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Richard Glover

Richard Glover

Reader in Music

Richard has a wide range of experience as a performer, composer and writer in many different areas of music, from experimental and contemporary music to Jazz, electronic and pop. As an educator he has taught at various HE and FE institutions, covering composition and computer composition, musicology, performance interpretation and study skills.

As a composer he has received performances internationally from ensembles based in the UK, Europe and North America, and his portrait cd Logical Harmonies was released in late 2013 to widespread national and international acclaim. He writes and presents on issues relating to contemporary and experimental musics, and in particular the auditory and temporal experience of sustained tone and process music.

  • Composition
  • Experimental music
  • Contemporary music
  • Minimalism and reductionism
  • Psychoacoustics, perception and cognition
  • Experimental approaches to notation
  • Microtonality and tuning systems
  • Minimal and process visual art
  • Contemporary performance practice
  • Committee member for the Society for Minimalist Music
  • Committee member and co-founder of the RMA Study group Music and/as Process
  • Member of the Royal Musical Association
  • PhD in Composition, University of Huddersfield. 2005-2010
  • MA in Composition (Distinction), University of Huddersfield. 2003-2004
  • BSc (Hons) Electronic Music (2:1), University of Hertfordshire. 1999-2002


  • Glover, R. and Harrison, B. (2013) Overcoming Form: reflections on immersive listening. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press. ISBN 978-1-86218-120-5
  • Glover, R. (2013) Logical Harmonies [Portrait cd with the label 'Another Timbre']. AT66 Cassidy, A., Weeks, J., Harrison, B., Chase, S., Bailie, J., Glover, R. and Molitor, C. (2013) Exposure [Corradiation sung by EXAUDI]. HCR06CD
  • Glover, R. (2013) ʻPhill Niblock: Identity through instabilityʼ. Phill Niblock: Working Title. Dijon, France: Les presses du réel. ISBN 9782840664239
  • Glover, R. (2013) 'Minimalism, Technology and Electronic Music'. Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Post-Minimalist Music. Farnham: Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4724- 0278-3
  • Glover, R. (2012) Introduction: Temporality in Contemporary Musics. Divergence Journal, ed. Richard Glover (3) accessible at d/1/Issue-1-March-2013.aspx
  • Glover, R. (2012) ʻSustained Tones and the Auditory Experienceʼ Leonardo Music Journal , 22 (22), pp. 56-57. ISSN 0961-1215
  • Glover, R. (2012) ʻThe Experience of Sustained Tone Musicʼ. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) and 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM). ISBN 960-99854-1-7
  • Glover, R. (2012) 'The experience of sustained tone music'. ICMPC-ESCOM Book of Abstracts. Thessaloniki: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. pp. 122-123. ISBN 960998451-7
  • Glover, R. (2012) ʻPhill Niblock: Identity through instabilityʼ MusikTexte , 132. ISSN 0178-8884
  • Glover, R. (2010) Michael Pisaroʼs pi and numerical representation. CeReNeM Journal (1)
  • Glover, R. (2010) ‘The compositional use of numerals in music notation’. Music and Numbers 2010 Conference Proceedings. Canterbury: Canterbury Christchurch University. ISBN 978-1- 899253-76-0


  • Glover, R. Compositions for a Low Tide (collaboration with artist Louisa Fairclough, performed by Rochester Cathedral Choristers, Whitstable, May 2014 - Whitstable Biennale commission)
  • Glover, R. Organ Harmonies (performed by Lauren Redhead for her Sound and Music Organ and Electronics tour in London and Leicester, March 2014 - Sound and Music commission)
  • Glover, R. Elements on diverging pitch lines (performed by Ensemble Dedalus, Montpellier, France, December 2012 - Ensemble Dedalus commission)
  • Glover, R. Progress (performed by Set Ensemble, Meantime Gallery, Cheltenham, December 2013 - Set Ensemble/Meantime commission)
  • Glover, R. Contracting Triads in Temperaments from 12-24 (performed by Bob Gilmore for the Logical Harmonies cd - Trio Scordatura commission)
  • Glover, R. Chords and Transformations (performed by Mira Benjamin, London, July 2013 - Music Weʼd Like To Hear commission)
  • Glover, R. Ascending/descending scale with piano accompaniment (performed by ∆Tent, Toronto, May 2013 - ∆Tent commission)
  • Glover, R. Beatings in a Linear Process (performed by Ensemble Portmanto, Montreal, July 2012 - nu:nord commission)
  • Glover, R. Seventh Inversions (performed by Quatuor Bozzini, Montreal, May 2011 - hcmf commission)
  • Glover, R. Malkans (performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London, June 2009 - BBC CO/spnm commission)
  • Glover, R. Gradual Music (composition performed by musikFabrik, Huddersfield, November 2009 - hcmf commission)
  • Glover, R. Sound Unbroken (performed by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Birmingham, September 2008 - BCMG/Leverhulme commission)
  • Glover, R. Black Space (performed by Ruth Wall as part of the spnm Solo Spotlights series, London, May 2007 - spnm commission)


  • Glover, R. ‘Sound Substance(s): Practice-based Understandings of Compositional Making’. Royal Musical Association annual conference, 7-9 September 2017, University of Liverpool
  • Glover, R. ‘Gradual process and notational developments in my own music’. Invited research talk, 2 February 2017, University of Leeds
  • Glover, R. Convened ‘Creative Performance Processes as Research’ including contributions from Mira Benjamin, Ian Pace and Xenia Pestova. Royal Musical Association annual conference, 5 September 2016, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Glover, R. ‘Radigue, interpretation and auditory perception’. International Colloquium on Eliane Radigue, 23-24 May 2016, Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • Glover, R. ‘Tuning Systems as Processual Material’. Fifth International Conference on Minimalist Music, September 24-27 2015, University of Turku and the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki
  • Glover, R. ‘Logical Harmonies: Compositional Processes as Research’. Royal Musical Association annual conference, 10 September 2015, University of Birmingham
  • Glover, R. ‘Chords and Transformations’. Music and/as Process 3rd annual conference, 6 June 2015, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Glover, R. The temporal experience of experimental minimal musics, Sonic Fusion Symposium, 3 April 2014, University of Salford
  • Glover, R. Tuning Systems as Processual Material, Beyond Pythagoras symposium, 22-23 March 2014, University of Huddersfield
  • Glover, R. and Harrison, B. Memory and trace in minimal experimental music. Time and Trace: 15th Triennial Conference of the International Society for the Study of Time, 30 June - 6 July 2013, Orthodox Academy of Crete, Greece
  • Glover, R. and Harrison, B. Phenomenology and temporality in the composition of experimental minimal music. Philosophy and Music Conference: Time Theories and Music, 27-29 April 2012, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece
  • Glover, R. The use of grid structures in contemporary notational practice. Time Stands Still: Notation in Musical Practice, 5-6 April 2013, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, USA
  • Glover, R. Approaches to microtonality in my own music. EUROMicroFest, 2-3 Feb 2013, Kunsthochschule für Medien, Köln
  • Glover, R. Phill Niblock through the Ages. Gender, Musical Creativity and Age MuGI conference, 6-7 October 2012, University of Huddersfield
  • Glover, R. The experience of sustained tone music. ICMPC-ESCOM 2012 Joint Conference, 23-28 July 2012, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • Glover, R. Phenomenology and temporality in the composition of experimental minimalmusic. Philosophy and Music Conference: Time Theories and Music, 27-29 April 2012, Ionian University, Corfu, Greece
  • Glover, R. Influences of sustained tone minimalism in my recent music. Third International Conference on Music and Minimalism, 12-15 October 2011, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Glover, R. The evolution of notation in sustained tone music. INTIME2011 Symposium: Interrogations into Music Experimentation, 24-25 September 2011, University of Coventry
  • Glover, R. Pitch specificity in text scores. Word Event: a verbal notation symposium, 21 September 2011, Bath Spa University
  • Glover, R. The use of numerals in experimental notation. Music and Numbers Conference 2010, 14-15 May 2010, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Glover, R. The Compositional Use of Numerals in Music Notation. Off the Staves: Writing Music Before and After Conventional Notation, 26-27 March 2010, University of Bangor
  • Glover, R. Phill Niblock and identity in reductionism. Second International Conference on Minimalist Music , 2-6 September 2009, University of Missouri, Kansas, USA

Discussions of my Creative Work

  • Rosenthal, D. (2016) Approaching Completeness. Ear Reader [Online]. [Accessed 4/1/16]. Available at: <>
  • Gottschalk, J. (2016) Experimental Music since 1970. New York: Bloomsbury
  • Fox, C. (2014) Some Recent British String Quartets. Contemporary Music Review. 33 (3), pp.266-280

Society Membership

  • Committee member and Newsletter editor of the Society for Minimalist Music
  • Co-founder and committee member of the RMA Study Group ‘Music and/as Process’


  • British Council travel scholarship to attend the premiere of a new work for Ensemble Portmanto, Montreal 2012
  • Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Sound and Music travel scholarship to attend the Bozzini Quartet Composers’ Kitchen, Montreal, 2011
  • spnm travel scholarship to attend the premiere of a new work for ShadowPlay, Seoul International Computer Music Festival, 2008
  • spnm travel scholarship to attend the IRCAM Institute in Glasgow, 2008
  • Butler Foundation travel scholarship to attend Ostrava Days New Music Institute, 2007
  • JW Taylor Trust Scholarship for Postgraduate Music Study, 2003

Composition Residences

  • Jul 2012: nu:nord artistic community, Montreal
  • May 2011: Composers’ Kitchen with the Bozzini Quartet, Montreal
  • Sept 2007- Sept 2008: Apprentice Composer-in-Residence, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Sept 2006 - Oct 2007: Composer-in-Residence, Solway Harps as part of Making Music’s Adopt-A-Composer scheme
  • Ostrava Days New Music Composition Institute 2005 & 2007
  • August 2013 - July 2014: Lecturer in Composition, Centre for Research in New Music, University of Huddersfield
  • August 2011 - August 2013: Research Fellow, Centre for Research in New Music, University of Huddersfield
  • October 2007 - July 2011: Associate Lecturer in Music, Music Technology and Popular Music, University of Huddersfield
  • September 2010 - December 2011: Musicianship tutor, Leeds College of Music
  • September 2009 - July 2010: Composition tutor at Huddersfield New College

Teaching Responsibilities 

  • 6MU012 Popular Music History: Untold Stories
  • 4MU016 Musimathics
  • 4MU074 Music Technology in Practice
  • 4MU047Writing about Music
  • 5MU073 Creative Skills, Techniques and Analysis
  • 4MU076 Contextual Studies
  • 5MU070 The Music Educator

Non-Teaching Responsibilities

  • Research cluster leader
  • School Income Generation Champion

Postgraduate Supervision:

  • Samson Onafuye: The origins and reception of Gospel music in the 21st Century Britain
  • Madison Miller: Immersive Meditation: How Binaural Beats Influence Meditation Through Sense and Environment
  • Glyn Owen: A Bird in Igor's Yard - Duality of Practice & Intersection

Richard is available for PhD supervision in the following areas:

  • Composition
  • Experimentalism, minimalism and reduction
  • Perception and cognition
  • Microtonality
  • Experimental notation

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Richard's music has been discussed in an article on contemporary British string quartets by Christopher Fox in Contemporary Music Review (33)3, Dean Rosenthal’s article on completeness in processes for The Ear Reader, and Jennie Gottschalk’s book Experimental Music since 1970. His music has received widespread praise from magazines and websites including Gramophone, TEMPO journal, The Wire, Johnson Rambler, 5against4, All About Jazz, improve-sphere (France), Rockerilla (Italy), squidsear (USA), and Chain D.L.K and Musik an sich (Germany).