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Paving the Way for Tomorrow’s Music

ICCMR is a member of the AHRC 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training

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. The ICCMR is also engaged in knowledge transfer with the undergraduate provision in Music Technology at Plymouth University. Find out more about undergraduate music technology here.

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).

Prof Eduardo Miranda delivers a talk on the future of computing for creativity at EG conference

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 is proud to announce new books


Two new books by ICCMR’s Dr Katherine Williams are published by Cambridge University Press and Equinox Publishing.

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 Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, USA. [see more]

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. [see more]

ICCMR hosted CMMR 2015 on 16-19 June

The 11th International Symposium on Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) Music, Mind, and Embodiment took place in Plymouth, UK on 16-19 June 2015. The symposium included a series of concerts, a satellite workshop on Music Neurotechnology and Motion Capture, and an unforgettable boat cruise. Read more about the main conference here, and the satellite workshops here / here

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]

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The premiere of the composition Biocomputer Music by Eduardo Miranda with technical assistance of ICCMR PhD student Ed Braund is widely reported Moscow’s media. [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

The power of slime mould has been harnessed by the ICCMR in a new musical bio-computer. See more of this story at the BBC News website. For more information about this research, [see more].

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 and NOTAM collaboration

ICCMR is collaborating with NOTAM (Norwegian Center for Technology in Music and the Arts) in Oslo, to develop algorithms to compose music with brain data. [see more].

Groundbreaking Music Neurotechnology project featured on BBC News Channel and BBC World News

Prof Eduardo Miranda and ICCMR engineer Joel Eaton demonstrate the Brain-Computer Music Interfacing system behind the composition "Activating Memory" for string quartet and BCMI quartet. [see more].

ICCMR's analogue synth guru David Bessell and his band Node return with their first new release since 1995

The new CD features what is quite possibly the largest collection of vintage analogue equipment that has been assembled in a studio in recent times. [see more]

ICCMR's ground-breaking research featured at IRCAM

Prof Eduardo Miranda delivers a Research and Creativity Seminar at IRCAM, Centre Pompidou, Paris, on "Blurring the line between Musical Creativity and Scientific Development with Music Neurotechnology” [see more]

New performance of "Cloud Chamber": A Duet for Violin and Subatomic Particles, at California Academy of Sciences

Dr Alexis Kirke was invited by Stanford University to perform at the "Lepton-Photon 2013" conference at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco USA. [see more].

ICCMR research into Music and Artificial Intelligence has been featured on Deutschlandradio Kultur (Germany National Culture Radio)

Prof E Miranda was special guest on Breitband, a cultural programme on media and digital culture. [listen online]

Sound-Wave premiere at Plymouth Marine Institute

Sound-Wave, in which Alexis Kirke (ICCMR Research Fellow) and Samuel Freeman turned a swimming-pool sized research wave-tank at Plymouth Marine Institute into a musical instrument, has been featured internationally in the press including the Daily Mail and Classical Music in the UK, and various media in Australia, China, India, USA, Indonesia, and the Czech Republic. Before the performance Alexis met the Duke of Edinburgh, who was opening the new Marine Building which the performance celebrated, to explain how the music was created.

New EPSRC-funded project will examine the impact of music on our emotions

Brain-Computer Music Interface microsite

The BCMI-MIdAS (Brain-Computer Music Interface for Monitoring and Inducing Affective States) is a collaborative project between the Universities of Plymouth and Reading, funded by two 54-month EPSRC grants. The central purpose of the project is to develop technology for building innovative intelligent systems that can monitor our affective state, and induce specific affective states through music, automatically and adaptively. [read more]

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.

Mozart Mash-up by ICCMR composers for BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Radio 3

As part of BBC Radio 3's The Genius of Mozart season, the BBC Concert Orchestra set a challenge to ICCMR composers and members of the public.

Other news:

Unfolding | Clusters premieres at UCLA Art|Sci center, California

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Alexis Kirke invited to Tel Aviv to Speak

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New book on Brain-Computer Music Interfacing featuring ICCMR authors is published

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Joel Eaton performs Flex at Liverpool's FACT,-control-and-technology-with-syndrome.aspx

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New book edited by Alexis Kirke and Eduardo Miranda is published by Springer

Guide to expressive performance out on Springer

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Music and Artificial Intelligence work developed at ICCMR is hot topic in BBC TV 2 Dara O Briain’s Science Club programme

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ICCMR’s work is featured at Electronica III in London

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Vol 32, issue 5 of Contemporary Music Review guest edited by ICCMR research fellow

[See issue here]

ICCMR teams up with Barclays to compose Open Outcry, a reality opera about the stock market


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PhD graduate, ICCMR composer Christian Dimpker, has won the award Klangradar 3000 of the Tonali composition competition in Hamburg, Germany.

Waggle Dance for strings and the Soundwall was recently premiered by Heritage Orchestra at the Science Museum in London.

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ICCMR research into Music Neurotechnology is hot topic in BBC Radio 4’s The World at One programme


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Noris Mohd Norowi, PhD Candidate at the ICCMR, wins the Best Poster prize awarded by The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation Behaviour at the Postgraduate Conference for Computing: Application and Theory 2012 conference.

Digital Music Research Network
UK Research Roadmap


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Live performance of Cloud Chamber by Alexis Kirke 

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Issue 28(3) of Contemporary Music Review on “Exploring Music Through Neuroscience” co-edited by Prof E Miranda is now available from Routledge.

[see issue here]

Issue 28(2) of Contemporary Music Review “Aesthetic Decisions in Computer-aided Composition” is now available from Routledge.

[see issue here]

ICCMR's research into Brain-Computer Music Interfacing hits the news in Italy.

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The Faraday 2008 lectures by the Institute of Engineering and Technology on the theme of Technology for Life [Video Link]

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Demo movie of the robotic evolution of music


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