Programme: Digital Composition and Performance - MSc

Year: 2010

Since graduating from the Digital Composition and Performance - MSc programme in 2010, Jessica has pursued musical research projects and is now doing a PhD in Creative Music Practice at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA)

Jessica is part of KUBOV, a duo of violin and electronics with Emma Lloyd, a fellow PhD student at Reid School of Music.

Having completed a music degree I moved to Edinburgh to study Digital Composition and Performance. I wanted to consolidate my previous studio and compositional work by taking this programme. Since graduating in 2010 I have been awarded funding by internal and external bodies, given a number of commissions and had my work represented at international conferences. This is largely down to the level of depth and professionalism with which we were encouraged to treat our work. Additionally, the environment of Reid School of Music allows you to gain important experience, with the opportunity to stage concerts, work with students from other disciplines and contribute in many ways to the community.

Computer music is still wide open, and as such we are encouraged to pursue our individual interests rather than follow any particular focus

Jessica Aslan, 2010 Digital Composition and Performance - MSc graduate

After a year out pursuing a number of different research and musical projects I have returned to ECA and am currently doing a PhD in Creative Music Practice, supervised by Dr Michael Edwards. My focus is on electro-instrumental music, particularly exploring the spectra and timbre of instruments as forces that unite instrument and computer. I stayed studying with Michael at the department because it's such an open and engaging environment in which to work. As I am particularly interested in working with acoustic musicians and ensembles throughout my studies, collaboration has been actively motivated and supported. Computer music is still wide open, and as such we are encouraged to pursue our individual interests rather than follow any particular focus. This results in a highly stimulating and dynamic musical landscape - one that I appreciate being given the space and opportunity to shape.