Dr Mark Slater

Dr Mark Slater

Senior Lecturer in 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.

Recent outputs

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Digital Artefact

Nightports, 'Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne'

Slater, M., Martin, A., & Bourne, M. (2018). Nightports, 'Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne'. [https://nightports.bandcamp.com/album/nightports-w-matthew-bourne]

Nightports, 'Depart'

Slater, M., & Martin, A. (2015). Nightports, 'Depart'. [https://nightports.bandcamp.com/album/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. https://doi.org/10.1080/02690403.2016.1151241

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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0261143014000683

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. https://doi.org/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

- Stuart McCallum, Making Music in the Real World: a Professional Practice Portfolio with Reflective Commentary (composition & production; 2020)

- Lewis Kennedy, Functions of Genre in Metal and Hardcore Music (musicology; 2018)

- 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

- Sandy Clark, The Siren: Towards Accessibility in the Composition of a Multimedia Episodic Opera (composition)

- George Marshall, Constraint and Creative Decision Making in the Composition of Concert Works, Film and Video-game Soundtracks (composition)

- Michael Betteridge, Inclusion, Visibility and Giving Communities a Voice: Social Contexts and Social Processes in my Vocal and Music Theatre Work 2016-2018 (composition)

- Brice Catherin, Transmission Strategies and Blossoming Participants in My Composed Music (composition)

- Brett Gordon, Sculpting Sound: the Composer's Relationship with Sound Material in Electroacoustic Music (2nd supervisor)