Chris Corrigan


  • Room 02.024 - Sonic Arts Research Centre

    United Kingdom


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I am a Tonmeister (Music and Sound Recording) graduate of the University of Surrey. I joined the staff at Queen’s University in 1996 as Studio Assistant for the School of Music and later as Technical Manager of the Sonic Arts Research Centre from its inception in 2001 until 2014. During this period, I served as Technical Director for NIME 2002, ICMC 2008 and the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music from 1999 – 2012. In 2014 I joined the academic staff at Queen's as Lecturer (Education) and I served as Subject Lead for Music between July 2018 and September 2022. I am an AdvanceHE Senior Fellow (SFHEA) and I serve on the Queen’s Merit Award assessor team reviewing applications for AdvanceHE Associate Fellowship, Fellowship and Senior Fellowship. I am currently external examiner at Catalyst Institute for Creative Arts and Technology, Berlin and Dundalk Institute of Technology.


Research Interests

I am an active audio engineer and producer with particular interests in recording techniques for contemporary immersive media formats. I work primarily in the field of contemporary acoustic and electro-acoustic music and my recordings have been released on the Mode, Delphian, Métier, Diatribe, Divine Art, Farpoint and RTÉ Lyric FM labels. My most recent recording, ‘Gerald Barry: In The Asylum’ (Mode 332) received a five star review for sound in BBC Music Magazine and my 2020 recording ‘Piers Hellawell: Up By The Roots’ (Delphian DCD34223) was listed in the Times / Sunday Times Top 10 Contemporary CDs of the Year. Recent engineering credits include Ulster Orchestra, Fidelio Trio, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Yurodny, Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, Mornington Singers, and Vanburgh Quartet.

As an audio engineer, I am particularly interested in the development and acquisition of technical listening skills relevant to audio engineering practice. In 2013 I developed a six-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with support from Queen’s University’s Centre for Educational Development (CED). ‘Critical Listening for Studio Production’ was the first of four MOOCs developed by Queen’s University to run on the FutureLearn platform. Over two runs (January 2014 and September 2016) the MOOC attracted enrolments of over 10,000 students.

I am also composer and my work explores the intersection between contemporary compositional practice and traditional music forms, in particular the Irish and Scandinavian folk music traditions. My work has been broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM and BBC Radio 3 and has been performed at the International Computer Music Conference, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. I am fortunate to have had to opportunity to collaborate with many wonderful artists including Liz Doherty, Väsen and Baltic Crossing whose 2019 CD release ‘Carry On Crossing’ was nominated for Folk Album of the Year in the 2019 Danish Folk Music Awards.


In my 25+ years of teaching at Queen’s University, I have taught modules across a range of areas including ensemble performance, musical acoustics, psychoacoustics, and digital audio systems. I have been an Avid Certified Instructor since 2014. I offer instruction to my students enabling Avid certification to ‘Operator’ level in both the PT210M Pro Tools Production II (Music) and PT210P Pro Tools Production II (Post Production) Avid curricula. I currently convene and teaching the following modules:

MUS1030 Audio Mixing
MUS2038 Sound Recording and Production 2
MUS2048 Live Performance Systems
MUS3004 Professional Practice
MUS3009 Audio Post Production
MUS3038 Sound Recording and Production 3


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