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Tim Sayer

Dr Tim Sayer

Senior Lecturer in Music Technology
Academic school:
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Music Technology
Higher qualifications:

BA (Dartington College of Arts), MSc (Stafford University), PhD (University of Plymouth)

Professional organisations:
The Performing Right Society for Music (PRS)
Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Musicians Union
Biography:

 

Previously, Tim was the faculty director of research at the University of St Mark and St John Plymouth. He is also a digital media software developer and undertakes numerous performances a year as a freelance trumpet player and digital media artist. The nature and style of these performances range enormously and include jazz/blues, free improvisation, popular, world, experimental and electro-acoustic music. Tim’s research interests centre on human computer interface design in the context of improvised musical performance, exploring the perceptual parameter space that exists between performer and technology as a means of investigating cognitive/behavioural mappings.

Since completing his PhD, Tim has developed a number of software applications for live performance which implicitly or explicitly challenge mechanical modes of musical behaviour. Recently he has developed an application which uses a brain computer interface (EEG) to control graphic scores. 

Research and scholarly output:

Publications

Sayer, T. (2016) Cognitive load and live coding: a comparison with improvisation using traditional instruments. International Journal Of Performance Arts And Digital Media,  Vol. 12 , Iss. 2,2016, Taylor & Francis, UK. ISSN 1479-4713

Sayer, T. (2015) Cognition and Improvisation:  Some Implications for Live Coding, International Conference on Live Coding. University of Leeds. DOI 10.5281/zennodo.19328, ISBN 9780853163404.

Sayer, T. (2014) Hypnagogia and Improvisation: Interfacing With Reflexive/Volitional Behaviour. INTER-FACE: International Conference on Live Interfaces Proceedings ISBN: 978-989-746-060-9

Sayer, T. (2014) Non-Thinking Music Making: A Proposed Methodology To Emancipate Improvisation. 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology Proceedings.

Sayer, T. (2013) Dynamic Scores: Extending The Parameter Space Of Live Performance. Scene, Vol1 No2, Intellect, UK. ISSN: 20443714

Sayer, T. (2011) React/Respond: Playing with agency in live multimedia performance. Avanca Cinema Proceedings 2011, ISBN: 9789899685819 /

Sayer, T. (2007) Using Technology To Ride The Reflex/Volitional Continuum In Improvised Musical Performance. ICMC07 Proceedings, Copenhagen, Denmark, ISSN 2223-3881

Sayer, T. (2006) A Conceptual Tool for Improvisation. Contemporary Music Review, Vol25, Routledge, UK

Sayer, T. (2004) Software Intervention in the Process of Improvisation. Digital Creativity, Vol14 No2 Swetz & Zeitlinger, Holland

Digital media performances

MondriSonic 2016 - Graphic score for EEG brain interface and Bass Clarinet: Bath Spa Media Wall

The Cue Garden 2015 - Piece for live coder and ensemble:  Vibraphonic Festival Exeter

War Words Music 2014 - Solo trumpet and electronics: Barbican Theatre Plymouth

What remains and is to come 2014 - Sound design for choreographer Rosanna Irvine and Katrina Brown

React/Respond 2011 - Interactive Graphic Score, Plymouth Contemporary Music Festival

Conferences:

 

July 2015 - International Conference on Live Coding, University of Leeds (http://iclc.livecodenetwork.org/)

December 2014 - 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, CIM14. Berlin, Germany (http://www.sim.spk-berlin.de/cim14_919.html)

November 2014 - INTER-FACE : International Conference on Live Interfaces 2014, Lisbon, Portugal (http://icli.lurk.org/)

November 2012 - Interactive Media Arts Conference (IMAC), Copenhagen

July 2011 - Avanca International Conference Cinema, Art, Technology, Communication, Portugal

May 2011 - Leeds International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition

September 2007 - Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts – Dartington College of Arts

August 2007 - International Computer Music Conference: School of Architecture, Copenhagen

February 2007 - Sonorities Two Thousand + Seven – Sonic Arts Research Center, Belfast

June 2005 - CyberSonica: Symposium on contemporary sound art, Science Museum, London

June 2003 - 1st International Conference for Digital Technologies and Performance Arts, School Of Intermedia And Performance Arts, Doncaster College (http://www.don.ac.uk/ipa/conference/)

August 2002 - Beyond Noise: Acoustic, Technical and Metaphorical Aspects of Noise in Audio and Visual Art, University of California Santa Barbara

June 2002 - CyberSonica: Symposium on contemporary sound art ,ICA, London