waite, Simon

    (2018), Multi-tool suite of pieces for vocals, guitar and interactive system., Item availability may be restricted.
  • Waite, Simon

    (2016), Church Belles, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Waite, Simon

    (2016), Church Belles: An Interactive System and Composition Using Real-World Metaphors: In Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, In: NIME 2016, New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), Brisbane, pp. 265-270, ISSN: 2220-4806
  • Waite, Simon

    (2015), Reimagining the Computer Keyboard as a Musical Interface, In: NIME 2015, New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), Baton Rouge, USA, pp. 168-169, ISSN: 2220-4806
  • Waite, Simon

    (2023), Audiovisual Music Production: Influence of the Natural World on Process and Works, In: N/A, N/A, Penryn, Cornwall


Areas of teaching

  • Creative Music Technology
  • Popular Music
  • Computer music techniques

Courses taught

  • BA(Hons) Creative Music Technology
  • BA(Hons) Popular Music
  • BA(Hons) Music