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School of Arts and Media

Phil Brissenden

Lecturer in Music


Phil Brissenden began as a pianist and composer. He is now a multi-instrumentalist and focuses on musical instrument design. His Phd project is a patented invention, integrating a reverse action keyboard with a zither interface, called the reverse action piano harp

The official website for this instrument is:

Recordings demonstrating the instrument playing music from various genres are to be found at:


Composition, Studio Composition, Music Technology and Studio Production, Acoustics

Research Interests

Musical Instrument Design. Evolutionary origins of pitch sense and tunin.

Qualifications and Memberships

MA Music – Composition. University of Durham