John Robert Ferguson



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John is an electronic musician who joined Kingston University as a Lecturer in Music in September 2010. His research is informed by the ways in which post-digital practices reintroduce notions of physicality into digital arts. From his perspective, music is an emergent form, radiating from pre-composed situations and instrumental ecologies, the performance of and in which it is improvised. Inspired by instability and focusing on tactile approaches to the live manipulation of audio/visual materials, his pseudo-anthropomorphic practice raises issues of causality, agency and legibility. John completed his PhD ‘New Relations for the Live Musician?’ under the supervision of Bennett Hogg and Sally Jane Norman at Newcastle University in 2009; this project charts an idiosyncratic zone within the continuum of what it is to be a live musician at the dawn of the 21st century.

In 2008 John’s collaborative work in Tron Lennon (duo with Paul Bell) was nominated for the Transmediale Award and they performed at the Transmediale Festival for Digital Art and Culture in Berlin, through this project he has contributed to the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Vol. 15) and As one half of Whistle Pig Saloon (with Robert van Heumen) John has performed at the Borealis festival for Contemporary Music in Bergen, DNK Amsterdam and the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music at SARC in Belfast. A CD of Whistle Pig Saloon material was released on Creative Sources Recordings in March 2009, an artist’s note/live concert audio is also now available in Leonardo Music Journal (LMJ20).


Whistle Pig Saloon at ICMC 2011

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