Composition at SARC comprises creative practice which spans across numerous aesthetic, technical and critical disciplines. Key areas of interest include electroacoustic, acousmatic and computer music, mixed instrumental/electronic music, interactive and algorithmic music, computer assisted composition, spatially-focused composition, network music and sound installation. Research in this area addresses questions entailing compositional language itself as well as wider considerations relating to cultural, technical and theoretical implications of creative practice. SARC's collaborative environment is particularly conducive to the exploration of emerging practices involving composers, technologists and performers as well as practitioners from film, dance and visual arts. PhD students work closely with staff in examining the work's technical underpinnings and aesthetic precedents with the aim to enrich each student's practice with a continually expanding artistic and technical knowledge base.
Musical collaborations with instrumentalists, technologists and other composers at SARC are all strongly encouraged.
Work created at SARC is regularly featured in festivals across the world including SARC curated programmes in Malta, Poland, Germany, Portugal, Mexico, Korea, South Africa, Ireland and the US. Staff have been consistently successful in achieving performances and commissions from leading festivals, broadcasting agencies, orchestras and ensembles while PhD students have gained international recognition through prizes in competitions such as Bourges, Electronic Music Sweden, SPNM, Genesis Prize for Opera, Holland Symfonia Competition and Luigi Russolo Composers Competition.
SARC's regular concert activity and the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music provide an important platform for showcasing international work and for nurturing relationships between SARC and visiting artists which have included Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jean-Claude Risset, George Lewis, Francis Dhomont, Jonty Harrison, Anthony Braxton, Ensemble Recherche, and many others.