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Mr Peter Falconer MA

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Peter Consistently Falconer is a PGR working towards a PhD in Music Composition.

Having been a professional performing musician, songwriter, producer and music teacher for many years with no degree, I took a musicology MA at Kingston University and fell in love with research (my final dissertation was arguing the importance of a lost Steve Reich piece: I was delighted to receive an email from Reich himself telling me I was wasting my time).

My composition project at Southampton is a web-based archive of sounds and music from a mysteriously abandoned seaside resort on the County Durham coast, viewable at The project encompasses a range of techniques and genres, including field recording, electroacoustic music, and performance lectures.  My aim is to explore the field of Sonic Journalism developed by Peter Cusack; and the ways in which fictional artwork can be used to exploit gaps in historical knowledge.

I am the composer for Proxima dance company, and I also produce interactive headphone pieces and sound walks.  These range from fake art gallery tours, to audience-enacted chaos magick rituals in phone boxes.  I am currently creating sound walks for the National Trust property Speke Hall, in Liverpool. 

Most of my work involves disembodied text in one form or another.

Research interests

Sonic Journalism, Fictional Artwork, Speculative Fiction, Sound Art, Soundscape Composition, Interactive Art, Sound Walks

PhD research

What Happened to Seaton Snook? 

An archive of sounds and music exploring the history of a quasi-fictional abandoned seaside town.
Supervisors: Dr Matthew Shlomowitz and Dr Drew Crawford

Research projects

I am working with the National Trust and the Early Modern Soundscapes Network (co-ordinated by Dr Rachel Willie of Liverpool John Moore) on a series of sound art installations and sound walks to be experienced at Speke Hall in Liverpool from 2020.


This year I am assisting on MUSI2145, The Producer as Composer, and have previously assisted on MUSI1017, Composition Fundamentals. I also give annual workshops at University of the West of England on soundscape creation in Poor Theatre.

I also teach piano, vocals, performance, composition and music production privately.

Mr Peter Falconer
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University of Southampton
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