Dr John William Coulter

PhD, BMus (Hons)


Dr John Coulter is a Senior Lecturer, and the Coordinator of Sonic Arts Programmes at the School of Music, University of Auckland. As a teacher working in the Composition Area, he spends much of his time focused on facilitating the needs of the ‘21st-century musician’ – supporting men and women who compose, perform, fabricate, innovate, and make use of technology; who study and research the language of music and sound; and who use their individual and collective heritage as a source of musical inspiration. John is a member of several international organisations that uphold this holistic approach to music making, and has presented both academic papers and creative works in several countries throughout the world including Australia, Canada, China, France, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. John is also the founder and managing trustee of SoundDome Charitable Trust. See www.sounddome.org for further details. 

Research | Current

Dr John Coulter is a specialist in the field of sonic arts composition. His research interests include:

  • Creative process (general)
  • Stereo and multichannel acousmatic music 
  • Live sonic arts
  • Generative music
  • Sonic arts in the field
  • Visual music
  • Interactive installation
  • Innovative forms of popular music

Other fields of expertise include:

  • Recording  
  • Production
  • Post-production

Teaching | Current

Courses currently taught:

  • MUS110 Composition 1  - MUS311 Composition 6 (sonic arts component)
  • MUS215 Electroacoustic Music Studies 1
  • MUS312 Researched Composition Project
  • MUS315 Electroacoustic Music Studies 2
  • MUS710A&B Composition Research Portfolio
  • MUS715A&B Advanced Electroacoustic Music Studies


Postgraduate supervision

Numerous Masters, DMus and PhD students


Major prize winner in Metamorphoses 2016 International Acousmatic Music Composition Competition. 


Senior Lecturer and coordinator of sonic arts specialisation courses.

Areas of expertise

Areas of expertise:

  • Sonic Arts (all sub-disciplines)
  • Recording and production

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Teaching resources committee membership

Health and safety committee membership

Managing Trustee, SoundDome Charitable Trust


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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Contact details

Primary office location

Level 2, Room 213
New Zealand