Ambrose Seddon is a composer of electroacoustic music, whose outputs include acousmatic music, live electronic music, and multichannel sound installation. His work has been performed internationally in concert and on radio, and has received competition prizes and special mentions.
With research interests in compositional structuring processes, form in electroacoustic music, and the analysis of electroacoustic music, he has presented at international conferences and festivals. Originally with a background in electronica and experimental pop music, he continually strives to integrate new and varied approaches into his compositional practice.
Ambrose’s work has been internationally awarded and recognised, including:
- 2nd Prize in XIº Destellos International Competition of Electroacoustic Music (2018)
- 1st Prize in the international composition competition Klang! Électroacoustique, Montpellier, France (2014)
- 1st Prize in the Visiones Sonoras Electroacoustic Music Composition Competition, Mexico (2006)
- European Region Composition Prize at ICMC 2007 (International Computer Music Conference)
- Finalist 10th Biennial Acousmatic Composition Competition Métamorphoses 2018, Belgium
- Special Mention 7th Biennial Acousmatic Composition Competition Métamorphoses 2012, Belgium
- Special Mention in the Foundation Destellos International Competition of Electroacoustic Composition and Visual-Music (2010)
- Pré-sélection in 33e Concours International de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques Bourges 2006
- Pré-sélection in 32e Concours International de Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques Bourges 2005
After completing a BMus Music at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Ambrose composed, produced and performed as a founding member of the band Weevil, with music published by EMI and released on independent record labels. Returning to academic studies he completed an MA in Electroacoustic Composition at City University, London (2004), followed by a PhD in Music (electroacoustic composition, 2013) also at City University, London, both supervised by Prof Denis Smalley. His Doctoral research investigated recurrence in acousmatic music, providing concepts to help rationalise structuring processes within acousmatic music composition. This involved exploring the different ways in which recurrence is manifest within acousmatic works, how sound materials might be related to one another, and the temporal relationships existing among those sounds.
Ambrose is currently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Technology at Bournemouth University, UK.