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Welcome to Integra Lab

Integra Lab is the music interaction research lab founded by Jamie Bullock and Lamberto Coccioli in 2008, at the end of the first phase of the EU-funded Integra – Fusing Music and Technology project. The experience of the Integra project convinced us that interface design for musicians and sustainability of live electronic music were two promising but rather neglected fields of practice-based research. Integra Lab was created to bring together students, researchers and musicians to explore further those under-researched areas.

Research

Research

We bring together researchers, musicians and developers with the goal of transforming human creativity through innovative design-led approaches to music and technology.

Music

Music

Based at one of UK’s leading conservatoire, we work closely with composers, performers and sound artists to produce and present innovative live music performances.

Innovation

Innovation

We are motivated by producing work that benefits culture and the wider society. Alongside our research and creative projects, we have a growing portfolio of external collaborations.
MiXD: Music Interaction Design

Music Interaction Design is at the heart of Integra Lab’s activities. We have gained considerable reputation in music and human-computer interaction, culminating in our hosting of NIME – the New Interfaces for Musical Expression International Conference – in July 2020. Our research work focuses mainly on:

  • Developing interactive systems for music creation, performance and education;
  • Undertaking applied and practice-led research in musical creativity and sustainability of music with live electronics.

As pioneers of the conceptual framework ‘musician-centred design’, we place musicians and music making at the heart of what we do, developing technologies that empower users and let them think musically. The Integra Live software, for example, was specifically conceived to support musicians in the design and control of their live interaction with electronics.

Composition and performance with technology

Integra Lab has a strong history of supporting the production of compositions and performances, and exploring novel applications of technology both in the creative process and in performance. We have worked on a range of composition and performance projects with composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Kaija Saariaho, Julian Anderson, Luca Francesconi, Hilda Paredes and Philippe Leroux, to name just a few. Outputs from Integra Lab members include works for instruments and live electronics, digital instruments, mixed media and audiovisual, and sonic installations. The Technology in Music Performance (TiMP) Study Group of the Royal Musical Association is based at Integra Lab, and in December 2019 we hosted TiMP’s first Symposium.

Sustainability in the creation and performance of music with live electronics

Ensuring the long and successful life of musical works using interactive technologies is a complex and challenging proposition, involving many artistic and technical considerations. Integra Lab’s members have considerable experience in providing training and support to ensembles and composers in the performance of works from the live electronics repertoire that make use of technologies now obsolete.  We have “modernized” works by Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nono, Roger Reynolds, Edwin Roxburgh, Tristan Murail, Jonathan Harvey, Philippe Hurel and many others, often working directly with the composers themselves, and we have supported performances of the new versions of the works all over the world.

Who we are

The lab team is an experienced group of artists, designers and developers with expertise in interaction design, digital musical instrument design, haptic interaction, gestural control, immersion and mixed reality, music composition and performance.

Current Members

Lamberto Coccioli
Lamberto CoccioliProfessor of Music and Technology
Richard Cornock
Richard CornockHead of Technical Production
Dr Edmund Hunt
Dr Edmund HuntPost-Doctoral Researcher
Matthew Evans
Matthew EvansPhD Candidate
Yixuan Zhao
Yixuan ZhaoVisiting Scholar, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing

Past Members

Dr. James Dooley
Dr. James DooleyLecturer
Dr. Niccolò Granieri
Dr. Niccolò GranieriPhD Candidate & Lecturer, Digital Media Lab
Dr. Joe Wright
Dr. Joe WrightPost-Doctoral Researcher
Dr. Tychonas Michailidis
Dr. Tychonas MichailidisLecturer, Digital Media Lab
Dr. Balandino Di Donato
Dr. Balandino Di Donato
Jefferson Bledsoe
Jefferson Bledsoe
Dr. Jamie Bullock
Dr. Jamie Bullock

Funded Research

Over the past ten years our team has secured over £1m in grants and research funding.

Our Work

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Blog

Integra Lab is a continually evolving group of talented individuals working on a verity of different projects. Our blog is a one-stop place to keep up to date with both our work and research.

Partners

Since Integra Lab was founded, we have formed a verity of partnerships with various organisations both year in the UK and around to world. Who have continued to support the work and research we conduct.

Events

MiXD 2016

March 16, 2016

Arduino Day

May 12, 2018

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