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studied with Bernard Rands at the University of York, graduating with a DPhil in Composition in 1980. Between 1976 and 1980 he lived in London, working at the National Theatre (where he produced the tape components for many productions, including Tamburlaine the Great, Julius Caesar, Brand and Amadeus) and City University. In 1980 he joined the Music Department of The University of Birmingham, where he is now Senior Lecturer, as well as Director of BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre) and the Electroacoustic Music Studios; for ten years he was Artistic Director of the Department's annual Barber Festival of Contemporary Music. He has been a Board member of Sonic Arts Network for many years (Chair 1993-96), his main responsibility being liaison with agencies in various parts of the UK in an attempt to establish a National Studio. He plays an active role in the musical life of Britain, serving on a number of committees, as well as making conducting appearances with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (most notably conducting Stockhausen's Momentein Birmingham, Huddersfield and London) and the University New Music Ensemble. He has been a member of the Music Advisory Panel of the Arts Council of Great Britain and of the Council of the Society for the Promotion of New Music. As a composer he has received several Prizes and Mentions in the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards (including, in 1992, a Euphonie d'Or for Klang, cited as one of the significant works of the Bourges competition's history), Distinction and Mention in the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria, First Prize in the Musica Nova competition, Prague, the Lloyds Bank National Composers' Award, the PRS Prize for Electroacoustic Composition, an Arts Council Composition Bursary and a Leverhulme Research Grant. Commissions have come from many leading performers and studios, including the Groupe de Recherches Musicales, Paris, the Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Bourges, the International Computer Music Association, MAFILM/Magyar Rádió, Budapest, IRCAM/Ensemble InterContemporain, Paris, the BBC, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, the Nash Ensemble, Singcircle, John Harle, Beverly Davison, Harry Sparnaay and Jos Zwaanenburg. His music is performed and broadcast worldwide, and several works are available on CD: Pair/Impair, ...et ainsi de suite..., Unsound Objects, Aria and Hot Air on Articles indéfinis, a Jonty Harrison "solo" CD on the empreintes DIGITALeslabel (Montreal); Klang and EQ on NMC (London). Upcoming releases include Sons transmutants/sans transmutant and Ottone on Merlin and Unsound Objects as part of the CDCM collection on Centaur. Accessed 13.11.06 from http://artsweb.bham.ac.uk/harrison/biography.htm
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Pair/Impair Composition University of East Anglia, 1978. 1978 England Edit
A Vent Composition York 1979 England Edit
EQ LP Arts Council of Great Britain. John Harle Premiere: John Harle; St Johns, Smith Square, London, 1981. Appears on LP Daniel Kientzy - Daniel Kientzy LP, Electrecord (cat. no. ST-CS 0201), 1986 1980 England Edit
Klang LP Magyar Radio/MAFILM. Premiere: the University of Birmingham, 1982. Second Prize, Bourges International Electroacoustic Awards 1983; Euphonie dor, Bourges 1992. Appears on Various Artists - Interpenetrations LP, UEA (cat. no 1982 England Edit
(SQ)Wheeze Composition BEAST, Birmingham 1982 England Edit
Sons transmutants/sans transmutant LP / cassette Musicon/Northern Arts. Premiere: Fine Arts Brass Ensemble; Durham, 1983.. Appears on LP/cassette Fine Arts Brass Ensemble - Contemporary Works for Brass Quintet, Merlin (cat. no. 86041), 1986 1983 England Edit
Lament Composition BRMB Radio. Premiere: BRMB transmission, 1985. Mention, Bourges International Electroacoustic Awards 1986. 1985 England Edit
A cordes Composition IRCAM 1985 France Edit
Aria Composition Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Bourges. Premiere: the University of Birmingham, 1988. 1987 France Edit
PulseRates Composition Birmingham City Council. Premiere: Centenary Square and the International Convention Centre, Birmingham, 1991. 1991 England Edit
...et ainsi de suite... Composition BBC Pebble Mill (live transmission of BEAST concert), 1992. Distinction, Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, 1993; First Prize, Musica Nova, Prague 1994; preselected, Bourges International Electroacoustic Awards 1994. 1992 England Edit
Ottone Composition Fine Arts Brass Ensemble/West Midlands Arts. Premiere: Fine Arts Brass Ensemble; Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, 1992. Preselected, Bourges International Electroacoustic Awards 1994. 1992 England Edit
Sorties Composition BBC and Birmingham City Council, as part of the BBCs Music Live 95 Festival and performed during May 1995 1995 Austria Edit
Hot Air Composition Groupe de Recherches Musicales, Paris. Premiere: Salle Olivier Messiaen, Maison de Radio-France, Paris, 1995. Mention, Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, 1996. 1995 France Edit
Unsound Objects Composition Unsound Objects was commissioned by the International Computer Music Association and first performed at the 1995 International Computer Music Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Along with four other tape works, it is available on Articles indéfinis, a 1995 Canada Edit
Articles indéfinis CD empreintes DIGITALes (cat. no. IMED 9627), April 1996 1996 England Edit
Évidence matérielle CD empreintes DIGITALes (cat. no. IMED 0052), 2000 1996 England Edit
Streams Composition Sonorities Festival, Belfast Premiere: Harty Room, Queens University, Belfast, as part of the Sonorities Festival, 1999. 1999 Ireland Edit