PhD Candidate in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance – Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries
Media Innovation Studio
ME413, Media Factory
University of Central Lancashire
Email: click to reveal OJHalstead1@uclan.ac.uk
Oliver is a musician, audio engineer, research associate and current PhD candidate at the University of Central Lancashire. Oliver’s interests in further study have spanned from his experiences with the Global Sound Movement (GSM): a UCLan based research innovation project and recent winner of the Times Higher Education award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts (November 2016). Oliver’s passion for music initially led him down a path of compositional and technological understanding, allowing him to become well versed in a variety of audio engineering, music production and sound design techniques. As a result he has been involved in many enriching freelance opportunities and multiple creative projects throughout the last ten years, working both independently and collaboratively.
Whilst studying at the University on a three year music production course, Oliver was selected and invited to work with the GSM, embarking upon a variety of extracurricular activities outside of his course modules. During this time, he developed a multitude of skills ranging from field recording to team-working and communication building, whilst gaining detailed insights into the cultural origins of musical composition and live performance.
During his second year of undergraduate study, Oliver was able to apply his skills and understandings in the field, travelling to Uganda with the GSM team to work with local communities in order to record and sample their instruments. This proved to be a life-changing experience, opening up avenues of interest into social and cultural studies that Oliver has since become greatly invested in. Following on from Uganda, Oliver remained a key part of the GSM team, working to curate digital sample packages, promote materials online and manage teams of students as the project began to grow. Since gaining his first class honours degree, Oliver has continued his work closely with the GSM as a creative consultant.
Oliver has now begun his PhD (April 2017), which will focus primarily on the area of ethnomusicology, exploring new methodologies within the subject that centralise the processes of archiving and dissemination. He wishes to explore how ethnographic studies can be applied to methods of participatory design, as he seeks to build new platforms and tools that encourage new learning opportunities and creative experiences. In addition, Oliver continues to work on a variety of freelance music projects, as an artist, producer and engineer in his spare time.