Dr David Bessell

Dr David Bessell

Lecturer in Music

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

David can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Music
  • Music technology
  • Music software
  • Electronic music
  • Classical music
  • Popular music


Lecturer in Music, specialisms - composition, music theory, music technology, guitar.


Bmus 1st, Thames Valley University,  first study composition, second study jazz guitar.

Mmus, Distinction, Royal College of Music, composition.
Phd, Kingston University, practice based Phd, nine compositions, The remodelling of elements of musical electronics with conventional acoustic instruments.

20 years experience in the popular music industry: song writing, arrangement, session guitar, international touring, music related programming.

Professional membership


Musical Acoustics Network

Teaching interests

Composition, software synthesis, guitar.

Research interests

Research areas - 

Composition, physical modelling, new approaches to software synthesis. Analogue hardware synthesis

Research groups

  • Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research

Key publications are highlighted

Bessell D 2013 'Dynamic Convolution Modeling, a Hybrid Synthesis Strategy' COMPUTER MUSIC JOURNAL 37, (1) 44-51 Author Site , DOI
Bessell D 2013 'Dynamic convolution modeling, a hybrid synthesis strategy' Computer Music Journal 37, (1) 44-51 , DOI
Bessell D 2007 'Formant Synthesis, Granular Synthesis, and Waveshaping in Halo, Bells and Voices' Perspectives of New Music 45, (1) 236-252 Author Site Publisher Site
Bessell D 2005 'The instrumental remodeling of elements of musical electronics in Moon Veiled by Clouds' COMPUTER MUSIC JOURNAL 29, (1) 21-33 Author Site , DOI
Bessell D 2012 'Blurring boundaries, trends and implications in audio production software developments' in Kapralos B Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio Oxford Oxford University Press Author Site Publisher Site
Bessell D 2002 'An Examination of the Role Of Music in Cool Boarders, Alien Trilogy and Medievil' in King G; Krzywinska T Screenplay: cinema/videogames/interfaces London Wallflower Press, Columbia University Press Author Site Publisher Site
Conference Papers
Bessell D 2011 'Ophidian and the Uncanny Valley' ICMC International COmputer Music Conference Huddersfield University 8-/-0/2011 8-/-0/2011 Huddersfield International Computer Music Association Publisher Site
03/08/2011 03/08/2011 Ophidian. International Computer Music Conference, Huddersfield University Publisher Site
12/02/2011 12/02/2011 Ophidian. Peninsula Arts Festival Plymouth University. Publisher Site
21/03/2008 21/03/2008 Ophidian. University of Bedford Publisher Site
Other Publications
Bessell D 0 Analogue. Cornwall Manor records catalogue number 771 2010. 01/01/1900 01/01/1900
Bessell D 0 Moon Veiled by Clouds. Massachusetts MIT 01/01/1900 01/01/1900 Publisher Site
Bessell D & Bakis S 0 Morphogenic. UK DiN records 01/01/1900 01/01/1900 Publisher Site
Bessell D, Bessell, BUller, Ellis & Wesson DEMM 0 Node 2. DiN Records Polar Patrol publishing 01/01/1900 01/01/1900 Publisher Site