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, the Royal Academy of Engineering, 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

Dr 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.

Dr Laurel Pardue

Postdoctoral Research Assisant

Education: S.B. Music, S.B. Electrical Engineering, MIT; M.Eng. Electrical Engineering, MIT; M.Sc. Media Arts & Sciences, MIT 2011; PhD, QMUL Augmented Instruments Laboratory, 2017
Interests: Interface & instrument design, prototyping, expressive performance, instrument learning, violin, viola, Balinese gamelan.

Dr Liam Donovan

RAEng Enterprise Fellow

Education: M.Eng. Engineering Science, University of Oxford 2011; PhD, QMUL Augmented Instruments Laboratory, 2018
Interests: Bela embedded audio platform; 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.

Giulio Moro

PhD student (2015-present, co-supervised with Mark Sandler), 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

Lia Mice

PhD student (2018-present)

Education: MMus in Creative Practice - Goldsmiths University of London
Interests: large instruments, instruments design, live performance and composition with digital musical instruments

Andrea Guidi

PhD student (2018-present)

Education: BSc Science & Technology of Musical Communication, University of Milan - Milan; MMus Electronic Music & Sound Technology, G.Verdi Conservatory of Music - Milan
Interests: new interfaces for musical expression, interactive art, augmented instruments


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 Chris Heinrichs

PhD student, 2012-17

Chris was a PhD student at the Augmented Instruments Lab from 2012-2017. His research focused on procedural audio and digital foley, and he now works at Enzien Audio in Brighton, UK.

Dr Astrid Bin

PhD student, 2014-2017

Astrid was a PhD student in the Augmented Instruments Lab from 2014-17, where her research focused on the audience perception of error in DMI performance. She's now a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Music Technology and Expressive Machinery Lab at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA.




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