Members and collaborators

About the lab

The Augmented Instruments Laboratory is part of the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary University of London. Founded in 2011, the lab is led by Andrew McPherson and includes members and collaborators from across C4DM, including PhD students on the QMUL Media and Arts Technology programme.

The lab has received funding from EPSRC, AHRC, the Royal Society and Queen Mary Innovation. In addition to its research and performance activities, it has launched two successful Kickstarter campaigns leading to spinout companies: TouchKeys (Kickstarter; website) and Bela (Kickstarter; website).


Dr Andrew McPherson

Reader (Associate Professor) in Digital Media; EPSRC Early Career Fellow 2016-2020

Education: S.B. Music, S.B. Electrical Engineering, MIT; M.Eng. Electrical Engineering, MIT; Ph.D. Music Composition, U. Penn. 2009; Postdoc Drexel University MET-lab 2009-2011
Interests: Composition, actuated instruments, viola, piano, embedded audio systems

Dr Fabio Morreale

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Education: B.S. Computer Science, M.S. Computer Science, M.S. Biomedical Data Processing, University of Verona; Ph.D. Human-Computer Interaction, University of Trento 2015; Postdoc University of Trento 2015-2016
Interests: Musical interface design and evaluation, generative art, algorithmic composition

Kurijn Buys

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Education: M.A. Audio Design, Utrecht School of Music and Technology, 2008; M.S. Science and Technology, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 2010; PhD in Musical Acoustics, The Open University, 2017.
Interests: Acoustic/electronic/digital instrument development, in particular experienced with hybrid (electro-acoustic) wind instruments.

Chris Heinrichs

PhD student (2012-present)

Education: University of Glasgow
Interests: Procedural audio, sound design, immersive environments and games, violin, spatial audio

Liam Donovan

PhD student (2013-present)

Education: University of Oxford
Interests: Developing and building new acoustic musical instruments

Robert Jack

PhD student (2014-present, co-supervised with Dr Tony Stockman)

Education: M.A.(hons) Applied Mathematics and Music, University of Glasgow; MMus Studio Composition, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Interests: Touch and musical instrument design, cross-modal perception, non-visual interfaces, sensorimotor feedback, haptics, percussion, strings and live electronics.

Astrid Bin

PhD student (2014-present, co-supervised with Dr Nick Bryan-Kinns)

Education: AOCAD (Hons.) Sculpture/Installation, 2003. MA Art In Public, University of Ulster, 2013.
Interests: Electronics, making things, physical objects, audiences, human-computer interaction, drone.

Giulio Moro

PhD student (2015-present), Research Assistant (2017)

Education: Bachelors in sound recording (Conservatory of Padua), MSc in Digital Music Processing (QMUL)
Interests: Touch on keyboard instruments, low latency audio and sensors, embedded devices, why-do-people-think-analog-is-better

Jack Armitage

PhD student (2016-present)

Education: BSc Music, Multimedia & Electronics, University of Leeds
Interests: Musical instruments, composition systems, cognitive science, (post) human-computer interaction

Jacob Harrison

PhD student (2016-present)

Education: BSc Music Technology, University of York; MSc by Research Electronic Engineering, University of York Audio Lab
Interests: Interface and instrument design, accessible music technology

Giacomo Lepri

PhD student (2017-present)

Education: BMus Electronic Music, Conservatorio N. Paganini - Genoa; MMus by Research "Instruments & Interfaces", Institute of Sonology - STEIM (Royal Conservatoire in The Hague)
Interests: Instruments design, media archaeology, cultural factors in music technology development, audio-visual interactive installtions, electroacoustic composition and improvisation


Dr Victor Zappi

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2013-14

Victor was a postdoc on the Hackable Instruments project, 2013-14. He now holds a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Genova) and the University of British Columbia. Victor is the co-creator of the D-Box hackable instrument.

Dr Duncan Menzies

PhD student, 2011-15

Duncan was a PhD student at the Augmented Instruments Lab between 2011-2015. During this time he developed a digital bagpipe chanter hardware and software system to assist in the process of teaching and learning the Great Highland Bagpipe.

Dr Laurel Pardue

PhD student, 2012-17

Laurel was a PhD student at the Augmented Instruments Lab between 2012-2017 working on the augmented violin.




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