Tom Hall is a UK-based Australian composer, performer and writer on music, notation and music technology with interests in both acoustic and live electronic music. Much of his music combines composed, algorithmic and improvisatory elements often using multichannel sound or individually experienced mobile sound. Recent collaborative and practice-based research performances and installations share some form of digital notations with the audiences and involve the notion of slowness. His music involving voice has often engaged with the work of the writer Gerald Murnane.
Tom Hall's musicological interests include early tape, electronic and UK computer music (including that of Peter Zinovieff and his collaborations with Harrison Birtwistle). A current area of research is around the music of Morton Feldman in relation to notation and technology.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- BMus (Creative Music Technology) Programme Director
Postgraduate research supervision
Music-making and composition involving music technology, including in the area of spatial audio is a current area of supervision. I have more interest in potentially non-linear and text-based computer music software environments over sequencers and traditional DAWs.
I am interested in supervising projects that consider alternatives to the usual fixed-media two-channel presentation and performance of music involving technology, especially as mediated by mobile sound and/or new approaches to notation via technology. Historical works involving notations for electronic music are also of interest.
A list of current opportunities for competitive PhD scholarships is maintained by the Surrey Doctoral College.
Courses I teach on
2020-09-20. Performance: Birtwistle, H., Zinovieff, P., Hall, T., 2020. 'Four Interludes For a Tragedy', with newly restored tape part (Zinovieff / Hall). Soloists of Elision Ensemble, perf. Carl Rosman (clarinet). KM28, Berlin, Germany.
2017-09-10. Performance. Private Papers (2017), for choir, instruments and electronics. Commissioned by the Astra Chamber Music Society. Performed by the Astra Choir conducted by John McCaughey, with guest instrumentalists and sound diffusion by the composer. Concert 3f of festival NOW AND THEN, A mini-multi-celebration of voices & electronics from past & present. Church of All Nations, cnr. Palmerston & Drummond Streets, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia
Rohrhuber, J., Hall, T. and de Campo, A., 2011. Dialects, Constraints and Systems within Systems. In: N. Collins, D. M. Cottle, and S. Wilson, eds. 2011. The SuperCollider Book. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.