Mr Michael Brown

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Position: Programme Leader: BA (Hons) Music and Subject Leader for JHS Popular Music Production

College: College of Arts

Department: Media and Performing Arts

Subject area: Music

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Programme Leader:  BA(Hons)Music and Subject Leader for JHS Popular Music Production.

I am currently the programme leader for the degree programme: BA(Hons)Music and the Subject Leader for JHS Popular Music Production. I was formerly the programme leader for BA (Hons) Popular Music with Music Technology and have held this position for eight years. In this period I have contributed to a number of programme revalidations as part of the normal programme review cycle and in response to institutional and wider initiatives. I have also been involved in two programme periodic reviews leading the process for the PMMT programme in 2013 and led the programme through the JAMES accreditation process. I have actually been directly involved in developing and evolving the curriculum for this particular suite of programmes since 1997 when I supported the first programme leader Dr. Richard Hodges in the production of the original PMMT programme approval document, based upon identifying a need from trends within the CAMS (now joint-honours) programme of students from less conventional backgrounds that would normally not come to university to validate their skill-set and professional direction.

Teaching responsibilities

My main teaching responsibilities lie in the area of Music Composition but I have contributed to a range of areas over the past twenty years such as Performance Studies (ensemble and solo), Session Musicianship, Sound Recording, contextual and Post-Production Techniques.

Module Leader for:

BA(Hons)Popular Music with Music Technology

  • 4MS505  Performance Studies
  • 5MS501 Contemporary Composition
  • 6MS500 Creative Studies in Popular Music
  • 5MS502 Ensemble Workshop

BA(Hons) Applied Studies (Music) - Vision West Notts College (VWNC)

  • 6MS509 Applied Practice, (Level 6 VWNC)

BA(Hons) Applied Studies (Music) - Loughborough College

  • 6MS509 Applied Practice, (Level 6)

     

Taught, assessed or moderated:

BA(Hons)Popular Music with Music Technology

  • 4MS504 Muscianship Skills
  • 6MS502 Live Performance

PMMT Diploma of Professional Practice

  • 5MS886 Applied Professional Practice (Double), (Level 5 DPP)
  • 5MS887 Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice, (Level 5 DPP)

MA Music Production

  • 7TE501 Music Production Systems

FdA Creative Music Production – Loughborough College

  • Live Performance PPD1, (Level 4 CMP)
  • Creative Project, (Level 5 CMP)

FdA Music Performance – New College Nottingham (NCN)

  • Musicianship, (Level 4 NCN)

FdA Creative Music Technology

  • Electronic Music and Performance, (Level 4 NCN)

Research interests

My main areas of academic interest are music composition, performance and production technology underpinned by an understanding of creativity and how this may be meaningfully applicable.  Over the past five years I have been developing my research portfolio collaborating with a number of academic peers upon a range of projects (see below). My primary area of research focus is in the area of creativity and how this impacts upon my practical academic specialisms. I have presented at conferences at universities internationally and have a number of publications to my name. Musical education traditionally is concerned with fostering and developing skills and knowledge across a number of established dimensions, and then encouraging application initially through imitation of known models of good practice. The area of creativity related to composition, performance or use of technology is not ordinarily taught in any explicit way. Moreover our understanding of creativity, although in broad terms has been studied formally over the past one-hundred years, is still in its infancy in terms of how it relates to and offers insight into specific artistic disciplines.



Membership of professional bodies

Professional Membership:

  • Member of the American Creativity Association

External Examiner Positions:    

  • Open University (Leeds College of Music) for the programme: BA(Hons) Music Production  (2005-2009)
  • Hull University (Doncaster University Centre) for BA(Hons)Creative Music Technology (2007-2011)

External Consultancy:

  • Hull University (Doncaster University Centre) for MA in Creative Music Technology for the University of Hull

Qualifications

Undergraduate Qualificaions

  • BSc(Hons) Software Engineering, Applicable Mathematics and Music, University of Derby (First Class)
  • AMusLCM Diploma in Music Theory, London College of Music

Postgraduate Qualifications

  • MA in Music Composition, University of Salford (Distinction)
  • PGCE, Trent University
  • FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Recent publications

PUBLICATIONS 2013-2015 

BOOK: Making Projects Sing: A Musical Perspective of Project management

  • Chris Wilson & Raji Sivaraman (Authors and Editors) Michael Brown and Danny McCormack (Co Authors)
  • Wilson, C. & Brown, M. (2015) Ambiguity, uncertainty and new realities: Perspectives of creative value, utility and authenticity, Chapter 7, pp.134-157 in KIE conference book series entitledHandbook of Creativity edited by Dr Fredricka K. Reisman (Drexel University): KIE: Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise: ISBN 978-1-85924-227-8 http://www.kiecon.org/Creativity%20Book%202015.pdf
  • Brown, M. & Wilson, C. (2015) Conformity, Deformity and Reformity, Chapter 11, pp.203-226 in KIE conference book series entitledHandbook of Creativity edited by Dr Fredricka K. Reisman (Drexel University): KIE: Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise: ISBN 978-1-85924-227-8 http://www.kiecon.org/Creativity%20Book%202015.pdf
  • Brown, M. & Wilson, C. (2015) Conformity, Deformity and Reformity, The West East Institute International Conference Proceedings, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA: ISSN 2167-3179 (Online)
  • http://www.westeastinstitute.com/proceedings/2015-harvard-presentations/ 
  • Wilson, C. & Brown, M. (2015) Creativity and Authenticity: Perspectives of Creative Value, Utility and Quality, DAKAM - Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center, Conference Proceedings CONTEMPART '15, Istanbul, Turkey, DAKAM Digital Library. http://dakamdigitallibrary.blogspot.co.uk
  • https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxr2nrEwfRJELWhOZmVqV0ZiYkE/view
  • Wilson, C. & Brown, M. & Craig, T. (2015) Blood Scores: The communication of clinical experience through film documentary, Publication to be confirmed 
  • Brown, M. & Wilson, C. (2014) Creative Dynamics: Artistic Production as a Model of Creative Interaction, Chapter 11, pp.149-160 in KIE conference book series entitledCreativity in Business edited by Dr Fredricka K. Reisman (Drexel University):  ISBN 978-1-85924-296-4. KIE, Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise: http://www.kiecon.org/Creativity%20in%20Business%202014.pdf
  • Wilson, C. & Brown, M. (2014) The Business of Invention: Considering Project Management in the Arts and Industry, Chapter 14, pp.185-198 in KIE conference book series entitled Creativity in Business edited by Dr Fredricka K. Reisman (Drexel University):  ISBN 978-1-85924-296-4. KIE: Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise: http://www.kiecon.org/Creativity%20in%20Business%202014.pdf
  • Wilson, C. & Brown, M. (2013) Extending Realities: Creativity, Artistry and Technology, Chapter 8, pp.84-92 in KIE conference book series entitled Creativity: Process, Product, Personality, Environment & Technology edited by Dr Fredricka K. Reisman (Drexel University): ISBN 978-1-85924-202-5. KIE: Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise: http://www.kiecon.org/Creativity_ed_ReismanF_2013.pdf
  • Brown, M. & Wilson, C. (2013) Between Possibilities and Places: Cognitive Metaphor, Creativity, Art and Education, Chapter 3, pp.37-45 in KIE conference book series entitled Creativity: Process, Product, Personality, Environment & Technology edited by Dr Fredricka K. Reisman (Drexel University): ISBN 978-1-85924-202-5. KIE: Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise http://www.kiecon.org/Creativity_ed_ReismanF_2013.pdf
  • Wilson, C. & Brown, M. (2013) Sound, space, image and music: Hybridity in creative process through technology, interactivity and collaboration,Journal of Music, Technology & Education, Volume 5, Number 1 ©2012 Intellect Ltd Article. doi: 10.1386/jmte.5.1.89_1, ISSN: 17527066, http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Article,id=13320/

Recent conferences

CONFERENCES 2012-2015

  • Brown, M (2015) ICSA-2015 (Internationale Konferenz über Spatial Audio 2015), Art University Graz, Austria   http://ambisonics.iem.at/icsa2015/pure-ambisonics-concert
  • Brown, M (2015) Pineapple: Thoughts on Artistic Creative Identity, The Inaugural E. Paul Torrance International Roundtable on Creative Thinking, Istanbul, Turkey, 11th August (presenter) 
  • Brown, M. & Wilson (2015) Conformity, Deformity and Reformity, KIE 2015 International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise, Istanbul, Turkey, 11th – 14th August (presenter and delegate) 
  • Wilson, C. & Brown, M. (2015) Ambiguity, uncertainty and new realities: Perspectives of creative value, utility and authenticity, KIE 2015 International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise, Istanbul, Turkey, 11th June – 14th August (presenter and delegate) 
  • Brown, M. & Wilson (2015) Conformity, Deformity and Reformity, West East Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Boston, USA, 8th June – 10th June (presenter and delegate) 
  • Wilson, C. & Brown, M. (2015). Blood Scores: The communication of clinical experience through the sonification of data. CTRG Sounds in Space 2015, Research Symposium at The University of Derby, 30th June 2015 (presenter and delegate)
  • Brown, M., Baggaley, P., Bosward, M., & Poynton, S. (2015). Composition Through Natural Design: The Shape of My Thoughts. CTRG Sounds in Space 2015, Research Symposium at The University of Derby, 30th June 2015 (presenter and delegate)
  • Also delivered at: Nature Connections Festival 2015, The University of Derby, 11th September 2015 (presenter)
  • Brown, M (2015) Ambisonics Installation as part of Gap in the Air: A Festival of Sonic Art, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, 15th  November 2014 – 14th  February 2015 (exhibitor)
  • Brown, M. & Wilson, C. (2014) Creative Dynamics: Artistic Production as a Model of Creative Interaction,ACA World Conference, Creativity in Action, 12th September, 2014. Philadelphia, USA (presenter online)
  • Wilson, C. & Brown, M. (2014) The Business of Invention: Considering Project Management in the Arts and Industry, KIE 2014 International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise, 22nd – 25th July, 2014. Riga, Latvia (presenter and delegate) 
  • Brown, M. & Wilson, C. (2014) Creative Dynamics: Artistic Production as a Model of Creative Interaction,KIE 2014 International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation & Enterprise, 22nd – 25th July, 2014. Riga, Latvia (presenter and delegate)
  • Wilson, C. & Brown, M. (2014). The Creative Dynamics of Artistic Project Management. CTRG Sounds in Space 2014, Research Symposium at The University of Derby, 30th June 2014 Between Possibilities and Places: Cognitive Metaphor, Creativity, Art and Education (presenter and delegate)
  • Brown, M., & Wilson, C. (2013) Between Possibilities and Places, American Creativity Association International Conference: Creativity for Sale, 27-28 September 2013. University of Southern Maine, Auburn, USA (presenter and delegate).
  • Wilson, C. & Brown, M. (2013) Pedagogy, Personal Development, Employability and the Creativity Toolkit, American Creativity Association International Conference: Creativity for Sale, 27-28 September 2013. University of Southern Maine, Auburn, USA (presenter and delegate).
  • Brown, M., & Wilson, C. (2013) Between Possibilities and Places: Cognitive Metaphor, Creativity, Art and Education, Sounds In Space Symposium, University of Derby, 1 July 2013 (presenter and delegate).
  • Brown, M., Lane. K,. Lennox, P., & Wiggins, B. (2013) prism Indigo, Big Bang East Midlands, the Roundhouse, Pride Park, Derby (interactive Audio/Visual presentation)
  • Brown, M (2013) Fluid Dynamics, iFIMPaC 2012. Leeds College of Music, UK (diffusion performance and delegate)
  • Brown, M (2013) Celestial Dynamics, BBC Stargazing 2013, University of Derby, UK (Ambisonics installation),
  • Brown, M & Perkins, D (Leeds College of Music), (2013) Tilt Zero, From Tape to Typedef: Compositional Methods in Electroacoustic Music, University of Sheffield, UK (diffusion performance and delegate)
  • Wilson, C., Brown, M. (2013) Factory, Multimedia Performance Installation, International Format Photography Festival opening conference, April 2013, Derby, UK.
  • Wilson, C., Brown, M. (2012) The Colour of Sound and the Noise of Vision: An Exploration of Cross-Domain and Interdisciplinary Creativity in the Arts. American Creativity Association International Conference: Innovation by Design, 21-22 September 2012. Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA (presenter and delegate).

Experience in industry

Before teaching full-time I worked self-employed as a PT teacher privately and in FE, I also worked as a performer in numerous original local bands as composer and as a session player. I created my own company in 1992 called MBM, which is still active outside of teaching commitments, to receive commissions for compositions and broadcast solutions predominantly for Independent Television.

International experience

I have delivered papers at conferences internationally in Philadelphia, Boston, Maine USA and Riga, Latvia, Istanbul, Turkey and Berlin, Germany.

In the media

My collaborative work: The Shape of My Thoughts was broadcast on the BBC. See the work here:

and the BBC interview here: 

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