Prof Kevin Jones

Position: Emeritus Professor
School: Honorary
Extension: 0
Location: Unknown


Composer, researcher, teacher and performer (pianist, accompanist, conductor,organist) with a special interest in music in interdisciplinary contexts, particularly in relation to science and mathematics, taking in contemporary and historical, western and non-western perspectives. Much of his composition and research relates music to natural forms such as landscape, star patterns and geological phenomena. He also has a keen interest in musical codes and cryptography, particularly in relation to the music of Elgar. Widely published and performed, he regularly contributes to radio and TV programmes.

Educational and professional qualifications

1980 PhD Music , City University, London
1978 MPhil Computer Science , University of Aston in Birmingham
1973 BA Music/Mathematics , York University


Royal Society COPUS funding: 'Singing Maps' collaborative project with Prof Nick Petford & Dr Doreen Boyd (Earth Sciences)
Result: 8497

Research outputs

Number of items: 23.


Jones, Kevin (2007) The Dorabella code. BBC Proms website,

Jones, Kevin (2007) Elgar on Radio 3: The Starlight Express (1915). BBC Radio 3 website,

Jones, Kevin (2007) Variations on an Enigma. BBC Proms website,

Jones, Kevin (2007) A hidden world of musical codes. BBC Proms website,

Jones, Kevin (2004) Breaking Elgar's enigmatic code. New Scientist, 104(2479/80), ISSN (print) 0262-4079

Jones, Kevin (2003) Elegiac air honours more than lost lives. Times Educational Supplement, ISSN (print) 0040-7887

Jones, Kevin (1996) The cosmic keyboard: tuning the calendar. Contemporary Music Review, 14(1 & 2), pp. 39-58. ISSN (print) 0749-4467

Book Section

Jones, Kevin (1999) Splitting cells, virtual sculptures and a system for carving up musical space. In: Lasker, George E. and Rhodes, James, (eds.) Systems research in arts: Musicology. Windsor, Ontario, Canada : International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics. pp. 20-25. ISBN 0921836961


Jones, Kevin [Composer] (2008) Cantus de Stellis. (orchestral work with chorus). (Unpublished)

Jones, Kevin [Composer] (2003) Polkadotycat. (Music). (Unpublished)

Jones, Kevin [Composer] (2001) The Yellow Bell. (Music).

Jones, Kevin [Composer] (1998) Passing the summer at the thatched hall of the inkwell. (Score).

Jones, Kevin [Composer] (1995) For peace is in the threem of a pair. (Score (piano)).

Conference or Workshop Item

Jones, Kevin (2009) Bach and the magic of numbers. In: Bach discovery day; 30 May 2009, Birmingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jones, Kevin [Speaker] (2008) Counting music. In: Counting music; 24 Apr 2008, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jones, Kevin (2006) The songs of rocks, rivers and stars: systems for mapping spatial and time-series data into musical sound. In: Music, environmental design, and the choreography of space; 7-12 Aug 2006, Baden-Baden, Germany. (Unpublished)

Jones, Kevin (2005) The aeolian harp, the "dark saying" and the subject of Elgar's 13th enigma variation. In: Elgar Conference; 01-03 Jul 2005, Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K.. (Submitted)

Jones, Kevin and Wong, Kathleen (2005) A comparison of the musical and scientific thinking of Xenakis with that of ancient China: the architecture of scales and the notion of Lu. In: International Symposium Iannis Xenakis; 18 - 20 May 2005, Athens, Greece. ISBN 9602144440

Jones, Kevin (2002) The music of numbers, keyboards and calendars. In: The music of numbers, keyboards and calendars; 03 May 2002, Derby, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Jones, Kevin (2001) The cave and the tree: clues to the music of Japan? In: Japanese music today and tomorrow; 27 Oct 2001, Brighton, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Moving Image/Broadcast

Jones, Kevin [Interviewee] (2007) Proms interval interview. (TV programme).

Performance/Live Event

Jones, Kevin [Composer] (2007) The Antarctic sonata: music inspired by Antarctic research. Music inspired by Antarctic research. 11 Sep 2007, London, U.K.

Sound Recording

Mancke, Carol [Artist] and Jones, Kevin [Performer] (2009) Toge time/pass time. (Sound installation). Echigo Tsumari Art Triennia 2009. Time chime and ring tone.

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