about my research

I am a researcher at the Faculty of Technology, De Montfort University, Leicester UK. I have links to the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre and the Centre for Computational Intelligence.

I work on computational models of pattern discovery, perception, and generation. The publications arising from my work cross boundaries between music, computing, psychology, mathematics and statistics. Recently I had a paper accepted on cognition of tonality for Psychological Review (Impact Factor 9.8, and 3rd out of 126 journals in the category Psychology – Multidisciplinary).

In time I am aiming to head a group dedicated to pushing the boundaries of music/cognitive psychology, music informatics research, and music composition. Research areas will include algorithm development for the discovery of repeated patterns in music and other domains, modelling musical expectancy, and investigating the effect of composition assistants on student education and work.

If you are interested in joining my group, you are welcome to get in touch to discuss opportunities. The Clarendon Park area of Leicester is a very comfortable, affordable, and artistic place to be, with bars, cafes, restaurants, delis, grocers, a butcher, curry houses, and its own arts festival called ArtBeat.


Here are some examples of music composed by humans, as well as computer-based music, which is produced by algorithmically combining existing music in new ways. Have a listen and see if you can tell who did what: human composer or computer based?

Scribble down your thoughts, send me your answers, and I'll tell you whodunnit!

automatic pattern discovery

Demonstration of a user interface that employs my improved computational methods for pattern discovery, with applications to music-analytical and compositional tasks.

autocompletion for composition

Demonstration of a user interface that takes a part-composed melodic or polyphonic fragment and suggests possible continuations in a desired style or genre.