Monday, 17 September 2018

Lots of updates!


Sorry about the very long time since my last update here.  So what have I been doing?!

Firstly, I've been working with the research team at The Deep aquarium in Hull, we produced an interactive virtual reality game "Jellyfishin'" which made it's debut earlier this year at York's Festival of Ideas. It is due to make another outing in a couple of weeks at the York Mediale event in October.
Sticking with The Deep, we held a live late night event using biosensors and sound as part of the British Science Festival last week - covered by several press outlets, including the BBC, here - as well as 1000 visitors (a sold out ticketed event).

I then spent some very interesting research time working with LEVC and the new electric taxi, including a research report which picked up a lot of press coverage. This work involved evaluating the sound world of the new electric taxi from a physiological and psychological point of view and had some rather interesting results (no spoilers here!).

Also on the biosensor front, I spent a very exciting week at Arup SoundLab working on a collaborative research project which has seen us disseminate our results across the Arup network via a London Lunchtime Lecture and will be the subject of some more formal writing very shortly. I also presented some work about using BCI for ensemble music performance at the 2018 Together in Music conference (details on the publications page).
Regarding conferences, I am the papers co-chair for the forthcoming AES conference on immersive and interactive audio, which will be held in York in 2019. I also had the great pleasure of being an invited speaker at this years Workshop on Intelligent Music Production - in great company amongst academics and indstury; Bafta winning engineers, R&D from Abbey Road etc etc - at the fantastic facilities of Huddersfield University. The workshop was sold out but I'm told the talk was videoed and will be online shortly.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

New books and journal papers


Lots of writing is now coming out, including my book with Newton Lee (former game designer for Disney) on emotion in video game soundtracking, with many excellent contributions from colleagues both in the UK and further afield.

This is available in a hard copy for 25 quid, or electronically from the Springer website. My thanks to all the contributors!

Also out this month is my chapter on Brain Computer Music Interfacing for the CRC/Taylor and Francis Handbook on BCI, rather more expensive I'm afraid, and two new co-authored journal articles in the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, and the Taylor and Francis Digital Creativity journal. Full details on the writing page of my site.

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, 16 December 2017

TedX video now on YouTube


I'm very pleased to say that if you didn't manage to catch my talk for TedX 'live', the video is now available on YouTube, here.

I hope you enjoy it! It was a real privilege to be invited and I had a great time at the event amongst a fascinating line-up of speakers.



Tuesday, 12 December 2017

End of term... sort of!


A quick update at the end of my first term in the DC Labs at the University of York. Lots of very productive work has been happening, including a couple of upcoming publications. Firstly, I'm looking forward to presenting some new work (in collaboration with Damian Murphy in the Electronic Engineering dept here at York, and Bruno Fazenda in the Acoustics dept at the University of Salford), at next weeks DMRN+12 conference in London. So if you are going along, drop me a line and let's catch up!

Secondly, next month will see the release of a very exciting book in the brain-computer interfacing world, the new Brain-Computer Interfaces Handbook, on CRC Press (Taylor and Francis). I have contributed a chapter on using brain-computer interfacing for music. The book goes on general release on Jan 24th here.

Also I am pleased to say that after a great rehearsal with Ensemble Bash, our piece 'Reptile Rhythms' for the 13th Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival next March had a shout-out on BBC Radio 3's Music Matters programme with Tom Service last Sunday, which is currently still on iPlayer here.

Lots more going on behind the scenes so stop by for another update soon. Maybe even before February!



Thursday, 12 October 2017

New journal papers


I'm pleased to say that two new journal papers from the BCMI-MIdAS project have now been published, in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, (IF 3.64) and the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, (IF: 3.14), respectively. Details are on the writing page of my site.

Find out more about BCMI-MIdAS here.

Also a long-term book project is about to come to fruition so I look forward to being able to announce a little more about that here very shortly.

More soon!



Monday, 21 August 2017

TedX talk and joining DC Labs, University of York


I'm very pleased to have been invited to give a talk for TedX Truro in October. The theme is "Beyond Barriers" and tickets are available here. I'll be speaking about music, emotion, and using brain-computer interfacing to join them together.

I'm also thoroughly delighted to confirm that I will be joining the University of York, in a research role with the fantastic team at their Digital Creativity labs, from October this year. So please update your contact details for me (you can reach me on

I've some other cool stuff in the pipeline which I hope to be able to announce here shortly. Until then, thanks for stopping by.


Monday, 22 May 2017

New journal paper and KOSMOS dialogue next weekend


I have a new journal article in this issue of the ACM Transactions on Applied Perception,  titled Affective Calibration of Musical Feature Sets in an Emotionally Intelligent Music Composition System. Yes, it's a bit of a mouthful! The paper basically details a large part of the artificial intelligence processes involved in the MIdAS brain-computer music interfacing project. There is a follow-up paper in proc which will give a bit more detail about the neural network approach in action, but for now you can find out more details in the ACM Digital Library. The same team also has a forthcoming conference paper Affective Brain Computer Music Interfacing: A Case Study Of Use By An Individual With Huntington’s Disease to be presented at the 7th Graz BCI conference, Austria, later this year.  Citations for both are available from the writing page of my site.

Finally, I am looking forward to making a couple of big announcements regarding a big move this summer, but for now, as I mentioned in the last entry, next week I will be at the KOSMOS dialogue at the Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin, so if you are going along do say hello.