Jason Hockman

Jason Hockman

Lecturer in Audio Engineering

School of Computing and Digital Technology

Jason Hockman joined Birmingham City University in 2015 as a Lecturer in audio processing with a specialisation in music informatics. He is an electronic music producer and record label owner that has studied the origins of the technology and culture that inspired him to become involved in the music he creates. Jason holds a BA in Sociology (Cornell University 2000), a Masters of Music (New York University 2007), and a PhD in Music Research (McGill University 2014).

Jason now conducts research in the fields of music information retrieval and computational musicology of electronic music, where he focuses on automated meter and rhythm description, as well as content-aware audio effects. As an electronic musician, Jason has had several critically-acclaimed releases on a variety of established international record labels including his own Detuned Transmissions imprint.

Current Activity
  • Research
  • Teaching
Areas of Expertise
  •  Music informatics
  •  Electronic music creation/production/distribution
  • Audio effects
  • PhD Music Research
  • Master.Mus, BA Sociology
  • DIG4102
  • DIG6041
  • DIG6042
  • Electronic music analysis
  • Rhythm and metre detection
  • Southall, C., R. Stables and J. Hockman. 2016. Automatic drum transcription using bi-directional recurrent neural networks. In Proceedings of the International Society of Music Information Retrieval Conference, New York, USA. 591–7.
  • Ali-MacLachlan, I., M. Tomczak and J. Hockman. 2016. Note, cut and strike detection for traditional Irish flute recordings. 2016. In Proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis, Dublin, Ireland. 30–5.
  • Stasis, S., R. Stables and J. Hockman. 2016. Semantically controlled adaptive equalization in reduced dimensionality parameter space. Applied Sciences 6(4): 116–34.
  • Stasis, S., R. Stables and J. Hockman. 2015. A model for adaptive reduced-dimensionality equalisation. 18th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects, Trondheim, Norway (Best paper, 2nd prize).
  • Hockman, J.A. and M.E.P. Davies. 2015. Computational Strategies for Breakbeat Classification and Resequencing in Hardcore, Jungle and Drum & Bass. 18th International International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-15), Trondheim, Norway.
  • Hockman, J.A. 2014. An ethnographic and technological study of breakbeats in Hardcore, Jungle, and Drum & Bass. Ph.D Dissertation, McGill University. [pdf]
  • Devaney, J., J.A. Hockman, J. Wild, and I. Fujinaga. 2013. Diatonic semitone tuning in two-part singing. In Proceedings of the 2013 Society of Music Perception and Cognition Conference.
  • Weigl, D., D. Sears, J.A. Hockman, S. McAdams, and C. Guastavino. 2013. Investigating the effects of beat salience on beat synchronization judgments during music listening. In Proceedings of the 2013 Society of Music Perception and Cognition Conference.
  • Hockman, J.A., M.E.P. Davies, and I. Fujinaga. 2012. One in the jungle: Downbeat detection in hardcore, jungle, and drum and bass. in Proceedings of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference. 169–74.[pdf]
  • Hockman, J.A., D.M. Weigl, C. Guastavino, and I. Fujinaga. 2011. Discrimination between phonograph playback systems. in Proceedings of the 131st Convention of the Audio Engineering Society. [read]
  • Hockman, J.A. and I. Fujinaga. 2010. Fast vs slow: Learning tempo octaves from user data. in Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Information Retrieval. 231-6.[pdf]
  • McKay, C., J.A. Burgoyne, J.A. Hockman, J. Smith, G. Vigliensoni and I. Fujinaga. 2010. Evaluating the performance of lyrical features relative to and in combination with audio, symbolic and cultural features. in Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Information Retrieval. 213-8.[pdf]
  • Li, Z., Q. Xiang, J.A. Hockman, J. Yang, Y. Yi, I. Fujinaga, Y. Wang. 2010. A music search engine for therapeutic gait training. in Proceedings of ACM Multimedia '10.[pdf]
  • Hockman, J., M.M. Wanderley, and I. Fujinaga. 2009. Phase vocoder manipulation by runner’s pace. in Proceedings of the 2009 Conference on New Instruments for Musical Expression. 90-3.[pdf]
  • Hockman, J., M.E.P. Davies, J.P. Bello, and M. Plumbley. 2008. Automated rhythmic transformation of musical audio. in Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects. 177–80.[pdf]
  • Pugin, L., J. Hockman, J.A. Burgoyne, and I. Fujinaga. 2008. Gamera versus Aruspix: two optical music recognition approaches. in Proceedings of the International Conference on Music Information Retrieval. 419–25.[pdf]
  • Hockman, J. 2007. Automatic timbre mutation of drum loops. Masters diss, Music Technology, New York University.[pdf]
Work With Industry

Own and operate internationally-distributed electronic music record label

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