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, 'Depart'

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

Nightports, 'Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne'

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

Journal Article

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.

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.

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)