Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Professor Martin Iddon

Professor of Music and Aesthetics

0113 343 6065

School of Music, room 2.13

BA (Dunelm), MPhil, PhD (Cantab.)

Martin Iddon is a composer and musicologist. He joined the staff at Leeds in December 2009, having previously lectured at University College Cork and Lancaster University.

Martin is on study leave until September 2019, but is still interested in hearing from prospective doctoral students planning to work in composition or on topics related to new music after 1945.


Martin studied composition and musicology at the Universities of Durham and Cambridge, and has also studied composition privately with Steve Martland, Chaya Czernowin, and Steven Kazuo Takasugi. His musicological research has largely focussed on post-war music in Germany and the United States of America. As a composer he has worked with numerous ensembles and performers, across Europe, North America, and Australasia, including Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Modelo62, Either/Or, ekmeles, the Kairos Quartett, 175 East, note inègales, Eva Zöllner, Catherine Laws, and Rei Nakamura. His music has been featured on the Österreichischer Rundfunk, Radio New Zealand and on BBC Radio 3 and is published by Composers Edition. He has lectured at Leeds since December 2009, having previously lectured at University College Cork and Lancaster University.

Research Interests

  • Composition
  • Aesthetics
  • New Music after 1945



  • Lady Gaga and Popular Music: Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture, ed. by Iddon M and Marshall ML, Routledge Studies in Popular Music (New York: Routledge, 2014)

  • Iddon M, New Music at Darmstadt: Nono, Stockhausen, Cage, and Boulez, Music since 1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

  • Iddon M, John Cage and David Tudor: Correspondence on Interpretation and Performance, Music since 1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

  • Recycling and Innovation in Contemporary Music, ed. by Colton L and Iddon M, Contemporary Music Review (Oxford: Routledge, 2010), 29

  • Heile B, Iddon M, Mauricio Kagel bei den Internationalen Ferienkursen für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (Hofheim: Wolke, 2009)

  • Other Darmstadts, ed. by Attinello P, Fox C and Iddon M, Contemporary Music Review (Oxford: Routledge, 2007), 26


  • Iddon M, pneuma, CD: Another Timbre, at72.

    “C'est beau, innovant, intelligent, personnel et riche. Conseillé.” – Julien Héraud, improv sphere; “[S]low, quiet and brooding, almost menacingly so … a fascinating album” – Richard Pinnell, The Watchful Ear; “[S]imply—and complexly—wonderful.” – Kurt Gottschalk, The Squid’s Ear

Journal articles

  • Iddon M, ‘Bartók after Catastrophe: Reading Bartók through Adorno in the post-war era’, International Journal of Musicology, 3 (2017), 179-184

  • Iddon M, ‘The Musical Legacy of Karlheinz Stockhausen: Looking Back and Forward’, MUSIC & LETTERS, 97.4 (2016), 667-669
    DOI: 10.1093/ml/gcw099

  • Iddon M, ‘OUTSOURCING PROGRESS: On CONCEPTUAL MUSIC’, Tempo (United Kingdom), 70.275 (2015), 36-49
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298215000613, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/91126/

  • Iddon M, ‘What Becomes of the Avant-Guarded? New Music as Subculture’, Circuit: Musiques contemporaines, 24.3 (2014), 51-68

  • Iddon M, ‘Max Paddison and Irène Deliège (eds.), Contemporary Music: Theoretical and Philosophical Perspectives’, Music Analysis, 33.1 (2014), 113-120
    DOI: 10.1111/musa.12022

  • Iddon M, ‘Brian Hulse and Nick Nesbitt (eds.), Sounding the virtual: Gilles Deleuze and the theory and philosophy of music’, Music Analysis, 33.3 (2014), 417-428
    DOI: 10.1111/musa.12026, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/80629/

  • Iddon M, ‘Selbstlose Musik’, Notes, 69.3 (2013), 531-535

  • Iddon M, ‘Spectres of Darmstadt’, Tempo, 67.263 (2013), 60-67
    DOI: 10.1017/S0040298212001052

  • Iddon M, ‘The Instrumental Music of Iannis Xenakis’, Notes, 69.2 (2012), 284-286

  • Iddon M, ‘Darmstadt schools: Darmstadt as a plural phenomenon’, Tempo, 65.256 (2011), 9-17
    DOI: 10.1017/S004029821100012X

  • Iddon M, ‘Musical Modernism at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century’, Notes, 67.2 (2010), 317-320

  • Colton L, Iddon M, ‘Introduction: Recycling and Innovation in Contemporary Music’, Contemporary Music Review, 29.3 (2010), 229-230
    DOI: 10.1080/07494467.2010.535353

  • Iddon M, ‘Serial Canon(s): Nono's Variations and Boulez's Structures’, Contemporary Music Review, 29.3 (2010), 265-275
    DOI: 10.1080/07494467.2010.535359

  • Iddon M, ‘Plato's Chamber of Secrets On eavesdropping and truth(s)’, Performance Research: a journal of the performing arts, 15.3 (2010), 6-10
    DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2010.527192

  • Iddon M, ‘Music and Architecture: Architectural Projects, Texts, and Realizations’, Notes, 66.2 (2009), 308-311

  • Iddon M, ‘The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music’, Notes, 65.2 (2008), 316-319

  • Iddon M, ‘New music, new allies: American experimental music in West Germany from the zero hour to reunification’, Notes, 63.4 (2007), 856-859

  • Iddon M, ‘Gained in Translation: Words about Cage in Late 1950s Germany’, Contemporary Music Review, 26.1 (2007), 89-104
    DOI: 10.1080/07494460601069267

  • Iddon M, ‘Trying to Speak: Between Politics and Aesthetics, Darmstadt 1970-1972’, twentieth-century music, 3.2 (2007), 255-275
    DOI: 10.1017/S1478572207000485

  • Iddon M, Borio G, ‘Work Structure and Musical Representation: Reflections on Adorno's Analyses for Interpretation’, Contemporary Music Review, 26.1 (2007), 53-76
    DOI: 10.1080/0749446060601069226

    Translation of Gianmario Borio's 'Werkstruktur und musikalische Darstellung. Reflexionen über Adornos Interpretationsanalyse', in Adolf Nowak & Markus Fahlbusch (eds.), Musikalische Analyse und kritische Theorie (Schneider: Tutzing, 2007)

  • Iddon M, ‘On the Entropy Circuit: Brian Ferneyhough's Time and Motion Study II’, Contemporary Music Review, 25.1-2 (2006), 93-105
    DOI: 10.1080/07494460600647493

  • Iddon M, ‘The Haus that Karlheinz built: Composition, Authority, and Control at the 1968 Darmstadt Ferienkurse’, Musical Quarterly, 87.1 (2004), 87-118
    DOI: 10.1093/musqtl/gdh003


  • Iddon M, ‘Musical Bodies’, in Perspectives for Contemporary Music in the Twenty-First Century, ed. by Biró DP and Polzhofer KJ (Hofheim: Wolke, 2016), 149-160

  • Iddon M, ‘Gerhard Stäbler: His part in Stockhausen’s Downfall’, in Gerhard Stäbler, ed. by Attinello P (Saarbrücken: Pfau, 2015), 131-143

  • Iddon M, ‘Poker-faced. Revealing nothing’, in Lady Gaga and Popular Music: Performing Gender, Fashion, and Culture, ed. by Iddon M and Marshall ML, Routledge Studies in Popular Music (New York: Routledge, 2014), 245-270

  • Iddon M, ‘Bartók's Relics: Nostalgia in György Ligeti's Second String Quartet’, in The String Quartets of Béla Bartók: Tradition and Legacy in Analytical Perspective, ed. by Krebs H and Biró DP (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 243-260

  • Iddon M, Biró DP, ‘Bartók's Present’, in The String Quartets of Béla Bartók: Tradition and Legacy in Analytical Perspective, ed. by Krebs H and Biró DP (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 306-319

  • Iddon M, ‘Giving Adam Voice: Troubling Gender and Identity in W.A. Mozart’s Zaide and Chaya Czernowin’s Adama’, in Masculinity in Opera, ed. by Purvis P, Routledge Research in Music (New York: Routledge, 2013), 167-193

  • Iddon M, ‘Siren Songs: Channels, Bodies, Noise’, in Noise, A Non-ference, ed. by Hall A (New York: Qubit, 2013), 61-91

  • Iddon M, ‘Inside Fama’s House: Listening, Intimacy, and the Noises of the Body’, in Noise in/and/as Music, ed. by Cassidy A and Einbond A (Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press, 2013), 99-117

    Reprinted in: Sam Belinfante and Joseph Kohlmaier (eds.), The Listening Reader (London: Cours de Poétique, 2016), 55-72

  • Heile B, Iddon M, ‘Kagel in Darmstadt: Texte und Kontexte’, in Mauricio Kagel bei den Internationalen Ferienkurse für neue Musik in Darmstadt: eine Dokumentation, ed. by Heile B and Iddon M (Hofheim: Wolke, 2009), 11-26

  • Iddon M, ‘Pamphlets and Protest: The End of Stockhausen's Darmstadt’, in Musikkulturen in der Revolte, ed. by Kutschke B (Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden gmbh, 2008), 55-65

  • Iddon M, ‘Toward a Minor Music: American Experimentalism at Darmstadt, 1958-1974’, in Traveling sounds, ed. by Raussert W and Jones JM, Transnational and Transatlantic American Studies (Lit Verlag, 2008), 8, 125-148

Internet publications


  • Iddon M, Blodeuwedd, (2016), Score

    song cycle for baritone and piano (commissioned by Jeremy Huw Williams with funds from the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust), ca. 17'; Premiere: Jeremy Huw Williams, Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 4 March 2016

  • Iddon M, Κρηναῖαι, (2015), Score

    chamber ensemble (commissioned by Ensemble Interface), ca. 15'; Premiere: Ensemble Interface, Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester, UK, 17 November 2015; Other performances: Ensemble Interface, Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 18 November 2015; Ensemble Interface, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK, 19 November 2015

  • Iddon M, Λιμνάδες, (2015), Score

    cello, piano and percussion, ca. 20'; Premiere: Jonathan Aasgaard, Ian Buckle, and Julian Warburton, Liverpool, UK, 8 March 2016

  • Iddon M, Ampelos, (2015), Score

    solo baritone and fixed media (commissioned by Jeff Gavett), ca. 13'; Broadcast: 'Boulez Campbell Soup Listening Hour', KUZU, 28 January 2018; Premiere: Jeff Gavett, Resonant Bodies Festival, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 11 September 2015; European premiere: Jeff Gavett, St. Paul's Hall, Huddersfield, UK, 19 October 2015; Other performance: Jeff Gavett, Open Source Music Festival, Abron Arts Center, New York City, NY, 18 November 2017

  • Iddon M, Morea, (2014), Score

    violoncello (commissioned by Seth Woods), ca. 10'; Premiere: Seth Woods, Church of the Annunciation, Williamsburg, NY, USA, 10 September 2016; Canadian premiere: Seth Woods, Cluster Festival, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, 4 March 2018

  • Iddon M, Saario A, The Doll's House, (2014), Fixed media (audio)

    Fixed media, ca. 15'; Broadcast: 'UNDAE! Radio’, Radio Círculo, 30 March 2015

  • Iddon M, sarx.ergon, (2014), Score

    soprano saxophone (commissioned by Geoffrey Deibel), ca. 12'; Premiere: Geoffrey Deibel, North American Saxophone Alliance Region IV Conference, Catlett Music Center, Norman, OK, 21 February 2015; European premiere: Geoffrey Deibel, Cortona Sessions, sala neumann, Cortona, Italy, 29 June 2015; Other performance: Geoffrey Deibel, World Saxophone Congress and Festival, Salle d’Orgue, Cité de la musique et de la danse, Strasbourg, France, 13 July 2015

  • Iddon M, D’un sang qu’elle poursuit, (2014), Score

    accordion (commissioned by Vincent Lhermet), 9'/54'; CD release: Rameau, hier et aujourd'hui (Klarthe: KLA011, 2015), Vincent Lhermet; Broadcast: Vek harmonike, Radio Beograd 3, 24 April 2016; Premiere: Vincent Lhermet, Opéra de Lille, Lille, France, 15 October 2014; Spanish premiere: Vincent Lhermet, Paraninfo de la Universidad de Vallodolid, Valladolid, Spain, 17 November 2016; Swiss premiere: Vincent Lhermet, Temple de Leysin, Leysin, Switzerland, 2 August 2015; Portuguese premiere: Vincent Lhermet, National Conservatory of Music, Lisbon, Portugal, 25 February 2017; Other performances: Vincent Lhermet, Tours Société Générale, Puteaux, France, 16 October 2014; Vincent Lhermet, Conservatoire de Paris, Paris, France, 4 March 2015; Vincent Lhermet, Église de Chenereilles, Chenereilles, France, 13 November 2016; Vincent Lhermet, La Marbrerie, Montreuil, France, 23 November 2016

  • Iddon M, Ptelea, (2014), Score

    bass clarinet (commissioned by Heather Roche), ca. 7'; CD release: πτελέα/Ptelea (Huddersfield Contemporary Records: HCR09CD, 2015), Heather Roche; Premiere: Heather Roche, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 9 May 2014; Danish premiere: Heather Roche, Galeri Oxholm, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22 May 2014; Canadian premiere: Heather Roche, Canadian Music Centre, Vancouver, Canada, 17 December 2014; Norwegian premiere: Heather Roche, Biermannsgården, Oslo, Norway, 12 November 2015; Other performance: Heather Roche, Cecil Sharp House, London, UK, 15 November 2014

  • Iddon M, pneuma, (2013), Score

    mezzosoprano, baritone, flute, bass clarinet, slide trumpet, trombone, violoncello, ca. 20'; Broadcast: 'Muddle Instead of Music', ARTxFM, 10 December 2015; Premiere: loadbang+, DiMenna Center, New York City, NY, USA, 28 March 2014

  • Iddon M, Syke, (2013), Score

    marimba and accordion (commissioned by the Uzerche Music Festival), 6'; Premiere: Vassilena Serafimova and Vincent Lhermet, Uzerche Music Festival, Uzerche, France, 16 August 2013

  • Iddon M, ecce ancilla domini/nigra sum, (2013), Score

    antiphon for double SATB choir (commissioned by Oxford Voices and the Uzerche Music Festival), ca. 6–12'; Premiere: Oxford Voices, Uzerche Music Festival, Uzerche, France, 17 August 2013

  • Iddon M, pneuma.kharis, (2013), Score

    voice, bass clarinet, slide trumpet/soprano trombone, tenor trombone (commissioned by loadbang), ca. 12'; Premiere: loadbang, DiMenna Center, New York City, NY, USA, 8 March 2013; UK premiere: loadbang, St Paul's Hall, University of Hudderfield, Huddersfield, UK, 2 November 2017; Other performances: loadbang, DiMenna Center, New York City, NY, USA, 7 December 2015; loadbang, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 4 November 2017; loadbang, Centrala, Birmingham, UK, 6 November 2017; loadbang, Performance Space, City University, London, UK, 7 November 2017; loadbang, Scorca Hall, National Opera Center, New York, NY, 4 May 2018

  • Iddon M, Balanos, (2013), Score and fixed media (audio)

    organ and fixed media (commissioned by Lauren Redhead, Colchester New Music, and the Sonic Arts Forum), ca. 7'; Premiere: Lauren Redhead, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Phipps Hall, Huddersfield, UK, 18 November 2013; Other performances: Lauren Redhead, St Margaret’s Church, Leicester, UK, 22 February 2014; Lauren Redhead, St Laurence’s Church, London, UK, 15 March 2014; Lauren Redhead, Sonic Fusion Festival, Salford, UK, 5 April 2014; Lauren Redhead, Sounds New Festival, St Peter’s Church, Canterbury, UK, 4 May 2014

  • Iddon M, in'ei, (2012), Score

    variable ensemble (written for the Quiet Music Ensemble), indeterminate duration; Premiere: Quiet Music Ensemble, Freemasons’ Hall, Dublin, Ireland, 25 June 2015; Polish premiere: Quiet Music Ensemble, Aula Nova, Akademia Muzyczna im. Ignacego Jana Paderewskiego, Poznań, Poland, 15 March 2016 Other performances: Quiet Music Ensemble, Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre, Bray, Ireland, 29 October 2015; Quiet Music Ensemble, Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland, 19 November 2015

  • Iddon M, Saario A, Gregory AY, A Game of You with The Doll’s House, (2012), Video score and fixed media (audio)

    Improvising ensemble, fixed media, and video (commissioned by notes inégales), ca. 20' (in collaboration with Antti Sakari Saario and Adam York Gregory); Premiere: notes inégales, Kings Place, London, UK, 1 October 2012; Other performance: notes inégales, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds, Leeds, 5 June 2013

  • Iddon M, pneuma.sarx, (2012), Score

    voice, flute, violoncello (commissioned by Trio Atem), ca. 12'; Broadcasts: ‘Adventures in Sound and Music’, Resonance FM, 20 March 2014; 'The New Afternoon Show', WNYU, 30 October 2015; ‘w poszukiwaniu innej muzyki’, Radio Afera, 15 March 2016; Premiere: Trio Atem, Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester, UK, 9 March 2013 Other performances: Trio Atem, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds, Leeds, 21 April 2013; Trio Atem, Dock10, MediaCity, Salford, UK, 29 October 2013

  • Iddon M, ελειονομαι, (2012), Score

    flute, bass clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano, ca. 6-8'; Premiere: Distractfold, Sonic Fusion Festival, Salford University, Salford, UK, 24 March 2013; Austrian premiere: hand werk, Alte Schmiede, Vienna, Austria, 4 October 2013

  • Iddon M, Karya, (2011), Score and fixed media (audio)

    Disklavier and tape (commissioned by Rei Nakamura), ca. 12'; Broadcast: webcast twice daily on DEGEM Web Radio, February–March 2012; Performances in April 2012 funded by Arts Council England; Premiere: Rei Nakamura, Piano+ 2011, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe, Germany, 24 November 2011; UK premiere: Rei Nakamura, University College Falmouth, Falmouth, UK, 25 April 2012; Other performances: Rei Nakamura, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds, Leeds, 28 April 2012; Rei Nakamura, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London, UK, 10 November 2012; Nicolas Hodges, Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich, Germany, 12 October 2017

  • Iddon M, Saario A, 5 closed vessels, (2011), Fixed media (audio)

    Fixed media, 27': I. Eastern face, 4'30", II. Patti Smith sings the Bible, 6', III. Resistance to security, 7', IV. Earth came full circle, 5', V. Western face, 4'30"; Premiere and daily performances: Edinburgh Fringe, Whitespace Gallery, Gayfield Square, Edinburgh, 5–19 August 2011

  • Iddon M, pneuma.pistis, (2011), Score

    Solo voice (commissioned by Nina Whiteman), 1'; Premiere: Nina Whiteman, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 17 March 2011; US premiere: Jeff Gavett, Opensound, Somerville, MA, USA, 27 April 2013; Other performances: Nina Whiteman, Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester, UK, 7 October 2011; Nina Whiteman, Platt Chapel Community Hub, Manchester, UK, 9 October 2011; Nina Whiteman, Seven Arts, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, UK 22 October 2011; Jeff Gavett, Heineman Ecumenical and Cultural Center, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA, 29 April 2013; Jeff Gavett, Resonant Bodies Festival, ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 7 September 2013; Nina Whiteman, Milkroom, Hotspur House, Manchester, UK, 21 September 2013; Jeff Gavett, Carlsbad Music Festival, St. Michael’s Chapel, Carlsbad, CA, USA, 22 September 2013

  • Iddon M, Saario A, Gregory AY, complicity simplex, (2011), Score & fixed media (audio & video)

    Any number of instruments and fixed media (commissioned by The Slide Show Secret), 8'; Premiere: The Slide Show Secret (Eva Zöllner and John Eckhardt), Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 18 February 2011; North American premiere: loadbang, Spectrum, New York City, NY, USA, 9 December 2012; South American premiere: Eva Zöllner and Iracema de Andrade, Galería del Agua, Atlzayanca, Tlaxcala, Mexico, 14 December 2013; German premiere: Circle Line Project 14 (Theo Nabicht, Seth Josel, Mario Verandi, John Eckhardt, and Eric Schäfer), Ankuft Festival, Berlin Haupbahnhof, Berlin, Germany, 27 August 2014; Other performances: Eva Zöllner and Manuel Ramos, Museo de Arte Tlaxcala, Mexico, 2 March 2014; Circle Line Project 15 (Theo Nabicht, Seth Josel, Mario Verandi, John Eckhardt, Eric Schäfer, and Anton Lukoszevieze), ausland, Berlin, Germany, 6 December 2015; Lauren Redhead, Sarah Brand, and Alastair Zaldua, 'Wintersound', Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, UK, 14 January 2017; Lauren Redhead, Sarah Gail Brand, and Alastair Zaldua, 'Oscillate', Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, 1 June 2017; Eva Zöllner and Shanna Gutierrez, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA, 13 October 2017

  • Iddon M, almagestes, (2010), Score

    Two or more instruments (commissioned by the Machine Project for the Little William Theater | Festival of New Music at the Hammer Museum (UCLA)), any duration; Premiere: Luke Storm and Doug Tornquist (tubas), Hammer Museum, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 18 September 2010; Other performances: Andrew Tholl and Andrew McIntosh (violins), Hammer Museum, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 16 October 2010; Daniel Corral and Isaac Schankler (accordions), Hammer Museum, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 6 November 2010

  • Iddon M, spinther, (2010), Score

    Chamber ensemble (commissioned by Ensemble Modelo62), 7'; Premiere: Ensemble Modelo62, Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 2 December 2010; Dutch premiere: Ensemble Modelo62, Koninklijk Conservatorium, The Hague, The Netherlands, 25 November 2011; Other performances: Ensemble Modelo62, Artaud Theatre, Brunel University, London, UK, 3 December 2010; Ensemble Modelo62, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, 6 December 2010

  • Iddon M, hamadryads, (2010), Score

    Five voices and glass harmonica (commissioned by ekmeles), ca. 17'; Broadcasts: ‘MATA Festival Contemplates Mortality and Memory’, WQXR, 22 May 2014; ‘Miniature Minotaurs’, WFMU, 22 August 2014; ‘Living Music, Living Composers’, WQXR, 16 & 30 March 2015, 18 April 2015, 28 June 2015, 14 September 2015, 29 November 2015; ‘Izlog sadašnjice’, Hrvatski Radio 3, 10 June 2015; Premiere: ekmeles, The Tank, New York City, NY, USA, 11 January 2011; Other performances: ekmeles, Italian Academy, New York City, NY, USA, 21 October 2011; ekmeles, MATA Festival, The Kitchen, New York City, NY, USA, 18 April 2014

  • Iddon M, tu as navré, (2010), Score

    Bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, cello and double bass (commissioned by Ensemble SurPlus), ca. 10'; Broadcast: 'New Music from Old Instruments', Radio New Zealand, 8 May 2015; Premiere: Ensemble SurPlus, E-Werk, Freiburg, Germany, 28 February 2010; Australasian premiere: 175 East, Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 14 May 2011; Other performance: 175 East, St. Andrew’s on the Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand, 20 May 2011

  • Iddon M, Danaë, (2010), Score

    String trio (commissioned by either/or), ca. 12'30"; Broadcasts: 'Hear & Now', BBC Radio 3, 6 December 2010; ‘Time for Jazz’, Radio Lora, 24 April 2015; Premiere: Either/Or, Tenri Cultural Institute, New York City, USA, 27 March 2010; European premiere: Distractfold, Roca Gallery, London, UK, 4 May 2013; German premiere: Distractfold, Darmstadt New Music Courses, Darmstadt, Germany, 14 August 2014; French premiere: Distractfold, ‘La Bruit de la musique’, Saint-Silvain-sous-Touix, Creuse, France, 22 August 2014; Polish premiere: Distractfold, Łódź Philharmonic, Poland, 25 March 2014; Other performances: members of the Momenta Quartet, 67 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, New York City, USA, 25 June 2010; Distractfold, Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester, UK, 26 June 2013; Distractfold, North-west Composers Festival, John Thaw Theatre, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK, 2 November 2013; Ashot Sarkissjan, Kelvin Hawthorne, and Séverine Ballon, Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich, Germany, 12 October

  • Iddon M, Mohl ip, (2010), Score

    String quartet, ca. 9'30"; Broadcasts: ‘Zeit-Ton’, Ö1, Österreichischer Rundfunk, 15 March 2011; ‘Space is the Place’, ARTxFM, 26 June 2014; ‘Muddle Instead of Music’, ARTxFM, 23 September 2015; Premiere: Kairos Quartett, Schömer-Haus, Klosterneuburg, Austria, 12 March 2011; German premiere: Kairos Quartett, Villa Elisabeth, Berlin, Germany, 28 October 2017; Other performance: Kairos Quartett, Musikschule, St. Veit, Austria, 13 March 2011

  • Iddon M, head down among the stems and bells, (2009), Score

    Solo piano, 12'20"; Premiere: Ian Power, iBeam Music Studio, Brooklyn, New York City, USA, 28 March 2010; European premiere: Catherine Laws, ‘Samuel Beckett: Out of the Archive’, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, York, UK, 25 June 2011; Irish premiere: Catherine Laws, ‘Happy Days: Enniskillen International Beckett Festival’, Castle Coole, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, 24 August 2012; Belgian premiere: Catherine Laws, ‘International Orpheus Academy 2013’, Orpheus Institute, Ghent, Belgium, 26 March 2013 Other performances: Ian Power, The Lily Pad, Cambridge, MA, USA, 11 April 2010; Catherine Laws, Richard Hamilton Building, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK, 18 November 2011

  • Iddon M, drift, (2009), Score

    Any forces, any duration (commissioned by Sound & Music); Broadcast as part of ‘Shuffle I’ on ‘Hear & Now’, BBC Radio 3, 10 October 2009; Premiere: as part of ‘Shuffle I’, notes inégales, Kings Place, London, UK, 6 September 2009

  • Iddon M, Saario A, virtuoso, (2009), Fixed media (audio)

    Fixed media, ca. 80' (commissioned by Proto-type Theater as soundscape for Virtuoso (working title)); National tour April–May 2009, including performances at Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster (22–23 April 2009), Dartington College of Arts (30 April 2009), Warwick Arts Centre (6–7 May 2009), Greenroom, Manchester (14 May 2009), Colchester Arts Centre (20 May 2009); Other performances: Axis Arts Centre, Crewe (29 October 2009), The Workshop Theatre, Leeds (25–26 November 2009), Wickham Theatre, Bristol (24 February 2010)

  • Iddon M, Saario A, dead white male, (2008), Fixed media (audio)

    Fixed media, 49'; Premiere: as soundscape for Proto-type Theater’s About Silence, Forest Fringe, Bristo Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, 17 & 18 August 2008; US premiere: ‘Twelve Nights’, Harold Golen Gallery, Miami, FL, USA, 6 December 2009; Other performances: as soundscape for Proto-type Theater’s About Silence, Battersea Arts Centre, London, UK, 13, 14 & 15 November 2008; Greenroom, Manchester, 17 May 2009

  • Iddon M, Lichtschatten, (2008), Score

    Chamber ensemble, 4' (commissioned by the Society for the Promotion of New Music); Premiere: Trinity College of Music Contemporary Music Group, 'Sonic Illuminations', BFI Southbank, London, UK, 10 May 2008

  • Iddon M, Saario A, proposition 6a: ceci n'est pas une machine de guerre (Refrain), (2008), Fixed media (audio), with optional amplified piano and live electronics

    Fixed media, with optional amplified piano and live electronics, 10'; CD release: Sound Report: The Comfort of Strangers (Sound Network, 2008); Net release: Undae! (thrmnphone: thrmn005, 2013); Premiere: LICA-MANTIS Electroacoustic Music Festival 2008, Great Hall, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK, 1 March 2008; US premiere: Erickson Hall, University of California at San Diego, CA, USA, 1 June 2008; Other performances: 'The Comfort of Strangers', Futuresonic, Contact Theatre, Manchester, UK, 3 May 2008; Sixth Biennial International Conference on Music since 1900, Keele University, UK, 2 July 2009; 'Vinosonic', Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL, USA, 27 September 2009; Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 27 January 2010; UNC CHAT Digital Arts Festival, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA, 16, 17, 18 & 19 February 2010

  • Iddon M, I never knew it was the longest day, (2007), Score

    Any number of strings, any duration; Premiere: Guthrie & Streb, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, USA, 18 April 2008

  • Iddon M, Rapt before the sky, (2007), Score

    Solo flute, ca. 8' (commissioned by Richard Craig); Premiere: Ian Power, The Loft, Price Center, University of California at San Diego, CA, USA, 5 March 2009; European premiere: Ruth Morley, Noisy Nights, Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 20 April 2009

  • Iddon M, ventilation, (2007), Score

    Six voices and glass harmonica, ca. 30'; Premiere: Ana-Maria Alarcon-Jiminez, Sarah Felong, Brian Christian, Ian Power, Ben Power, Chris Tonelli (voices and glass harmonica), UCSD Festival of New Music, University of California at San Diego, CA, USA, 9 May 2008

  • Iddon M, Saario A, closed vessel: Ausstrahlung, (2007), Fixed media (audio)

    Fixed media, 1'; DVD release: on FrammentAzioni (Taukay, 2009); CD release on: Soundtrack to a Catastrophic World (cantaudio32, 2010), CD premiered at MANIF (Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec), Québec, Canada, 1 May–30 June 2010; Broadcast on Taukay Web Radio (http://radio.taukay.it); Premiere: Erickson Hall, University of California at San Diego, CA, USA, 1 June 2008; European premiere: FrammentAzioni Project, Contemporanea Festival, Udine, Italy, 11 October 2008; UK premiere: The Playroom, Lancaster University, UK, 5 May 2010; South American premiere: Centro de Investigaciones y Desarrollos Computacionales en Musica ‘Francisco Kröpfl’, Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1 October 2010; Other performances: Zeppelin 2009, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain, 11, 12 & 13 December 2009; Electronic Music Foundation, New York City, NY, USA, 1–2 June 2010; Stony Brook University, NY, USA, 3–5 June 2010; Rhode Island College, Providence, RI, USA, 18 June 2010; Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA, USA, 1 October 2010; EMM Festival, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, 14–16 October 2010; Fourth Annual Kentucky New Music Festival, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 21 October 2010; Twenty-first Biannual International Electroacoustic Music Festival, Levenson Recital Hall, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, 26 October 2010; SALT Gallery, New York City, NY, USA, 13 November 2010; Media Arts Video Studio, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, USA, 17 November 2010; Pina Bausch Theatre, Folkwang University, Essen, Germany, 3 December 2010; Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA, USA, 3 December 2010; The Art of Record Production Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK, 3 December 2010; George Enescu Concert Hall, National University of Music Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, 21 December 2010

  • Iddon M, Saario A, dead white male (edit), (2007), Fixed media (audio)

    Fixed media, 10'; Premiere: Erickson Hall, University of California at San Diego, CA, USA, 1 June 2008; Canadian premiere: Mid-Autumn Harvest Moon Festival V, Oscar Peterson Hall, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1 October 2008; European premiere: Jack Hylton Room, Lancaster University, UK, 14 March 2009; Other performances: as part of ‘Palindrone Jukebox’, The Tetley, Leeds, UK, 24 January–28 February 2014

  • Iddon M, à son dernier soupir, (2006), Score

    String trio (Society for the Promotion of New Music shortlisted work & semi-finalist, Donald Aird Memorial Composers Competition 2008), ca. 12'; Premiere: members of the New Llano Quartet, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 15 April 2007; European premiere: Ensemble SurPlus, Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany, 19 August 2007; UK premiere: members of the Edinburgh Quartet, University of Glasgow Memorial Hall, Glasgow, Scotland, 27 November 2009; Other performance: Ensemble SurPlus, E-Werk, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany, 8 December 2011; Ashot Sarkissjan, Kelvin Hawthorne, and Séverine Ballon, Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich, Germany, 12 October 2017

Research Projects & Grants

  • Getty Library Research Grant, 2017
  • John Cage Research Grant, Northwestern University, September 2016
  • Co-Investigator, ‘John Cage and the Concert for Piano and Orchestra’, AHRC Research Grant, September 2015-August 2018
  • AHRC Early Career Research Fellowship, October 2010-June 2011
  • Ernst von Siemens Grant-in-Aid, May 2009
  • Lancaster University Small Research Grant, January-February 2009
  • British Academy Small Research Grant, March-September 2006
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Jahresstipendium, August 2002-July 2003

External Appointments

  • AHRC Peer Review College, June 2014-December 2021
  • Academic Programme Reviewer, Music, School of Arts, Brunel University, March 2014
  • External Examiner, Composition & Performance, Department of Music, Cardiff University, 2012-15
  • External Examiner, Music, University College Cork, Ireland, 2015-18
  • Editor of Intellect Critical Guides to Contemporary Composers
  • Organiser: New Music Symposium, University College Cork, Ireland, March 2006; The Music of Emmanuel Nunes, University of Leeds, UK, December 2007; What Does ‘Musical Material’ Mean Today? Developments after Adorno, Institute of Musical Research, University of London, UK, July 2008
  • Jury member: The Julius F. Jezek Prize in Composition, Eiler Foundation, Encinitas, California, 2008-2010; Staubach Honoraria, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, 2009-present; International Computer Music Conference, University of Huddersfield, UK, 2011

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Current Research Students

Past Research Students

PhD Thesis

The Dissolution of the Avant-garde, Darmstadt 1968-1984 (University of Cambridge, 2004)



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