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Professor Tim Howle

Professor of Contemporary Music


Tim Howle’s interests include developing composition, primarily sonic art, acoustic music and music for experimental video.


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Tim Howle, performing a live sound diffusion mix of Son et Lumières.
Sixteenth Annual Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 2007.

My first post was at University College Salford (1990-92) where I lectured in composition, 20th century music and sound recording. In 1992 I moved to Oxford Brookes University where I became Director of the Electronic Music Studios. From 2000–10, I taught at the University of Hull in Creative Music where I was Director of studies for 5 years and led research for the campus for 3 years. We hosted 2 major conference in Music: SEA03 and the Sonic Arts Network Expo ’05. I took up my current post at Kent in 2010 where I am Professor of Contemporary Music in the School of Music and Fine Art.

My academic career has focused on composing sonic art, acoustic music, and the relationship that these areas have with other arts subjects.

Since 2003 I have been collaborating with Dr Nick Cope who is Associate Professor in
Communication Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China.  He is a video artist and collaborating in an equitable way has changed the way I see music. Thinking of experimental video as acousmatic music in reverse, leads to an intriguing range of creative possibilities.  We have created 6 pieces thus far - that have received many performances across the globe.

I also collaborate with Jos Zwannenburg from The Conservatorium van Amsterdam. We have worked on a range of projects together for flute and live electronics culmination in the release of a CD called ’20 odd years’ containing works by key composers working in the area.

I currently supervise PhDs in sonic art and composition and have recently examined PhDs at Keele and York. Current roles also include external examining at Goldsmiths on their MMus programmes and at Northampton. I am also a member of the AHRC Peer-review College and have acted as a panel member.  I have received support for work from The Arts Council of Great Britain, The Arts and Humanities Research Council, Gaudeamus, The RVW Trust, PRSF and The Society for the Promotion of New Music.

In a previous life, I performed over 1,000 gigs in a post-punk experimental band, gained an independent recording contract and had music selected for the John Peel Show. We supported some interesting acts including John Cooper Clarke, The Human League, Eyeless in Gaza, Gerry Marsden and Screaming Lord Sutch. 

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Howle, T. and Cope, N. (2018). Sarva Mangalam. [Digital fixed media]. Available at:
Howle, T., Dibley, P. and Fox, J. (2014). Phantom Ride. [CD fixed media WAV].
Howle, T. (2014). Pith. [CD].
Howle, T. (2013). REFormation. [CD].
Howle, T. and Cope, N. (2013). Globus Hystericus. [DVD].
Showing 5 of 26 total publications in KAR. [See all in KAR]
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Recent performances include:

Flags 2 (2015) (video - Nick Cope) AV work shown at InTime, Coventry University, 2014.

Phantom Ride  (2014) Sonic Art plus poetry by J M Fox. Composed in collaboration with Dr Paul Dibley (Oxford Brookes University), InTime, Coventry University, 2014.

Pith (2014) Flute and Live Electronics, Jos Zwaanenberg flute.  AudioGraft, Oxford 2014.

Globus Hystericus (2013) DVD (video - Nick Cope) AV work shown at Seeing Sound, Bath Spa 2013; International Computer Music Conference, Athens, 2014; MeCCSA Northumbria 2015.

Reformation (2013) Live Electronics Ensemble, AudioGraft, Oxford, 2013.

Flags (2011) (video - Nick Cope) AV work shown at Morley College, London, as part of the Cornelius Cardew, The Engine Room exhibition, London; DXArts, Washington State University, Seattle, 2013.

Novelists make things up. 2008 (Flute and Live Electronics, Jos Zwaanenberg flute.)  Release on FMR label, 2010; Performed at Gaudeamus Music Week 2008.

In Girum (2007) (video is by Nick Cope) Multimedia work. Premiered at University of Sunderland, Research Centre for Media and Culture, 2008; ElectroMediaWorks '08, Athens, 2008; Expo Brighton, Sonic Arts Network Annual Conference, 2008; Australasian Computer Music Conference, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia, 2008; Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2009; SeeingSound Conference, Bath Spa, 2009; SEAMUS, Illinois, USA, 2009.

Proposal for an Unmade Film (set in the future) (UK 2007, 16mm, 20 mins) Film: Graham Ellard and Stephen Johnstone, Central St Martins, London. 1st shown at the British FilmInstitute,Southbank, London July 2007.

In Eclipse (2007) Multimedia work (video Nick Cope). Surrounded Symposium Keele University/Royal Musical Association, 2007; 3rd Journal of Media PracticeSymposium, University of Bristol, 2007; Journeys in Film – Beyond Film, Experimental Film Festival; Gala Theatre and Cinema, Durham, 2008;
The Alternative Film and Video Festival, Academic Film Center, Belgrade, Serbia, 2007; SEAMUS (Society for Electro- Acoustic Music of the United States) Annual Conference; Indiana USA, 2009; Audiograft – Oxford’s Festival of Sound Art and Contemporary Music; Jacqueline Du Pre Concert Hall, Oxford, 2011.

Son et Lumières (2006) Multimedia work (video Nick Cope). University of Huddersfield GEM4 – Surreal Images1, 2006; SEAMUS, University of Oregon, 2006;  Research Spaces 3: TOPOS, The Moving Image between Art and Architecture, The Slade School of Art, London, 2006; 16th Annual Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, University of Florida, 2006; (with support from the Arts Council); Visual Music Marathon, North Eastern University, Boston, USA. 2007; Broadcast on Elektramusic, Canada 2007; WOCMAT, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan 2007; 3rd Journal of Media PracticeSymposium; University of Bristol, UK, 2007; Abstracta International Abstract Cinema Exhibition, Rome 2007; Sonoimagenes, Buenos Aries, Argentina 2007 Seeing Sound 2 BSU, 2011; Monterrey Institute of Technology, Monterrey, Mexico, 2013; (DXArts), Washington State University, Seattle, USA, 2013.

Subplot (revision) (2005) ‘V ‘Festival International Electroacoustic Music Festival of Santiago de Chile. Ai-maako ’05; Acousmatic Transcendence, University of Kent 2015.

Open Circuits (2003) Multimedia work (video Nick Cope) premiered at SEA03 Hull University. Selected by/ performed at: The Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States San Diego State University; GAGE at Hull Time Based Arts 2003; Sonic Arts Network Soundcircus Conference, Leicester, 2004; Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, Belfast – 2004; International Computer Music Conference, Miami 2004, SoundImageSound II  University of the Pacific 04 Third Practice Festival, Richmond Virginia, 2004;  UnBalanced Connection, University of Florida, 2005; ‘’Sound and Vision’ Symposium University of Michigan, 2005; MusicAcoustica 05; Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China, 2005; University of Huddersfield GEM3 – Sonic Explorations 2, 2006; Dislocate/Trampoline, Ginza Art Laboratory and Koiwa, Tokyo. 2006; Trampoline Event, Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham, UK, 2006. The Noises of Art (2013) The Courtauld Institute of Art/Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Habitacion del Ruido/Arte Sonoro; Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico City, Mexico, 2008; Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS), Morelia, Mexico, 2008; The Works: Sounding Out 04; University of Sunderland, 2008; Lunchbytes Seminar; Culture Lab, Newcastle University, 2008; Journeys in Film – Beyond Film, Experimental Film Festival; Gala Theatre and Cinema, Durham, 2008; Sichuan University Jinjiang College, Chengdu, China, 2010; Audiograft, Jacqueline Du Pre Concert Hall, Oxford, 2011;
Monterrey Institute of Technology, Monterrey, Mexico, 2013; The Centre for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXArts), Washington State University, Seattle, USA, 2013.


Published on DVD:

Computer Music Journal, Volume 29, Number 4, ‘Visual Music’ Edition, MIT Press, Winter 2005 (ISBN 0262757397)

ScreenWorks DVD: Documenting Practice based Research; in association with The Journal For Media Practice, Intellect Books, June 2007.

Process Revealed – Documenting the European Conference on Evolutionary Music and Art; Artpool, Budapest, Hungary, April 2006, Published by Goldsmiths, University of London (ISBN 1904158714).



Elektra – TV Show for Experimental Music; TNA Channel (Cable Network) France, March 2007.


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Tim teaches composition/sonic art/instrumental music. He also enjoys working on collaborative modules with students from music, performance and digital media and believes that working with others is a great way of developing as a composer. Another interest is the intersection between left-field pop and sonic art. He teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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My current compositional thinking focuses on four main areas:

Audio-visual work. The growing interest in the relationship between sonic art and video is evidenced by the increasing number of calls for AV work at conferences and festivals. I am fascinated by the relationship between acoustic and electroacoustic forces that has recently been augmented with the inclusion of video. Acousmatic music is a function of the recording process, however, video can be thought of in a similar way. Adding acousmatic music to experimental video offers an opportunity to re-evaluate the position of both art forms where ideas and technical means are hybridised.

Some examples of work with Nick Cope - can be found here:


Open Circuits (2003)

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In Girum (2007) 


Globus Hystericus (2013) 

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Piece for flute and live electronics in collaboration with Jos Zwaanenburg:

Pith (2014)


Sonic Art with Poetry I have known the poet J M Fox for around 30 years and this piece is a firdst foray into a collaborative project also with Dr Paul Dibley for Oxford Brookes. The link is to a piece where Paul and I composed alternate verses


Phantom Ride (2014)

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Tim Howle welcomes applications from research students interested in composition, Sonic Art and electroacoustic music with video.

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