Composing in and out of the (Post-)Club
: Resynthesis of club music and the personal past

  • Liam McCartan

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This is a portfolio-based PhD thesis within the academic framework of Composition in Sonic Arts. Interpreting resynthesis to mean recombination as well as reproduction, this thesis investigates the resynthesizing of club music's past along with the personal past as a form of compositional practice. This results in a portfolio of 23 pieces ranging from 3 to 9 minutes in length that explores the tropes, structures and techniques of jungle, grime, techno, hardcore and garage, while also containing hauntological works that explore false memory and the sonically re-produced past as sources of inspiration for composition. The thesis offers insights which grow from an exploration of this combination of personal experience, club music and memory through the practices of sonic art and composition.
Date of AwardJul 2022
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Queen's University Belfast
SponsorsNorthern Ireland Department for the Economy
SupervisorPaul Stapleton (Supervisor) & Simon Waters (Supervisor)


  • Music
  • composition
  • sonic arts
  • electronic music
  • experimental music
  • practice-as-research
  • practice-based
  • film
  • memory
  • genre studies

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