Music Technology Research

Investigating multi-touch surfacesMusic Technology is one of the major research areas within the Music Department, University of Sheffield. Staff specialise in a range of musical activities involving technology - these include: computer music composition, sonic art, live-sound technologies, spatial audio technologies, software programming, studio recording and production, software development, amongst others.

Three areas are particularly significant:

1 - Acousmatic/Electroacoustic Composition –Dr. Adrian Moore and Dr. Adam Stansbie are involved in the creation and performance of electroacoustic music. In recent years, both Moore and Stansbie have received internal composition awards, performances across the globe and have published CDs of their compositions with leading publishers in the field. In addition, both Moore and Stansbie actively engage in acousmatic/electroacoustic musicology and analysis, regularly publishing articles concerning: compositional methodologies, the use of the technology, aesthetic drivers, the relationship between composition and performance, amongst others.

2 - The Development of Software Tools - The University of Sheffield Sound Studios (USSS) is well-known for its pioneering use of open-source software and the development of bespoke ‘tool-kits’ that are used for both composition and performance. Both staff and students have developed numerous software tools which are now widely available for use in a variety of contexts.

3 - Sound spatialisation – The M2 diffusion system (later renamed Resound) was designed and realised by Dr. Dave Moore and has since been used in concern throughout Europe. The system, which is used to spatialise sounds in real-time, has been a major research interest at USSS and some ongoing work is accessible through the co-developed, open-source project Resound.

For further information, please visit the following pages:

See the USSS archive of papers and works at Soundcloud/usss