John Shirley

John Shirley, Music, Sound Recording Technology

John Shirley, Music, Sound Recording Technology

Chair, Professor
Durgin Hall 314


Sound recording technology, music theory, electronic ensemble

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Music Composition, specializing in music technology, University of Chicago


Professor Shirley joined the UMass Lowell staff in 1998.  In addition to his work as a teacher, John is a recording engineer, studio owner, composer, record producer, software designer and author.  He is a contributing editor for Recording Magazine and has a bi-monthly web column for beginners entitled "The Compleat Recording Musician" on its website at: His book, The Savvy Studio Owner, is available from Backbeat Books.  A CD dedicated to John's original experimental compositions is available on the C74 label at

In 2002 he started the University's Contemporary Electronic Ensemble, which he currently directs.