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Staff Profile

Dr Mark Marrington

Senior Lecturer: Music Production

I began my career teaching guitar privately in Leeds from 1996 and 2001 and also worked as a peripatetic guitar teacher for Roundhay Music (North Leeds) and later Calderdale local authority.  I taught at Leeds College of Music between 1998-2011, initially at Further Education level and then Higher Education for undergraduate and Masters degree levels, on a variety of music-related modules across the Classical, Jazz, Popular Music and Music Production degrees offered by the college. More recently I was a Teaching Fellow and Programme Manager for the BSc Music, Multimedia and Electronics at the University of Leeds, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (2011-15). I have also worked as an external examiner, previously for the Universities of Brighton (City College) and Hertfordshire and currently for University of Chester and University of East London (Institute of Contemporary Music Performance).

My academic research is concentrated in the areas of musicology of record production, music technology and creativity, 20th century British art music (with particular reference to the composer, Denis ApIvor (1916-2004)) and the classical guitar repertoire. I am currently writing a monograph on the history of classical guitar recording for the Routledge Perspectives on Music Production series.

My creative work has in recent years been focused on an electronic pop project called MadeinMIDI, involving the creation of a series of concept-driven novelty pieces released via the internet.  A high profile success in March 2012 was my track ‘Cars’, built entirely from car sounds and everyday traffic noises, which had a viral internet presence and was reported by BBC America and the Daily Mirror (amongst numerous press items) and broadcast by BBC 6 and BBC Radio Leeds. The track (which also has a specially commissioned music video using 3D animation) can be heard here: 'Cars'


2018 Perspectives on Music Production: Producing Music, edited by R.Hepworth-Sawyer and J. Hodgson and Mark Marrington. New York: Routledge, 2018 (forthcoming).

2017 “From DJ to Djent-step: Technology and the Re-Coding of Metal Music since the 1980s.” Metal Music Studies, 3/2 (2017).

2017 “Composing in the Digital Audio Workstation.” In The Singer-­Songwriter Handbook, edited by J. Williams and K. Williams. New York: Bloomsbury, 2017.

2016 “Mixing Metaphors: Aesthetics, Mediation and the Rhetoric of Sound Mixing.” In Perspectives on Music Production: Mixing Music, edited by R.Hepworth-Sawyer and J. Hodgson. New York: Routledge, 2016.

2016 “Paradigms of Music Software Interface Design and Musical Creativity.” In Innovation in Music II, edited by R.Hepworth-Sawyer, J. Hodgson, J.L.Paterson and R.Toulson. Shoreham-by-Sea: Future Technology Press, 2016.

2016 “Denis ApIvor’s Variations Op. 29: Introduction to the Guitar Music of a Pioneering British Modernist.” Soundboard, 42/3 (2016).

2016 “Reconciling theory with practice in the teaching of songwriting.” In Cambridge Companion to the Singer Songwriter, edited by J. Williams and K. Williams. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

2015 “Serial Technique in the early works of Denis ApIvor.” British Music, 38 (2015).

2014 “ ‘Music of the Cactus Land’: a consideration of musical style and text setting in Denis ApIvor’s The Hollow Men.” British Music, 36 (2014).

2011Experiencing Musical Composition in the DAW: The Software Interface as Mediator of the Musical Idea.” Journal on the Art of Record Production, 5 (2011).

2006 “Denis ApIvor and the classical guitar.” Guitar Review, 132 (Fall 2006).

2005 “Denis ApIvor and his contribution to British opera and ballet” Musical Times, 146 (Summer 2005).

2004 Obituary for Denis ApIvor, Classical Guitar.

2004 Obituary for Denis ApIvor, Dancing Times.

2004 Nineteen Gilbert and Sullivan Favourites Arranged for the Classical Guitar (Mel Bay Publications).

2004 Guitar adviser for Anthony Marks’ Easy Guitar Tunes series of 3 books (Usborne Publishing).

1999 Guitar from Scratch (Boosey and Hawkes) with Chris Norton: wrote all text and assisted with composition.

1997 Reviewer for The Consort (Early Music Journal). Score review of Rudolph Dolmetsch,

 Concertino for Viola da Gamba and small orchestra; CD review of Hopkinson Smith,

 Instrucción De Música Sobre La Guitarra Espangnõla.

1996 “Aural Training for Guitarists” Classical Guitar (6 instalments across the year).

Conference Papers

Sep 2017 “Metal in the Box: the DAW and the domain of authentic metal music practice since the mid-2000s”, delivered at Innovation in Music 17, University of Westminster.

Jun 2015 “Paradigms of Music Software Interface Design and Musical Creativity”, delivered at Innovation in Music 15, Anglia Ruskin University.

Dec 2013 “Contemporary Music Technology and Creative Autonomy”, delivered at InMusic13, University of York.

Dec 2010 “Experiencing musical composition in the DAW: the software interface as mediator of the musical idea” delivered at the Art of Record Production Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University.

May 2010 “DAW Technology and the Student Composer”, delivered at the Forum for Innovation in Music Production and Composition, Leeds College of Music.

Jul 2009 “Britishness and the classical guitar after 1950: composers, performers and identity in the contemporary British guitar repertoire”, delivered at Galpin Society’s “Making the British Sound” conference in Edinburgh.

Jun 2009 “Musical performance and the machine”, delivered at Coventry University National Music Performance Symposium.

Nov 2007 Lecture-paper given as part of a world premiere recital of song cycles by Denis ApIvor, St Mary’s Church, Craswall (near Hay-on-Wye).

May 2000 Leeds University Research Paper Lecture Series: Lecture on Denis ApIvor’s opera

Musical Output

2012 “Cars” a single made entirely from the sounds of cars and traffic ambience which has achieved an ongoing viral internet presence resulting in extensive blogging by the auto industry, radio broadcasts and interviews (BBC), and comments in the UK press (Daily Mirror) and European publications. 

2010 MadeinMIDI: an art-pop music project featuring a number of online novelty releases realized in music software. First release, “Ringtonic” (April, 2010); second release, “Starlet” (January, 2011)

2005 “Fugue on the Final Countdown”: irreverent Bach-style orchestral re-working of Europe’s hit, premiered at Scarborough’s Beached Festival in 2005. Second performance at Leeds College of Music, June 2009.

2004 Nineteen Gilbert and Sullivan Favourites for the Classical Guitar (Mel Bay Publications).

2001 The Slipper and the Rose: re-worked eighteen part pit band score for NODA based on original Angela Morley film score arrangements.

1999 Music arranged and performed for Guitar from Scratch book, released on accompanying CD.

1998 Library music work for CN Productions (Chris Norton, Leeds) including “No One Like You” and “You Love Me More” for easy listening CDs.

1996 Commissioned musical setting of biblical text, The First Blessing, to music for organ and solo voice. Performed Belle Isle, Leeds 1996.

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