I am a senior lecturer in the music department at Kingston. In addition to lecturing & research student supervision, I serve as Project Lead for the Visconti Studio, which I helped to establish in 2017. I also founded and manage the Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra, the only ensemble of its kind in the world.
I compose/perform/produce music, commercially and for/as research. I'm interested in the communicative arts of record production, popular and contemporary music aesthetics and criticism, and exploring inclusive interdisciplinary approaches to creative practice.
I release and publish my music with Bigo & Twigetti and UPPM. I am currently writing a monograph for Bloomsbury about David Bowie's late work, and I also contribute regular music criticism for The Wire.
Senior Lecturer in Music
I am interested in interdisciplinary creative practice, music technologies, studio craft and any music research where the recording is treated as the primary text. I also enjoy creative practice research and exploring related ways of making music creation, education, and discourse inclusive and accessible to people from various backgrounds regardless of experience or privilege.
from Bird Rib (2020)
Isabella and Leah talk about analogue studios, sounds, and heritage with producers Tony Visconti and Chris Kimsey, recording engineer Andy Cook (British Grove Studios), producer Martin Terefe (Eastcote and Kensaltown Studios) and engineer George Murphy (Eastcote Studios).
The Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra, performing an arrangement of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity'. Arranged by Leah Kardos. Produced by Tony Visconti. Recorded at Visconti Studio, Kingston, September 2019.