I am Acting Director of The Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE) at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. You can visit our webpage here
* Research Activity *
My personal research focusses on a few related areas in audio engineering, these being: acoustic percussion analysis, techniques of record production and digital signal processing for audio.
I currently lead a research project titled 'Dynamic range and loudness perception of commercial music' in collaboration with Professor Brian Moore at Cambridge University and Justin Patterson at the London College of Music, Thames Valley University.
This project involves analysing the causes, effects and future expectations of the well know loudness war and significant reductions in audio quality given the common trend of using heavy dynamic range processing.
Our project investigates the issue symbiotically by bringing together technical, psychoacoustic and cutural investigations. The project is supported by a number of key industry partners including The BBC, TC Electronic, Prism Sound, DTS, TF Pro and The Pleasurize Music Foundation.
I have recently developed a prototype system for analysing the acoustics of percussion instruments with the aim of assisting percussion and drum tuning. This research has
lead to a British patent application (application number GB0713649.2) and has also resulted in a successful East of England Development Agency Proof of Concept award worth a total of £35,000.
The Proof of Concept project has recently concluded and you can visit the iDrumTune iPhone App website here.
I am also a member of The Board of Directors of The Pleasurize Music Foundation (www.pleasurizemusic.com) and my particular role is to engange in research with respect to loudness, over compression and the loss of dynamic range in commercial music. In progress is an EPSRC grant application, also in collaboration with Justin Paterson at Thames Valley University, to investigate the psychoacoustic, technical and cultural issues relating to loudness.
Methods of music production is also an area of active research, particularly with respect to my association with Half-Ton Studios and recent articles published by The Art of Record Production and The Audio Engineering Society.