School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Dr Bennett Hogg

Degree Programme Director BA in Music and BMus with Year Abroad, Chair of UG BoS



I am a composer, improviser, and cultural theorist, with particular interests in electroacoustic music, environmental arts, and free improvisation. As  theorist my particular interests are in the relationships between the human body and technology, the human voice, the mid-twentieth-century avant-garde in music, literature and the fine arts, and artistic perspectives on and engagements with the natural environment.


Bennett Hogg completed his undergraduate degree in music at Nottingham University in 1982 and also has an MA in ethnomusicology from Durham University and an MMus in electroacoustic composition from UEA, supervised by Denis Smalley. He has worked as a composer in both electroacoustic and "conventional" media and has received several prestigious commissions and awards for his work, including commissions from the Royal Opera House's "Garden Venture", Sarajevo Winter Festival, Sonic Arts Network and Welsh Jazz Society, organisations whose diversity attests to his pluralistic creative outlook. He is currently a lecturer in ICMuS having spent the past five years in Newcastle researching for a PhD partly funded by an AHRB scholarship. “Who’s Listening”, an essay on power relations in recorded music was published in 2005 in the collection Sounds of Resistance, Suppression, and Subversion: Essays on Music, Politics, and Power edited by Annie Janeiro Randall (Routledge). "Meetings, Spaces, Desire: Some Personal Reflections on the Work of Ann Rosen" is an extended essay for the exhibition catalogue "schhh...", a major solo exhibition of sound installations by Ann Rosen, Swedish artist and composer, at Konstacademien, Stockholm - see

His electroacoustic work "What Did You Find?", completed at EMS. Stockholm in January 2007 was part of an installation at FutureSonic07, Manchester, and was broadcast as part of the Cornerhouse Gallery's "Art Radio" project in June-July 2007. He recently was a featured artist on His collaborations on the group projets My Little Pop Group and Wormhole are now released on the web-label "Clinical Archives" in Moscow, and collaborations/CD releases with Technonucleo (Spain) and Bryan Day/Public Eyesore Records (Nebraska, USA) are sceduled for early summer 2008. During 2008-9 he worked on a "resistant violin" (see his personal website for details and images) at STEIM, Amsterdam, and composed "l-oiseau chante avec ses doights" for classical guitarist Magnus Andersson (in collaboration with EMS Stockholm, funded by Svenska Rikskonserter).

He is the co-founder of the research series "Music and Machines", see which has included a 3-day conference on "improvisation: freedom and tradition" with David Clarke in December 2007, and was one of the organisers and moderators for "Music and Machines VIII" as part of Newcastle-Gateshead's "AV Festival 2008".

His academic writing is published by Routledge, Oxford University Press, Lund University Press, Cambridge Scholars Press, as well as in online journals such as Hz (Fylkingen, Stockholm) and the CILM site of the Open University.

He is Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded research project "Landscape Quartet", see , is involved in running projects as part of AHRC-funded "Northumbrian Exchanges" (PI Eric Cross), and has project involvement with AHRC-funded "Digital Originals" (Northumbria University and Newcastle Culture Lab) and "Creative Exchanges" (Culture Lab, Newcastle). He was awarded a School Strategic Research grant by Newcastle University to develop the online creative engagement software ArCCADDE (Archives and Creative Collaborations for Artists working in the Distributed Digital Environment) in 2013, in collaboration with Culture Lab and Palace at the Tyneside Cinema.

With Stefan Ostersjo he made a successful application to the Swedish funding agency RANK for three artistic residencies developing environmental sound art projects in Sweden during 2013-14, with flautist Sabine Vogel and electronic sound artist Matthew Sansom.

He has recently returned from being co-researcher on an Austrian Science Fund project "Emotional Improvisation" at University of Graz, Austria, starting in February 2014, which will run through to 2016.

With John Bowers and Irene Brown he presented "An Imaginary Museum" during the British Science Festival in Newcastle in September 2013. With Landscape Quartet he has held artistic-research residencies in Gavle, Kalv, Klagshamns udde, and InterArts Centre, Malmo (all Sweden) and in Morpeth, Allenheads Contemporary Arts, and Cheeseburn Grange, Stamfordham. With Sabine Vogel and Deniz Peters he was featured in the recent European Project for Artistic Research in Music conference, Graz, performing in the Ligeti Halle, in the Mumut concert hall. He is curator of Environmental Sound Art and Music for Cheeseburn Grange Sculpture Garden, Northumberland, and a collaborator with Alan Smith of Allenheads Contemporary Arts.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lecturer in Music
  • DPD for BA in Music and BMus with Year Abroad
  • Head of Undergraduate Studies, Chair of UG BoS
  • Subject Rep for SLTSEC
  • School Rep on University Library Committee


  • BA Hons in Music
  • MA in Ethnomusicology
  • MMus in Composition
  • PhD in Music

Previous Positions

  • lecturer, norwich institute of art and design
  • lecturer, university of east anglia
  • lecturer, city university, london
  • lecturer, muzicka akademija, sarajevo
  • lecturer, edinburgh college of art


  • performing rights society
  • MCPS
  • UCU
  • CILM Research Network
  • sonic arts network
  • canadian electroacoustic community
  • editorial board of ARiADA text (webjournal)
  • member of editorial collective, Radical Musicology (webjournal)


  • English
  • French
  • Serbo-Croat/Bosnian

Informal Interests

Walking in the country, reading Harry Potter books, gardening, watching decent films, cows, travel, Sweden, alchemy, surrealist literature, Max Ernst, punk rock, free improv, british folk musics - especially playing the fiddle.


Research Interests

Electroacoustic composition
free improvisation
cultural theory and the voice and technology
psychoanalytical informed hermeneutic approaches to culture
environmental sound art

politics and philosophy of the natural environment 

Other Expertise

Mostly gardening

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Current Work

Director of Landscape Quartet - formerly AHRC-funded environmental sound art project.

Curator and producer of sound art and music for Cheeseburn Grange Sculpture Gardens, Stamfordham, Northumberland.

co-editing with Matthew Sansom a new edited issue of Contemporary Music Review - "Music, Sound, and Landscape" - now in press

publications in progress include invited book chapters for Routledge "Sound Studies Reader" (ed. Michael Bull) and OUP "Sound and Imagination" (ed. Mark Grimshaw, et al), "Weathering" for Landscape Research Journal (now in press), "Healing the Cut" in Contemporary Music Review, "Aesthetics of Sonification" with Paul Vickers and David Worrall for Routledge "Sonification Handbook" (ed. Clemens Wollner), a critical position piece for the Canadian journal "Critical Studies in Improvisation", and a co-authored journal chapter with Stefan Ostersjo for Contemporary Music Review. musical projects include developing ArCCADDE further, curating a year of environmental music and sound art at Cheeseburn Grange Sculpture Garden, collaboration with Alan Smith on the ACE-Funded "As Above, So Below" project in the lead mines of the North Pennines, and a new piece for ten-string classical guitar with electronics for Stefan Ostersjo, for release on CD in 2016 along with recording of "l'oiseau cante avec ses doights", also for ten-string guitar and electronics. 40 minute film with Stefan Ostersjo on work done as part of Landscape Quartet, to be released on DVD by Orpheus Institute for Artistic Research in Music, Ghent, 2016.

Future Research

Distributed performance and improvisation.

environmental sound arts.
Theories of free improvisation.
Electroacoustic composition.
Free improvisation (violin and electronics).
Instrument design.

instrumental and vocal composition

mid-century English music

Bodies and technologies.

Recent Research Roles (since 2013)

PI Landscape Quartet

researcher Northumbrian Exchanges 

researcher and project director ArCCADDE

participant Creative Exchanges

co-researcher "Emotional Improvisation" Graz, Austria from Feb 2014 

Co-director of Postvernacular Music Research Project (CETL funded)
Co-organiser of "Music and machines" seminar series (with S J Norman)
Co-organiser of conference "Improvisation: Freedom and Tradition"
Co-organiser of "Music and Machines VII" associated with Newcastle-Gateshead AV Festival 2008".

Postgraduate Supervision

Supervisor of PhD students Craig Pollard, Rachael Hales, Phil Begg.

Esteem Indicators

invited curator for environmental sound art and music, Cheeseburn Grange, Northumberland 2016

invited as co-researcher for "Emotional Improvisation" research project at University of Graz (beginning Jan 2014)

speaker at "Beyond Soundscape", Sonorities Festival Belfast (April 2013) 

panel member for revalidation of BA in Music at Havering College on behalf of Open University

recipient of SACS Strategic Research Fund, 2013, to develop ArCCADDE project 

external PhD examiner at UEA, SARC Belfast, and internal examiner at Newcastle

external examiner Huddersfield University (2012-2015)

Guest lectures at Sussex University, Queen's Belfast, Kingston University 

invited critical respondent at (re)thinking improvisation, Lund University, Malmo, Dec 2011 

Invited as performer and speaker to GEM Days at Huddersfield University, January 2010.
Invited to contribute to collectively produced composition for the retirement celebration of Prof Denis Smalley, City University, October 2009.
Recent peer reviewed papers given at "The Musical Body, IMR, London" (April 2009), and "Music Since 1900, Keele" (July 2009).
Joint keynote with Magnus Williamson at "Nothing new: Understanding newness in medieval and contemporary music", Huddersfield (April 2009).
Invited presenter at "Creativity, Innovation and Labour in Music" at The Open University June 22-23, 2009.
Member of CILM Research Network based at OU, Milton Ketnes.
Music broadcast by BBC Radio 3, CKCU-FM Ottawa, QRSoundhour Belfast, ArtRadio Manchester, and featured in installation in FutureSonic07 Manchester.
Member editorial board ARiADA text (webjournal).
Member editorial collective Radical Musicology (webjournal).
Reviewer/reader for "Organised Sound" journal
Keynote speaker at Music and Surrealism study day Leicester DeMontfort University, July 2006.
Guest research papers at SOAS, Bath Spa University, UEA, De Montfort, Norwich School of Art, University of Aberdeen
Conference papers IASPM UK (Newcastle), IASPM International (Montreal), "British Forum for Ethnomusicology" (Brunel), "Music and Gesture" (Norwich), "ConferenceCATH" (Leeds), "Surrounded" conference on electroacoustic music (Keele).
Solo and group perfromances at Stockholm Konstakademien and Fylkingen. residencies at EMS (Stockholm) and STEIM (Amsterdam).
Co-organiser of conference associated with Newcastle-Gateshead AV Fetsival 2008.
CD of collaborative project "my little pop group" released on Clinical Archives label, Moscow, 20-21st october 2007, release of two other projects scheduled for later in 2007-early 2008 - "wormhole" (with Will Edmondes and John Ferguson) and "january 2007" (with Sten-Olof Hellstrom)

Industrial Relevance



Undergraduate Teaching 2017-18

sole-delivered modules

Music, Sound and the Environment (MUS2006)

Themes in Musical Modernism (MUS2004)

co-taught modules

Music Theory Common Practice MUS1020


Postgraduate Supervision

PhD supervisor:

Phil Begg

Martin Eccles