University of Plymouth
Paving the Way for Tomorrow’s Music
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) is devoted to developing musical research at the crossroads of art and science. Our research expertise ranges from musicology and composition to biomedical applications of music and development of new music technologies.
ICCMR is truly interdisciplinary: we actively publish our research outcomes in learned journals and conferences in the fields of music, digital arts, computing, engineering, psychology, neurosciences and medicine [see Publications]. The impact of our research has been recognised as world-leading by the last Research Excellence Framework, REF 2014, which is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. ICCMR is based at The House, a brand new purpose-built Performance Arts Centre.
In addition to enjoying an excellent and affordable quality of life in the South West of England, music postgraduate students at Plymouth University enjoy a well-resourced creative environment underpinned by world-leading research conducted by ICCMR and the annual Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival. The groundbreaking research developed with our postgraduate students has been reported in Nature, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 3, The Gramophone, New Scientist, CNN, Scientific American, TV Globo, France Music and Polskie Radio to cite but a few.
The ICCMR offers postgraduate research opportunities at both Masters and Doctoral levels.
If you are interested in pursuing your post-graduate studies with ICCMR, please do not hesitate to send us an email for more information (address on the right hand side, below the main menu).
ICCMR's research is awarded a prize at Prix Ars Electronica 2019
ICCMR’s research into Biocomputing and creativity received an Honorary Mention at the prestigious Prix Arts Electronica, Linz, Austria.
ICCMR is awarded a multimilion research grant from EPSRC
ICCMR’s new RadioMe project is aimed at developing broadcastig technology to improve the lives of people suffering from dementia. The project is in partnership with University of Glasgow, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Anglia Ruskin University, Alzheimer's Society, BBC, MHA Care, Bauer Media and CereProc.
Grand prize of the European Commission for Innovation in Technology, Industry and Society stimulated by the Arts, ICCMR award
The composition Biocomputer Rhythms, by Prof Eduardo Miranda, won an Honorary Mention at STARTS, an initiative of the European Commission to foster arts & sciences connections.
Prof Eduardo Miranda talked to EBS TV in South Korea about ICCMR’s ground-breaking research into Music Neurotechnology [ More information ]
Dr Alexis Kirke invited to speak at Quantum Music Conference
ICCMR’s Alexis Kirke gave an invited talk on quantum computer music at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Belgrade. [ More information ]
ICCMR & V&A Museum: Towards a Science of Heritage project
ICCMR and Victoria & Albert Museum in London received an award to develop a research project to develop Artificial Intelligence for curatorial practice. [ More information ]
Impact of ICCMR research featured at Volvo film for Sky Atlantic
Ground-breaking research into Brain-Computer Music Interface is featured the film Music of the Mind, as part of Sky Atlantic Human Made Stories series. [ More information ]
Da Vinci Edition in Japan releases a CD of computer-aided symphonies made in ICCMR
Two computer-aided symphonies by Prof Eduardo Miranda are now available on CD with recordings of the premieres at our very own Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival. [ More information ]
A new book edited by ICCMR’s Prof Eduardo Miranda is published
pioneering new book on musical applications of
unconventional computing has just been published by
Springer. [see more]
ICCMR composer creates unique piece to mark 60th anniversary of Lennon and McCartney
Alexis Kirke’s work for soprano and tenor "Come Together” was premiered at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2017. [see more]
ICCMR at the Royal Institution of Great Britain
Prof Eduardo Miranda delivers a lecture a live performance at Ri on Cognitive Neuroscience of Music. [see more]
ICCMR PhD student, Pierre-Emmanuel Largeron has been awarded the Trophée Jeune Espoir
prestigious Le Monde award is a testimony to ICCMRs
commitment to nurture talented high-achieving students.
ICCMR is proud to announce a partnership with CLOT Magazine
CLOT is an online publishing platform dedicated to art and science explorations. [see more]
ICCMR’s Dr Alexis Kirke premieres his piece for soprano and quantum computing at Port Eliot Festival
Alexis Kirke’s piece ‘Superposition' is a ground-breaking classical duet between Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano) and a quantum computer. [see more]
Prof Eduardo Miranda delivers a talk on the future of computing
Prof Eduardo Miranda and ICCMR PhD student Ed Braund join Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of MIT Media Lab, Oscar-winning filmmaker Hugh Welchman and Sir David Attenborough to present fresh insights into the boundary-pushing technology used to reveal wonders of our natural world at EG Conference.
ICCMR research featured on Fox 5 TV in the USA
Prof Eduardo Miranda and PhD student Joel Eaton were invited to showcase ICCMR’s research at the prestigious Mailny Mozart Festival in San Diego, USA.
ICCMR researcher awarded fellowship by Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation
Dr Katherine Williams has been awarded the first Jazz Research Fellowship by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation and the Jazz Education Network in the USA. [see more]
ICCMR PhD student receives award from The American Musical Instrument Society
Nuria B. Filella received a William E. Gribbon Memorial Fund award to present a paper at AMIS 2015 in Boston, USA.
ICCMR research into biocomputing in BBC News
This BBC News report on groundbreaking research developed at ICCMR went viral all over the globe. [see more]
ICCMR researchers featured in Channel 5’ The Gadget Show
EPSRC-funded research into detecting musical emotions in brainwaves for controlling musical systems is bound to become a commercial product soon [see more]
ICCMR artists discuss composition on BBC Radio 3
Composer Alexis Kirke and saxophonist Katherine Williams perform Fast Travel live on BBC Radio 3 In Tunes and discuss the composition [see more]
ICCMR world-leading research reported in CNN
The impact of ICCMR's world-leading REF 2014 contribution continues to resonate [see more]
ICCMR bio-computer featured in BBC News
BBC News highlights the performance of Activating Memory at Music Tech Festival
ICCMR's brain-computer music interfacing technology developed by PhD candidate, Joel Eaton, and Prof Eduardo Miranda, is one of the main highlights of Music Tech Festival, held recently at LSO St Luke's, London. [see more]
ICCMR working alongside BBC on new project EAR: Environments for Alzheimer's friendly Radio
EAR will develop radio broadcasts which are more understandable and user-friendly for people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Click here to listen to the BBC interview with Dr Kirke.
ICCMR’s Brain-Computer Music Interface breakthrough hits the news worldwide
Leading news article in Nature by Philip Ball.
ICCMR is a pioneer of Music Neurotechnology, which is a new field at the crossroads of biomedical engineering and music technology. Featured on CNN Labs.
ICCMR’s system developed in collaboration with engineers at the University of Essex is reported in Wired.