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. Such experiments led him to study music and technology at the Leeds College of Music (LCM) and The University of Leeds, where he was introduced to computer music by Dale Jonathan Perkins. After graduating with a university prize for outstanding achievement, Adam decided to focus all of his attention upon music composition, and continued his education at City University, London, where he completed a PhD in electroacoustic composition under the supervision of Professor Denis Smalley.
Adam’s musical compositions have won multiple 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), Mise En Place (USA), and Bowling Green (USA). During the summer of 2018, Adam shall be resident composer at University of Sydney (Australia).
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).
Adam is regularly invited to talk about electronic music, and has given lectures and presentations at many world-leading universities and conservatoires, including Harvard University, The University of Oxford, New England Conservatory, Swedish Royal College of Music, Conservatorium van Amsterdam and, in the near future, The Sydney Conservatorium. As with his numerous journal articles and book chapters, his talks often address compositional methods and aesthetic preoccupations, analytical approaches to electronic music, the nature of performance interpretation and authenticity, the nature of digitised music, and reflections on the many philosophical quandaries that electronic music seems to produce.
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 was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences between 2015 and 2018. Adam has lectured at various institutions, and is currently Senior Lecturer at The University of Sheffield, UK, where he directs the MA Composition, the MA Sonic Arts, and supervises a range of PhD students.