Research

 

Overview

In 2011 I completed an MRes in Music/Music Technology at Keele (supervised by Diego Garro and Miroslav Spasov). In early 2012 I begun my PhD studies at DeMontfort University, supervised by John Richards and Bret Battey.

As both a singer-songwriter and a computer musician, I am interested in exploring how humans and machines collaborate in real-time in composition and performance. I looking for new aesthetics in the sweet patch that lies between order and chaos; between the human and the artificial; the familiar and the unknown.

My research involves plenty of reading, attending conferences, exploring techniques and building software in Max and Ableton Live, songwriting, exploratory play and recording.

 

Publications

Waite, S. (2014) Sensation and Control: Indeterminate Approaches in Popular Music. Leonardo Music Journal. 24. 78-79.

Waite, S. (2015). Reimagining the Computer Keyboard as a Musical Interface. In: Proceedings of NIME 2015. 2015, Baton Rouge, LA.

 

Pieces and Software

Rows, Columns, Collisions (2012): An interactive-generative composition on a grid-based system.

Interactive Generative Arpeggiator (2013): A slightly leftfield approach to generating melodic patterns.

Kafka-esque (2014): A text-driven composition to emphasise the textual element of performance.

Willow (2014): A more traditional song with modernist lyrical approach, and creative input from a machine collaborator.

Broken Starling (2014): Found sound and chance approaches in songwriting.

I Begin Where You End (2015): Algorithmic and modernist approaches in songwriting.

 

Conferences

I have presented and performed work at a number of conferences including:

Music, Technology and Innovation (MTI) Concert & Seminar Series, De Montfort University.

Noisefloor Festival, Staffordshire University.

Code Control 2013, Phoenix Centre, Leicester.

Sonorities 2015, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast.