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University of Plymouth
The House
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1752 232579

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Prof Eduardo Miranda

  • Eduardo is a Professor in Computer Music in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts and an active composer on its own right. His music has won prizes and has been performed in concerts and festivals worldwide, including Ultraschall Festival (Berlin), UNYASI (Johannesburg), Música Viva (Lisbon) and Seoul International Computer Music Festival (Seoul). He served as a research scientist at SONY in France before moving to the University of Plymouth in 2003. He is regional editor for South America of Organised Sound (CUP) and member of the editorial boards of Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press) and Contemporary Music Review (Routledge). His books include Composing Music with Computers (Elsevier Focal Press, 2001), Computer Sound Design: Synthesis Techniques and Programming (Elsevier Focal Press, 2002, 2nd Edition) and New Digital Musical Instruments: Control and Interaction Beyond the Keyboard (A-R Editions, 2006, co-authored).

Dr David Bessell

  • David is a lecturer in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts. He runs the BA (Hons) Sound and Music production programme and lectures on the MRes Computer Music programme. He studied composition with Simon Bainbridge (Guildhall School of Music) and Edwin Roxburgh (Royal College of Music) and has written a series of pieces exploring spectral composition and composition for acoustic instruments based on electronic principles which have been performed in the USA and Europe. Recent research has involved the creation of a number of physical modelling instruments for Max/MSP and current work revolves around development of a new synthesis method, Convolution Modelling Synthesis. David has over twenty years experience in the music industry as a session guitarist, arranger and programmer and has worked with many artists, including Killing Joke and Suede. He was also a member of the experimental analogue electronic quartet Node featuring producers Flood (U2, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode) and Ed Buller (Suede, Pulp).

Dr Michael McInerney

  • Mike is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts. He plays the shakuhachi (traditional Japanese instrument) and the piano. In addition to music, he studied mathematics at the University of York, composition with the composer Frank Denyer, shakuhachi with Yoshikazu Iwamoto, and piano with Jo Peach. He also studied Zen calligraphy with Tanchu Terayama. Mike is prized for his research into extending the expressive potential of the shakuhachi by adding pressure sensitive keys and accelerometers to the instrument in order to alter its timbre during performance through the use of digital sound processing. Mike’s portfolio of practice-based research includes electroacoustic compositions, semi-improvised performance and performances of avant-garde music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He has recently written a chapter about composer Anestis Logothetis for Theresa Sauer’s book Notations21: An Anthology of Innovative Musical Notation (New York: Mark Batty, 2009).

Dr Marcelo Gimenes

  • Marcelo holds a PhD in computer music from the University of Plymouth and is currently a KTP Associate for the project Computer Generated Music Systems, which aims at developing a capability to generate unique intelligent music composition tools to exploit a number of developed market opportunities. His musical career includes a comprehensive array of activities in performance (piano) and composition in different settings and styles, from classical and contemporary music to Brazilian and jazz improvisation, using acoustic and electronic instruments. Research interests include music cognition, machine musicianship, artificial intelligence, interactive music systems and music evolution. Marcelo is also an accredited lecturer at the Graduate Program in Music, State University of Campinas, and has contributed with the University of Huddersfield on the study of music style emergence, evolution and interactivity in agent-based computer music systems.

Mr Simon Ible

  • Simon is the director of Peninsula Arts. He studied conducting in the UK and Germany. Most of his conducting work has been in the Bath and Wiltshire areas and he was Artistic Director and Resident Conductors of the Bath City Orchestra from 1988 to 1997, responsible for programming the year-round programme of orchestral concerts in Bath. He was also Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master of Bath City Opera and worked with such celebrated singers as Renée, Della Jones and Sarah Walker. Simon is currently Artistic Director and Conductor of the Ten Tors Orchestra. In 2005 he was appointed Director of Music at the University of Plymouth, contributing to the development of the new Peninsula Arts programme and in 2008 became director of Peninsula Arts, the University’s public arts programme.

Dr Alexis Kirke

  • Alexis holds a permanent post as a Senior Research Fellow in Computer Music. He has a PhD in the field of Artificial Neural Networks and a PhD in the field of Computer Music, both from Plymouth University. As a composer and performer he has won multiple prizes for film, sound performances, and radio broadcast, including an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Media Innovation Awards 2015. He has given invited talks, keynotes and performances at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, California Academy of Sciences, and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, amongst others. Alexis’ research interests include applications of music and the arts to technology and HCI, supportive broadcasting / technology for dementia, and unconventional computation using media. He edited the book Guide to Computing for Expressive Performance (Springer, 2013).

Mr David Strang

  • David is a lecturer in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts. His work with sound and interactive elements looks closely at the natural surroundings we live in and amplifies certain aspects to heighten our perception of space/place. Recent work includes site-specific installation, performance, field-recording, networks, re-appropriating media objects, hacking and noise.  David works across multiple disciplines, such as architecture and sciences, exploring data to create artistic outputs. As part of his practice David runs various experimental workshops exploring aspects of sonic arts/hacking/sensors in a multi-strand collaborative framework. These workshops are aimed at the transfer of knowledge throughout the group to create an artwork/performance/object in a few days. He has collaborated and exhibited with artists and scientists as well as exhibiting solo work in the UK, Europe, Iceland, Russia and USA. 

Dr Duncan Williams

  • Duncan is a Research Fellow in Music with Artificial Intelligence, working on the EPSRC funded project a Brain-Computer Interface for Monitoring and Inducing Affective States with Professor Miranda and Dr Kirke. He holds a PhD in Psychoacoustics and Signal Processing from the Institute of Sound Recording, University of Surrey, and was previously a post-doctoral researcher (Wolfson) and Music Technology Officer for the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford. His research interests include sound recording, electroacoustic composition, and perceptually-motivated digital signal processing. Duncan has a background in commercial composition and contemporary classical recording including productions for EMI, Polydor, DeWolfe, Naxos, OUP, and NMC and he is currently co-authoring a new text for Focal Press, Introducing Psychoacoustics (2017).

Dr Katherine Williams

  • Katherine is a lecturer in the School of Humanities and Performing Arts. She gained her degrees in musicology from King’s College London (BMus(Hons)), and the University of Nottingham (MA, PhD). Her research interests include jazz, popular music, music and gender, music and geography, and digital cultures. She has published in learned journals such as Jazz Perspectives, Journal of Music History and Jazz Research Journal. Katherine is contributor and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter (Cambridge University Press 2016) and The Singer-Songwriter Handbook (Bloomsbury Academic 2017). Her forthcoming monograph on Rufus Wainwright is due in 2016 through Equinox Press. She is an active research presence both nationally and internationally and maintains an active performance profile. She is fluent in the idioms of classical, jazz and new music. Katherine enjoys collaborating with new music composers, helping to develop and perform repertoire for acoustic saxophone, saxophone and electronics, fixed media, and any combination of the above.

Visiting Researchers

Dr Raymond Sparrow (Visiting Research Fellow)

Satvik Venkatesh (Exchange Student, SASTRA University, India)

Post-graduate Research Students

Richard Abbott (ResM Computer Music)

Alan Miles (ResM Computer Music)

Amble Skuse (PhD)

Mr Aurelian Antoine (PhD)

Oliver Brand (ResM Computer Music)

Mr Edward Braund (PhD)

Mr Jared Drayton (PhD)

Ms Nuria Bonet Filella (PhD)

Mr Pierre-Emmanuel Largeron (PhD)

Mr Michael McLoughlin (PhD)

Former Members

            Simon J. Cotton (ResM Computer Music)

            David McKenzie (ResM Computer Music)

            Tom Hayes (MRes Computer Music)

            Peter Shepherd (ResM Computer Music)

            Zihao Xie (MRes Computer Music)

            Federico Visi (PhD)

            Robert Fall (MRes Computer Music)

            Mr Sivaramakrishnan Meenakshisundaram (Exchange Student, SASTRA University, India)

            Mr Hugo Collet (Placement Student, University of Brest, France)

            Dr Joel Eaton (PhD)

            Mr Rodrigo Schramm (Visiting Fellow, URFGS, Brazil)

            Dr Hanns Holger Rutz (PhD)

            Mr Kevin McCracken (MPhil)

            Dr Hilary Mullaney (PhD)

            Dr Anna Troisi (Research Fellow)

            Mr Nigel Morgan (Visiting Fellow)

            Mr Antonio Chiaramonte (Visiting Fellow)

            Dr Christian Dimpker (PhD)

            Pierre-Yves Hervo (Placement Student, University of Nantes, France)

            Ms Katrina Fuschillo (MRes Computer Music)

            Mr Stu Welsh (MRes Computer Music)

            Mr Guy Frazer-Wright (M.Res Computer Music)

            Mr Thomas Hitchins (M.Res Computer Music)

            Dr Nikolas Valsamakis (PhD)

            Dr Noris Mohd Norowi (PhD)            

            Dr Jamie Serquera (PhD)          

            Dominik Koller (Visiting Researcher, Vienna University of Technology)            

            Dr Joao Martins (PhD)

            Mr Nicolas Reeves (PhD, Planetary Collegium)

            Ms Qijun Zhang (Post-graduate student)

            Mr Andrew Brouse (Post-graduate student)

            Mr Alan Evans (MRes Computer Music)

            Mr Dimitri Papadimitriou (Visiting Researcher, Université de Grenoble, France)

            Mr Joachim Fritsch (Visiting Researcher, Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6, France)

            Mr Asad Malik (MRes Computer Music)

            Dr Torsten Anders (Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence)

            Mr Peter Votava (MRes Computer Music)

            Mr Tarek El Khsim (Placement Student, University of Brest, France)

            Dr Peter Beyls (PhD)

            Dr Leandro Costalonga (PhD)

            Mr Chris Saunders (MA Digital Arts)

            Fabien Leon (Placement Student, University of Brest, France)

            Matthieu Bonnot (Placement Student, University of Nantes, France)

            Mr Dan Livingstone (Senior Lecturer)

            Mr Vincent Soucaret (MSc Communications Engineering and Signal Processing)

            François Gueguen (Placement Student)

            Ms Alicja Knast (Research Assistant)

            Dr Simon Durrant (Research Fellow)

            Mr Jamie Bremaneson (Placement Student)

            Mr Jean-Jacques Maurice (Placement Student)

            Mr Jesus Alvaro (Associate)

            Mrs Sigalit Hed (MPhil)

            Mr Bram Boskamp (MSc Digital Futures)

            Mr Martijn Bosma (Socrates MSc, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

            Mr Gianni Corino (Research Assistant)

            Mr Eduardo Coutinho (MPhil)

            Mr Matthew Crimp (MSc in Interactive Intelligent systems)

            Mr Etienne Drouet (MRes Interactive Intelligent Systems)

            Mr Thanasis Hapipis (MSc Interactive Intelligent Systems)

            Prof Adolfo Maia (Visiting Fellow, UNICAMP, Brazil)

            Mr John Murray (MRes Interactive Intelligent Systems)

            Dr Patricio da Silva (Visiting Fellow)

            Mr Vadim Tikhanoff (MSc Interactive Intelligent Systems)