Adam started making electronic music some twenty years ago. Initially, he experimented by recording and transforming sounds using various tape machines and a four-track mini-disc recorder. He went on to study music and technology at the Leeds College of Music (LCM) and The University of Leeds, where he was introduced to computer composition by Dale Jonathan Perkins. In little time, Adam’s music was being performed both nationally and internationally, and he graduated with a first-class degree and a university prize for outstanding achievement.
Adam continued his education at City University, London, enrolling on a PhD programme under the supervision of Professor Denis Smalley. His first piece won the prestigious Residency Prize at the Bourges International Competition (France), and Adam completed his first studio residency at the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique shortly after. His second piece was equally successful, winning First Prize in the Metamorphoses Competition (Belgium), and a residency at the studios of Musique et Recherches. The pattern continued, and Adam completed his PhD with a clutch of international awards and residencies.
To date, Adam’s compositions have won prizes, residencies and mentions around the world, including: IMEB (France); Metamophoses (Belgium); Destellos (Argentina); Contemporanea (Italy); SYNC (Russia); Musica Viva (Portugal); Musica Nova (Czech Republic); KEAR (USA). Further to this, Adam has worked in studios at the IMEB (France); Musiques et Recherches (Belgium); VICC (Sweden); EMS (Sweden); LCM (UK); CMMAS (Mexico); Holst House (UK), and he is currently scheduled to compose at Bowling Green (USA), University of Sydney (Australia), Mise En Place (USA), and ArteFacto Sonoro (Ecuador) in 2018.
Adam’s music has been performed in over 400 festivals and concerts around the world, including many of the most significant contemporary music events (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; International Computer Music Conference; International Society for Contemporary Music; among many others). Beyond this, he has featured in wide range of popular music contexts, from performances at the Glastonbury Festival to appearances on the BBC, and has represented the United Kingdom at two major international events contemporary music festivals. Many of his pieces have been published, with works now available on 11 different labels (Elektramusic; Taukey; Sargasso; ICMA, among others).
Although an advocate of creative practice as research, Adam regularly speaks about electronic music, and has written numerous journal articles and book chapters; these consider compositional methods, analytical approaches to electronic music, the nature of performance interpretation and authenticity, the nature of digitised music, and various philosophical issues that electronic music seems to produce. He is regularly invited to give talks and presentations on a range of topics relating to electronic music practices.
In 2016, Adam co-founded the British ElectroAcoustic Network (BEAN), alongside James Andean, with the intention of representing British electroacoustic music overseas. The network was subsequently affiliated with the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (CIME). Adam is currently a director of the Composer’s Desktop Project (CDP), and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Adam is currently Senior Lecturer at The University of Sheffield, UK, where he directs the MA Composition and MA Sonic Arts. He supervises a range of PhD projects relating to electronic music.