Monday, 15 June 2020

Changes and new publications

Hello, I'm reflecting on my first year as a lecturer at Salford Acoustic Research Centre - a great year with a brilliant team, and fab students who have been very resilient in the midst of the global pandemic. I'm pleased to say that as of next term I will be the course leader for the Sound Engineering and Production BSc degree, which I've since found on doing some digging on Unistats, has some really nice student feedback already (pic attached!). I hope not to make a mess of them!

Also out now is an open access journal publication in Nature Scientific Data, which reports on our findings with joint EEG and fMRI studies in response to my affectively-driven algorithmic music generator - which is also available to download via the Nature website. As always, more details are available on the writing page of my site (the paper itself is free open access).

More publications coming soon - particularly two exciting book chapters and conference paper reports from the forthcoming NIME (now virtual) event in July, but until then thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, 3 March 2020

New book chapter and conference paper


I'm pleased to say that my chapter with long-term collaborator Dr Ian Daly, who works at the University of Essex's Brain Computer Interfacing and Neural Engineering research group, is now out.

Our chapter, "Hello Computer, How Am I Feeling?" Case Studies of Neural Technology to Measure Emotions, is part of our longer term collaboration on research into the field we are dubbing "Neurocuratorship" - more on that soon. The chapter features in C.S. Nam's new book, "Neuroergonomics, Principles and Practice" released in February by Springer.

In more publications news, we have a forthcoming conference paper (travel dependent!) accepted for ICSV27, the International Congress on Sound and Vibration, which is being held this year in Prague. If you are planning on going, do let me know. This paper is a collaboration with colleagues at Arup, looking at the use of EEG to determine neural and acoustic correlates of noise and perceived annoyance in environmental soundscapes.

References and details for both are now on the writing pages of this blog.

Bye for now,


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,