Aris Lanaridis, Lecturer

Aris Lanaridis


Aris is a film & media composer, sound designer and music producer. With studies in performance, composition for film & TV and sound design, strong passion and professionalism, Aris creates sonic environments that take visuals to a higher level.

Aris currently lives in London and works as a freelance film & media composer and producer. He is also a lecturer in film composition and production at Leeds Beckett University. His work includes short films, documentaries, promo videos, videogames, theatre, digital theatre, dance theatre, slideshows, audiobooks and music productions.

Aris believes that music is a storyteller and he creates film music that tells stories that match the stories that movies tell. He is the inventor of the “Perform the Story” approach that connects music composition and interpretation to storytelling.

Current Teaching

Aris is currently teaching the following modules:

  • MA - Composition for the Moving Image
  • MA - Analysis of Music for the Moving Image
  • MA - Orchestration, Arrangement & Programming
  • MA - NSD
  • BA - Composition and Arranging

Research Interests

Aris's research interests are inspired by music composition as well as his performing practice. His research focuses on the transmission of narrative qualities and musical meaning from the composer and performer to the audience, and on social and psychological factors that may influence this transmission. As a professional artist, Aris is acutely aware that performance deals with transmission of meaning and emotion, and that contemporary innovative approaches towards successful performances build on insights from music psychology and semiotics.

In his PhD research Aris investigates this topic from a scientific perspective and is currently exploring theories of psychology such as Social Identity Theory, Social Representation Theory and Dialogical Self Theory to empirically research social and psychological aspects in identity and in musical appreciation and understanding and their effects on meaning transmission. Dialogical Self Theory, in particular, is a fairly new framework that has not been applied to music before, and because of his research Aris was invited many times to International Dialogical Self Theory conferences to present workshops that links the Dialogical Self Theory to music.

Aris Lanaridis, Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • Lanaridis A (2017) The narrative function of music in a contemporary society: Designing an empirical approach through dialogical and representational practices of the social self. International Journal for Dialogical Science, 10 (2), pp. 139-152.