Dr. Ian Percy has been teaching creative music technology, acousmatic and electroacoustic composition at Liverpool Hope since 2001. His syllabus design reflects and adapts to contemporary practice whilst being consistently informed by the past. Ian's practical assignments often carry a free choice of genre engaging a range of students with varied and eclectic musical tastes, but the guided research pathway for music technology and studio composition at Hope is towards forms of acousmatic and electroacoustic composition. In these latter fields, Ian also tutors MA and research degree composition students and undergraduate theses.
Recently there have been additions to the academic expertise at Hope and Ian has been able to teach more written composition (acoustic, ensemble and orchestral) alongside electroacoustic studies. Since June 2011 he has been the Award Director for the MA in Music since 1900 and in this latter role, Ian has been engaging in further specialised research surrounding new music in analysis, composition, interpretation and performance.
Ian still runs the Hope recording studios and recently produced the debut album for renowned sitarist Roopa Panesar (entitled Khoj) in collaboration with Milapfest (Indian Arts Association based at Liverpool Hope) and is currently working on The Stradella Project with violinist-musicologist Dr Alberto Sanna. Ian is an active member of the Liverpool Hope Music since 1900 research group and hosts the Liverpool Hope Music Research Series. He is also artistic director of regular multiple-speaker multimedia concerts, often featuring student work alongside work from external artists at the Liverpool Hope Cornerstone and Spring festivals
After an initial career as a commercial songwriter, musician and studio producer, providing him with extensive experience in all forms of recording and amplified performance, Ian embarked on a long period of formal music education:
1998- FCCM, DJCM, HND in Music; 2001- Music BA (hons) first class, University of Liverpool, awarded ‘Ricordi Prize for Composition’; 2002- MMus with distinction, University of Liverpool (awarded PRSF scholarship); 2010- PhD in Musical Composition, The University of Manchester (studying with John Casken). Prior to and alongside these formal studies, Ian also completed ABRSM theory and practical exams.
Ian has taught sessions in Studio composition at the University of Liverpool and delivered courses on Electroacoustic Composition, Postmodernism in Music and Music of the Twentieth Century and Beyond at the University of Liverpool Centre for Continuing Development, he has been teaching at Liverpool Hope since 2001. Ian is actively involved in acoustic (ensemble and orchestra), acousmatic, electroacoustic and multimedia composition in practice, analysis and research.
Recent performances include When a Snake Eats its Own Tail, for clarinet, live digital effects and tape composed for and premiered by Nicholas Cox (principal clarinetist with RLPO) in November 2007, An Instant Conception, for ensemble and percussion premiered in June 2009 by Ensemble 10/10 (conducted by Clark Rundell), An Acoustic Mandala for the Fourteenth an orchestral work premiered by the University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Tom Wood) at the University of Manchester Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall 22nd October 2010 and the Great Hall, Liverpool Hope University 23rd October, 2010, A Chill Breeze for solo orchestral harp performed by American concert harpist Chilali Hugo at Liverpool Hope in 2010, A Chill Breeze for orchestral harp and tape performed by Chilali Hugo at the Cornerstone Festival December, 2010, Odd Pianos - Sound, Noise & Music for piano and tape performed by Ian Buckle (concert pianist with the RLPO) in December 2010, An Infinite Moment for piano and tape performed by Laura Hamer in November and December 2012, Electroacoustic Chakras 6&7 (version for voice) performed by Yashashwi Sharma at the Electroacoustic Flavours 2012 concert and Rotations and Resonances for string quartet, tape and interactive sounds performed by the Smith Quartet in December 2012.
Ian has recently returned from India after a performance (and studio recording) of his Electroacoustic Chakras in the Jahawar Kala Kendra, Jaipur in January 2013. This featured Indian classical musicians trained mostly in the Hindustani style (voice, bansuri, sarangi, tabla and percussion) along with a structured vocal improvisation by Yashashwi Sharma.