University of Plymouth
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Plymouth PL4 8AA
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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).
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 is a Research Fellow in Computer Music and Associate Lecturer. He holds a PhD in the field of Artificial Neural Networks and has just completed his second PhD in the field of Computer Music, both at the University of Plymouth. His research interests include composition, evolutionary computing and systems for expressive performance of music. Representative publications include "A Survey of Computer Systems for Expressive Music Performance”, published in ACM Computing Surveys and “Artificial Social Composition: A Multi-Agent System for Composing Music Performances by Emotional Communication", to appear in the book Mathematical and Computational Musicology. (Heidelberg: Springer). Alexis is also a published poet and composer.
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.
Research Associates and Visiting Research Fellows
Dr Anna Troisi
- In addition to being a scientist in the field of Bioinformatics, Anna is an accomplished composer and performer on live electronic music. She has been working on sound sculptures since four years in order to unify gesture, sound and fine arts not only for installation purpose, but also for live performances. As well as music technology applications in music education, Anna’s research interests include design of new interfaces for music and data mining. She is a Steinberg certified teacher of media technologies and studied music informatics at the University of Bordeaux, France. Recent performances at international contemporary music festivals include: EmuFest 2010 (Rome), PACMF 2010 (Plymouth), 46th Nuova Consonanza Festival 09 (Rome), Experimental Music Festival 2008 (Lisbon) and Trialogo Festival 2007 (Milan).
Mr Nigel Morgan
- Nigel Morgan is a composer working at the heart of contemporary concert music in the UK. His current worklist of some 90 compositions includes many commissioned works in orchestral, chamber, vocal and digital media categories. He has been a co-developer of the Symbolic Composer software for Macintosh since 1990 and is a Research Associate at ICCMR.
Mr Antonino Chiaramonte
- Antonino Chiaramonte is a Honorary Research Fellow in Electronic Music Composition in the Faculty of Arts and professor in Electronic Music in the Conservatory of Frosinone (Italy). Antonino is a professional composer of both academic art music and applied music (i.e., music for film, TV and theatre). He holds a first-class degree in Electronic Music at Francesco Morlacchi Conservatory of Perugia, where he was a pupil of celebrated Italian composer Luigi Ceccarelli. His acousmatic piece "Riflessioni", for computer processed flute sounds, won the 34th International Competition of Electroacoustic Music - Bourges 2007. Recent performances include: EmuFest 2010 (Rome, Italy), PACMF 2010 (Plymouth, UK), 46th Nuova Consonanza Festival 09 (Rome, Italy), ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) 2008 (Belfast, UK), Festival Synthese 2008 (Bourges, France), Musicacoustica 2007 (Beijing, China) and International Gaudeamus Music Week 2007 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands).
Mr Sam Richards
- Sam teaches in the BA (Hons) in Music programme of the School of Humanities and Performing Arts. He studied composition with Alfred Nieman at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and played in groups led by Cornelius Cardew. Sam’s areas of expertise include music open form composition, improvisation, jazz, popular music, and music sociology. His books include John Cage as .... (Amber Press, 1994) and Sonic Harvest (Amber Press 1990). Sam is the composer of the popularly acclaimed Fish Music 2 (2008), premiered in Plymouth by the Ten Tors Orchestra and improvisers, directed by Simon Ible.
Post-graduate Research Students
Mr Christian Dimpker (PhD)
Mr Joel Eaton (PhD)
Mr Hanns Holger Rutz (PhD)
Ms Hilary Mullaney (PhD)
Mr Kevin McCracken (PhD)
Mr Nikolas Valsamakis (PhD)
Ms Marianne Blosche (MRes Computer Music)
Ms Katrina Fuschillo (MRes Computer Music)
Mr Stu Welsh (MRes Computer Music)
Mr Edward Braund (M.Res Computer Music)
Mr Jared Drayton (M.Res Computer Music)
Mr Guy Frazer-Wright (M.Res Computer Music)
Mr Thomas Hitchins (M.Res Computer Music)
Mr Benjamin Payne (M.Res Computer Music)
Dr Noris Mohd Norowi (PhD)
Dr Jamie Serquera (PhD)
Dominik Koller (Visiting Researcher, Vienna University of Technology)
Joao Martins (PhD)
Nicolas Reeves (PhD, Planetary Collegium)
Qijun Zhang (Post-graduate student)
Andrew Brouse (Post-graduate student)
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)
Peter Votava (MRes Computer Music)
Mr Tarek El Khsim (Placement Student, University of Brest, France)
Peter Beyls (PhD)
Leandro Costalonga (PhD)
Marcelo Gimenes (PhD)
Mr Chris Saunders (MA Digital Arts)
Fabien Leon (Placement Student, University of Brest, France)
Matthieu Bonnot (Placement Student, University of Nantes, France)
Dan Livingstone (Senior Lecturer)
Mr Vincent Soucaret (MSc Communications Engineering and Signal Processing)
François Gueguen (Placement Student)
Alicja Knast (Research Assistant)
Simon Durrant (Research Fellow)
Mr Jamie Bremaneson (Placement Student)
Mr Jean-Jacques Maurice (Placement Student)
Mr Jesus Alvaro (Associate)
Mrs Sigalit Hed (MPhil)
Bram Boskamp (MSc Digital Futures)
Martijn Bosma (Socrates MSc, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Gianni Corino (Research Assistant)
Eduardo Coutinho (MPhil)
Matthew Crimp (MSc in Interactive Intelligent systems)
Etienne Drouet (MRes Interactive Intelligent Systems)
Thanasis Hapipis (MSc Interactive Intelligent Systems)
Adolfo Maia (Visiting Fellow, UNICAMP, Brazil)
John Murray (MRes Interactive Intelligent Systems)
Patricio da Silva (Visiting Fellow)
Vadim Tikhanoff (MSc Interactive Intelligent Systems)