Employment

Current Employment

Sessional Lecturer, Seminar Leader and Tutor - University of Huddersfield

Teaching responsibilities, including:

  • Designing lecture materials for electronic music modules at undergraduate level.
  • One-to-one tutoring for final year undergraduate students.
  • Leading seminars across desktop music production, sonic arts theory and practice.
  • Marking and feedback

My undergraduate teaching at Huddersfield began in 2017. While employed by the university I have consistently been given additional responsibility and work delivering content for modules as well as designing materials for them independently.

Administration and other responsibilities, including:

  • Personal tutor to 6 final year undergraduate students
  • Liaising with module leaders and line managers over student concerns

Programming

Freelance Programming and Creative Coding

I have been contracted as a programmer and creative coder to work with several different technologies. These include C++, Python, Max and web-based programming using JavaScript and a number of frameworks. Jobs have included developing custom documentation generation for C++ libraries, creating Max “packages” and creating bespoke systems for creative projects. I also have taken the role of a private tutor, teaching Max, machine listening/learning and embedded programming to independent artists who want to expand their skill sets.

Education

2017-21

PhD Music (Submission planned June/July 2021) , The University of Huddersfield

Thesis

Harnessing content-aware programs for studio-based digital computer-aided composition. (In Progress)

Supervisors

Dr. Alex Harker & Dr. Steven Jan

2016-17

Master of Music, The University of Western Australia

Thesis

Computer Creativity: An Evaluation of Three Interactive Musical Systems In Terms Of Their Interaction and Behaviour

Supervisors

Dr. Alex Harker & Dr. Steven Jan

2011-14

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Western Australia

Research Experience

Ongoing

Writing and Publishing Articles

I have experience writing and publishing articles and delivering presentations on my own research as both a Master’s and PhD student (specific papers and presentations are listed in Publications and Presentations respectively).

2021

Intersymmetric Works

This is an ongoing project with Mark Fell and Rian Treanor that has successfully received two different sources of funding through application from No Bounds and rewire festival. It is currently tendering additional funding via the Arts Council Projects Grant. The project is focused on creating distributed and decentralised methods for collaborating and learning music. I am responsible for creating the web-based application, which allows people to join “rooms” and interact wth a variety of rhythmic transformations and synthesis modules together across the world.

2020

MetaBow Toolkit with Hong Kong Baptist University

I worked as a contracted programmer for a research project at Hong Kong Baptist University. For this project I created a Max package designed to facilitate composition with gesture recognition and data mapping techniques in combination with their newly created “MetaBow”. The package is currently in private alpha but will be released later this year in combination with a call for scores.

2018-21

ReaCoMa

ReaCoMa began as a personal project to port the Fluid Corpus Manipulation (FluCoMa) tools to REAPER through the ReaScript API. This allows those machine listening and learning algorithms to be used directly in composition as well as exposing a set of APIs so that others can leverage the library in their own creative workflow. I was given funding internally at the University of Huddersfield to open source the project, create documentation, a video tutorial series (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC24VF9uE4sU75xI3U4K6EoA), and make the tool more widely accessible to researchers who might not be proficient with Max, SuperCollider or Pure Data for which there are existing versions of the FluCoMa tools. https://www.reacoma.xyz

2018-21

FluCoMa Community

Since the start of the FluCoMa project I have been a part of the online community involved in providing feedback and generating discussion around the tools produced by the FluCoMa team at the University of Huddersfield. Through this community I have submitted numerous patches and engaged in discourse around user experience, interface design and electronic music composition. ReaCoMa has had significant impact and reach through this medium, and many of the commissioned composers have used my patches and tools built around the FluCoMa ecosystem. More information here: http://www.flucoma.org

2018-20

Research Assistant on the FrameLib Project

I was employed to create documentation and a tutorial learning system allowing musicians with a wide range of competencies to become proficient with FrameLib. FrameLib allows composers and creative coders to create custom digital signal processing routines with frame-based processing such as for granular synthesis, spectral processing and audio descriptors. The tutorials were created in Max and have been distributed as a package to a large global community. More information here: https://github.com/alexharker/FrameLib.

2016

Visiting Researcher at the University of Limerick’s SpADE

I spent 10 days hosted at the University of Limerick’s Spatialization and Auditory Display Environment, a 32-channel surround sound system designed for multi- disciplinary research. In my residency I wrote a piece using a large databases of vocal phonetic samples and received mentorship from Dr. Kerry Hagan, the principal researcher at the SpADE. The piece that was composed came to fruition at a much a later date in a piece presented in 2019 at the Electric Spring Festival in the United Kingdom.

Awards and Funding

2017

Dennis Smalley Scholarship in Electronic Music - University of Huddersfield

2015

Schenberg Fellowship - University of Western Australia

2015

University Choral Society Prizes for Music - University of Western Australia

2015

Lady Callaway Medal for Music - University of Western Australia

2014

Royal Overseas League Third Year Prize in Music Performance - University of Western Australia

2014

University Choral Society Prizes for Music - University of Western Australia

Teaching Experience

Final Year Project (University of Huddersfield)

Tutoring individual students in a 1-on-1 capacity to provide feedback and guide them through the process of creating a substantial creative project. Through this module I have advised on a variety of music genres including classical orchestral composition, soul, hip-hop, metal, punk, progressive rock and electronic music.

DMP1 - Desktop Music Production (University of Huddersfield)

Delivering seminars and lectures on techniques and technologies for computer-based music production including sequencing, sampling, arrangement, and a variety of sound processing techniques. A range of assessments, both technically or creatively focused develops their critical listening and production skills and seminars support them in applying these techniques to a range of individual aesthetics.

SAE1 - Sonic Arts and Electronica (University of Huddersfield)

Delivering seminars that introduce students to a broad range of electronic music styles and genres and technologies (Max, VCV Rack) in sonic art. Various genres are covered from IDM, EDM, acousmatic and sound installation work. includes For each student, the module culminates in the submission of a creative portfolio that encourages them to demonstrate the use of technology in imaginative ways. Throughout the year, I provide feedback to them and advise how they can develop their creative workflow, fostering their development as artists.

SAE2 - Sonics Arts and Electronica (University of Huddersfield)

This is a follow on module from SAE1 and is designed for students who completed SAE1 to take on more responsibility developing their practice, while giving them the opportunity to explore more personal aesthetic and creative goals across a variety of electronic based genres. Seminars delved into more complicated or hard to grasp subject matter ranging from sound design, studio practice and compositional technique. I also wrote a series of 6 lectures focusing on topics such as glitch aesthetics, interactive computer-based composition, genre-breaking artists in electronic music and developing creative workflow

MUSC1055 - Electronic Music: Methods and Means (University of Western Australia)

Providing seminars covering a wide range of electronic music genres. The seminars focus on exposing students to compositional strategies in these works and how composers outside mainstream genres of music approach structuring and designing music.

Publications

Computer-assisted corpus exploration with UMAP and agglomerative clustering. The 2020 Joint Conference on AI Music Creativity, Online.

Biomimicry: Analysis Of A Corpus-Based Interactive Improvisational System - Proceeds of the 2017 International Computer Music Conference, Shanghai.

Presentations

Nov 2019

Finding Things In Stuff, Fluid Corpus Manipulation Plenary, Huddersfield, video link

Feb 2019

Making Decisions About Making Decisions About Making Decisions, Creative Coding Lab Symposium at Electric Spring Festival, Huddersfield, video link

Oct 2019

Annealing Strategies, CeReNeM Colloquium, Huddersfield.

Oct 2017

Biomimicry: Analysis Of A Corpus-Based Interactive Improvisational System, International Computer Music Conference, Shanghai.

Selected Compositions

2020

Interferences, EP of 3 studio-based compositions.

2020

Reconstruction Error, EP of 5 studio-based compositions.

2019

Stitch/Strata, fixed-media composition.

2019

Refracted Touch, for slide guitar (Daryl Buckley) and electronics.

2018

Annealing Strategies, for simulated annealing system.

2017

Biomimicry, EP in 10 variations of 2 studio-based compositions.

2016

Esolang, for two cellos, piano and violin.

2015

Traced Over, for bowed guitar and electronics.

Selected Performances

Apr 2019

Refracted Touch, for slide guitar and electronics. Performed by Daryl Buckley (ELISION) and James Bradbury

Feb 2019

Stitch/Strata, for fixed media. Diffused by James Bradbury at the University of Huddersfield as part of Electric Spring Festival.

Feb 2019

Stitch/Strata, for fixed media. Diffused by James Bradbury at the University of York as part of HISS @ 10.

Jul 2017

Intra-tone, for trumpet and electronics. Performed by James Bradbury and Dan O’Connor at St.Paul’s Church as part of Tura New Music’s “Church Series”.

Jan 2017

Biomimicry, for interactive system and one musician. Performed by Sage Pbbbt and James Bradbury at Babushka Bar as part of Audible Edge New Music Festival.

Nov 2016

Esolang, for two cellos, violin and prepared piano. Performed by David Moran, Mary Rapp, Veronique Serret and Zubin Kanga at the Nest Creative Space, NSW, as part of Ensemble Offspring’s “Kontiki Racket”.

May 2015

Traced Over, for bowed guitar and electronics. Performed by James Bradbury and Jameson Feakes at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art as part of the Totally Huge New Music Festival.

Jun 2014

Entropy on a Clock, for chamber orchestra. Performed by the West Australian Symphony orchestra’s EChO ensemble, at ABC Studios, WA.

Masterclasses and Courses

Feb 2019

Masterclass with Benjamin Thigpen

Mar 2018

Masterclass with Miller Puckette

Feb 2018

Masterclass with Chaya Czernowin

Jun 2016

Computer Music Course at IRCAM Manifeste Festival

Jul 2016

Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music

Jun 2014

West Australian Symphony Orchestra: Young Composer Project

Selected Technical Experience

2020

Programmer for Andie Brown’s Alucita II Installation

Created a Max-based system for controlling transducers in order to resonate wine glasses in an installation space. The system was managed through a custom compositional language based on determining the density and spacing of stochastic events. The system also uses machine listening for pitch tracking to automatically determine the fundamental frequency of glasses.

2019

Technical Crew for the travelling Huddersfield Immersive Surround System

Planning, rigging and configuring diffusion systems at various universities with a sub-set of speakers from the Huddersfield Immersive Surround System (HISS).

2017-21

Member of the Huddersfield Immersive Surround System

Crew member involved in rigging and setting up large-scale diffusion systems (typically 50+ speakers)

2016

Co-engineer for Transformations CD

Assistant to Dr. Chris Tonkin in the recording sessions for Transformations

Other Relevant Skills

Administrative Experience

2021

Creative Coding Lab Symposium event organisation including finding speakers, University of Huddersfield

2019-21

Huddersfield HackSpace (see https://hudhack.space) creator and organiser, University of Huddersfield

2017-21

Relevant teaching administrative work (see Employment)

2015

Concert planning, development and organisation for composition concerts, University of Western Australia

Ongoing

Client communication through freelance work including invoicing and grant applications

Programming

Language

C++

I have a basic level of experience with C++, evidenced by development of bespoke tools for music composition. These include a number of Max externals (onecount, plusequals, bufspill) and additional objects for Dr. Alex Harker’s FrameLib library (fl.info~, fl.reverse~). I also have experience working with C and C++ build systems include Cmake.

Language

Python

I have advanced knowledge in Python, using it across a wide range of applications such as computer-aided composition, audio processing, machine learning, machine listening and for developing my own tool for computer-aided composition FTIS. Through this work I have gathered significant experience working with Python toolchains such as pip, poetry, PyPi and good practice for Python module creation.

Language

JavaScript

I am highly proficient in JavaScript for web-based programming in both frontend and backend capacities. This is evidenced by my freelance programming work creating interactive applications, high-performance web-socket servers and bespoke documentation websites that follow responsive design principles. I am highly proficient with Svelte, as well as package managers including npm and yarn.

Electronic Music Software

Software

Ableton Live, REAPER, Pure-data, Max, SuperCollider

I have advanced knowledge of and experience with visual programming environments such as Max and Pure-data. In addition to this have advanced knowledge of and experience with digital audio workstations Reaper and Ableton Live. I have an intermediate to basic knowledge of Supercollider and have experience writing my own classes for experimenting with ad-hoc compositional ideas and tools.

CD Releases

CD / Digital

Biomimicry (2016) - Tone List

Info

Biomimicry is an interactive real-time system written in Max. Using audio features to analyse the performer’s sound input and a “faulty” memory to store this information, the system creates intense and machine like responses to the human musician. Each CD that was released contained a different instance of Biomimicry in collaboration with two performers, Dan O’Connor and Sage Pbbbt.

Driving License

Details

I currently hold a valid UK driving license.