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Sean  Albiez

Dr Sean Albiez PhD, MA, BA (Hons), PGCE

Senior Lecturer

School of Media Arts and Technology

023 8201 3815 ext. 3815 Room no. JM228


Sean is a senior lecturer in popular music here at Southampton Solent University. He has been an active musician since the mid-1980s and was involved in several musical projects while studying in Leeds. Until 1992 he was a member of the Leeds based ‘industrial-electro’ band WMTID. WMTID released several singles and albums on Rouska, Concrete and D.O.R. records with Sean undertaking guitar, bass, keyboards and programming duties. During this time he also worked at Strawberry Studios and Yellow Two Studios in Stockport, Cheshire as an assistant engineer.  

In 1991 Sean moved into lecturing full-time in popular music studies, music technology and audio production, and media and cultural studies. He joined Southampton Solent University from the University of Plymouth in 2004 and headed up the development of the innovative popular music department at Southampton Solent. His theory/practice PhD research, titled ‘Sounds of Future Past: the Poetics of Electronica’, examined the production of electronica and its creative and cultural contexts.

Sean is co-editor of the books 'Kraftwerk: Music Non Stop' [Continuum, 2011] and 'Brian Eno: Oblique Music' [Bloomsbury, 2016] and has written a number of book chapters and journal articles on Sex Pistols, John Lydon and PiL, German popular music and Krautrock, French electronic music, Madonna, early Detroit Techno. He has also contributed entries to Bloomsbury's 'Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World' including Avant Pop, Bleep, Chillout, Dubstep, EBM, Glitch, Hauntology, Hi-NRG, Techno, Trance and Synthpop. He has also written entries for The Grove Dictionary of American Music on Television, Kraftwerk, The Police and Jonathan Richman.

More details of Sean's writing and music production work are available at

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