Richie Hawtin Launches New PhD Scholarship at The University of Huddersfield


Electronics pioneer Richie Hawtin is about to launch a new scholarship program at the University of Huddersfield.

The Richie Houtin PhD Scholarship in Electronic Music, Culture and Production will include personal training from Houtin, who over the past 30 years has shaped the techno music course with his recordings under his Plastikman and F.U.S.E. pseudonyms.

“I hope to share my experience and knowledge in many areas of technoculture that I have participated in over the past 30 years to help students explore the past and inner workings of our industry and offer them a new critical analysis from a modern perspective,” Khotin said.

In 2015, Khotin was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Huddersfield in recognition of the producer’s outstanding contribution to the world of music technology. Since then, Khotin has returned to the University to conduct master classes and individual classes with students.

“It is a great honor for me to continue my relationship with the University of Huddersfield and participate in their doctoral scholarship program,” Khotin added about the new program.

Speaking about the new course, Professor Rupert Till from the Faculty of Music and Design Arts at the University of Huddersfield said: “There are huge research opportunities in this doctoral thesis. It can be anything in music, for example, electronic music, dance music, club music, DJ culture, or even composition or analysis.”

He continued: “Richie has created his own labels; technology companies; an investment fund; a brand of sake; has a residence in Ibiza; and has written many genre-defining albums. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of his knowledge and experience.”

Applications for the scholarship will be accepted on February 10, and the start date is indicated in pencil in September 2023. Get more information here and find out how to apply here.

“The winner will be chosen by the university and me, all fees for obtaining a doctorate will be canceled, and I will also offer assistance in studying during the scholarship,” Khotin said.

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