Research Fellow in Digital Musical Instrument Ecology

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£33,199 to £39,610 per annum
Monday, 1 July 2019
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 31 July 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Application closing date: 31/07/2019
Salary: £33,199 to £39,610 per annum (potential to progress to £43,266 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution)
Job category/type: Research

Job description

The successful applicant will be an active member of the research project investigating the theoretical and practical processes by which digital musical instruments (DMIs) may become part of musical ecologies, in particular the factors which influence how musicians discover the properties of DMIs and learn to skilfully play them. The project will involve conducting and analysing experiments to investigate exploration and technique acquisition with different novel DMI prototypes. This investigation is placed within the broader research context of developing a theoretical framework to guide design principles which are more likely to lead to successful adoption of DMIs in musical cultures and practices.

The following describes the type of work that is typically required of research staff at this level. This list of duties is indicative of the tasks likely to be undertaken, and will be carried out in conjunction with the wider research team.

The Research Fellow will work full-time on the project for six months.

Since its founding in 2001, the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) has become a globally recognised institute for music-based practice and research, broadly conceived. SARC brings together researchers in composition, performance, musicology, computing for musical applications, acoustics and perception, sound recording, interaction design, broadcast, critical improvisation studies, sound art, aesthetics and media theory. A purpose designed building with a state-of-the-art Sonic Laboratory and multichannel studios was opened by Karlheinz Stockhausen in 2004 during the Sonorities Festival, which is hosted biennially by SARC. The Centre's core membership combines staff who work in the SARC building with colleagues based in the nearby Music building, home to the Harty Room concert hall equipped with two full-concert Steinway grand pianos, a double-manual harpsichord, chamber organ and many percussion and specialist instruments.

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