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John Croft

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Brunel University
  • 3PublicationsNumber of items in John's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 2Followers

Research interests

Composition Philosophy of Music Aesthetics Music and ethics


John Croft (b. 1971) studied philosophy and music at the Victoria University of Wellington, and composition and music cognition at the University of Sheffield. He has a PhD from the University of Manchester, where he studied with John Casken, and is a Laureate of the Jurgenson Foundation of Moscow. He is currently Senior Lecturer at Brunel University, West London. His music draws on the spectral properties of sounds as the basis for harmonic and temporal structures, and recent work focusses on the use of live electronics in ways that extend rather than obscure the bodily relationship between performer and instrument; examples include Sonata (la terra lagrimosa...una luce vermiglia) (2006), for cello and live electronics, l'aura che trema (2007) for alto flute and live electronics and mit schwarzem Glanz for viola and live electronics (2010). His music has been played by many ensembles and soloists, including the BBC Philharmonic, the London Sinfonietta, the Arditti String Quartet, Ensemble Exposé, Studiya Novoi Muzyki, 175 East, Stroma, Philip Thomas, Matthew Barley, Richard Craig, Barbara Lüneburg, and Xenia Pestova. He also teaches and writes on the philosophy of music. He is currently working on an opera-monodrama for singer Lore Lixenberg, entitled Malédictions d'une furie.

Followers (2)

  • Breno Braganca

    Breno BragancaFederal University of Minas Gerais

  • Federico Reuben

    Federico ReubenFalmouth University

Following (1)

Publications (3)

  • The Spectral Legacy

    • Croft J
  • Fields of rubble: on the poetics of music after the postmodern

    • Croft J
  • Theses on liveness

    • Croft J

Professional experience

Senior Lecturer

Brunel University

September 2003 - Present


University of Sussex

September 2002 - August 2003(a year)



University of Manchester


University of Sheffield

BMus (Hons)

Victoria University of Wellington


Victoria University of Wellington