Robert Stillman is a senior lecturer in Commercial Music and Creative Music Technology. His music juxtaposes the archaic with the futuristic, incorporating influences of Folk Americana, Jazz, Minimalism, and experimental electronic music, creating a sound described by the Observer as “lending an avant-garde shimmer to pre-modern American sounds.” Principally a saxophonist, Stillman’s performances have also incorporated an experimental take on the traditional ‘one-man-band’ format that uses a piano and marching-band percussion modified for the feet for performance in real time.
He has performed his own music internationally at diverse venues and festivals including The Stone, Ear (Heart) Music at the Tank, The Vortex (London), Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival (Canterbury), and H&M Highline Festival (curated by David Bowie). He has shared bills with artists such as Hauschka. Deerhoof, Yo La Tengo, and Dirty Projectors.
Stillman has also worked with artists such as Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic), Kit Downes, Grizzly Bear, and Bat For Lashes, has composed music for contemporary ensembles including Aurora Orchestra and Splinter Cell, and has collaborated with visual artists including Mark Garry, Borbonesa, Ben Rowley, and Sarah Magenheimer, contributing to shows at the Berkelely Museum and the Model (Sligo, IR).
Stillman has released 5 albums of his own music on various labels, all of which have received substantial critical praise from publications like Billboard, Uncut, Mojo, and The Observer.
Research and knowledge exchange
Selected projects (please visit www.robertstillman.com for more)
2014-2015 Bog Bodiesby a music project award from the Arts Council of Ireland.
2013-2015 Leap of Death Limited-edition of 50 artists book/LP’s realized in collaboration with letterpress printer Anna Fewster and book artist Sarah Bryant with live performances and exhibitions throughout 2014-15; supported by a Grant for the Arts from the Arts Council of England.
2012 One Man Band Practice-led research website documenting solo multi-instrumental performance practice
2011 New Works for Film Live scores for series of short abstract films.
2010 Station Wagon Interior Perspective Requiem for ragtime guitarist John Fahey, in four movements. US Premiere: Robert Stillman and the Archaic Future Players, The Stone, New York City, January 2010.
Teaching and subject expertise
-Teaching and supervision for BA Commercial Music, BA Creative Music Technology, and Mmus Music. Courses taught include: Popular Music Analysis, Commercial Music in Context, Music in the Media, Sonic Arts in Context, Music Technology, Notation in Practice, Sound Production (MMus), Critical Studies (MMus), Individual tuition in Composition, and Dissertation supervision.
For a full list of recent performances please visit http://www.robertstillman.com/?page_id=314
2013 'Creative Practice as Salvage' Master Class for MA Creative Practice, University of Sussex
2012 ‘The One-Man Band in Composition and Performance’, Leeds International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition
2011 Solo Practice in Performance and Studio Composition, Research Study Day, Canterbury Christ Church University
2008 ‘FLAT and the Domestic Film Soundtrack’, University of Sussex Department of Music Postgraduate Research Day
Publications and research outputs
2014 Leap of Death (Limited edition Vinyl 12" LP+Bookwork/Website: Archaic Future Recordings)
2013 One Man Band (Website)
2012 New Works for Film (Website)
2012 Station Wagon Interior Perspective (Requiem for John Fahey) (Vinyl 10” EP/CD/Download: Archaic Future Recordings/Apohadion Records)
2011 Machine's Song (CD: One Inch Badge Recordings)
2010 Master Box (CD: Archaic Future Recordings)
2008 3 Early Maine Maine Films (CD/DVD: l'animaux tryst field recordings)
2005 Robert Stillman's 'Horses' (CD: Millpond Records)
2002 An Introduction to Kalifactors(CD: Fresh Sound/New Talent Records)