Mr Hussein Boon

Mr Hussein Boon

Performer, Songwriter, Musician, Modular Synthesist, Composer, Producer, Music Educator, Music Business and Programming.

Hussein is a multi instrumentalist, composer and music educator with a diverse range of recording, production and performance experiences as well as education experience spanning pre-school to post graduate in the UK and abroad.  He has taught at a number of distinguished institutions including Goldsmiths, IOE, City Lit, UOW and organisations such as Prince’s Trust, Community Music, Rockschool, the music and arts services for Harrow, Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing and Westminster and project managed special projects for Arts Council of England, BBC R2, Somerset House and Quintin Hogg Trust.

As a session musician he has worked for a diverse range of artists including Beats International, Freak Power, Norman Cook, Ephraim Lewis. Karen Ramirez, Billy Ocean, Charles and Eddie, Eusebe, DeLa Soul, Elisha LaVerne, Alex Parks, Alistair McGriffin. As a member of the seminal UK P-Funk outfit Microgroove as well early career hip hop artists, places him as a key component in areas of cross-cultural development of British Music within academia. He has been a musical director for special events for Princes’ Trust. Companies he has worked for include Universal, Polydor, Warners, AVEX, Sanctuary, Sony, BBC TV, CITV, C4 and BFI.

As a writer his material has been featured in films and tv and songs signed to some of the largest publishers including AVEX and Sony. He was also instrumental in establishing the Rockschool format of popular music exams contributing large numbers of pieces performed by guitar, bass and drums students around the world!

His writing has moved into the realms of video and he regularly posts YouTube videos covering his music technology and musicianship interests. As a side note, Hussein has also published videos to support academic staff when ensuring their documents are compliant with accessibility requirements when using tools such as Blackboard Ally.

He is an independent artist running his own record label, Brown Baby Records and self releases and arranges distribution and sales of his own material releasing a new piece every month. The material varies from Jazz to Electronic to House music and he has been known to complete occasional remixes for students.

He is the organiser of the London Ableton Live User Group which meets monthly to discuss the use of Live as a performance, writing and production tool as well as a tool for stretching the boundaries of the creative application of music technology going beyond the traditional norm of what is capable within a traditional DAW based environment. It is within the Live environment where he is able to demonstrate unusual and interesting applications of audio processing to generate and auto-generate complex material. 

He is a member of the Harrow Music and Arts Music Hub representing the University and HE sector, he is a panel member for External Relations EDIMS (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music Studies) for the organisation Music HE and an active member of the University's Diversity and Inclusion research community. 

My research covers the following areas of interest.

1. Modular synthesis and music technology

2. Improvisation applied to discipline specific areas of composition, songwriting and  performance including computer mediated approaches

3. Higher Education in areas of concern for Digital Competency, Ethnicity, EDI, technologies. business and pedagogy.

4. Artificial Intelligence and its use in Music as assistant and as creator.

  • Black Music Research Unit

In brief

Research areas

Modular synthesis, Music Technology, Songwriting, Production, Improvisation, Performance, Music Business, Entrepreneurship, Artificial Intelligence and Live Coding