Director of research
Jonathan Impett is Director of Research at the Orpheus Institute and Associate Professor at Middlesex University (London, UK).
Jonathan’s professional and research activities cover many aspects of contemporary musical practice, as trumpet player, composer and theorist. He also leads the research cluster “Music, Thought and Technology” at the Orpheus Institute. His research is concerned with the discourses and practices of contemporary musical creativity, particularly the nature of the contemporary technologically-situated musical artefact.
In the field of historical performance, he is a long-standing member of both The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. He is also a member of the experimental chamber ensemble Apartment House. As a soloist he has given premieres of works by composers including Scelsi, Berio, Harvey and Finnissy. He directed the live electronic chamber ensemble Metanoia, and was awarded a Prix Ars Electronica for his development of the metatrupet. His compositions have been broadcast throughout Europe. As an improviser he has played with musicians as divers as Paul Dunmall and Amit Chaudhuri.
Work in the space between composition and improvisation has led to continuous research in the areas of interactive systems and interfaces. The current ‘active sound space’ project uses ALife populations of wave models to create interactive works combining aspects of composition and sound art. A monograph on the music of Luigi Nono has recently been published by Routledge, and Jonathan is currently working on a project considering the nature of the contemporary musical object, ‘The work without content’.
- Impett, Jonathan (2020), Music, Discourse and Intuitive Technology, Accepted for publication in AI and Society (Springer Science) 2020 (Pre-publication draft). (pdf)
- Impett, Jonathan (2020), Dissociation and interference in composers’ stories about music: the renewal of musical discourse, Chapter to appear in Sound Work: Composition as Critical Technical Practice, ed. Jonathan Impett (Leuven University Press, 2020). (pdf)