Tuesday, 12 December 2017

End of term... sort of!

Hello,

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!

Cheers,

Duncan

Thursday, 12 October 2017

New journal papers

Hello,

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!

Thanks,

Duncan

Monday, 21 August 2017

TedX talk and joining DC Labs, University of York

Hello,

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 duncan.williams@york.ac.uk).

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.

Duncan


Monday, 22 May 2017

New journal paper and KOSMOS dialogue next weekend

Hello,

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.

Cheers!

Duncan

Monday, 24 April 2017

Back from Lieden, new project and forthcoming conferences

Hello,

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!

Cheers,

Duncan

Thursday, 9 March 2017

New journal article and forthcoming conference/workshop

Hello,

 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..

Cheers,

Duncan

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.

Cheers,

Duncan