Research Interests

My academic research was grounded primarily in the study of visual art practice approached through a combination of psychological enquiry and information-based analysis. This approach is now more focused on the sonic arts. In general, I am interested in the following subjects and in the links between them:

  • Aesthetics: visual and auditory complexity in art and nature; how and why things (natural and artificial) are perceived to be interesting and beautiful; how perceived complexity relates to aesthetic judgements and creative processes. The psychology of aesthetic perception – visual, auditory and temporal. The aesthetics of generative art and computer art
  • Complexity and Complex Systems Theory: models of complexity (especially cellular automata); algorithmic information theory; data compression as a measure of aesthetic complexity.
  • Music: traditional instrumentation (guitar, bass, piano, pipe organ, church bells); digital synthesis; generative composition and systems/process music; musical analysis and sonic representation.
  • Nature: evolutionary processes; natural patterns; acoustic ecology.
  • Science: Biology (ecology, evolutionary theory, microbiology);

Professional work is currently in the area of social research, specializing in education, skills and employment. At CFE Research, I’ve worked on projects including:

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