Paul Bell is a studio composer, DJ and turntable musician. He completed an HND in music production in 2002 then went on to gain a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree, majoring in studio composition and improvisation. He holds a PhD in composition and performance from Newcastle University.
For three years Paul studied DJ practice under the tutelage of Raj Pannu which helped lay foundations for doctoral research into electronic music performance. His research is informed by questions of liveness, live uses of remediated technologies, the tension between body and machine, and the emerging ‘Controllerist’ paradigm.
In 2008 his collaborative creative work gained international recognition through the audiovisual piece Improvisation 1 & 2, which was showcased at the Transmediale Festival for Art and Digital Culture in Berlin and nominated for the Transmediale Award. He has produced and released works on independent net labels, co-authored and published academic papers on creative practice with Leonardo Music Almanac and Fools in Print, and held residencies at Culture Lab Newcastle and STEIM (the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music) in Amsterdam. In September 2008 he helped to establish the Alternative Turntable Music Forum, a collaborative initiative where turntablists can exchange ideas and develop live performance tools.