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I currently hold a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Arts, Design and Media at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University, where I am also the composer in residence at Integra Lab. My postdoctoral research focuses on the development of Integra Live electronics to explore and reanimate early medieval literature, to reclaim the aural tradition in a contemporary context. In November 2020, I began a two-year position as co-investigator on an AHRC-funded project, 'Augmented Vocality: Recomposing the Sounds of Early Irish and Old Norse'.


Practice-Based Research in Composition


As a composer first and foremost, much of my research is practice-based, in the form of musical compositions. In 2020, an exposition on practice-based research into voice, poetry and electroacoustic music was published in the Journal for Artistic Research.


Royal Musical Association TiMP Study Group


In 2019, I and a group of researchers and performers founded TiMP (Technology in Musical Performance). TiMP is a study group with an annual symposium to bring together all who are interested in this field. I am currently chair of the TiMP committee. More information can be found at




In 2020, I began working with colleagues from across Birmingham City University to develop research in ethnomusicology. My primary focus is on Irish traditional flute styles, collaborating with Islah Ali-MacLachlan.


Other research interests include early medieval languages and literature of Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia, and musical composition in Ireland.

A Hard Road to Travel: Analysing Irish Traditional Flute Styles, co-written and presented with Islah Ali-Maclachlan, Society for Musicology in Ireland Plenary Conference, University College Dublin (online), Friday 30th of October 2020.


Player Recognition for Traditional Irish Flute Recordings Using K-Nearest Neighbour Classification, co-written and presented with Islah Ali-MacLachlan and Alastair Jamieson, Timbre 2020 Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece (online), 4 September 2020.


Pouring Oil On To Troubled Waters? Alchemies of Choral Composition, Alchemies of Research Conference, PGR Studio, Birmingham City University, 5th of July 2019.


Ancient Texts – Contemporary Voices, The Multivalent Voice in Transcultural Music-Making, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, 13 April 2019.


Dialogue or Monologue? Early Medieval Text in Contemporary Composition, Research(er) Dialogues Conference, PGR Studio, Birmingham City University, 6 July 2018.


Musical Composition for a PhD: Documenting Processes and Evaluating Outcomes, Sense | Experiment | Surprise | Understanding: A Symposium for PhD Students in the Creative Arts, Nottingham Trent University, 21–22 January 2016.


From deibide nguilbnech ndialtach to ochtfhoclach: Early Medieval Text in Contemporary Composition, Composition in the 21st Century Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 5–7 March 2014.

Composition as Commentary: Voice and Poetry in Electroacoustic Music, Journal for Artistic Research, 20 (2020) [online exposition]


‘“A National School of Music Such as the World has Never Seen”: Re-appropriating the Early Twentieth Century into a Chronology of Irish Composition’ in Music and Identity in Ireland and Beyond, ed. by Mark Fitzgerald and John O’Flynn (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014), pp. 53–67.


Between 2008 and 2012, eight entries were commissioned for the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland (EMIR), ed. By Barra Boydell and Harry White (Dublin: UCD, 2013).





In 2020, I was the guest editor of two special issues of the journal Riffs, focusing on music and technology. My editorial for volume 4 issue 1 is available to read here, and volume 4 issue 2 can be read here.


I regularly write reviews of concerts and recordings for the contemporary music journal TEMPO.


I am also a peer reviewer for a number of contemporary music and musicology journals.



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