Will Crosby

Associate Lecturer
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Creative Industries
Areas of Expertise:
Electronic music , Fine art , Music
Research Supervision:

William is an artist and associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, teaching across various music and sound-based pathways. He is also a postgraduate research student at Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP) at University of the Arts: London College of Communication, where his research explores possible sonic knowledges, as a posthuman interrogation of ecological crisis.

Email: [email protected]


William is a Cambridge-based artist, musician, teacher, and student, who previously completed his BA (Hons) Music and PG(Cert) Teaching and Learning at Anglia Ruskin University, and is currently studying MA Sound Arts at University of the Arts, London: London College of Communication. His artistic practice incorporates sound works, film, performance, text, installation, and dissent, and thematically considers ecologies in their various forms, from the micro-ecologies of day-to-day interactions and archives, to posthuman sound practice and larger issues around climate crisis.

Research interests
  • experimental sound arts
  • sonic ecologies
  • non-aesthetic ecological sound studies
  • posthuman and new materialist listening practices
  • radical pedagogies, experimental learning, transdisciplinary collaborative teaching
  • contemporary music

Will currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Electronic Music History
  • Cultures of Electronic Music
  • Music in Education
  • Music for the Moving Image
  • Creativity & Technology
  • Live Music Performance Practice
  • Music Performance Studies
  • Installation Practice (guest)
  • MA Sound Arts | University of the Arts, London: London College of Communication<
  • FHEA | Fellowship – Higher Education Academy
  • PG Cert: Teaching and Learning (Higher Education) | Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • BA (Hons) Music | Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • £4000 from Anglia Ruskin University as part of the Undergraduate Researcher Scheme and Musicology Research Assistant position.
  • Multiple instances of funding from, or involving in projects funded by, Arts Council England, Anglia Ruskin Arts Council, Tate Group, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, The British Institute for the Study of Iraq, and Serpentine Gallery.
Selected recent publications

May 2018: The Ruskin Songbook, edited by Paul Jackson, featuring original composition, not flowers, but gladdened leaves. Published by Ruskin Arts Publications.

Recent exhibitions and performances

July 2019. Nollendorfplatz, Berlin: Public exhibition of new sound installation work, a room in a room is a world sharing air, at Nollendorfplatz Metro station, Berlin.

February - November 2019. online & various venues, Cambridge/London: a glazed apocalypse: Original soundtrack for a short film, documenting the recent work and artistic process of photographer/artist, David McLean.

January - June 2019. Anglia Recital Hall, Cambridge: Public performance of ApHoRiSmS, David Ryan’s new collaborative performance piece for singer, speakers, instrumentalists, movement, and video. Preceded by a series of workshops and led rehearsals.

October 2018 | Zion Baptist Church Crypt, Cambridge: WHAILES, sound installation piece for Kelcy Davenport’s The Archive and the Contested Landscape exhibition, as part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

May 2018. Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge: Premiere of new work, temporary arrangements - ii: approaching consideration, for solo guitar.

May 2018. The British Institute of Florence, Italy: Performance of David Ryan’s experimental, multi-media opera, Fragments after Lucretius and Negri, with Recitativo/ Clouds & Noise ensemble.

May 2018. Various venues, Anglia Ruskin Campus, and surrounding area, Cambridge: Musical Director of, and performer in, the Ensemble of the Moving Image; this event presented a 6 hour performance of original new music following curated workshops with students.

April 2018. Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston, London: Performance as part of Cally Spooner’s Stanley Picker curatorship, OFFSHORE.

March 2018 | Zion Baptist Church, Cambridge: Assistant Artistic Director and Ensemble Leader of Anglia Sinfonia, for a multi-media installation production of Gavin Bryars’ Sinking of the Titanic.

January 2018. University of Greenwich, London: Performance of David Ryan’s experimental, multi-media opera, Fragments after Lucretius and Negri, with Recitativo/ Clouds & Noise ensemble as part of Granular: Material Properties of Noise exhibition.

January 2018. Museum of Zoology, Cambridge: Climate Hack 2018, a short artists’ residency across University of Cambridge Museums, to produce prototype artworks for permanent installation

November 2017. Museum of Zoology, Cambridge: Solo artist residency as part of the Cambridge Jazz Festival and Museum of Zoology’s re-opening events. Produced, WHAILES, a long-form sound installation around oceanic sonic interference and its impact on aquatic biodiversity.

May 2017 | Central St Martins, London: Performance of works by Earle Brown, for Cally Spooner’s A Social Body Event.