Mark Hannesson, BMus (Brandon University), MMus (University of Alberta), DMA (University of British Columbia)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Music Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Music Dept
3-59 Fine Arts Building
8807 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2C9



Mark Hannesson is a composer and sound artist who writes instrumental, electronic and mixed works. As well, he is an active performer of live electronic music. Originally from Winnipeg MB, he completed a Bachelor's degree in Music from Brandon University and a Master's degree in Composition at the University of Alberta. He completed a doctorate (DMA) in Composition at the University of British Columbia. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta teaching courses in Composition, Music Technology and Experimental Improvisation. He is a member of the Wandelweiser Collective ( ). Scores are available through Edition Wandelweiser (Germany). He has recorded on Edition Wandelweiser Records (Germany), Cyland Audio Archive (Russia), Modisti (Spain), the CEC (Canada) and BEAMS (Canada).


Selected Works

hidden intensions, exhibited at Exposicion Sonora multicanal: Circuito Electrovisiones, Fonoteca Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico, May 4-29, 2009.

The Safety of Blankets, exhibited at Cyberfest 2012 – Sound Art, curated by Sergey Komarov. St. Petersburg, Russia, November 23-28, 2012.

Method and Madness, Gabe Wong art installation with sound and interactive element by Mark Hannesson. Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada: February 19, 2012-June 16, 2013


Areas of Research & Interest:

Acoustic Composition

Electroacoustic Composition

Human-Computer Interaction

Experimental Improvisation


Visual Representation of Music


Areas of Instruction:


Music Technology

Ensemble Instruction:

 XiMe (Experimental Improvisation Ensemble)


MUSIC 245 - Introduction to Music Technologies

Computer technology with a focus on MIDI, synthesis, and software programs for sequencing, music notation, audio recording and transformation, and music on the Internet. Prerequisites: ability to read music. Registration priority will be given to BMus (all routes), BMus/BEd, BEd Music Major/Minor, BA (Honors) Music Major and BA Music Major students.

MUSIC 445 - Electroacoustic Music

Electroacoustic music techniques, history and repertoire. Prerequisite: consent of department. Registration priority will be given to BMus (all routes), BA (Honors) Music Major, BEd Music Major/Minor, BA Music Major and graduate students in Music.

MUSIC 545 - Interactive Sounds and Systems

Seminar in the design and application of interactive musical systems using media languages such as Max/MSP or equivalent. Prerequisites: Music 445 or equivalent or consent of Department.

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