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Oliver Halstead

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

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Oliver is a musician, audio engineer, research associate and PhD student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Oliver’s interests in further study have spanned from his experience with the Global Sound Movement; a UCLan based research innovation project, and winner of the Times Higher Education award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in 2016. Oliver’s passion for music initially led him down a path of compositional and technological experimentation, allowing him to become well versed in a variety of audio engineering, music production and sound design techniques. He studied Music Production at UCLan from 2013 to 2016, and graduated with a first class degree. Whilst studying, Oliver was able to immerse himself in a broad array of creative practices and develop unique personal insights which continue to encourage his research. Oliver has been involved in several enriching freelance opportunities and multiple creative projects over the past decade, working both independently and collaboratively.

Oliver’s research and work within the Media Innovation Studio concerns the study of applied ethnomusicology, as he seeks to explore new ways to facilitate the online collection, storage and dissemination of musical collections and materials. Oliver’s work seeks to break down contemporary barriers and issues that hinder artists when it comes to sharing their work online, in order to develop more enriching, beneficial and creatively fulfilling sharing experiences.

In addition to his research, Oliver’s passion for film and visual media has led to his involvement in a series of visual outputs produced in collaboration with the Media Innovation Studio, some of which can be viewed on his website.

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