Adam West


Adam is a graduate of Birmingham University music department (1st class Bmus 2017) who majored in Instrumental and Acousematic / Electroacoustic composition. During his studies he became interested in many different facets of musical composition and discourse. Having grown up dabbling in recording and computer based music production it made sense that he learn about recording and musical synthesis in the digital domain. Sound-based musical discourse also interested him and this lead to studies involving sampling, manipulation and creation of synthetic sounds for use in musical composition. He also studied popular music recording and production whilst on a year abroad at Auckland University, New Zealand.


His background in music is varied seeing him encompass many musical interests. He began his musical life playing piano and guitar and quickly started composing folk songs. Playing in bands, performing repertoire from Punk to Boogie Woogie also helped give him a good grounding in a breadth of musical styles and genres. All of these influences are still present in his musical style and writing. He now works as an edit assistant in the post-production media industry and is seeking to learn professional audio editing and mixing techniques. This work will enable him to progress onto his desired goals of working as a sound designer, dubbing mixer and composer for visual and audio media.


Two of Adam's works were performed during Fresco 2019. No Definite Sound is for solo ‘Cello and seeks to explore a more gestural / sound-based language in the solo-instrumental domain. The sound aesthetic is heavily influenced by the work of Kaijo Saariaho (Sept Papillions for solo ‘Cello) and Tom Adès (Arcadiana). Transients was completed for his final Electroacoustic assessment and presents many different methods of musical narrative, structure and synthesis. Sampling, coded noise generation and manipulation of recorded media are all used to create a work that seeks to explore sound’s ability to generate space and environment as well as toying with ideas of attendance and what constitutes musical structure.

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