Integra Lab

MiXD: Music Interaction Design

Music Interaction Design is at the heart of the Integra Lab’s activities. Our reputation in the areas of music and human-computer interaction is demonstrable through our two main focuses:

  • researching and developing interactive systems for music creation, performance and education;
  • undertaking applied and practice-led research in musical creativity and sustainability.

As pioneers of the conceptual framework ‘music-centred design’, we place the user – the musician and the activity of music making – at the centre of our work, developing technologies that empower the user by allowing them to think musically whilst using them.

Composition and performance with technology

Integra Lab has a strong history of producing compositions and performance that research and explore the novel application of technology during the creative process and in performance. Outputs include works for instruments and live electronics, digital instruments, mixed media and audiovisual, and sonic installations. These works often utilise technologies developed by Integra Lab. Our research objectives are to continue to:

  • integrate our in-house technologies with creative practice,
  • secure more externally funded commissions and high-profile performances, and
  • engage with a wider range of audiences

Approaches to sustainability in the creation and performance of music with technology

Integra Lab has considerable experience in providing support to ensembles and composers working with technology. We have worked directly with composers and ensembles on the production of new works, as well as ‘migrating’ works from the live electronics repertoire, specifically those using obsolete technologies, to sustainable platforms. The outputs of our research have been exhibited internationally.

  • Our main objective is to continue this work, specifically developing solutions to provide sustainable materials for musical works relying on technologies for their performance.

Key Staff

PhD Students and Awards (2014–)

  • Richard Burn
  • Balandino Di Donato
  • Johan Eriksson
  • Niccolò Granieri
  • Joe Wright
  • René Mogensen (2017)
  • Tychonas Michaildis (2016)
  • James Dooley (2015)

For further details, see the main Integra website.