Dr. Mark Iain Pilkington is a composer and performer of electroacoustic music. His practice encapsulates both sound and image to extend spatial imaginings between real and virtual space. The coupling of sound and image are applied to electroacoustic composition, installation, and screen-based works. Forging immaterial and creative labor through a network of interwoven and augmented territories, his work increasingly queries the way operations carry great critical and creative potential. Seeking new modes of critical engagement that incorporate multiple narratives through non-digital and digital aesthetic informs the direction of his pedagogy. His theoretical research focuses on the relationship between artistic genres and their respective aesthetic theories with reference to electroacoustic music, sound synthesis, visual music, coding, philosophy, and film. His practice especially focuses on audio-visual composition using real and virtual entities to explore time and space. His work has been performed, exhibited and screened at conferences and festivals globally. ICMC, ARS Electronica, ZKM | Karlsruhe, MANTIS festival and the Open Circuit Festival. Interdisciplinary work is carried out collaboratively with artists and composers. 

Director of Thought Universe Music releasing and promoting music recorded at Thought Universe EMS, Manchester. Thought Universe is also the name of Mark’s solo beat based electronic music. 

His drawings and paintings provide material for his electronic sound compositions.  

Jury statement on award winners Giga-Hertz Production Prize 2020 


Teaching and Education: 

He currently teaches piano and music technology in secondary schools in Manchester, UK.  

P/T Lecturer in Electroacoustic Composition at the University of Manchester – 2017-2018 

Senior Associate Lecturer in Music at Lancaster University – 2012-2014 

Futureworks Senior lecturer in Music Production 2004 – 2012 

PhD ‘Portfolio of Original Compositions’ in Electroacoustic Composition, under the supervision of Professor David Berezan and Professor Ricardo Climent at NOVARS Research Centre, University of Manchester UK 2013. 

MA in Electroacoustic Composition, University of Huddersfield, UK 2004.