About

Professor Rupert Till is a doctor of ambient techno and Professor of Music, as well as performing as Rupert Chill, Doctor Chill and Professor Chill. He is a composer and musician, writing original music, as well as music for film. He is also Associate Dean International in the School of Music, Humanities and Media, and teaches popular music, at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. In addition he is Director of the Popular Music Studies Research Group.

He studied with minimalist composer and student of John Cage composer Gavin Bryars, with Scratch Orchestra composer Christopher Hobbs, acoustic composer George Nicholson and sonic landscape artist Katharine Norman.

He has research interests in popular music and sound archaeology, and his first book Pop Cult was published in 2011, exploring religion and popular music. He has also published material exploring trance, stardom, songwriting and music production. He is a member of the executive committee of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music UK and Ireland Branch, and directs Huddersfield activities within the European Music Archaeology Project, a large 5 year European Union Culture Programme funded project. His interest in ritual within music cultures has led to multimedia projects exploring the acoustics of archaeological sites such as Stonehenge and prehistoric painted caves.

He has appeared on TV and Radio, including BBC Breakfast, BBC News, the Sky at Night, Mystery Quest, BBC Radio 2, 4, 5, 6 and World Service, LBC, The Travel Channel, ARTE, various international radio stations, and speaks regularly on BBC Radio on popular music subjects.

He lives in Sheffield, and can be contacted at r.till@hud.ac.uk

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