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Success for Music PhD Composition Students

Published: 9 July 2020
Blake Troise

Our congratulations go to Music PhD students Blake Troise and Peter Falconer who have both had recent successes in University of Southampton awards.





Doctoral College Research Awards

Blake, who has now completed his PhD, is worthy winner of the Doctoral College Research Award for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities for his thesis entitled: “The 1-Bit Instrument: The Fundamentals of 1-Bit Synthesis, Their Implementational Implications, and Instrumental Possibilities.” His project, in computer music composition, investigated the creative and aesthetic implications of working creatively in the 1-bit environment. During his doctoral studies he created a highly distinctive portfolio of compositions, five of which he recently packaged for release under his artist pseudonym PROTODOME.

Peter Falconer

Peter took part in the University’s annual Three Minute Thesis competition, running online for the first time. The competition required each entrant to describe and explain their PhD research to a general audience within a three minute video – no mean feat! In Peter’s words "I am creating an online archive of sounds and music from a quasi-fictional abandoned seaside town in the North East called Seaton Snook… I aim to demonstrate the importance of engaging with disenfranchised and neglected communities directly through their music and culture, in order to encourage a more inclusive dialogue on other socio-economic issues."

3M thesis

Peter’s three minute video can be found on this page. Peter won the first round, going on to represent the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in the Grand Final. While eventually pipped at the final post, we congratulate Peter on being one of the five finalists.

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