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Dr Manuella Blackburn

School of Creative and Performing Arts
0151 291 2092
Arts and Humanities

Dr Manuella Blackburn completed her PhD in electroacoustic music composition in 2010 with the supervision of Professor Ricardo Climent at the University of Manchester. Manuella began lecturing at Liverpool Hope University in 2010 and has currently held the post of Senior Lecturer in Music for eight years. She has been composing for over 12 years and has created a wide range of electroacoustic music works for instruments and electronics, fixed media, sound installation work, music for dance and for film. Her music is published on the Montreal-based label, Emprientes DIGITALes.

Her specialism within the field of electroacoustic music is fixed media – acousmatic music for loudspeakers. Her work has been performed widely with notable performances in Alfortville, Athens, Bangor, Birmingham, Brussels, Calgary, Glasgow, Helsinki, Huddersfield, Leicester, Linz, Lisbon, Liverpool, Ljubljana, London, Lyon, Macclesfield, Madrid, Manchester, Melinka, Montréal, New York City, Orford, Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Seoul, Sheffield, Sofia, Trebel, Troy, Udine, Utrecht, Valdivia, Vienna, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Visby and Vitória.

Her music has been awarded prizes in a number of competitions and festivals including: Computer Space Award (1st Prize, Bulgaria, 2017), Musica Nova, (1st Prize, Czech Republic, 2016), International Computer Music Association European Regional Award (Australia, 2013), Gaudeamus Music Prize (Finalist, Utrecht, Netherlands 2012), METAMORPHOSIS competition (1st Prize, Brussels, 2012), Musica Viva, (1st Prize, Portugal, 2010) and Digital Arts Awards (Grand Prize, Tokyo, Japan, 2007).

Manuella’s academic writings focus on two primary research areas: compositional methodologies and cultural sound borrowing within electroacoustic music. She has published numerous journal articles, conference papers and book chapters on these topics and has given keynote addresses at the NAMHE Music – Learning – Technologies conference, (Glasgow, 2013), the Women Since 1900 Conference (Liverpool, 2013) and at the Musicological Society of Australia and Australian Computer Music Conference (ACMC) in Perth, 2018. Her guest editor work for Organised Sound journal in 2014 encouraged new thinking and literature on the topic of ‘The Sound of Cultures’ and a forthcoming issue on 'Borrowing, quotation, sampling and plundering' will be in print in 2019, which aims to confront the challenges of borrowed audio within the field of electroacoustic music.