mark slater

Dr Mark Slater

Senior Lecturer in Music and Subject Group Head (Music)

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of The Arts


Mark Slater is a composer, producer and musicologist with an interest in the processes of how music is made, usually including uses of technology and improvisation in some way. Whether working as a composer or producer, Dr Slater's work is fuelled by an exploration of spontaneity and collaboration - regardless of style. The focus of his music-making is on celebrating the abilities and idiosyncrasies of the musicians he works with. As a writer, he interrogates the patterns and processes of music-making from theoretical and philosophical perspectives to understand something about what's going on when people make music. Releases - The Middlewood Sessions was nominated for Jazz Album of the Year 2012 on Radio 6 Soul & Jazz (Netherlands) and was voted number 14 in Albums of 2012 on Rté Pulse in Ireland - Fall Back released on Brownswood Recordings supported by Gilles Peterson (2006) and featured on Brownswood Bubblers 2 (2007) with the Middlewood Sessions project - Astro Blue released on Wah Wah 45s (2008) with Middlewood Sessions - Red Waters released on Wah Wah 45s (2008) with Middlewood Sessions - Nowhere in Between released on Brownswood Bubblers 11 (2014) with the Nightports project Performances - Sea Change for trumpet and string quartet premièred in the Ferens Art Gallery (Hull) in May 2017 followed by a performance in Tianjin, China in July 2017 - Fanfare from the Edge for trumpet trio at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford for the Encaenia 2017 (June 2017) - Apheresis for trumpet and electronics premièred at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, Czech Republic (October 2017) - The Turning Room for string quartet premièred by the Mavron String Quartet (October 2016) - Solo for Trombone and Electronics performed by Matthew Gee (principal trombonist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) at the Juilliard School in New York (June 2016)

Digital Artefact

Nightports, 'Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne'

Slater, M., Martin, A., & Bourne, M. (2018). Nightports, 'Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne'

Nightports, 'Depart'

Slater, M., & Martin, A. (2015). Nightports, 'Depart'

Journal Article

Locating project studios and studio projects

Slater, M. (2016). Locating project studios and studio projects. Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 141(1), 167-202.

Nests, arcs and cycles in the lifespan of a studio project

Slater, M. (2015). Nests, arcs and cycles in the lifespan of a studio project. Popular music, 34(1), 67-93.

A conceptual foundation for understanding musico-technological creativity

Slater, M., & Martin, A. (2012). A conceptual foundation for understanding musico-technological creativity. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 5(1), 59-76. doi:10.1386/jmte.5.1.59_1

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Slater welcomes applications for PhD research in the areas of composition, production, the aesthetics and poetics of record production, and collaborative creativity. Completed PhDs - Jamie Moore, Robert Glasper's Black Radio: Issues of Style and Identity, University of Hull, 2017 (performance element). - Rowan Oliver, Rebecoming Analogue: Groove, Breakbeats and Sampling, University of Hull, 2015 (2nd supervisor). - Niall Thomas, How Has the Development of Technology Influenced Recorded Heavy Metal, University of Hull, 2015 (2nd supervisor). - Adam Martin, Music Producers in 21st Century Britain: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, University of Hull, 2014 Current PhD supervisions - ​Lewis Kennedy, Functions of Genre in Metal and Hardcore Music (musicology) - Sandy Clark, The Water Fairy (composition) - George Marshall, Music for Games and Original Instrumental Compositions (composition) - Stuart McCallum, Collaboration and Ambisonic Composition in Popular Music (composition & production) - Brice Catherin, Designing New Musical Works as Fairer Social Models (composition) - Brett Gordon, Sculpting Sound: the Composer's Relationship with Sound Material in Electroacoustic Music (2nd supervisor)