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The SoMA Team

Here are past and present members of the team.

Present Members

Jason

Dr Jason Hockman

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR - HEAD

Jason Hockman is an associate professor of audio engineering at Birmingham City University. He is a member of the Digital Media Technology Laboratory (DMTLab), in which he leads the Sound and Music (SoMA) Group for computational analysis of sound and music and digital audio processing. Jason conducts research in music informatics, machine listening and computational musicology, with a focus on rhythm and metre detection, music transcription, and content-based audio effects. As an electronic musician, he has had several critically-acclaimed releases on established international record labels, including his own Detuned Transmissions imprint.
Ryan

Dr Ryan Stables

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Bio coming soon.
Izzy

Dr Islah Ali-MacLachlan

SENIOR LECTURER - PHD

Islah Ali-MacLachlan is a Senior Lecturer and subject lead for acoustics, covering musical, environmental and building acoustics. He has a PhD in Music Research (Birmingham City University), PGDip (IOA) in Acoustics and Noise Control (Derby University) and BSc(Hons) Industrial Design (Technology) (Napier University of Edinburgh). He is a member of the Institute of Acoustics and sits on their board of education. His research interests are in computational ethnomusicology, concentrating on the use of signal analysis techniques applied to musical playing styles. He also researches in the field of acoustics, with an interest in projects involving product, environmental and building acoustics. He is an active musician and live engineer, and education director of a major UK folk festival.
Tychonas

Dr Tychonas Michailidis

LECTURER - PHD

Tychonas is a lecturer and researcher in digital media technology at the School of Computing and Digital Technology. His research interests focus on human-computer interaction, gesture interaction, interactive systems, user experience, sensor technologies, electronic music performance and new media compositions. In particular, his research examines how vibrotactile and haptic feedback experience can advance interactive systems in the arts and real-world applications.
Niccolò

Dr Niccolò Granieri

LECTURER - PHD

Niccolò Granieri is a lecturer and researcher in Digital Media Technology within the School of Computing and Digital Technology. His PhD focused on the application of hand tracking for the creation of augmented piano instruments, with a specific focus on the use of pre-existing musical gesture nuances. Niccolò now focuses on the application of hand tracking in various areas including computational ethnomusicology and VR/AR applications.
Sean

Dr Sean Enderby

LECTURER - PHD

Sean is a lecturer in the School of Computing and Digital Technology. He completed his PhD in the DMT Lab in 2017, developing semantic distortion effects. Since then he has done research in multimedia processing for online detection of terrorist material as well as being one of the founders of Semantic Audio Labs (creators of faders.io). Also, he likes beer.
Matt

Matthew Cheshire

PHD STUDENT

Bio coming soon.
Nick

Nick Jillings

PHD STUDENT

Blob of mobile carbon to convert caffeine into weird audio programs.
Maciek

Maciek Tomczak

PHD STUDENT

Maciek is a PhD student in the SoMA group. His work focuses on automated music transformations using deep learning, notably on neural drum synthesis, with an emphasis on introducing control over rhythmic manipulation of percussion recordings.
Jake

Jake Drysdale

PHD STUDENT

Jake Drysdale is currently a PhD student in the SoMA Group at Birmingham City University. His research focuses on expanding the breadth of knowledge associated with machine learning based approaches to music information retrieval. Jake aims to bring in his perspective as an electronic music producer and DJ to help towards the development of data driven music production tools that can push the boundaries imposed by current technology.
Alastair

Alastair Jamieson

ASSOCIATE LECTURER - PHD STUDENT

Alastair is an associate lecturer on the sound courses at BCU as well as a producer and recording studio owner. His work seeks to offer a recommendation system for multi-channel drum microphones investigating balance, position, and array technique.
Ben

Ben West

LECTURER - MSc

Ben is a Lecturer in Audio Engineering teaching on the acoustic modules. He has worked in acoustics within the automotive industry for almost ten years and holds a MSc in Acoustics with Audio Applications from the University of Salford. His industry experience covered a wide range of acoustic measurement, analysis, and simulation methods. Ben’s research interests include sound quality, sound perception and acoustics.

Past Members

Dom

Dr Dominic Ward

PHD

Dominic completed his PhD in the DMT Lab in 2016, developing novel audio systems driven by computational hearing models for applications in mixing multichannel musical audio.
Spyros

Dr Spyridon Stasis

PHD

Spyridon completed his PhD as a member of the DMT lab in 2019, where he was directly involved with the SAFE project. Through his research, Spyridon primarily focused on the area of intelligent music production, mainly applying machine learning methods to create novel, intelligent audio effects. After completing his PhD, Spyridon moved to the industry, working as a machine learning engineer.
Carl

Dr Carl Southall

PHD

Carl completed his PhD as a member of the DMT Lab in 2020. His main focus was utilising and advancing deep learning for automatic drum transcription, but he also worked on a variety of other time-series problems. After finishing his PhD, Carl has moved into industry where he integrates state-of-the-art deep learning models into real world products.