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I am a senior lecturer in music at Kingston/KSA. In addition to lecturing & research student supervision, I serve as Project Lead for the Visconti Studio, which I helped to establish in 2016. I organise and host events, professional sessions and research projects in the studio, including the annual Winterschool.
I founded and manage the Kingston University Stylophone Orchestra, the only ensemble of its kind in the world. The group is sponsored by British instrument manufacturer Dubreq, and made up of Kingston University staff, students, alumni and members of the local community and is part of Kingston's PACE research group (Performing Arts Community Engagement). Our debut album Stylophonika was released in early 2022 on Spun Out of Control records.
I create 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. My first monograph Blackstar Theory: The Last Works of David Bowie was published by Bloomsbury Academic in early 2022. I write regularly for the The Wire magazine.
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.
Kardos, Leah (2018) Making room for 21st century musicianship in higher education. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 17(1), pp. 1-14. ISSN (online) 1545-4517
Kardos, Leah [Reviewer] (2017) Book Review of: 'Playing with something that runs : technology, improvisation, and composition in DJ and laptop performance' by Mark J. Butler. The World of Music (new series), 6((2017) 2), pp. 157-159. ISSN (online) 0043-8774
Kardos, Leah (2017) Bowie musicology : mapping Bowie's sound and music language across the catalogue. Continuum : Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 31(4), pp. 552-563. ISSN (print) 1030-4312
Kardos, Leah (2012) How music technology can make sound and music worlds accessible to student composers in Further Education colleges. British Journal of Music Education, 29(2), pp. 143-151. ISSN (print) 0265-0517
Kardos, Leah (2017) The curious musician. In: Ruthmann, S. Alex and Mantie, Roger, (eds.) The Oxford handbook of technology and music education. Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press. pp. 317-322. (Oxford Handbooks) ISBN 9780199372133
Kardos, Leah (2015) Activating Digital Creativities in Higher Music Education. In: Burnard, Pamela and Haddon, Elizabeth, (eds.) Activating Diverse Musical Creativities: Teaching and Learning in Higher Music Education. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 223-240. ISBN 9781472589118
Kardos, Leah (2015) Can you hear me? Analysing the recurring sonic and musical gestures in David Bowie’s recorded works. In: The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie; 17-18 Jul 2015, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)
Kardos, Leah (2015) You can’t hide beat : a collection of David Bowie cover versions created using samples from his own famous recordings. In: The Stardom and Celebrity of David Bowie; 17-18 Jul 2015, Melbourne, Australia. (Unpublished)
Kardos, Leah (2015) The sonic vernacular : considering communicative timbral gestures in modern music production. In: 138th Audio Engineering Society Convention; 07 - 10 May 2015, Warsaw, Poland.
Kardos, Leah (2013) The invented identities and multiple creativities of David Bowie. In: Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars; 08 Nov 2013, Cambridge, U.K.. (Unpublished)
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.