Dr. Mark Pilkington is a composer and performer of electroacoustic music. His practice encapsulates both sound and image as a means to extend spatial imaginings between real and virtual space. The coupling of sound and image are applied to electroacoustic music, 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 as a means to explore time and space. His work have been performed, exhibited and screened at conferences and festivals throughout the UK and Europe. Collaborative interdisciplinary work is carried out with composers and visual artist/s.
His work has been performed and screened at ICMC, ARS Electronica, ZKM | Karlsrule, MANTIS festival and the Open Circuit Festival.
Teaching and Education:
P/T Lecturer in Electroacoustic Composition at the University of Manchester – 2017 – present
Senior Associate Lecturer in Music at Lancaster University – 2012-2014
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.
Director of Thought Universe Music.