Stephen Bennett

Stephen Bennett


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Personal profile


Stephen is a Lecturer in Humanities, specialising in Media Practice, located in the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities at UEA. In the Institute,He teaches the Media in Practice, Creative and Cultural Industries  modules on the Foundation year course. He also teaches a level5 module VIDEOGAMES: THEORY, PRACTICE AND RECEPTION and supervises level 6 creative practice students. He is also the academic lead for the faculty's Media Suite.

Stephen has had a varied career in the music, music technology, television, and film and multimedia fields prior to his work at UEA, as well as a background in research science. A long-term contributor to the UK’s most popular monthly music technology magazine, Sound on Sound, he’s also written several books and other articles on the same subject. His name has appeared on the credit list of albums alongside Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree), Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine), David Torn (David Bowie), Tim Bowness (No-Man), Robert Fripp (King Crimson) and Roger Eno.

His current interests include Digital humanities, the history of recorded sound, the ephemera of digital and the interface of physical controllers, open source hardware and computers to manipulate and play ‘old school’ analog synthesisers. His work also covers the use of emerging VR/AR technologies in the humanities and the use of machine learning and expert systems (AI) in video game sound.

Key Research Interests

Stephen’s field of research concerns the study of ephemeral digital technologies within the field of music technology, computer-based learning technologies, emergent technologies.

Teaching Interests

Sound studies

Media Practice

Cultural and creative industries

Technological resources for students

Recording and studio skills

Creative music and media technology

Video games

Science communication

Placements and careers

Administrative Posts

Teaching Director AMA

Academic partnerships

Faculty Appeals and Complaints SSF

Faculty Appeals and Complaints HUM

UEA VR user group

Adobe creative campus working group


Areas of Expertise

Digital media

Media technology

Audio production

Video production


Learning technologies


Education/Academic qualification

Award Date: 1 Dec 2019

Master of Education, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Feb 2016

Bachelor of Science, Liverpool John Moores University

Award Date: 1 Apr 1981

External positions

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy