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Research Profile

  • Dr Jonathan Crossley is lecturer in popular music on the Popular Music BA (Hons) programme. He is a versatile musician, performer, educator, and composer with a specialised interest in contemporary musical cultures and technologies. 

    His musical practice ranges from classical guitar to improvisation and jazz through to electronic music and experimentation. His outputs have included albums such as the acoustic album ‘Dreams of Skilia’ (2001), chamber jazz album ‘My Friends and I’ (2004), to the rock/funk albums ‘Funk for the Shaolin Monk’ (2007) and ‘Got Funk Will Travel’ (2009). 

    The experimental album ‘What if the Machines Spoke Back to You’ (2011/2018) was the beginning of the series now titled son0_morph. A number of previous albums have explored these technologies such as ‘The Settlement’ (2017), Blipz (2018) ‘Deep Spacer – 433 Eros’.

    He has relentlessly pursued innovation in not only the use of the guitar and technological systems, but in the application of these technologies in recording and improvisational practices. His PhD research led to the development of an extended guitar system or hyper-instrument, the Cyber-Guitar, which extended the capacities of the traditional electric guitar beyond the use of the hands, encompassing the joints of the upper body using a mechanical exoskeleton.

  • Jonathan Crossley teaches Cultural Theory, Performance with Technology, and Performance 2 & 3.

  • Jonathan Crossley’s research focus explores how digital ecologies mediate genre fluidity within poly-genre improvisatory contexts. His most recent (2021) releases are a zero-point in 10 years’ worth of performance and research: starting from PhD research into hyper-instruments, to designing immersive technologies compelling improvisational interactions and dialogue – delving into a sonic morphology of future expression.

    For further details, see his Orchi ID, son0_morph website, and Spotify.