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-Universität zu Berlin, so if you are going along do say hello.



Monday, 24 April 2017

Back from Lieden, new project and forthcoming conferences


I had a very enjoyable few days with colleagues at the Computational Ethnomusicology workshop, University of Lieden, Netherlands earlier this month. I'm looking forward to working with new collaborators across the EU in the coming months developing some exciting new projects together.

A few other pieces of news, firstly two upcoming conference papers, one at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, discussing a new application for BCI technology to neuro-curatorship in collaboration with Imperial College London and Paignton Zoo, and the other as part of the BCMI-MIdAS project discussing a case study of use by an individual with Huntington's Disease. Details of both are on the publications page of my site now.

Finally, I was fortunate enough to visit Arup's SoundLab facility in Manchester last week (shown above), working towards a new collaborative project with them. I hope to be able to release more details of this soon, but for now, thanks for visiting!



Thursday, 9 March 2017

New journal article and forthcoming conference/workshop


 logoI'm pleased to say that a collaboration with my colleague Marcio Alves da Rocha from the Federal Univerity of Goiás, Brazil, entitled Decoding cultural signifiers of Brazilian identity and the African diaspora in the music of Sepultura has just been published in this months edition of the Metal Music Studies journal (Intellect/Ingenta). Full details are on my publications page, or you can visit the journal homepage here.

Also at the end of this month I am very much looking forward to attending the Computational Ethnomusicology: Methodologies for a New Field workshop at the Lorentz Centre, Lieden, Netherlands. Again details in the publications page. If you are attending, do let me know and hopefully we will be able to catch up! (I'm also going to see Mayhem on the 28th in Haarlem so if you are going to go to that from Lieden, again, drop me a line!).

That's all for now, more soon..



Friday, 27 January 2017

New journal article

Hello again,

The BCMI-MIdAS team have a new journal paper in the ACM Computers in Entertainment. You don't need access to the ACM digital library as this (along with a couple of others from the special issues on musical metacreation) have been published live on the CiE website (free to access).

As this is a 'green access' publication we are also able to offer a downloadable pdf file if you would like to check it like that instead of using a web browser.

You can find out more about the MIdAS project here.



Monday, 23 January 2017

Song collecting, conference papers

Happy new year!

I'm pleased to be able to post a few updates about my work with the Song Collectors Collective. I am the educational programme developer of the "Pathway" course, a free, online course in collecting traditional and folk song, based on the fascinating work already being undertaken by the SCC, thanks to Arts Council funding. I've attached a clip by Sam Lee (singer and avid collector) discussing the work.

The course is live now at and you can find out more about the SCC at

Also as part of this work I have presented a couple of conference papers (at the Song Collectors Gathering in November in London, and more recently, at the Digital Memory symposium in Plymouth). Details of these, and a forthcoming invited paper in Vancouver at the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, are up on the writing page now.

Finally, I've received an invitation (and am very much looking forward to) speaking and participating at the first Computational Ethnomusicology workshop in Leiden, Netherlands, in March.

Hopefully I will see some of you at one or the other!

Lots more news on books and forthcoming journal papers soon.



Friday, 7 October 2016

Guardian article, two new journal articles


The BCMI-MIdAS project has been featured in The Guardian, where rapper Tinie Tempah tests the system in earnest including a visit to the fMRI scanner with project collaborators, Reading University. More information can be seen here.

Also this month sees two new first-authored journal articles, firstly: Utility versus creativity in biomedical musification appears in the inaugaral edition of the Journal of Creative Music Systems [open access online] and secondly: Toward Emotionally-Congruent Dynamic Soundtrack Generation appears in the current volume of the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

Full details for both are on the publications/writing page.

That's all for now!


Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Two new journal articles


I'm pleased to say that two new journal articles are now available now.

Firstly in the June edition of the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (Impact factor 1.123), Vol 64:6, the paper "On the Affective Potential of the Recorded Voice" can be accessed here.

Secondly, a new paper from the BCMI-MIdAS team titled "Affective Brain-Computer Music Interfacing" is available in the current edition of the Institute of Physics' Journal of Neural Engineering (Impact factor 3.493), Vol 13:4. This can be accessed here.

I have added complete references to the 'writing' page of the site.

That's all for now – more to come very soon though.