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RNCM Research Forum – Emily Doolittle


Wednesday 13 March 2024, 4.15pm

RNCM Lecture Theatre

RNCM Research Forums

Our series of Research Forums gives audiences the opportunity to hear presentations from academics, performers and composers, and to engage in the exchange of ideas that follows. Talks usually last about an hour, including a Q&A session. You can join us in person or watch many of the sessions livestreamed from the RNCM YouTube channel.

Zoomusicology is the study of the music-like or aesthetic aspects of sound communication in non-human animals. It is a highly interdisciplinary field, which draws on insights and methodologies from ethnomusicology, musicology, composition, philosophy, psychology, biology, ethology and more. In this talk Emily will discuss her practice-based and academic research as a zoomusicologist over the past 25 years, including a focus on her 17-year multi-disciplinary study of hermit thrush song, as well as some of her more recent work on Glasgow garden soundscapes, bowhead whale songs, and howling dogs!

Canadian-born, Glasgow-based composer and researcher Emily Doolittle’s music has been described as ‘masterful’ (Musical Toronto), ‘eloquent and effective‘, and ‘the piece that grabbed me by the heart‘ (The WholeNote). She has an ongoing interest in zoomusicology—the relationship between animal songs and music—which she explores in both her composition and through interdisciplinary collaboration with biologists. Recent activities include the premiere of (re)cycling I: metals for found and recycled percussion objects by Architek Percussion at the Rainy Days Festival in Luxembourg, and writing the music for a 2023 Audible audiobook adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, directed by Megan Follows. She is currently working on a set of pieces based on Sephardic and Spanish poetry about nightingale song for the early music Ensemble La Cigale in Montreal. Emily is an Athenaeum Research Fellow and Lecturer in Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


Free admission, no ticket required.

This event will end at approximately 5.45pm.


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Wednesday 13 March 2024, 4.15pm