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Phil Legard
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Phil Legard

Senior Lecturer

Leeds School Of Arts

0113 81 23645 P.P.Legard@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Phil Legard

Phil Legard's background is in experimental music, particularly in the fields of generative and algorithmic composition. He has worked for ten years with Tonality Systems Press, a publishing and public-engagement partner to Tonality Systems, publishers of the music programming language Symbolic Composer.

As an editor and sound-designer in the field of contemporary music Phil Legard worked for ten years with Tonality Systems Press, the publishing and public-engagement partner to Tonality Systems, developers of the music programming language Symbolic Composer.

His interests in the generative processes underlying both composition and improvisation embrace a wider awareness of the compositional or performative act of music and its relation to our own environment. This has led to a number of solo and collaborative multi-disciplinary works involving sonic art, oral history, folklore and research into the implications of ontology and phenomenology on both place perception and artistic curation.

Current Teaching

  • Audio Software Systems
  • Composition Techniques
  • Electroacoustic Composition
  • Spatial Audio
  • Music Production Project
  • Creative Sound Design (MA award)

Research Interests

Phil's current research focuses on the creative interpretation and curation of place through the use of sonic arts, transdisciplinary hermeneutics and digital media. Recent creative outputs include the multi-media projects Almias (Harrogate International Festival, 2010), Angelystor (Wounded Wolf Press, 2014) and Hawthonn (2015).

He is currently contributing to The Alchemical Landscape, a research project initiated by the Cambridge University Counterculture Research Group, exploring the creative, aesthetic and political implications of the contemporary 'turn' toward 'enchanted' geographies.

Phil is also a member of the ongoing cross-disciplinary research group Textiles and Music Interact, with whom he has been exploring the presentation of multi-layered 'poietic' music scores with textile artist Alice Fox, composer Nigel Morgan and pianist Matt Robinson.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (1)

  • Legard PI (2016), The Bright Sound Behind the Sound: Real-World Music, Symbolic Discourse and the Foregrounding of Imagination
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Conference contributions (5)

  • Legard P (2013) Devills, Ellevs or Firadrakes: Genius Loci, Magical Technologies and the Occult Philosophy of Landscape Imperial College, London 20130827. : .
  • Legard P (2013) Music, Magic, Metaxy: Sounding Psychepoietic Landcapes Royal Holloway 20130304. : .
  • Legard P; Bradley S (2012) An Archaeology of the Voice: Location and Audition Leeds University 20120707. : .
  • Legard P; Bradley S (2012) Located Memory and the Realisation of Place Glasgow University 20120523. : .
  • Legard P; Morgan N (2007) Re-conceptualizing Performance with 'Active' Notation Plymouth University . : .

Lectures (1)

  • Legard P (2013), Stop, Look, Listen & Think: Embodied Sound and Our Environment
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