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I am course director of the undergraduate BA Music and Sound Design course. I also teach Master (MA) level students and supervise doctoral (PhD) students. I am actively involved in developing links with industry, having recently developed 2 apprenticeships in partnership with ScreenSkills UK and UK Music.
My research explores themes that relate to creative practices in music production and sound design. My current focus is spatial audio (eg. Ambisonics, Dolby Atmos) and live/algorithmic/modular electronic music.
I am engaged in enterprise projects through the ACE-IT project (immersive technologies), and the ACI ERDF partnership with Maidstone studios (virtual production).
Outside of academia, I am an experienced freelance sound designer and mixer working in music, film, and audio-visual projects. I have worked on feature films, drama series, and documentaries. Previously, I toured internationally with Aphex Twin producing audio-visual content and bespoke software as part of Weirdcore.
I have extensive experience working on systems design as a consultant on several high profile studio facilities, such as Dean Street Studios' Atmos music mix studio in collaboration with Dolby and PMC. I also led on the design of the studio facilities for the School of Arts and Creative Industries at the university.
I am actively involved in the industry as a member of AES, AMPS and UK Music. I am also the school's lead on the Avid Learning Partnership, working to promote Avid accreditations with our students.
Music and Sound Design - BA (Hons)
MA Editing and Post Production (EPP)
Post Production Technical Operator Apprenticeship
Arts and Creative Industries - PhD
Arts and Creative Industries - MRes
Postgraduate Research Supervision
|Mr Douglas John Shearer
|Case Studies in the Absorption of Low Frequency Sound in Music Rooms
Awarded in the last 5 years
|Mr Guy Baron
|Post-Euphoria in Electronic Music Making
Sheffield Hallam University
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Eurorack to VCV Rack: Modular Synthesis as Compositional Performance
Rietveld, H. and Randell, J. (2024). Eurorack to VCV Rack: Modular Synthesis as Compositional Performance. in: Kitzmann, A., Teboul, E. J., Engstrom, E. and Thoren, C. (ed.) Modular Synthesis: Patching Machines and People Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). pp. prepublication draft: 15 pages
Flexible control of acoustic conditions in a music rehearsal space using airbeds
Shearer, D, Dance, S, Gomez-Agustina, L and Randell, J (2021). Flexible control of acoustic conditions in a music rehearsal space using airbeds. Applied Acoustics. 173, pp. 107708-107708. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2020.107708
Towards a Novel Acoustic Absorber Using a Magnetically Induced Geometric Nonlinearity in an Elastic Membrane
Shearer, DJ, Dance, S, Gomez-Agustina, L and Randell, J (2018). Towards a Novel Acoustic Absorber Using a Magnetically Induced Geometric Nonlinearity in an Elastic Membrane. Euronoise 2018, the 11th European Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering. Crete, Greece 27 - 31 May 2018 EAA-HELINA.