I am a PhD student at Leeds Beckett University and I also teach at that university as a part-time lecturer on different modules as part of music production course. I come from a computer science and engineering and historical musicology background.

My research currently focuses on the genealogy of death/doom metal music networks in northern England. I have previously worked on John Dowland's religious oeuvre and Elizabethan social structures in 17th century; and I have also written a dissertation on the ideas of death and suicide in depressive suicidal black metal music.

I am an editorial assistant of Metal Music Studies journal. I co-edit the book and media review sections in the journal. If you would like to review any material for the journal, please contact me. I am also the Communications Officer of International Society for Metal Music Studies.

I am an amateur photographer and I try to take concert photographs as well as landscape and portraits. See my gallery for a selection of my photographs.

Academic Positions

  • 2016-PresentPart-time Lecturer

    School of Film, Music, and Performing Arts
    Leeds Beckett University, UK

  • 2016Research Assistant

    School of Sport and Leisure
    Leeds Beckett University, UK

  • 2012-2013Library Assistant

    Dr Erol Ucer Music Library
    Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Selected Publications and Talks

Here are a few of my publications and talks. Please visit my Humanities Commons profile for a more comprehensive list and open access versions.

List of Publications and Talks

‘Delightfully depressing’: Death/doom metal music world and the emotional responses of the fan

Metal Music Studies 3 (2)
Yavuz, M Selim.
Publisher's website

‘The Raven and the Rose’: Tradition and Death/Doom Metal Music

Presented at British Forum for Ethnomusicology 2017, University of Sheffield 21 April 2017
Yavuz, M Selim.
Humanity Commons Open Access copy

‘Humörets Bottenvåning’: Suicide in depressive suicidal black metal music

Presented at Extreme Music: Hearing and Nothingness, University of Southern Denmark 2 December 2016
Yavuz, M Selim.
Humanity Commons Open Access copy

Research Interests

These are some of my main research interests below; however, I am also interested in 20th century music composition and analysis -especially post-WW2 era, late Renaissance English music, historically informed performance practice, and EDM practices.