I am a composer and sound artist based in the South West, UK. I have been making electronic music since the early 1990s and generally make music from synthesised sounds, field recordings, radio broadcasts and any other noises that I can seek out. I write music as a solo composer under Ben Ramsay or Ninestein and in collaboration with others under the monikers of Soundhacker, Mats Twunky and dooQ. I compose 2 channel music for general release as well as multichannel works for acousmatic concert hall diffusion systems. I perform live in the UK and abroad whenever opportunities arise.
I worked as a musician and sound designer in the computer games industry during the early 2000s and produced music and interactive sonic content for a host of titles, promotional videos, mobile apps and websites. In my spare time I co-run amp bit<if//go recordings which releases a variety of left field and exploratory electronic music.
My academic research is centred around acousmatic music composition and the exploration of social and sonic relationships that exist between modern forms of electronic music. I have been lecturing in music composition and sound design since 2004 and gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education in 2006. I completed my PhD thesis in 2014 which comprised of a 90 minute portfolio of original music and an associated dissertation exploring compositional relationships between acousmatic music and electronica.
For more information please visit www.benramsay.co.uk.
- PhD Music, Technology and Innovation De Montfort University
- BA Sonic Arts Middlesex university.
- Postgraduate Certificate In Higher And Professional Education.
- Higher Education Academy Teaching Fellowship (FHEA).
- Electronic music composition
- Synthesis and Sampling
- Computer Game Audio
- Critical Theory and Professional Development.
Research and academic outputs
Ramsay, B (2016) 'Analysis of 'Foil' by Autechre (from 'Amber'(1994)).' In: Emmerson, S and Landy, L, eds. Expanding the horizon of electroacoustic music analysis. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 209-230. ISBN 9781107118324
Ramsay, B (2011) 'Tools, techniques and composition: bridging acousmatic and IDM.' eContact!, 14 (4). ISSN 1910-4650
Ramsay, B (2014) Exploring compositional relationships between acousmatic music and electronica. PhD thesis, De Montfort University.
Ramsay, B and Dolphin, A (2019) Crizzle.
Ramsay, B (2015) Waypoints (2014-2015) [single-component output with contextualising information]. (Forthcoming)
Ramsay, B (2015) Waypoints EP.
Ramsay, B (2012) Analysis of ‘Internal Clock’ by Monolake. The Online Repository for Electroacoustic Analysis.