Project Lead (2016-present): Dr. Zeynep Bulut
Project Advisor (2016-present): Prof. Atau Tanaka
App Development and UX Designer (2016-7): Dr. Michael Zbyszynski
Visual Identity and Website Design: P-L-U-R-A-L
Project Mentor (2016-7): Dr. Anna Kolliakou
Project Manager Mentor (2016-7): Sheila Urbanoski
Project Partners (2016-7): Cultural Institute at King’s College London, Department of Music at King’s College London, Department of Media and Computing and RapidMix (Realtime Adaptive Prototyping for Industrial Design of Multimodal Interactive Expressive Technology at Goldsmiths, University of London
Programming Support (2017-present): Dr. Kurt Werner
Workshop Design Support (2018-present): Dr.John D’Arcy
Workshop 1 Assistant: Sean Morris
Dr. Zeynep Bulut is a Lecturer in Music at Queen’s University Belfast, and Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London. Prior to joining Queen’s, she was an Early Career Lecturer in Music at King’s College London (2013-2017), and Research Fellow at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry (2011-2013). She received her Ph.D. in Critical Studies/Experimental Practices in Music from the University of California at San Diego (2011), M.A. in Visual Arts Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University (2002) and B.A. in Sociology from Bogazici University, Istanbul (2000). She also studied opera in the State Conservatory of Mimar Sinan University (1996-1999), and ethnomusicology in MIAM (Centre for Advanced Studies in Music) at Istanbul Technical University (2003-2005). Situated in the fields of experimental music, voice and sound studies, Zeynep’s scholarly and creative work examines the emergence, embodiment and mediation of voice as skin. She is currently writing her first manuscript, entitled, Building a Voice: Sound, Surface, Skin. Her articles have appeared in various volumes and journals including Perspectives of New Music, Postmodern Culture, and Music and Politics. Alongside her scholarly work, she has also exhibited sound works, and composed and performed vocal pieces for concert, video and theatre.
Prof. Atau Tanaka bridges the fields of experimental and computer music, and scientific research in embodied human-computer interaction. He has worked at IRCAM, was Artistic Ambassador for Apple France, and researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris. His first inspirations came upon meeting John Cage during his Norton Lectures and would go to on re-create Cage’s Variations VII with Matt Wand and :zoviet*france:. In the 90’s he formed Sensorband with Zbigniew Karkowski and Edwin van der Heide. In the Tokyo scene he has played alongside artists like Merzbow, Otomo, KK Null and others. His work has been presented at Ars Electronica, SFMOMA, Eyebeam, V2, NTT-ICC, and ZKM. He has been mentor at NESTA and was Artistic Co-Director of STEIM. He is Professor of Media Computing and a member of the Embodied Audiovisual Interaction research unit at Goldsmiths in London.
Dr. Michael Zbyszyński is a researcher in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths University of London, where he works with machine learning, biosensors, and interactivity design. He has been a software developer at Avid, SoundHound, Cycling ’74, and Keith McMillen Instruments, and was Assistant Director of Pedagogy at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT). As a musician, his work spans from brass bands to symphony orchestras, including composition and improvisation with woodwinds and electronics. He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and studied at the Academy of Music in Kraków on a Fulbright Grant. His work has been included in Make Magazine, the Rhizome Artbase, and on the ARTSHIP recording label.
P-L-U-R-A-L is a London based research and design collective working with and in the arts and cultural sectors.
Dr. Anna Kolliakou is a Post-doctoral Researcher at King’s College London. She has a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Essex and an MSc in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction and a PhD in Psychosis Studies from King’s College London. Since the beginning of 2014, she has been working on PHEME, an EU-funded project, which aims to model, identify and verify rumours as they spread across media, languages and social networks. Her role focuses on developing the mental healthcare branch of the project, where PHEME’s new veracity intelligence methods will be tested and validated, through a series of case studies on legal highs, medication, self-harm/ suicide and stigma. During these years, she has also been working at the Cultural Institute at King’s as a Knowledge Exchange Associate for Science. As a primary interface and scientific liaison between academics and cultural sector partners, she has supported the successful development and delivery of a number of collaborative partnerships with a variety of organisations from different disciplines such as British Film Institute, no.w.here, Theatre Rites, Belarus Free Theatre and electric voice theatre.
Sheila Urbanoski has been building websites and innovative online projects before it was even called the ‘web’. Her first paying website gig was in 1993 – where the big innovation was adding coloured text to a webpage. Prior to moving to the UK, she worked in video production both in front of and behind the camera in Canada and the States. Although she was once an internationally recognised media and video artist, she now chooses to concentrate on code, online projects and pure technology while paying taxes.
Dr. Kurt James Werner has been a Lecturer in Audio at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) of Queen’s University Belfast since early 2017. His research sits at the intersection of Virtual Analog (especially theoretical aspects of Wave Digital Filters), computer modeling of circuit-bent instruments, and the history of music technology. As part of his Ph.D. in Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics from Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), he wrote a doctoral dissertation “Virtual Analog Modeling of Audio Circuitry Using Wave Digital Filters.” This greatly expanded the class of circuits that can be modeled using the Wave Digital Filter approach to include circuits with complicated topologies and multiple nonlinear elements. As a composer, his music references elements of chiptunes, musique concrète, circuit bending, algorithmic/generative composition, and breakbeat.
Dr. John D’Arcy lectures in digital media at Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast. He is interested in the interplay between voice, text and place. He works in both live performance contexts, and those of a radiophonic or fixed media nature. John is currently a participating artist on the remote primary school arts project Virtually There. He also directs the vocal ensemble HIVE Choir and co-ordinates Belfast-based sound art collective UMBRELLA.