Dr Matthew Barnard

Dr Matthew Barnard


Faculty and Department

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


  • BA (University of Hull)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)
  • PhD / DPhil (University of Hull)


Matthew Barnard is a composer, producer, engineer and researcher working across all styles of acoustic and electronic music. The field of spatial representation in sound, particularly immersive methods, form the crux of much of his research and practice. He is Director of the Hull Electroacoustic Research Organisation (HEARO), which encompasses compositional, performative and technological research and practice. He is an active mastering engineer (matt @ Rockville) and production consultant.

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

The Studio

Barnard, M. (2020). The Studio. In H. Schulze (Ed.), The Bloomsbury Handbook of the Anthropology of Sound (369-383). London: Bloomsbury Publishing. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781501335402.ch-028

Digital Artefact

Woche (with apologies to Ruttmann and Brock)

Barnard, M. (2019). Woche (with apologies to Ruttmann and Brock). [.wav sound file]

The Piano Makers

Barnard, M. The Piano Makers

Closely Observed Trains

Barnard, M. Closely Observed Trains

Lead investigator







2nd Gen - Abandoned Building Tour


ACE Arts Council of England




1 March 2023



Postgraduate supervision

Dr Barnard welcomes applications in immersive aesthetics, popular and experimental electronic and acousmatic composition and spatial representation in sound.

Completed PhDs

- Tariq Emam

Conference organisation

Sound + Environment 2017

2016 - 2017

Sound + Environment 2017 is a four day conference bringing together artists and scientists to explore the ways that sound can deepen our understanding of environments. For example, recent developments in the field of ecoacoustics are proving fruitful in assessing ecosystem change. Sound is also increasingly used to monitor built structures and to inform urban design. We can use sound for scientific and artistic exploration, to inform and expand our knowledge of environments and our relationships to the world around us. What can we learn from each other? Sound can inform a range of innovative interventions and solutions to problems. Through exploring scientific and artistic approaches together, we hope to engage with sound in order to create complementary ways of investigating, understanding, and taking action. Sound + Environment 2017 aims to nurture meaningful collaborations which can generate new insights. The programme will feature paper sessions and panels; workshops; public performances; installations, and interventions. Keynote speakers will include Chris Watson and Leah Barclay. Please see below for further details about speakers and the conference programme. The conference will see the launch of ‘Trent Falls to Spurn Point’, a specially commissioned surround-sound installation from Chris Watson tracing the course of the Humber River, and ‘River Listening’, an augmented reality sound walk using the Echoes.xyz app from Leah Barclay, superimposing the sounds of rivers from around the world onto Hull. A number of other sound installations and performances will be featured in collaboration with Hull UK City of Culture and the PRS New Music Biennial. Visiting artist-in-residence, Dave Burraston, will also be presenting an installation and talk as part of his Rainwire project. Sound + Environment 2017 is hosted by the School of Arts in collaboration with the Institute of Esturine and Coastal Studies, the Institute of Energy & Environment and the Institute of Culture, Place & Policy, at the University of Hull.

Conference presentation

‘De Facto Cubists: Multi-Microphone Utilisation as Spatial Polyperspectivity’, Crosstown Traffic (IASPM UK&I, ASARP, Dancecult, ISMMS), University of Huddersfield

2018 - 2018

‘Frames to Spheres: The Abstract Ambisonic Spatial Paradigm in Reality’, 12th Art of Record Production Conference, Royal College of Music, Stockholm

2017 - 2017

Same Questions, Different Answers?: the convergence of art and science in the pilot module ‘Acoustic Ecology’, Symposium on Acoustic Ecology, University of Kent

2013 - 2013

Same Questions, Different Answers?: the convergence of art and science in the pilot module ‘Acoustic Ecology’, University Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2012, University of Hull, January 11th 2012

2012 - 2012

Consultancy/Industry advisory role

Unusual Ingredients

2019 - 2020

Technical consultation and training for surround presentation methods for upcoming published musical work.

Modus Arts

2019 - 2020

Impulse response capture technical consultation and aesthetics research

Ident package and functional music for Pro-Coders

2018 - 2018

Manchester Hill Remembered

2018 - 2018

Ambisonic recording, mixing and multi-perspective production of large-scale concert event: ‘Manchester Hill Remembered’, Brighter Sound, Manchester Histories and Manchester City Council (Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund), Manchester Cathedral

Dodda Maggý, Einkofi Productions in partnership with Curated Place and Absolutely Cultured

2018 - 2018

Technical consultation, ambisonic recording and decoder implementation: ‘Alda’, Dodda Maggý, Einkofi Productions in partnership with Curated Place and Absolutely Cultured

Playing the Bridge

2016 - 2017

Ambisonic recording and IR capture, technical consultation: Playing the Bridge, Nye Parry & Laurence Rugg, City of Culture 2017

Trent Falls to Spurn Point

2016 - 2017

Ambisonic array design and decoder implementation: Trent Falls to Spurn Point, Chris Watson (BBC, Touch Records), City of Culture 2017

External examiner role

Plymouth Marjon University

2018 - 2021

External Examination of multiple programmes across multiple sites.

Journal peer reviewer

Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology

2019 - 2019

Journal of the Art of Record Production, Proceedings from ARP 2017 conference

2018 - 2018

Book Review: An Introduction to Computer Music by Nick Collins (2010), Wiley, in The Journal of Music, Technology and Education

2011 - 2011

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2020 - 2020

Scholarship role

Music Peer Reviewer - International Computer Music Conference 2024


Music Peer Reviewer - International Computer Music Conference 2022