Dr Alexis Kirke
Profiles

Dr Alexis Kirke

Senior Research Fellow

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)

Role

Senior Research Fellow (Permanent) in Computer Music

Plymouth Marine Institute Composer-in-residence

Qualifications

BSc. Hons Mathematics
PhD (Technology)
PhD (Arts)

Professional membership

Member: PRS for Music


Roles on external bodies

Prime minister's Task and Finish Group for Rural Dementia, member

Prime minister's Task and Finish Group for Dementia, Travel and Tourism [name tbd], member
National Memory Day Steering Group, member

Teaching interests

2009-2011 Associate lecturer on Collaborative Practice module of BA Sound and Music Production for 2 years 

2011-2012 Associate lecturer on Individual Practice module of BA Sound and Music Production for 1 year 

2014- Associate lecturer, Psychology module, BA Music 

2012- Associate lecturer and examiner MRes Computer Music 

2013- Second Supervisor for 5 Ph.D students 

2015- Associate Lecturer, ResM 

2015- Internal PhD examiner for 1 student 

Staff serving as external examiners

Queen Mary, University of London

Research interests

Music Composition and Performance

Human-Computer Interaction
Music, Broadcasting and Dementia
Ecological Multi-agent Modelling
Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
Music and Emotion
Biosignal Measurement
Film-making
Affective Computation


Other research

Plymouth University Arts Institute, member 

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/institutes/arts-institute

Grants & contracts

Originator and main drafter of successful 4.5 year £800K EPSRC project "EP/J002135/1 Brain-Computer Interface for Monitoring and Inducing Affective States"

Originator and co-application successful 3 year project "Developing a data-driven multi-agent model for studying humpback whale song."
Co-applicant successful 3 year KTP project "Computer Generated Music Systems Developer" 

Creative practice & artistic projects

Co-producer and co-presenter of BBC Radio Devon 60 minute Documentary Special: "Music, Memory and Making Radio", first broadcast Dec 2015.

many worlds:
World's first publicly shown narrative film controlled by multiple bio-sensors. Premiered at PACMF2013, invited showings at BBC Research and Development and PrintScreen Festival. Commissioned by Peninsula Arts.

Open Outcry:
A ‘reality opera’ in which the singers traded for real money in real time using an artificial stock market trading floor
Premiered Nov 2012 The Mansion House, London. Sponsored by Barclays.

Cloud Chamber:
Live Duet for Violin & Subatomic Particles, performed at California Academy of Sciences invited by Stanford, PACMF2012, and the Second Target Station at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories. Commissioned by Peninsula Arts.

Sound-Wave:
A piece for large-scale wave tank, water drummers and electronics commissioned by the Plymouth Marine Institute for the opening of their new building at Plymouth University
Premiered Oct 2012 Marine Building, Plymouth University, Plymouth

Sunlight Symphony:
A 30 minute piece for a building played as a musical instrument by the rising sun. Premier at Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, PACMF2010. Commissioned by Peninsula Arts.




Research groups

  • Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research

Books Edited

Kirke, A., Miranda, E.R. (eds) (2012) "Guide to Computing for Expressive Music Performance" Springer-Verlag, 2012

Magazine Articles

Kirke, A. (2014) "It's all about me" New Scientist, Feb 2014


Journal

Kirke, A., Shadbolt, P., Neville, A., Miranda, E., (2015). “A Hybrid Computer Case Study for Unconventional Virtual Computing”, International Journal of Unconventional Computing, 11(3-4): 205-226.

Kirke, A., Freeman, S. and Miranda, E. (2015). “Wireless Interactive Sonification of Large Water Waves to Demonstrate the Facilities of a Large-Scale Research Wave Tank”, Computer Music Journal, 39(3):59-70.

Kirke, A., Miranda, E.R. (2015). “A Multi-agent Emotional Society whose Melodies Represent its Emergent Social Hierarchy and are Generated by Agent Communications”, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 18(2): 16

Kirke, A., Eaton, J. and Miranda, E. (2015).  “Real-time Hallucination Sonification and Simulation through User-led Development of an iPad Augmented Reality Performance”, Leonardo, 48(3): 235-242.

Kirke, A., Miranda, E.R. (2014) “Pulsed Melodic Affective Processing: Musical structures for increasing transparency in emotional computation.” Simulation, 90(5): 606-622.

Kirke, A., Miranda, E.R. (2014) “Towards Harmonic Extensions of Pulsed Melodic Affective Processing - Further Musical Structures for Increasing Transparency in Emotional Computation.” International Journal of Unconventional Computation, 10(3): 199-217.

Kirke, A., Miranda, E.R. (2014) “Unconventional Computation and Teaching: Proposal for MUSIC, a Tone-Based Scripting Language for Accessibility, Computation and Education.” International Journal of Unconventional Computation, 10(3): 237-249.

Williams, D., Kirke, A., Miranda, E. R., Roesch, E., Daly, I., and Nasuto, S. (2014). "Investigating affect in algorithmic composition systems." Psychology of Music (Published online before print August 15, 2014, doi: 10.1177/0305735614543282)

Kirke, A., Miranda, E., Chiaramonte, A., Troisi, A.R., Matthias, J., Fry, N., McCabe, C., Radtke, J. and Bull, M. (2013). "Cloud Chamber: A Performance with Real Time Two-Way Interaction Between Subatomic Particles and Violinist", Leonardo, Vol. 46, No.1, MIT Press, USA.

Kirke, A., Miranda, E.R. (2013) “Note on ‘Fi-Sci: Directed Entertainment Narrative Generation for Scientific and Technological Research’”, Journal of Science Fiction Studies, 40(1): 194-195. 

Kirke, A. and Miranda, E. (2012). "Pulsed Melodic Affective Processing – Using Music for Natural Affective Computation and Increased Processing Transparency", Neural, Parallel, and Scientific Computations 20:227–240, Dynamic Publishers, USA.

Miranda, E.R.,Kirke, A. and Zhang, Q., (2010). "An Imitative Multi-Agent System Approach to Expressive Performance of Music." ComputerMusic Journal, Vol. 34:1

Kirke, A. and Miranda, E. R. (2009)."A Survey of Computer Systems for Expressive Music Performance." ACM Computing Surveys, Vol. 42:1

Kirke, A., Miranda, E.R. (2007)."Capturing the Aesthetic: Radial Mappings for Cellular AutomataMusic". Journal of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Vol. 21, pp. 15-23.

Kirke, A. (1996). “A Short Term Memory for Neural Networks Which Allows Recognition and Reproduction of Complex Sequences of Integers with the Minimum Number of Weights.” Neural Processing Letters,Vol. 3, pp. 49-54.

 

Book Chapters

Kirke, A., Miranda, E. (2013). "Pulsed Melodic Processing – the Use of Melodies in Affective Computations for Increased Processing Transparency". In Music and Human-Computer Interaction, S. Holland, K. Wilkie, P. Mulholland and A. Seago (Eds.), London: Springer.

Miranda, E. R., Kirke, A. (2014).“Game of Life Music”, A. Adamatsky (Ed.) Applications of Game of Life CellularAutomata. Frome, UK: Luniver Press.

Kirke, A. and Miranda, E. R., (2014)."Artificial Social Composition: A Multi-Agent System for Composing MusicPerformances by Emotional Communication", T. Klouche (Ed.) Mathematicaland Computational Musicology. Heidelberg: Springer.

Kirke, A. and Miranda, E. R. (2013). “Using a Biophysically-constrained Multi-agent System to combine Expressive Performancewith Algorithmic Composition.” E. R. Miranda (Ed.) Music and Artificial Life.Middleton, WI: A-R Editions.

 

Conference

Kirke, A. and Miranda, E. R. (2012). "Application of Pulsed Melodic Affective Processing to Stock Market Algorithmic Trading and Analysis". Proceedings of 9th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval – CMMR2010, London (UK).

Kirke, A. and Miranda, E. R.  "Pulsed Melodic Processing - Using Music for natural Affective Computationand increased Processing Transparency ", Proceedings of British Computer Society Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Newcastle (UK).

Kirke, A. and Miranda, E. R. "Emergent Construction Of Melodic Pitch And Hierarchy Through AgentsCommunicating Emotion Without Melodic Intelligence", Proceedings ofInternational Computer Music Conference - (ICMC2011), Huddersfield (UK).

Kirke, A. and Miranda, E. R. "Developing Methods For Computer Programming By Musical Performance AndComposition", Proceedings of International Computer Music Conference -(ICMC2011), Huddersfield (UK).

Kirke, A.,Freeman, S., Miranda, E. R., and Ingram, S. "Application Of Multi-Agent Whale Modelling To An InteractiveSaxophone And Whales Duet", Proceedings of International Computer MusicConference - (ICMC2011), Huddersfield (UK).

Kirke, A., Bonnot, M., and Miranda, E. R. "Towards Using Expressive Performance Algorithms For Typist EmotionDetection", Proceedings of International Computer Music Conference -(ICMC2011), Huddersfield (UK).

Kirke, A., Miranda, E. R., Chiaramonte, A.,Troisi, A. R., Matthias, J., Radtke, J., Fry, N., McCabe, C., Bull, M.  "Cloud Chamber: A Performance involving Real time Two-way InteractionBetween Subatomic Radioactive Particles and Violinist", Proceedings ofInternational Computer Music Conference - (ICMC2011), Huddersfield (UK).

Kirke, A. and Miranda, E. R. “CombiningEEG Frontal Asymmetry Studies with Affective Algorithmic Composition AndExpressive Performance Models", Proceedings of International ComputerMusic Conference - (ICMC2011), Huddersfield (UK).

Kirke, A.and Miranda, E. R. (2009). " Artificial SocialComposition: A Multi-Agent System for Composing Music Performances by EmotionalCommunication", Proceedings of International Conference on Music andEmotion- (ICME2009), Durham (UK).

Kirke, A.and Miranda, E. R. (2008). "COMPER: Towards aModel for Generating Compositions from Expressive Music Performances",Proceedings of International Computer Music Conference - (ICMC2008), Belfast(UK).

Kirke, A.and Miranda, E. R. (2008). "An Instance BasedModel for Generating Expressive Performance During Composition",Proceedings of International Computer Music Conference - (ICMC2008), Belfast(UK).

Kirke,A., Miranda, E.R. (2007). "Evaluating Mappings forCellular Automata Music", Proceedings of ECAL 2007 Workshop on Music andArtificial Life (MusicAL 2007), Lisbon (Portugal).

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Daly I, Williams D, Hwang F, Kirke A, Miranda ER & Nasuto SJ 2019 'Electroencephalography reflects the activity of sub-cortical brain regions during approach-withdrawal behaviour while listening to music' Scientific Reports 9, (1) , DOI PEARL
Kirke A 2018 'Experiencing Quantum Through Music' ITNOW 60, (2) 54-55 , DOI PEARL
Kirke A, Williams D, Miranda E, Bluglass A, Whyte C, Pruthi R & Eccleston A 2018 'Unconsciously interactive Films in a cinema environment—a demonstrative case study' Digital Creativity 29, (2-3) 1-17 , DOI PEARL
Daly I, Williams D, Malik A, Weaver J, Kirke A, Hwang F, Miranda E & Nasuto SJ 2018 'Personalised, Multi-modal, Affective State Detection for Hybrid Brain-Computer Music Interfacing' IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing 1-1 , DOI PEARL
Nicolaou N, Malik A, Daly I, Weaver J, Hwang F, Kirke A, Roesch E, Willilams D, Miranda ER 2017 'Directed Motor-Auditory EEG Connectivity Is Modulated by Music Tempo' Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 11, , DOI PEARL
Williams D, Kirke A, Miranda E, Daly I, Hwang F, Weaver J & Nasuto S 2017 'Affective Calibration of Musical Feature Sets in an Emotionally Intelligent Music Composition System' ACM Transactions on Applied Perception 14, (3) 1-13 , DOI PEARL
Daly I, Williams D, Kirke A, Weaver J, Malik A, Hwang F, Miranda E & Nasuto SJ 2016 'Affective brain–computer music interfacing' Journal of Neural Engineering 13, (4) 046022-046022 , DOI PEARL
Kirke A, Shadbolt P, Neville A & Miranda E 2016 'A Hybrid Computer Case Study for Unconventional Virtual Computing' International Journal of Unconventional Computation PEARL
Daly I, Williams D, Hallowell J, Hwang F, Kirke A, Malik A, Weaver J, Miranda E & Nasuto SJ 2015 'Music-induced emotions can be predicted from a combination of brain activity and acoustic features' Brain and Cognition 101, 1-11 , DOI PEARL
Kirke A, Freeman S & Miranda ER 2015 'Wireless Interactive Sonification of Large Water Waves to Demonstrate the Facilities of a Large-Scale Research Wave Tank' Computer Music Journal 39, (3) 59-70 , DOI
Kirke A, Freeman S & Miranda ER 2015 'Wireless Interactive Sonification of Large Water Waves to Demonstrate the Facilities of a Large-Scale Research Wave Tank' Computer Music Journal 39, (3) 59-70 , DOI PEARL
Williams D, Nasuto S, Kirke A, Miranda E, Daly I, Hallowell J, Weaver J, Malik A, Roesch E 2015 'Investigating Perceived Emotional Correlates of Rhythmic Density in Algorithmic Music Composition' ACM Transactions on Applied Perception 12, (3) 1-21 , DOI PEARL
Kirke A, Eaton J & Miranda E 2015 'Real-Time Hallucination Simulation and Sonification through User-Led Development of an iPad Augmented Reality Performance' Leonardo 48, (3) 235-242 , DOI PEARL
Daly I, Hwang F, Kirke A, Malik A, Weaver J, Williams D, Miranda E & Nasuto SJ 2015 'Automated identification of neural correlates of continuous variables' JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE METHODS 242, 65-71 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Kirke A & Miranda E 2015 'A Multi-Agent Emotional Society Whose Melodies Represent its Emergent Social Hierarchy and Are Generated by Agent Communications' Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 18, (2) , DOI PEARL
Daly I, Williams D, Hwang F, Kirke A, Malik A, Roesch E, Weaver J, Miranda E & Nasuto SJ 2014 'Investigating music tempo as a feedback mechanism for closed-loop BCI control' Brain-Computer Interfaces 1, (3-4) 158-169 , DOI
Williams D, Kirke A, Miranda ER, Roesch E, Daly I & Nasuto S 2014 'Investigating affect in algorithmic composition systems' Psychology of Music 43, (6) 831-854 , DOI
Kirke A & Miranda E 2014 'Pulsed Melodic Affective Processing: Musical structures for increasing transparency in emotional computation' SIMULATION-TRANSACTIONS OF THE SOCIETY FOR MODELING AND SIMULATION INTERNATIONAL 90, (5) 606-622 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Daly I, Malik A, Hwang F, Roesch E, Weaver J, Kirke A, Williams D, Miranda E & Nasuto SJ 2014 'Neural correlates of emotional responses to music: An EEG study' Neuroscience Letters 573, 52 - 57-52 - 57 Publisher Site , DOI
Kirke AJ & Miranda ER 2014 'Towards Harmonic Extensions of Pulsed Melodic Affective Processing Further Musical Structures for Increasing Transparency in Emotional Computation' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF UNCONVENTIONAL COMPUTING 10, (3) 199-217 Author Site PEARL
Kirke AJ & Miranda ER 2014 'Unconventional Computation and Teaching: Proposal for MUSIC, a Tone-Based Scripting Language for Accessibility, Computation and Education' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF UNCONVENTIONAL COMPUTING 10, (3) 237-249 Author Site PEARL
Kirke A, Miranda E, Chiaramonte A, Troisi A, Matthias J, Fry N, McCabe C, Radtke J & Bull M 2013 'Cloud Chamber: A Performance with Real Time Two-Way Interaction Between Subatomic Particles and Violinist' Leonardo 46, (1) Author Site
Kirke A & Miranda ER 2012 'Pulsed Melodic Affective Processing – Using Music for Natural Affective Computation and Increased Processing Transparency' Neural, Parallel, and Scientific Computations 20, 227-240
Miranda ER, Kirke A & Zhang Q 2010 'Artificial Evolution of Expressive Performance of Music: An Imitative Multi-Agent Systems Approach' COMPUTER MUSIC JOURNAL 34, (1) 80-96 Author Site , DOI
Kirke A & Miranda ER 2009 'A Survey of Computer Systems for Expressive Music Performance' ACM COMPUT SURV 42, (1) , DOI
Kirke AJ 1996 'A short term memory for Neural Networds which allows recognition and reproduction of complex sequences of integers with the minimum number of weights' Neural Processing Letters 3, (1) 49-54 , DOI
Kirke A 0 'Application of Grover's Algorithm on the ibmqx4 Quantum Computer to Rule-based Algorithmic Music Composition' Author Site PEARL
Books
Kirke A & Miranda ER 2013 Guide to Computing for Expressive Music Performance. Springer
Kirke A & Miranda ER 2013 Guide to Computing for Expressive Music Performance. Springer
Chapters
Kirke A 2018 'When the Soundtrack Is the Game: From Audio-Games to Gaming the Music' PEARL
Drayton J, Miranda ER & Kirke A 2017 'A Comparison of Fitness Functions in a Genetic Algorithm for Acoustic–Articulatory Parameter Inversion of Vowels' in Bosman PAN New York, NY, USA ACM PEARL
Kirke A & Miranda ER 2017 'Experiments in Sound and Music Quantum Computing' in Miranda E Guide to Unconventional Computing for Music Springer International Publishing Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Miranda ER, Kirke A, Braund E & Antoine A 2017 'On Unconventional Computing for Sound and Music' in Miranda E Guide to Unconventional Computing for Music Springer International Publishing Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Kirke A 2017 'Towards a musical programming language' PEARL
Kirke A & Miranda ER 2013 'Pulsed Melodic Processing – the Use of Melodies in Affective Computations for Increased Processing Transparency' in Holland S; Mulholland A; Seago A Music and Human-Computer Interaction London Springer Publisher Site
Kirke A 2012 'Music and Human-Computer Interaction' in Holland S; Wilkie K; Mulholland P; Seago A Pulsed Melodic Processing - Using Music for Natural Affective Computation and Increased Processing Transparency Springer-Verlag New York Incorporated 171-188
Miranda ER 2010 'Game of Life Music' in Adamatzky A Game of Life Cellular Automata Springer-Verlag 489-501
Conference Papers
Drayton J, Miranda ER & Kirke A 2017 'A Comparison of Fitness Functions in a Genetic Algorithm for Acoustic–Articulatory Parameter Inversion of Vowels' Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference 2017 Berlin, Germany 15/07/2017 19/07/2017 , DOI PEARL
Miranda ER, McLoughlin M, Lamoni L, Garland E, Ingram S, Noad M, Rendell L & Kirke A 2016 'Adapting a Computational Multi Agent Model for Humpback Whale Song Research for use as a Tool for Algorithmic Composition' Sound and Music Computing Conference Hamburg, Germany 31/08/2016 03/09/2016 PEARL
Miranda ER, Bonet N & Kirke A 2016 'Sonification of Dark Matter: Challenges and Opportunities' Sound and Music Computing Conference Hamburg, Germany 31/08/2016 03/09/2016 PEARL
Miranda ER, Daly I, Williams D, Kirke A, Weaver J, Malik A, Hwang F, Eaton J & Nasuto SJ 2016 'An affective brain-computer music interface' International Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Meeting - 2106 Pacific Grove, California, USA
Miranda ER, Bonet N & Kirke A 2016 'Blyth – Eastbourne – Wembury: Sonification as a compositional tool in electroacoustic music' 2nd International Conference on New Musical Concepts Treviso, Italy 05/03/2016 06/03/2016 PEARL
Mcloughlin M, Lamoni L, Garland E, Ingram S, Kirke A, Noad M, Rendell L & Miranda ER 2016 'Preliminary Results From A Computational Multi Agent Modelling Approach To Study Humpback Whale Song Cultural Transmission' 11th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EvoLang XI) New Orleans, USA , DOI PEARL
Daly I, Malik A, Weaver J, Hwang F, Nasuto SJ, Williams D, Kirke A & Miranda E 2015 'Towards human-computer music interaction: Evaluation of an affectively-driven music generator via galvanic skin response measures' 2015 7th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CEEC) 24/09/2015 25/09/2015 IEEE , DOI
Daly I, Malik A, Weaver J, Hwang F, Nasuto SJ, Williams D, Kirke A & Miranda E 2015 'Identifying music-induced emotions from EEG for use in brain-computer music interfacing' 2015 International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII) 21/09/2015 24/09/2015 IEEE , DOI
Kirke A, Dixon B & Miranda E 2015 'Music and Dementia: Two Case-studies' NA NA CMMR 2015 Plymouth
Kirke A 2015 '“Project EAR and ‘Research by Production’”' NA NA Plymouth Dementia Conference Plymouth
Kirke A, Shadbolt P, Neville A, Antoine A & Miranda E 2014 'Q-MUSE: A QUANTUM COMPUTER MUSIC SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR A PERFORMANCE FOR ORCHESTRA, ELECTRONICS AND LIVE INTERNET-CONNECTED PHOTONIC QUANTUM COMPUTER' 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology – CIM14 Berlin, Germany PEARL
Kirke A 2014 '“Keynote: Singing the Medication Label”' NA NA Plymouth Dementia Conference Plymouth
Williams D, Kirke A, Miranda E, Daly I, Roesch EB, Weaver JCE & Nasuto SJ 2014 'Evaluating perceptual separation in a pilot system for affective composition' 905-911
Kirke A & Miranda E 2013 'Emotional and multi-agent systems in computer-aided writing and poetry' 17-22
Kirke AJ & Miranda ER 2013 'Towards harmonic extensions of pulsed melodic affective processing - Further musical structures for increasing transparency in emotional computation' 87-111
Kirke AJ & Miranda ER 2013 'Unconventional computation and teaching - Proposal for MUSIC, a tone-based scripting language for accessibility, computation and teaching' 50-67
Kirke A 2013 '“Invited Talk: Adaptive Media”' NA NA BBC Research and Development Seminars
Kirke A, Miranda ER & Nasuto SJ 2013 'Learning to Make Feelings: Expressive Performance as a Part of a Machine Learning Tool for Sound-Based Emotion Control' 490-499
Kirke A & Miranda ER 2012 'Emergent Construction of Melodic Pitch and Hierarchy Through Agents Communicating Emotion Without Melodic Intelligence' International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2011) Huddersfield, UK
Kirke A & Miranda ER 2012 'Application of Pulsed Melodic Affective Processing to Stock Market Algorithmic Trading and Analysis' 9th International Symposium on Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval (CMMR2010) London, UK
Kirke A, Miranda ER, Chiaramonte A, Troisi A, Matthias J, Radtke J, Fry N, McCabe C & Bull M 2011 'Cloud Chamber: A Performance Involving Real Time Two-way Interaction Between Subatomic Radioactive Particles and Violinist' International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2011) Huddersfield, UK International Computer Music Association Publisher Site
Kirke A & Miranda ER 0 'An Instance Based Model for Generating Expressive Performance During Composition' International Computer Music Conference - (ICMC2008) Belfast, UK 01/01/2008 International Computer Music Association Publisher Site
Kirke A & Miranda ER 0 'COMPER: Towards a Model for Generating Compositions from Expressive Music Performances' International Computer Music Conference - (ICMC2008) Belfast, UK 01/01/2008
Daly SJ 0 'Changes in music tempo entrain movement related brain activity' Publisher Site
Reports
Kirke A & Dixon B 2015 Cross-party Parliamentary Committee on Dementia: Presentation on work done at BBC Radio Devon on Dementia-friendly Radio. Cross-party Parliamentary Committee on Dementia: Presentation on work done at BBC Radio Devon on Dementia-friendly Radio, House of Commons, London, UK. Cross-party Parliamentary Committee on Dementia
Performances
20150228 0 Orchestral Processing Unit. Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK Publisher Site
20130701 0 Open Outcry. London
20130101 0 Cloud Chamber. Peninsula Arts, Rutherford-Appleton Labs, San Francisco
20110211 20130629 Cloud Chamber. [California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, USA] - [ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, Rutherford-Appleton Labs, Didcot, UK] - [Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, Plymouth UK[ Publisher Site
Other Publications
Kirke A & Dixon B 0 "Music, Memories and Making Radio" BBC Radio Devon Special Documentary. Dixon B 0 0

Reports & invited lectures

Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences - Keynote on Music and Science, June 2016
Keynote address - PrintScreen Festival, Tel Aviv, April 2014
University of Southern California, LA - Talk on Music and Science during short residence there, March 2016
Invited Lecture on Interdisciplinary Composition - The Royal Institution, London, March 2013
Talk on Adaptive Movies - BBC Research and Development, Media City UK, Sept 2013
Bryanston School (Eton Group School) - Talk on Music and Science, March 2014




Additional information

Winner: Outstanding Contribution Award, Media Innovation Awards 2016

Alexis Kirke is a composer and filmmaker well-known for his interdisciplinary practice (he has been called “the Phillip K. Dick of contemporary music”). He is a member of the Plymouth University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research in the South-West of England, and is composer-in-residence for the Plymouth Marine Institute – the UK leader in Marine research and work on sustainability, marine pollution and conservation. Alexis has completed two PhDs, one in Arts and one in Technology. He has worked as a Project Manager and a Stock Market Analyst (where he developed some of the foundation concepts of the industry textbook ‘Optimal Trading Strategies’), and has published articles on Algorithmic Composition and Performance. Alexis is a poet and critic who has written for publications such as Terrible Work, Oasis, Tremblestone (UK) and Transmog (US). He has also been invited to read at Glastonbury Festival, and was editor of the UK’s first poetry webzine ‘Brink’.

Alexis’ talk invites include BBC Research and Development, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Media and websites Alexis’ music projects have been featured on include BBC Radio 3, 4 and World Service, CBC, Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mail, Gramophone, Classical Music, New Scientist, Scientific American, NME, Mashable, Trendhunter, MusicTech and PSFK. His film work has been featured on BBC TV, NPR, Indiewire, Movies.com, El Pais, The Verge, Filmmaker, Stuff, The Times, Al Jazeera TV, Gizmodo, and Digital Filmmaker.  However his proudest moment was a cartoon attacking his opera in the Sunday Times.

Links

Personal Website:
http://www.alexiskirke.com

My 75 page Press Clipping Portfolio for 2009-2013 is here: 
http://www.alexiskirke.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/AlexisKirkePressPortfolioJan2009-August2013v2.pdf
(Note: this is a large file to download). 

Press articles 'Conducting Shakespeare':
Scientific American:
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cocktail-party-physics/2014/05/02/biofeedback-and-the-bard-alexis-kirke-debuts-conducting-shakespeare/
Motherboard:
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/shakespeare-remixed-by-biosensors

Press on 'many worlds':
Wired:
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-01/30/many-worlds-alexis-kirke


Work

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Reviews

Location

Dates

Sunlight Symphony

2

BBC:

“’Oh, it's beautiful,’ said one of the audience.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/devon/hi/people_and_places/arts_and_culture/newsid_8538000/8538204.stm

[Won Media Innovation Award]

RLB Crosspoint X2, Plym Uni

 

Feb ‘10

Mar ‘10

 

Cloud Chamber

 

 

3

Guardian:

“it boggled the mind in a pleasing way, and it was a wonderful sight when the particles danced to Matthias's strain”

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/feb/15/peninsula-arts-contemporary-music-festival-review

New Scientist:

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2011/02/playing-music-at-random.html

RLB LT1, Plym Uni.

Rutherford

Appleton Labs, UK.

California Academy of Sciences, USA.

Feb ‘11

Jan ‘12

Jun ‘13

Many worlds

3

The Times:

“ranging from tense ambiguity through moderate bloodbath, to the full-on Hamlet”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/film/article3697157.ece

BBC World Service:

Impressive, as it’s clearly made on an academic budget as opposed to a Hollywood one”

https://youtu.be/_cZ3XuSwJ3U

BBC R&D Blog:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2013/09/many-worlds-showing-at-media-city

Al Jazeera:

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/europe/2013/02/201322472548983827.html

[Won Media Innovation Award]

RLB Cinema, Plym Uni.

BBC Media City UK.

Free Film Festival, South London.

Mediateque Holon, Tel Aviv.

Feb ‘13

Sep ‘13

April ‘14

May ‘14

Orchestral Processing Unit

1

Drowned in Sound (para 12)

an intensely beautiful experience

http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4148776-the-musification-of-biology--a-festival-of-music-and-science

BBC Focus (para 6):

http://www.sciencefocus.com//feature/science/review-biomusic-%E2%80%93-peninsula-arts-contemporary-music-festival-2015

RLB LT1 Plym Uni.

Feb ‘15

Open Outcry

1

BBC Radio 4 Today:

ambitious, well-executed, and strangely compelling

https://soundcloud.com/alexiskirke/bbc-radio-4-today-review-oo

Citywire:

“Barclays enthralled clients and friends last week with an exclusive opera depicting emotions of a stock market trading floor.”

Telegraph:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/michaelwhite/100067280/a-new-stock-market-opera-in-which-the-singers-end-up-broke-as-usual/ (see last para)

Sunday Times:

http://www.alexiskirke.com/?attachment_id=620

[Shortlisted Media Innovation Award]

The Mansion House, City of London

Nov ‘12

Sound-Wave

1

Evening Herald:

“leaving the audience open-mouthed

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Creating-sound-waves-difference/story-17199709-detail/story.html

Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225294/Dr-Kirkes-Orchestra-Worlds-tune-swimming-pool-waves.html

 [Shortlisted Media Innovation Award]

Marine Building Plym Uni.

Oct ‘12

Conducting Shakespeare

1

The Art of Science:

“The performance was extremely effective – my heart was in my throat the whole time”

https://alexiaalexanderwight.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/empiricalart/

Festival Officer, Victoria and Albert Museum

http://www.alexiskirke.com/2014/11/05/victoria-and-albert-museum-on-conducting-shakespeare/

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

May ‘14

Distinction

1

Seen and Heard International (para 15)

http://seenandheard-international.com/2012/09/mirandas-new-work-reflects-plymouths-sea-faring-heritage/

St. Andrews, Plymouth.

Sept ‘12

Drive-in Deco

8

Devon Life

http://www.alexiskirke.com/projects/drive-in-deco/

Colin Campbell Court Carpark, Plymouth.

March / April ‘11

X 8