After composition, musicology has been Hugill's longest standing area of research. The overall focus is mainly on aspects of contemporary composition, electronic and digital music, and includes not just conventional paper publications but also several web-based projects. The best-known of these is The Orchestra: a User's Manual, a website created in 2004 with the Philharmonia Orchestra which still routinely receives around 12,000 unique visits per month.


Hugill, A. (2018) The Digital Musician. 3rd edition. (New York: Routledge) Companion Website.

Book Chapters

Hugill, A. (2017) 'The Origins of Electronic Music'. In The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition) pp. 7-24.

Hugill, A and Amelides, P (2016) 'Audio-only computer games: 'Papa Sangre'.' In: Emmerson, S and Landy, L, eds. Expanding the horizon of electroacoustic music analysis. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 355-375. ISBN 9781107118324

Hugill, A. (2015) 'Percy Grainger: Pioneer of Electronic Music'. In ed. Dreyfus, K. and Robinson, S. Grainger the Modernist. (Farnham: Ashgate) pp. 231-253. ISBN 9781472420220

Hugill, A. (2012) 'Musicianship in the Digital Age'. In Brown, A. ed. Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music. (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing) pp. 52-61.

Hugill, A. (1999) 'Ten years of the Praemium Imperiale: Music' in Adair G., Frampton K., Hugill, A., Lucie-Smith E., Lynton, N. Art of our time . (Tokyo: The Japan Art Association) pp. 210-272, 385-397. Translated into French, German, Italian, and Japanese.

Hugill, A. (1998) 'OuMuPo' in Oulipo Compendium . London: Atlas Press. pp. 328-330.


Hugill, A (2015) 'On style in electroacoustic music.' Organised Sound, 21 (1). pp. 4-14. ISSN 1355-7718

Hugill, A. (2012) 'Towards an analysis of 'Papa Sangre': an audio only game for the iPhone/iPad. OREMA: The Online Repository for Electroacoustic Music Analysis .

Hugill, A. (2005) 'From Online Symphonies to MusiMOO: some creative uses of the internet in music and education' Contemporary Music Review Vol 24, No. 6, pp. 527-540

Hugill, A. (2005) 'Internet Music: An Introduction' Contemporary Music Review Vol 24, No. 6, pp. 429-437

Ayesh, A. & Hugill, A. (2003) Evolutionary Form in a Network Composition: Preliminary Report MAXIS200: Proceedings ,University of Leeds

Graves, A., Hand, C. & Hugill, A. (1999) 'MidiVisualiser: interactive music visualisation using VRML' Organised Sound Vol. 4 No. 1, Cambridge University Press

Graves A., Hand C., & Hugill A., (1997) 'Interactive Visualisation of Musical Form using VRML' Proceedings of the Fourth UK VRSIG Conference R. Bowden (Ed.) Brunel University pp. 98-109. ISBN: 1-8 72166-64-4.

Hugill, A. (1996) 'Mercy: A Vision for New Music' Contemporary Music Review .15(3-4): 115-120.

Hugill Thomson, A. (1989) 'The Apprentice in the Sun: An Introduction to the music of Gavin Bryars' in The Musical Times Vol. CXXX, No. 1762, pp. 724-728

Hugill Thomson, A. (1989) 'A Tale Told: An appreciation of the music of Roger Marsh' in Contact No.35, pp. 3-9

Thomson, A. (1980) 'Music of Association: Mr Gavin Bryars and Irma: an Opera Op. XII by Mr. Thos. Phillips', BA dissertation, University of Keele .


Hugill, A. (2005) MusiMOO: A Multi-User Domain for Musicians (no longer available)

Hugill, A. (2004) The Orchestra: A User's Manual

Hugill, A. et al (2004) The Sound Exchange

Hugill, A. et al (2004) Sound Ideas

Hugill, A. (2004) Random Round
Interactive Flash version of Percy Grainger's composition (takes 15 seconds to load on a decent broadband connection)


Hugill, A. (2017) 'The Occulture (David Cecchetto, Marc Couroux, Ted Hiebert, Eldritch Priest), Ludic Dreaming'. [book review]. Organised Sound, 22(3), 437-438

Hugill, A (2015) 'Boring formless nonsense: experimental music and the aesthetics of failure, by eldritch Priest' [book review]. Tempo , 69: 271.

Hugill, A. (2014) 'Theories de la composition musicale au xxe siecle (2 vols), edited by Nicolas Donin & Laurent Feneyrou'[book review]. Tempo, 68: 105-108.

Hugill, A. (1998) 'Fast Guide to Cubase VST' by Simon Millward' [book review]. Organised Sound , 3(2): 179.


Hugill, A. (2018) ‘Establishing Transdiciplinary Entities in Universities, or: why is it that musicians make the best interdisciplinarians?’, Colloqium Jean-Claude Risset: Interdisciplinarités, Collegium Musicae, Université de Sorbonne, Paris, IRCAM, May 2nd-3rd.

Hugill, A. (2016) Music and the Web. Given at Imagination WWW’P, a co-located conference at the WWW2016 Conference, Montréal, April 12th-15th, 2016, Université de Québec à Montréal.

Hugill, A. (2016) Embodied Intelligence in Music. Given at the EIM-Live symposium, De Montfort University, April 4th.

Hugill, A. (2016) Fictive Materialities: Imaginary Technologies of Music Given at the Algomech conference, Sheffield, November 13th.

Hugill, A. (2012) Towards an analysis of 'Papa Sangre'. Presentation of part of my analysis of 'Papa Sangre', an audio-only game for the iPad/iPhone.

Hugill, A. (2012) Making Music with Computers. Lecture to the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society. Includes performance of 'Pianolith' by Karis Stretton (piano) and preview of 'Secret Garden'

Hugill, A. (2011) Analysing Audio-only Computer Games. Presentation at the first symposium on electroacoustic music analysis, 2011

Hugill, A. (2011) Transliteracy and Music Brief presentation from a symposium on transliteracy, 2007.
Video: Part 1 | Part 2

Hugill, A. (2011) 'Digital Musicianship'. Given at the 7th International Conference on Music since 1900 . Lancaster, July 28-31.

Hugill, A. (2011) Analysing Audio-only Computer Games.  (2011) Given at the first symposium on electroacoustic music analysis.

Hugill, A. (2001) 'Some issues in the creation of music online'. Given at Music Without Walls? Music Without Instruments? De Montfort University

Hugill, A. & Landy, L. (2000) 'De Montfort University: Studio Report'. Given at the International Computer Music Conference ,Berlin, Germany

Hugill, A. (2005) The Futures Here: online music and education . Given at the Incorporated Society of Musicians' Annual Conference

Hugill, A. (2005) Music in an Access Grid Environment: Future Possibilities . Given at the University of Manchester, Department of Computing.

Hugill, A. (2003) Random Thought: Epicurus, Poincare, and the compositional process. Given at a symposium on 'randomness', De Montfort University.

Hugill, A. (2003) Composing with the internet . Given at the University of Brighton, 'Visions' Archive.

Hugill, A. (1999) Schumann's Chamber Music. Given at the Leicester International Music Festival, New Walk Museum.

Hugill, A. (1996) Composing with Computers. Given at the British Computing Society.


Computers, Music and Me. Interview with Ben Jackson on BBC Radio Leicester, 2012.

Can Engelbert win? Interview with Leicester Mercury about Engelbert Humperdinck and the Eurovision Song Contest.

Central TV news report on Engelbert Humperdinck's lack of success, with my comments from 1' 14" onwards.

John Cage. Interview on BBC Radio 3 'Night Waves', 2003.

About 'Pianolith'. Interview with the pianist GeNIA about the piece, 2003.

Music and the Internet. Feature on BBC Radio 3 including an interview and extended excerpts from 'Island Symphony'. Rather dated, but interesting nevertheless regarding ways of incorporating cyberspace in composition, 1996.

Prom Preview: Berio's 'Sinfonia'. Discussion with Judith Weir, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 1994.

Erik Satie - Things Seen to the Right and the Left. BBC2 TV documentary, including interviews with Hugill and excerpts from his arrangement of 'Uspud', 1992.