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Dr Tullis Rennie

Lecturer in Music

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Music

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Tullis Rennie is a composer, improvising trombonist, electronic musician, and field recordist. His work encompasses sound installation, community-engaged participative projects, multi-channel concert works, video, mixed media and live/improvised performances.

Following an honours degree in Music at the University of Manchester - where he was awarded the Peter J Leonard prize for composition, Tullis completed a Masters in Electroacoustic Music Composition also at Manchester. His practice-based PhD research on 'Composition and Identity' was based at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast.

Recent compositions include an ongoing series of commissions for the Vonnegut Collective, the most recent of which premiered at the RNCM, Manchester for NMNW Festival. He has completed two residencies at the UFRJ in Rio de Janeiro, resulting in an hour-long broadcast specially composed for ResonanceFM. He has appeared as trombonist with with Anton Hunter’s Article XI, Foirmfada, Cath Robert’s Large Ensemble, QUBe and at London venues such as Café Oto, i’Klectik and Hundred Years Gallery.


PhD Composition. Queen's University Belfast (2016)
MusM Electroacoustic Music Composition. University of Manchester (2006)
MusB (Hons.) Music. University of Manchester (2005)


Visiting Lecturer in Music. City University London (2015-16)
Teaching Assistant in Music and Sonic Arts. Queen's University Belfast (2013-15)


Research Interests

Ethnography in sound
Music and Identity
Narratives of Field Recording
Sampling cultures
Participative approaches to Sound Art

Much of Tullis's varied compositional output has a common focus in developing a musical language that seeks a threshold between (auto)ethnographic documentation and music/sound art.


He is co-founder of Walls On Walls with visual artist Laurie Nouchka, recently creating a series of participatory site-specific audiovisual installations with communities across the borough of Camden. He is a founder member of Insectotròpics, an award winning audio-visual collective based in Barcelona.


Compositions (6)

  1. Rennie, T. (2016). Confronting Cardew, with The Vonnegut Collective. (Specific improvising ensemble, four-channel fixed media audio)
  2. Rennie, T. (2015). Shadows of Casken. (Solo violin, recorded voice and non-specified improvising ensemble)
  3. Rennie, T. (2015). Everybody (Wants To Be The DJ). (Performed Sound Installation)
  4. Rennie, T. (2014). Muscle Memory, with Graham South. (Fixed Media Audio)
  5. Rennie, T. (2014). Carioca Sound Stories. (Audio-visual fixed media)
  6. Rennie, T. (2013). Manifest. (Fixed Media Audio)

Conference Papers and Proceedings (3)

  1. Rennie, T. (2016). Shadows In The Field Recording. Sonologia: Out of Phase 22-25 November, USP, São Paulo.
  2. Rennie, T. (2015). Sound Art Salon: Manifest. Sound Studies: Art, Experience, Politics 8-10 July, University of Cambridge.
  3. Rennie, T. (2016). Recording, Representation & Responsibility: questions of authorship and agency when field recording for electroacoustic composition. EMS15: The Art of Electroacoustic Music 23 Jun 2015 – 26 Jun 2015, The University of Sheffield.

Journal Articles (3)

  1. Anderson, I. and Rennie, T. (2016). Thoughts in the Field: 'Self-reflexive narrative' in field recording. Organised Sound, 21(3), pp. 222–232. doi:10.1017/S1355771816000194.
  2. Rennie, T. (2015). Power Struggles: The Politics of Composing with Sounds of Protest. Leonardo Music Journal, 25(25), pp. 17–20. doi:10.1162/LMJ_a_00927.
  3. Rennie, T. (2014). Socio-Sonic: An ethnographic methodology for electroacoustic composition. Organised Sound, 19(02), pp. 117–124. doi:10.1017/S1355771814000053.

Other Activities

Keynote Lecture/Speech

  1. Socio-Sonic: An ethnographic methodology for electroacoustic composition. De Montfort University, Leicester (2014).

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