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Dr Guy Harries

Senior Lecturer

Performing Arts, Centre for Performing Arts Development (CPAD)

Department of Music, Writing & Performance , School of Arts and Creative Industries

Guy Harries is senior lecturer in music, and co-director of the research centre CPAD (Centre for Performing Arts Development).


  • PhD in Electroacoustic Composition, City University, London (UK) - 2011
  • MMus (Master of Music) in Sonology, The Institute of Sonology, The Hague (NL) 2004
  • BMus (Bachelor of Music) in Composition, The Royal Conservatory, The Hague (NL) 2003
  • BMus (Bachelor of Music) in Sonology, The Institute of Sonology, The Hague (NL) 2002

Areas Of Interest

  • Electronic sound
  • Performance
  • Interactivity
  • Multimedia in live performance
  • Vocal performance
  • Instrumental composition
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Guy Harries is a composer, sound artist and performer, working with electronics, acoustic instruments, voice and cross-disciplinary collaboration. He researches the use of live electronics in music with a focus on dramaturgy, the performative and audience participation.  
Guy has worked extensively as a multi-disciplinary artist and produced works in collaboration with dancers-choregraphers including Florencia Guerberof (Utopia Dystopia - Gallery46), Simonetta Alessandri (Tate Modern 2018), Ingvild Marstein Olsen (ICA London 2015) and Claudia Brazzale (UEL 2016) and visual artist Valerie Pezeron (with whom he co-founded Live Hazard Collective).  He also composed and choreographed works in collaboration with the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome (Mineral Language in 2021, Cantiere Infinito at MACRO museum 2019).

He has composed socio-politically engaged opera including Jasser (Netherlands tour 2006/07) and Two Caravans (OperaUpClose Flourish New Opera Prize winner 2012). He also explored the politics of opera making itself through community opera devising workshops in London Create An Opera! and an a symposium series Opera and Politics at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.  

He also works as an electronic troubadour under the moniker Guy XY and recently released the album Turing Cabaret - an art pop opera inspired by the life of computer pioneer Alan Turing.

His music releases include solo work and collaborations with the POW Ensemble, Meira Asher and Yumi Hara on the labels X-OR, Sub Rosa and Migro. His latest album titled Light Machine was released on the label Sombre Soniks.  

Guy completed his PhD in Electroacoustic Music at City University and he is a senior lecturer at the University of East London and Trinity Laban Conservatoire. 

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External roles

  • External Examiner of M-level programmes in Music Technology - London College of Music at University of West London
  • External Examiner of MA/MFA Scenography at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama 


  • Red Hat Opera workshop group - a community opera making workshop and group, encouraging inclusivity and diversity.
  • Opera and Politics - annual symposium for sharing practice and policy making regarding access, inclusivity and diversity in opera. Symposiums have hosted national and international organisations: Opera North, Mahogany Opera, Streetwise Opera, RESEO, Opera Holland Park.


  • Mineral Language (2021) - commissioned choreography and music composition. National Academy of Dance, Rome.


  • IN/OUT - online performance piece commissioned by LGBTQI+ organisation Wisethoughts as part of ACTivate: Our Future arts programme




  • Harries, G. 2020. Opera, devising and community: a creative and pedagogical methodology. International Journal of Community Music. 13 (3), pp. 271-282.
  • 'The Utopian Ensemble: Collaboration and Emergent Creation' in Dance and Research: Percorsi di Ricerca nell'Arte Coreutica Performativa. Harries, G, (edited by Bocchino, G and Sciortino, L.) with preface by Palmieri, M. E.. 2020. Rome: Squi[Libri].
  • 'Evoking the Sublime: Absence and Presence in live electroacoustic performance' In Interference: Journal of Audio Culture Vol. 4. Harries, G. 2014.
  • 'The Open Work: Ecologies of Participation' (2013). In Organised Sound 18 (1). Harries, G. 2013. Cambridge University Press.

Album releases

  • Light Machine (Sombre Soniks, 2020)
  • Fault Line (Sombre Soniks 2016)

Performance-based projects

  • Mineral Language (2021, National Academy of Dance, Rome)
  • Utopia/Dystopia (with Florencia Guerberof) - performance and video installation (2019, Gallery 46, Whitechapel, London)
  • Sonic Rituals (with Yumi Hara Cawkwell - 2011-ongoing): national and international performances, conference presentation and two album releases and compilation tracks



  • PA6030 Music Performance and Production: Advanced Practice and Innovation 
  • PA5013 - Public Project 2
  • PA5012 - Multidisciplinary Collaboration 2
  • PA4013 - Performance Skills 1 Project
  • PA4018 - Music Performance & Production Technique 1: Establish