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Biography

I have loved listening to music ever since I can remember and began piano lessons and singing in the local choir at the age of seven. Fascinated by my dad's collection of electronic music I also developed a passion for recording and music technology. I studied Music and Sound Recording on the University of Surrey's Tonmeister course, graduating in 1994, also studying privately with the organist Michael Howard until 1996.

I have worked variously as a recording engineer, musician, technologist and teacher. From 1996-1998 I was a lecturer for Music Technology at Newham College of Further Education in east London. From there I moved onto Digital Audio Research where I spent two years as a technical services manager before becoming a product specialist at Fairlight.

Seeking to update and expand my skills, I came to the University of York in 2000 to do an MSc in Music Technology. I then undertook a PhD in spectral modelling for creative sound transformation which I submitted and successfully defended in 2006. From 2004 I was a teaching fellow in the Department of Electronics then in October 2008, I transferred to a new role as a researcher for room acoustics modelling. In August 2009 I took up a permanent post as lecturer in Music Technology, a role that combined both teaching and research. In October 2012 I moved to the Music Research Centre in the Department of Music, where I run the Production pathway of the MA in Music and teach modules on the Music BA. I also supervise MA by research and PhD students. These are the courses I currently teach in the department:

undergraduate - recording music, techno pop, sonic husbandry, sensations and perceptions of sound and music

postgraduate - music as audio, audio production techniques and aesthetics

In the Department of Electronics I taught

undergraduate - advanced digital synthesis, hearing and voice, music technology creation and perception, music technology in action, audio algorithm design and implementation and physical modelling synthesis, music technology portfolio, acoustics and psychoacoustics, recording studio techniques and technologies, advanced post production techniques, ECAD for music, advanced music technology systems and mathematics workshops

postgraduate - advanced multimedia applications, speech processing, human perception of sound, audio processing techniques and environments, studio recording and multimedia compression (audio).

Much of my recent research has focussed on directional separation of stereo audio recordings. Outside of this my current research interests are real-time spectral modelling of audio, room acoustics modelling and advanced audio modelling and processing for studio based effects. I the Department of Electronics I supervised Bachelors and Masters projects on audio processing with the two-dimensional Fourier transform, transcribing the music of Debussy to 19 and 31 TET tuning systems, physical modelling in PD, automated audio mixing tools, tempo perception, principal component analysis of rasterised audio, modelling of weakly non-linear systems for audio, modification of human voice characteristics and spectral modelling of guitar distortion.

Outside of my work at the University I have been a director/trustee of Accessible Arts and Media, a community and new media centre with charitable status based in York. I still work freelance, when time permits, as a recording engineer and consultant. I still play the piano and organ and have sung with The Vale of York Voices, an occasional choir that sings for services in York Minster. I am on the council of Music Preserved. As a DJ I've played at festivals such as The Big Chill, Drop Beats not Bombs and Sightsonic as well as at club nights like Freakin' and Playtime.