Dr Paul Vandemast-Bell

Dr Paul Vandemast-Bell

Position: Lecturer in Music Production

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Media and Performing Arts

Subject area: Music Technology

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I am a Lecturer in Music Production specialising in digital audio workstations (Avid Pro Tools/Ableton Live) and audio recording. I compose Detroit/Berlin-influenced Techno music and perform this music live. I hold a PhD on Live Electronic Music from Newcastle University and my research currently investigates the ways in which improvisation and digital repetition and can be brought together in live performance to produce what I have termed ‘Deformed Techno’. In 2008 my collaborative creative work gained international recognition through the audiovisual piece Improvisation 1 & 2, which was showcased at the Transmediale Festival for Art and Digital Culture in Berlin and nominated for the Transmediale Award. I have published papers on creative practice and audio education, and held residencies at Culture Lab Newcastle and STEIM (the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam.

In addition to my teaching I undertake the following duties:

  • Project Manager for FdA Creative Music Production (Loughborough College).
  • Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Applied Studies (Music) top-up (Loughborough College/ Vision West Nottinghamshire College). 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the following programmes:

  • MA Music Production
  • BSc (Hons) Music Technology and Production
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music with Music Technology

I am module leader for:

  • Digital Audio Workstations (Level 4)
  • Sonic Applications (Level 4)
  • Studio Techniques (Level 5)
  • Recording Project (Level 6)
  • Music Production Systems (Level 7)

I also contribute to the following modules:

  • Live Performance (Level 6)
  • Research Project (Level 6)

Professional interests

  • Electronic Dance Music Producer
  • Live Electronic Musician

Research interests

  • Live Electronic Music
  • Techno
  • DJ Culture
  • Turntablism 
  • Controllerism

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy


  • BMus (Hons) Popular and Contemporary Music, Newcastle University
  • Master of Music (MMus), Newcastle University
  • PhD on Live Electronic Music, Newcastle University

Recent publications

  • Vandemast-Bell, P., Werner, D. and Crossley, J., 2015. Seeking Best Practice for Education and Training in the Recording Studio. Audio Engineering Society, [e-journal], 21. Available through: Audio Engineering website 
  • Vandemast-Bell, P., 2013. Rethinking Live Electronic Music: A DJ Perspective. Contemporary Music Review, 32(2-03), p.239-248. Available through: Taylor Francis Online 

Recent conferences

  • 16th international conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression,Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, July 2016.
  • 26th Audio Engineering Society Conference on Audio Education, Glasgow University, in August 2015.

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