Staff Profile

  • Michael W. Bell is an award-winning film music composer, ambient sound designer, sound engineer, producer, lecturer, and PhD student at the University of Northampton.

    He has 12 releases in his discography and has composed music and designed sound for a number of films, documentaries, trailers, animations and commercials; his music can also be heard in TV productions worldwide. In addition to his own music endeavours, Michael has produced, provided additional music, released, and managed records for several independent artists. 

    Find out more on his website


  • Michael teaches both Popular Music and Music Production students here at UON. While specialising in Music Production (with a particular leaning towards music and sound within the media industries); his industry experience has also proved invaluable when supporting students through industry-relevant modules.

    Module Leader:

    • MUS1143 – DAW1: Implementation
    • MUS1144 – DAW1: Creation
    • MUS2141 – The Creative Practitioner
    • MUS2146 – Contemporary Music Production Arrangement
    • MUS2149 – Soundtracks for Games and Apps
    • MUS3141 – Sound Design and Music in the Games and Apps Industry
  • Michael is currently in the process of undertaking his PhD, the study is entitled “Experiential Soundtracks: A Creative, Programmatic Approach Utilising Contemporary Spatial and Multichannel Audio Technologies (CS-MAT)”. This research seeks to explore the creative use of such technologies to articulate theories around the application of sound-objects within contemporary meta-based audio technologies, such as Dolby Atoms. To active this, a portfolio of works is to be compiled alongside a supporting critical commentary on the application of the various creative, compositional, and technical findings uncovered through practice-led research in the field of CS-MAT.

    Supervisory Team:

    • Director of Studies: Dr Drew Gray.
    • 1st Supervisor: Dr Stace Constantinou.
    • 2nd Supervisor: Dr Anastasios Bakaoukas