Monday, 4 November 2019

Break it Down Show (Podcast appearance)


Just a quick one to note that I'm on the co-host on a recent episode of the Break it Down Show podcast series, this time with Alex Doman from Advanced Brain Technologies.

The show was a lot of fun to record and whilst it mainly focuses on Alex's work I'm sure if you find my work of interest you might enjoy it.

Check it out on all good podcast formats, e.g., Player.FM (!)



Wednesday, 31 July 2019

New journal article, free online course, moving!


the BCMI-MIdAS team have a new journal paper out in Nature Sci Reps, details are on the writing page now or go here to check it out (open access). The paper reports on brain activity (specifically approach-withdrawal behaviour) as shown in the electroncephalograph in response to algorithmically generated music.

Secondly I'm pleased to say that the MOOC I have been a part of designing (a free online course for budding engineers) with the Electronic Engineering team at York will be running from September via Futurelearn. You can register your interest here.

Finally, I'm extremely excited to be joining the fantastic Acoustics team at the University of Salford next month, as Lecturer in Acoustics and Audio Engineering (that's Assistant Professor for my friends in the US etc). So you might not get many updates for a while but I'll be back when I can!



Thursday, 13 June 2019

Festival appearance and new book chapter


I'm looking forward to seeing some of you at Inter.Noise conference next week in Madrid, and meeting up with my friends from last years Falling Walls final at the Silbersalz art/science festival in Halle, DE, next weekend.

Drop me a line if you will be at either!

Also pleased to announce a new book chapter in "Brain Art" (Springer), looking at the use of Brain-Computer interfacing for music and music technology. Details on the writing page now.



Friday, 15 March 2019

Update from iCURE project


So far my travels have taken me across the USA, through to Japan, Hong Hong, and back again, and I'm now in Austin, Texas, for South by SouthWest (SXSW).

I was delighted to be invited to give a talk at this years event, as part of the Social and Global Impact track sponsored by The Rockefeller Foundation. My talk was titled "What are our bodies telling us about noise?" and I've added the details to the talks section of the writing page.

My next stops are the AES 146th convention in Dublin, where I'll be presenting our paper on horror film music evaluation using biosensors, and AES IIA in York, where I'm a co-paper chair, and as well as chairing a panel on the use of biosensors for immersive audio, I'll be looking forward to running a demo workshop with my colleagues from Arup showing our noise metering paradigm.

Bye for now,


Monday, 14 January 2019

Few more publications and iCURE (Innovate UK) project update


I've added a few upcoming conference publications to the writing pages. If you are going to any of the following, I'll see you there:

AES/NAMM (Los Angeles, CA, February)
SXSW (Austin, TX, March)
AES146 (Dublin, March)
AESIIA (York, March)
Inter.Noise (Madrid, June)

I'm very pleased that results from our project with Arup will be seeing the light of day in a workshop session at AESIIA, and in a paper for Inter.Noise. We also have papers from our DC-Labs project on adaptive audio at both AESIIA and AES146, so again I'm very much looking forward to presenting our findings on biosensor responsive machine learning techniques for audio generation. We also have a new entry in proc. for the Springer Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games, focusing on emotion in video game music, again details on the writing page.

Finally but no less importantly I'm delighted to have been awarded funding via iCURE (Innovate UK) for our WaveTrace project, which will mean a lot of international travel to discuss possible research directions over the coming 3 months. I'll be back in DC Labs in April but will try to update here with a travel log if I get time!

Thanks for visiting,


Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Falling Walls Berlin 2018, and AES York 2019!


I was delighted to be shortlisted for the final of the Falling Walls Engage - a science communication award - held last week as part of Berlin Science Festival. This was for our work on Dolittle, a DC Labs project which uses technology and anthropomorphism to engage the public with conservation and biology. Collaborators include The Deep in Hull and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Unfortunately, we didn't win - but amongst such a fantastic group of finalists that hardly mattered!

Secondly, we are very busy behind the scenes working on the forthcoming York AES conference, which I am proud to be papers co-chair on. The call for paper submissions is now closed, but if you are interested in submitting an engineering brief, that call will open shortly.

Bye for now!

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.