Job title: Director of Outreach, Senior Lecturer in Sound Design

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2333


Research: See Dr Martin Parker on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Current PhD students

Pete Furniss

Dara Etefaghi

Dario Sanfilippo

Jack Walker

PhD Supervision Topics

  • Acoustics and audio
  • Composition
  • Computational
  • Contemporary
  • Electroacoustic
  • Improvisation
  • Instrument research
  • Music for screen (TV/Film/Game)
  • Performance
  • Sonic art
  • Technology
  • Twenty-first century

A composer, improviser and soloist with laptop, Martin’s work focuses on encounters between computers, people and places. Based in Edinburgh, he has performed and collaborated internationally with theatre companies, symphony orchestras, visual artists and ensembles; recent projects include ‘Songs for an airless room’, an 'opera' for cinemas performed by Joby Burgess and Phil Minton. 

Martin has been Artistic Director of Edinburgh’s Dialogues Festival for over 10 years and is one third of free improvisation trio Lapslap.

Martin studied composition at the University of Manchester and completed a Ph.D in Composition at the University of Edinburgh in 2003. He is Academic Director of the University of Edinburgh’s MSc in Sound Design.

Some of his music is available on Ein Klang records; and

Davison, Annette, and Martin Parker. 2016. “Building Bridges”. In Palgrave Handbook Of Sound Design And Music In Screen Media. Palgrave Macmillian.
“Limits To Growth - Conference Edition”. 2016.
“Gruntcount Multiplayer Version 1”. 2015.
“Journeyman 2”. 2015. Scanning The Archive.
“Limits To Growth”. 2015. A Sonic Parasite.
“Journeyman 1”. 2015. Gallery Edition.
Parker, Martin, and Furniss Peter. 2014. “Gruntcount (Bass Clarinet Edition): Blurring The Piece, System, Instrument Distinction”. In .
“Man High Performance At The Sound Festival, Aberdeen”. 2013. Performance Of Man High At The Sound Festival, Aberdeen, Nov 2013. Sound Scotland.
“Almain”. 2013. Suspending Byrne Playing Ferrabosco. BBC Radio 3.
“Les Voix Humaines”. 2013. - Worldizing Byrne Playing Marais. BBC Radio 3.
“Vivace”. 2013. - Sustaining Byrne Playing Abel. BBC Radio 3.
“Gruntcount - Bass Clarinet Edition”. 2012.
“Gruntcount - Viol Edition”. 2012.
Parker, Martin. 2012. “The Shackle Stick - Liner Notes”.
“Self Organising Systems”. 2012.
Parker, Martin. 2012. “Premiere Performance Of Gruntcount - Viola Da Gamba Edition”. In .
“Playroom - Premiere Performance, Edinburgh”. 2012.
“Granita”. 2012. Leo Records.
“Glitching”. 2012.
“Gruntcount”. 2012.
Parker, Martin. 2011. “Gruntcount – Trombone Edition”.
“Lapslap “Live Concert””. 2011. University of Newcastle.
“Playlist Interludes, 10 Mp3S For Playlist”. 2011. Soundwaves.
“Gruntcount – Flute Edition”. 2011.
“Man High”. 2011. Glasgow City Halls.
Parker, Martin, In Jung, and K. Cockburn. 2011. “Poetry Installation, Addition To Permanent Collection At Talbot Rice Gallery”. Georgian Gallery, Talbot Rice Gallery.
Parker, Martin. 2010. “Rotating Brains / Beating Heart, Live Network Performance In Second Life”. In Second Life. Brunel University.
Parker, Martin, and A. Chapman. 2010. “Searching Sound With Sound”. National Trust for Scotland.
Parker, Martin. 2010. “Chatter”. Nonclassical.
Parker, Martin. 2010. “Songs For An Airless Room”.
Parker, Martin. 2010. “Songs For An Airless Room - Video Document”. Carl Davies and FACT (The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology).
Parker, Martin. 2010. “Songs For An Airless Room”.
Parker, Martin. 2010. “Songs For An Airless Room”.
Parker, Martin. 2010. “Songs For An Airless Room”.
Parker, Martin. 2009. “Resisting Seamless Interfaces”. In 8Th Workshop In Speckled Computing. University of Edinburgh.
Parker, Martin. 2009. “Comin' Thro The Rye”. In Sounds Of Early Cinema -Performance Workshop. Royal Holloway.
Parker, Martin. 2009. “Porto Radio Remix”. In Sound And Music Computing Conference, Porto, Portugal, 2009. Sound and Music Computing Conference.
“Oca”. 2009. Zuppa Inglese (Cd). Leo Records.
Parker, Martin. 2009. “Chiaroscuro Pentimenti”. Fogbank Projects.
Parker, Martin. 2009. “Crail Harbour”.
Parker, Martin. 2009. “Dunnino Den”.
Lympourides, V., D Arvind, and Martin Parker. 2009. “Fully Wireless, Full Body 3-D Motion Capture For Improvisational Performances”. In Sigchi Workshop On Whole Body Interaction 2009. British Computer Society.
Parker, Martin, O. Green, and S. Van Ingen. 2009. “Just One Kiss”.
Parker, Martin. 2009. “Reacting To Sound, Mickey Mouse Vs. What”. In Music And Media, Fachhochschule. Fachhochschule.
Parker, Martin, K. Schistek, and M. Edwards. 2009. “Scratch, 11 Improvisations For Computers And Instruments”. Leo Records.
Parker, Martin. 2009. “St Filan's Cave”.
Schistek, K., and M. Edwards. 2009. “Zuppa Inglese”. Leo Records.
Parker, Martin. 2009. “Bjorapusher”.
Parker, Martin, R. Kennedy, and S. Tompkins. 2008. “The Story So Far, Color Stereo”. Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen.
“Itch, 10 Improvisations For Instruments And Live Electronics, Compact Disc, Vol. 1”. 2008. Leo Records.
Coyne, Richard, and Martin Parker. 2008. “Voice And Space: The Agency Of The Acousmêtre In Spatial Design”. In Exploration Of Space, Technology And Spatiality: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Information Science Reference.
Parker, Martin. 2008. “Water Does Not Rush Uphill Unless It Is Pushed”. In Athens By Sound, Out There: Architecture Beyond Buildings. Athens by Sound.
“Triple Murder”. 2008. Ein Klang Records.
Parker, Martin, and Hannes Raffaseder. 2008. “Interrelation: Sound-Transformation And Remixing In Real-Time”. In Transdisciplinary Digital Art. Sound, Vision And The New Screen, Vol. 7. Springer-Verlag GmbH.
Parker, Martin. 2008. “Drawing On Walls - Version 1”.
Parker, Martin. 2008. “Drawing On Walls - Version 2”.
Parker, Martin. 2008. “Grab”.
Parker, Martin. 2008. “Grab, For Oboe, Bass Clarinet, Percussion And Computer”.
Parker, Martin, and R. Kennedy. 2008. “The Story So Far”.
Lympouridis, Vangelis, Martin Parker, Alexander Young, and D Arvind. 2007. “Sonification Of Gestures Using Specknets”. In Proceedings Smc'07, 4Th Sound And Music Computing Conference.