Staff profile

staff list  BackMr Robert Stillman

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer
  • Dept: Music & Performing Arts
  • Tel: 01843 609170
  • Campus: Broadstairs
Robert Stillman is a composer and multi-instrumentalist whose work exists at the intersection of Song, Sonic Arts, and History. His music reflects an interest in juxtaposing the archaic with the futuristic, and the mechanical with the human, drawing influences from folk Americana, jazz, and popular song, as well as experimental electronic music.   

Originally a saxophonist, Stillman has expanded his performance methods to include a sophisticated take on the traditional ‘one-man-band’ format, using a piano and marching-band percussion modified for the feet in real time with no use of ‘looper-pedals’ He has toured internationally in this way since 2001, sharing bills with acts including Black Dice, Deerhoof, Yo La Tengo, and Dirty Projectors. He has also expanded this set-up to include a small ensemble of winds and percussion; compositions for this group have included 'Station Wagon Interior Perspective', a requiem for the late ragtime guitarist John Fahey premiered at The Stone in New York City, and ‘New Works for Film 2011’, premiered as part of the ‘Ear (Heart) Music Contemporary Music series. He has also composed music for international ensembles such as the Aurora Orchestra and Splinter Cell, and has performed at festivals internationally, including H&M High Line Festival (curated by David Bowie), The Bleeding Edge Festival, Le Placard Festival, the Barcelona International Jazz Festival, and Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival. 

He has released one DVD and three music recordings, the most recent of which, ‘Machine’s Song’ (One Inch Badge Records), was praised by the Observer as ‘lending an avant-garde shimmer to pre-modern American sounds.” In 2008 Stillman established his own record label, Archaic Future, which specializes in limited-edition music and bookworks. 

Stillman holds degrees from Tufts University and New England Conservatory, as well as an MA in Studio Composition from Sussex University. His teachers have included George Garzone, Danilo Perez, George Russell, Sam Hayden, and Ed Hughes.  

Courses taught: Commercial Music in Context; Popular Music Analysis; Music in the Media; Music Technology I and II; Sonic Arts in Context.