Biography

With over 20 years experience as a Freelance Sound Engineer and Producer working across all areas of the discipline from live and broadcast audio to studio and post-production projects.

Marks Music Production/engineering clients have included: David Gray, Stereophonics, Morcheeba, Hothouse Flowers, Joe Strummer, Dave Stewart, Ronnie Spector, Natasha Atlas, Femi Kuti, Beverly Knight, Tim Finn, Howard Jones, The Jesus & Mary Chain.

Mark began his career as a visual artist but had also been writing and performing original music from the age of 15 playing (guitar) and singing in bands and solo on the local music scene. In tandem He began to take an interest in the technology working as a live sound technician and experimenting with recording. Mark cut his teeth on the road firstly as an audio engineer then later as a partner at Scan PA Hire. During this period he also worked as a freelance engineer on many worldwide concert tours.

In the early 1990s Mark began a seven-year stint as Managing Director at west London’s Straylight Studios Ltd working with record companies such as Creation Sony Chrysalis PolyGram and EMI. For seven years Mark ran the studio, worked as the head engineer and produced his own and others music, see the music production page for further details.

Since 1998 Mark began teaching music technology working at the London College of Music (LCM) at the University of West London, part of the team that developed a BA (hons) in Music Technology, a Foundation Degree in Music/Multimedia Technology and the development and successful launch of an MA in Music Technology. Mark was selected as the Universities Rising Star in the 2004 National Teaching Fellowship awards and became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2011: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/individuals/fellowship/fellow and was awarded Principal Fellowship of the HEA in 2016: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/individuals/fellowship/principal-fellow. For more information on Mark’s teaching see the teaching page.

In 2004 Mark was appointed as Director of Studies (Music & Performance) at LCM and promoted to Principal Lecturer in 2007 Mark is an active researcher and was part of the team that developed the Art of Record Production (ARP) international conference. He has also worked with the Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music (CHARM) and in 2007 he was awarded the title of Visiting Research Fellow at LCM. Mark has continued to research in music technology and latterly music pedagogy and was awarded a Doctorate in Education by the University of Sussex in 2016. See the Research page for more information.

In 2007/2008 Mark was appointed as Head of Higher Education at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM), in 2012 Mark was promoted to Assistant Principal for three Colleges in the growing BIMM group now re-branded as the British and Irish Modern Music Institutes: http://www.bimm.co.uk/

In 2014/2015 BIMM Institute restructured its academic governance to create an Academic Development and Quality Assurance Department (ADQA) that oversees academic standards and quality across the six Colleges in the group: Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, London and Berlin. Mark was appointed as Dean of Higher Education working closely with the Provost and Academic Director leading on the development of learning and teaching, and quality assurance and enhancement across the BIMM Group.

In 2018 Mark was appointed as Dean of Learning, Teaching and Research at BIMM Institute a role with responsibility for the oversight and leadership of strategy and policy for learning & teaching, research and enterprise, quality enhancement and academic development.

Outside of his work at BIMM Mark continues to write, perform and produce his own music, see the Music page for more information.

Contact Mark at: msi@straylight-productions.co.uk