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The first-ever recipient of Richie Hawtin’s PhD scholarship has been announced

Pierre Griscelli will receive support for his research proposal titled “THRiPPS: Techno Hardware-centric, Real-time, Improvisation, Performance, and Production Solution”

  • Amira Waworuntu
  • 29 September 2023
The first-ever recipient of Richie Hawtin’s PhD scholarship has been announced

The University of Huddersfield introduced the Richie Hawtin PhD Scholarship in Electronic Music, Cultures, and Production earlier this year, reflecting the techno aficionado’s dedication to music education and a lifelong commitment to nurturing the electronic music scene.

On Wednesday, 27 September, it was announced that the winner of the scholarship is a talented electronic performer, sound designer, and producer named Pierre Griscelli.

Starting this month, Pierre will receive guidance from the university's internationally acclaimed faculty, including invaluable tutorial support from Richie Hawtin himself.

His research aims to delve into the creative and technical aspects of using hardware synthesizers in techno music production. It will also touch on the distinct intersection of music production and performance.

Expressing his honour to have been entrusted with the scholarship, Pierre also mentions how he acknowledges the substantial responsibility that comes with it.

"It involves striking a harmonious balance between art, technology, social dynamics and academia, guided by the mentorship of Richie Hawtin. These facets are interconnected and require careful navigation that I am proud to explore in my research titled THRiPPS: Techno Hardware-centric, Real-time, Improvisation, Performance, and Production Solution," Pierre explains.

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Commemorating this significant milestone, Richie has planned a live onstage discussion with Pierre, moderated by Professor Rupert Till, a leading figure in the university's Department of Music and Design Arts.

Titled ‘Richie Hawtin In Conversation’, the free event will take place on Tuesday, October 17 at the University of Huddersfield.

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Speaking about the scholarship, Richie says: “My hope is to offer my experience and insight into the many areas of Techno culture which I’ve been involved in over the past thirty years. To assist in a student's exploration of the past and inner workings of our industry and help them offer new critical analysis from a contemporary perspective.”

Over the years, the British-Canadian artist has shared his expertise through masterclasses and one-to-one sessions with students at the University of Huddersfield, offering valuable insights into the inner workings of the music industry.

Amira Waworuntu is Mixmag Asia’s Managing Editor, follow her on Instagram.

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