↑ Dr Shirley J. Thompson, Reader and Head of Composition conducts the Phiharmonic Orchestra



Music research within CREAM is fundamentally multidisciplinary, investigating all corners of the commercial music industries – from songwriting, production and creative practice, to sound technology and innovation in music business.

Research staff (see list of staff at the bottom of the page for a hyperlink) are experienced academics and industry practitioners, who are at the forefront of cutting edge practice in music, connecting closely with University of Westminster’s established music industry think tank MusicTank (www.musictank.co.uk). The Music research team also support a growing cohort of postgraduate PhD students in all areas of sound and music creativity, and music industry studies.

Particular specialist areas include:

  • Songwriting, Composition and Sound Design
  • Music Production (including Recording, Mixing, Mastering)
  • Studio and Performance Technology
  • Black British Music
  • Gender, Equality and Diversity in Music
  • Music Health and Wellbeing
  • Music Marketing and Economics
  • Intellectual Property
  • Live Music & Event Management
  • Music Education and Pedagogy
  • Music Culture and Sociology
  • Psychoacoustics and Listening Test Analysis
  • Hi-Resolution Audio
  • Mobile Music Applications
  • Music for Games, Interactivity and Virtual Reality

Music research staff have a track record of delivering projects funded by, for example, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), Arts Council England, Innovate UK and the British Academy. Academics are also experienced industry practitioners and have collaborated substantially with audio and music industry partners (including, for example, Warner Music Group, Ticketmaster, Help Musicians) on projects related to creative practice, arts policy, product development and audience analysis. CREAM’s music specialism also incorporates the Black Music Research Unit, which is delivering the prestigious AHRC funded Bass Music project. Additionally, our recent research into the connection between music and mental health brought new understanding to complex arts-wellbeing issues, and has enabled new support services to be launched as a result of the project findings (https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/news/latest-news/can-music-make-you-sick)

CREAM’s music research also links directly with the taught music courses at University of Westminster, which are BA Music: Production, Performance and Enterprise, MA Audio Production and MA Music Business Management, bringing opportunities for students to engage in cutting edge projects and to benefit directly from project findings.


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