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Dr Ian Gibson’s research interests are: composing using electronic media, developing sonic art installations, developing software for singing analysis and synthesis, performance interfaces, virtual learning environments and developing web-based applications for collaborative music composition. He is one of the founders and executive committee members of the National Sonic Art Forum.

Dr Gibson joined Huddersfield University as Senior Lecturer in Music Technology in 2008. Before joining Huddersfield he was a Senior Lecturer and Leader of the Creative Technology Research Group at Bournemouth University. Dr Gibson has a first degree in Computer Studies and was awarded an MSc and PhD in Music Technology at the University of York. His thesis explored the use of voice as a real-time controller for sound synthesis and high level music events. After qualifying in Music Technology, Ian undertook a research post at York University examining real-time singing synthesis using parallel processing architectures. Following this, Ian was employed as a researcher at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford where he managed the studio, undertook research into Music Technology and tutored in electro-acoustic music.

Dr Gibson has featured in the media, including broadcasts for BBC Four, Radio 1, and Channel 6 Oxford. His compositions are played on both terrestrial and internet radio stations.

For details of Dr Gibson’s latest research activities and appearances please visit www.iangibson.me.uk

For details of the National Sonic Art Forum, please visit www.sonicartgroup.org

Research and Scholarship

Dr Gibson’s research interests are electroacoustic and electronic music composition, developing sonic art installations for exhibition and performance, exploring web-based and stand-alone software tools for collaborative music composition, performance interfaces, developing software for analysis and synthesis of the singing voice, and virtual learning environments.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Gibson, I (2016) Adaptive Music Technology Research Group Concert with the University of British Columbia [Show/Exhibition]

De Vos, Z., Johnson, T. and Gibson, I. (2016) Hallers Routine [Performance] In: Adaptive Music Technology Research Group Concert, 24 Feb 2016, Bates Mill, Huddersfield


Rogers, A. and Gibson, I. (2014) ‘Transient Analysis for Music and Moving Images: Consideration for Television Advertising’. In: Proceedings of the 40th International Computer Music Conference and the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference. Athens, Greece: ICMC/SMC. pp. 1226-1232.

Gibson, I (2014) CosMix [Show/Exhibition]

Gibson, I., Middleton, D. and Adkins, M.(2014) Borderlands CosMixed [Show/Exhibition]


Rogers, A. and Gibson, I. (2013) ‘Audiovisual synchrony: Cross-modal transient structure and tempo’. In: Sixth International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology, September 12th-14th 2013, Genoa, Italy , p. 50


Rogers, A. and Gibson, I. (2012) ‘Emotional Impact of Musical/Visual Synchrony Variation in Film’. In: Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC). Thessaloniki, Greece: ICMPC. pp. 848-852. ISBN 9789609984515

Rogers, A. and Gibson, I. (2012) ‘Audiovisual Coalescence: The Effect of Synchrony in Film Score’. In: 9th International Symposium on Computer Modeling and Retrieval, 19th-22nd June 2012, London, UK


Fisher, M. and Gibson, I. (2011) ‘The autonomous post production of a piano recording’. In: AES 130th Conference, 13th-16th May 2011, London, UK


Gibson, I (2010) ‘A Wireless, Real-time, Distributed Music Composition and Performance SystemThe International Journal of the Arts in Society , 5 (1), pp. 303-310. ISSN 1833-1866

Gibson, I (2010) ‘Collaborative music software for mobile phonesInternational Journal of Research and Reviews in Applied Sciences , 2 (2), pp. 104-107. ISSN 2076-7366


Gibson, I., Newell, C. and Edwards, A. (2007) ‘The "Call Centre" Installation’. In: Digital Music Research Network (DMRN) Summer Conference, 7-8 July 2007, Leeds Metropolitan University


Gibson, I. and Dovey, M. (2006) ‘A web-based system for collaborative electro-acoustic compositionInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology , 30 (9-10), pp. 968-973. ISSN 0268-3768

Gibson, I. and Dovey, M. (2006) ‘A Collaborative Composition System Based On A Service Oriented ArchitectureProceedings of the International Computer Music Conference , pp. 401-404.


Gibson, I. and England, R. (2004) ‘Fragmentary Collaboration in a Virtual World: The Educational Possibilities of Multi-user, Three-Dimensional Worlds’. In: Advances in E-engineering and Digital Enterprise Technology-1: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on E-Engineering and Digital Enterprise Technology (e-ENGDET), Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, 1-3 September 2004. London, UK: John Wiley and Sons. pp. 299-304. ISBN 9781860584671


Gibson, I., Howard, D. and Tyrrell, A. (1998) ‘Real-time singing synthesis using a parallel processing systemProceedings of the IEE Colloquium on Audio And Music Technology , pp. 8/1-8/6.

Gibson, I. and Howard, D. (1998) ‘A voice-controlled music synthesis systemProceedings of the Institute of Acoustics , 20 (6), pp. 205-213. ISSN 0309-8117


Gibson, I. and Howard, D. (1995) ‘Intuitive and dynamic control of synthesised sounds by voiceInternational Computer Music Conference Proceedings , pp. 228-229.


Gibson, I. and Howard, D. (1994) ‘Voice parameter estimation for sound processing controlProceedings of the Institute of Acoustics , 16 (5), pp. 207-214. ISSN 0309-8117

Gibson, I. and Howard, D. (1994) ‘Sound processing control using voice and graphical informationEurographics UK Chapter 12 Conference Proceedings , pp. 19-28.


  • Visiting Professor, University of British Columbia
  • External Examiner, Tonmeister courses, University of Surrey
  • Executive Committee Member, Sonic Arts Forum
  • Notable recent milestone event collaboration with the University of British Columbia and University of Huddersfield resulting in 2 performances at Electric Spring and Bates Mill (February 2016)

Research Degree Supervision

General project areas

  • Tools for electronic and electroacoustic music composition
  • Sonic art installations for exhibition and performance
  • Web-based and stand-alone software tools for collaborative music composition
  • Performance interfaces
  • Software development for sound analysis, synthesis and performance
  • Virtual learning environments

Current opportunities

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Ian Gibson



Enterprise Activities

  • Consultancy through the Adaptive Music Technology Research Group

Teaching and Professional Activities

Teaching/research interests

  • Music-making with mobile devices
  • Web-based music and sound synthesis applications
  • Installations and creative works
  • Motion tracking for music performance