Senior Lecturer in Music

Sam Murray is a guitarist, composer, music director and educator with over 25 years experience in the music industry.  

Prior to working at Falmouth University, Sam worked as a professional musician, freelance guitarist for hire, and music educator. This included recording numerous studio sessions across multiple genres for a variety of artists and performing live professionally at venues across the country, including London’s Jazz Cafe, Cardiff’s International Arena, and Silverstone.

Sam’s research interests focus on live performance and collective music making and he has delivered papers on these topics at conferences both nationally and internationally. He is particularly interested in the intersections between the arts and the sciences in relation to the field of performance. 

Sam is a Neural DSP artist and uses their Quad Cortex amp modeller and plug ins.


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Contact details



Year Qualification Awarding body
2014 BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology Falmouth University

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

  • Advanced Guitar Techniques
  • Session Musicianship
  • Ensemble Leadership
  • Performance Science
  • Forensic Musicology
  • Virtuosity
  • Music and Mathematics
  • Idiomatic Organisation
  • Graphic Notation
  • Composing for Film, TV and Games

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Rofe, Michael

    (2017), Online Orchestra - Connecting Remote Communities through Music, In: Journal of Music, Technology and Education, Intellect Ltd, UK, 10 (2-3), pp. 147-166, ISSN: 17527066, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Prior, David, Reeder, Philip, Rofe, Michael, Biscoe, Ian and Murray, Samuel

    (2017), Designing a System for Online Orchestra - Peripheral Equipment, In: Journal of Music, Technology and Education, Intellect Ltd, UK, 10 (2-3), pp. 197-212, ISSN: 17527066
  • Murray, Samuel J

    (2022), Morello and Mimesis: Genre Signifiers and Political Commentary. In: 13TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM “MUSIC IN SOCIETY”, In: 7th-10th December 2022, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Item availability may be restricted.
  • Murray, Samuel J

    (2022), Conjuring Sound: Mimesis and Guitar Virtuosity. In: Psychology and Music – Interdisciplinary Encounters, In: October 26th-29th 2022, Belgrade, Serbia. Item availability may be restricted.
  • Murray, Samuel J

    (2022), Layers of Virtuosity: Guitar Performance in Walter Hill’s Crossroads (1986). In: The Biennial Baltic Musicological Conference Music and Visual Culture: Score, Stage & Screen, In: 6-8 October 2022, Vilnius, Lithuania. Item availability may be restricted.
  • Rofe, Michael

    (2016), Online Orchestra Scalability Study, In: Online Orchestra Scalability Study, 10/11/2016, BSO, Poole, & Jewell Academy, Bournemouth, (Unpublished)
  • Murray, Samuel J

    (2016), Paganini and the guitar: tracing instrumental idioms in the 24 caprices for violin, In: Royal Musical Association Research Students’ Conference 2016, 6-8 January 2016, Bangor University, (Unpublished)
  • Rofe, Michael

    Reeder, Philip, Murray, Samuel, Parker, Will, Geelhoed, Erik and Biscoe, Ian, (2015), Online Orchestra


Courses taught

  • BA(Hons) Music
  • BA(Hons) Popular Music
  • BA(Hons) Creative Music Technology