This is the website of Dr Samuel Wilson, Lecturer in Contextual Studies at London Contemporary Dance School and Tutor in Music, Philosophy, and Aesthetics at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Additionally, I undertake research independantly.
I can be contacted at s.wilson [at] gsmd.ac.uk
I am the author of New Music and the Crises of Materiality: Sounding Bodies and Objects in Late Modernity (Routledge, 2021), an exploration of musical material, materialist theory, and contemporary art music.
I edited Music—Psychoanalysis—Musicology (Routledge, 2018), which develops psychoanalytic approaches to musicology and music analysis.
I also coedited (with Isabella van Elferen and Matthew Sergeant) a special issue of Contemporary Music Review, on ‘Musical Materialisms.’
In these publications, and in book chapters and journal articles, I explore 20th-century and contemporary art music and sound art, doing so through critical theory and philosophy. In particular, my work navigates themes of materiality, subjectivity, and temporality.
I teach at two conservatoires. At London Contemporary Dance School (at The Place), my teaching is interdisciplinary, focusing primarily on theoretical and philosophical approaches to the arts in general, and dance’s place within this context. I am an undergraduate year coordinator and undertake administrative resposibilities, such as chairing the Research Ethics Committee.
At Guildhall School of Music and Drama, I teach philosophy and music aesthetics across undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am also a doctoral supervisor.