Sunday, 28 June 2009

Phd Studentship: Tangible, Embedded, and Whole Body Music Computing (Open University)


A fully funded 3 year PhD studentship in Music Computing is available at the Open University to develop and study new technologies, and new kinds of interaction, to support Music Composition, Performance and Education, with particular reference to Tangible, Embedded, and Whole Body Music Computing. The project will use motion capture and vibrotactile devices to investigate how visual and haptic feedback can be used to help musical beginners develop musical skills, while helping experienced musicians to gain new insights. The initial focus will be on rhythm. Background information to the project can be found at and

Applicants should have, or expect to gain, a BSc (1st or 2.1 class) or preferably MSc in computing or other related discipline. Formal musical training is not required, but applicants should have musical skills and experience of playing an instrument. The research is interdisciplinary and experience or interest in any of the following areas would be advantageous: programming for pervasive, tangible or music computing, hardware prototyping, interaction design, and user studies.

We encourage you to informally discuss your interest with Dr Simon Holland ( Applications should contain an application form, a CV and a two-page research proposal outlining how you would tackle this project. Closing date for applications is 21st July 2009. The studentship will commence in October 2009.

For detailed information and to apply email or telephone 01908
653280. Quote reference "Interdisciplinary PhD Studentships in Music"
Further details of music-related research at the OU can be found at

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