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Dr Newton Armstrong

Senior Lecturer in Composition

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Music

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Dr Newton Armstrong is a composer, performer, and occasional builder of electronic musical instruments. His work has encompassed a wide range of activities, including score-based instrumental music, projects for children, and improvisation projects with dancers, choreographers, film, video, and installation artists. Much of his music is situated across and between the areas of instrumental and electronic music, with focus directed towards the composed interactions between people, technologies, and their environments.

Armstrong has been the recipient of grants and commissions from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Network for Art and Technology, the Ian Potter Foundation, Arts Victoria, ELISION, LIBRA, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. His music has been featured at festivals such as Darmstadt, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Festival of Exiles (Berlin), What is Music? (Melbourne), Movement Research Festival (New York), Grønland Kammermusikkfestival (Oslo), Images Sonores (Liège), Ars Musica (Brussels), Unerhörte Musik (Berlin), and Music at Villa Romana (Florence).

After completing a PhD at Princeton University (2001-6), he taught in the Music Department and Graduate Program in Electroacoustic Music at Dartmouth College, USA (2006-8). He joined City University London as University Research Fellow in 2009, and was appointed Lecturer in Composition in 2011.


Ph.D. Princeton University. 2006.
M.F.A. Princeton University. 2003.
M.Mus. University of Melbourne. 1996.
B.Mus.(Hons.) University of Melbourne. 1991.


Research interests

Instrumental and Electronic Composition
Electronic and Digital Performance
Sound Art
Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, and Phenonenologies of Listening
Software and Hardware Design and Development
Aesthetics of 20th and 21st Century Experimental Music


Journal Article (1)

  1. Armstrong, N. (2014). Bold Tendencies. TEMPO, 68(267), 63-65. doi: 10.1017/S0040298213001393

Book (1)

  1. Armstrong, N. (30 Sep 2007). An Enactive Approach to Digital Musical Instrument Design. VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K.. ISBN: 3836419262.

Chapter (1)

  1. Lambert, A., Weyde, T.E. and Armstrong, N. (2014). Beyond the Beat: Towards Metre, Rhythm and Melody Modelling with Hybrid Oscillator Networks. Georgaki, A. and Kouroupetroglou, G. (Ed.), Music Technology Meets Philosophy: from Digital Echos to Virtual Ethos (pp. 485-490) (2014).

Conference (4)

  1. Lambert, A.J., Weyde, T. and Armstrong, N. (01 Jan 2015). Perceiving and predicting expressive rhythm with recurrent neural networks. ,
  2. Lambert, A., Weyde, T. and Armstrong, N. (01 Jan 2014). Studying the effect of metre perception on rhythm and melody modelling with LSTMs. ,
  3. Lambert, A., Weyde, T. and Armstrong, N. (01 Jan 2014). Beyond the beat: Towards metre, rhythm and melody modelling with hybrid oscillator networks. ,
  4. Armstrong, N. Listening as a material. , Conservatoire Royal de Mons - Ecole Supérieure des Arts.

Internet Publication (2)

  1. Armstrong, N. (2013). Stockhausen's MANTRA (1970): A Technical Guide Retrieved from: [publisher's website]
  2. Armstrong, N. (2008). A Too Brief Introduction to the New York School Retrieved from: [publisher's website]

Other (1)

  1. Knoop, M., Chadwick, R. and Armstrong, N. (2015). Karlheinz Stockhausen: Mantra.

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