School of Creative Technologies


Dr Stephen Pearse

  • Qualifications: PhD, FHEA, BMus (Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Middle Street Recording Studios, 36-40 Middle Street, PO5 4BP
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5927
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  • Department: School of Creative Technologies
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


Stephen is a Senior Lecturer in Computational Sound with a background in 20th Century Classical Music, Electroacoustic Music Composition and Software Engineering. He is both an active composer and software engineer. He was awarded his PhD from the University Of Sheffield for his research into agent-based audio synthesis and composition. "Agent-Based Graphic Sound Synthesis and Acousmatic Composition" presents The Agent Tool, an open and scriptable system for creating artificial agents that create music from imagery and motion. His musical compositions created with the system have been performed across the UK, EU and USA.

Stephen is the primary software engineer of "Compose With Sounds", a cross-platform pedagogical audio workstation. This software package was created in collaboration with institutions, creative practitioners and pedagogs across Europe. Notable institutions include INA-GRM (Paris, France), Notam (Oslo, Norway), ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), Miso Music (Lisbon, Portugal), De Montefort University (Leicester, United Kingdom). Workshops and concerts using the software have been held across Europe and China.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Deputy Course Leader for Music Computing
  • Unit Co-ordinator:
    • Digital Sound (level 5)
    • Audio Programming (level 5)
    • Sound and Music Programming (level 6)
    • Music and Sound Synthesis (level 6)


  • Electroacoustic and acousmatic composition
  • Audio software design and implementation 
  • New forms of audio synthesis 
  • Sound spatialization
  • Pedagogy of electroacoustic music and the techniques used

Research profile

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