Dr Alexis Kirke
Senior Research Fellow
School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
Senior Research Fellow (Permanent) in Computer Music
Member: PRS for Music
Roles on external bodies
Prime minister's Task and Finish Group for Rural Dementia, member
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
Music Composition and Performance
Plymouth University Arts Institute, member
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"
Creative practice & artistic projects
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.
Kirke, A., Miranda, E.R. (eds) (2012) "Guide to Computing for Expressive Music Performance" Springer-Verlag, 2012
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.
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).
Kirke, A. (2014) "It's all about me" New Scientist, Feb 2014
Reports & invited lectures
Symposium at 2013 Conference of Plymouth Cognition Institute on "Engineering Creativity - can the arts help scientific research more directly?"
“’Oh, it's beautiful,’ said one of the audience.”
[Won Media Innovation Award]
RLB Crosspoint X2, Plym Uni
“it boggled the mind in a pleasing way, and it was a wonderful sight when the particles danced to Matthias's strain”
RLB LT1, Plym Uni.
Appleton Labs, UK.
California Academy of Sciences, USA.
“ranging from tense ambiguity through moderate bloodbath, to the full-on Hamlet”
BBC World Service:
“Impressive, as it’s clearly made on an academic budget as opposed to a Hollywood one”
BBC R&D Blog:
[Won Media Innovation Award]
RLB Cinema, Plym Uni.
BBC Media City UK.
Free Film Festival, South London.
Mediateque Holon, Tel Aviv.
Orchestral Processing Unit
Drowned in Sound (para 12)
“an intensely beautiful experience”
BBC Focus (para 6):
RLB LT1 Plym Uni.
BBC Radio 4 Today:
“ambitious, well-executed, and strangely compelling”
“Barclays enthralled clients and friends last week with an exclusive opera depicting emotions of a stock market trading floor.”
[Shortlisted Media Innovation Award]
The Mansion House, City of London
“leaving the audience open-mouthed”
[Shortlisted Media Innovation Award]
Marine Building Plym Uni.
The Art of Science:
“The performance was extremely effective – my heart was in my throat the whole time”
Festival Officer, Victoria and Albert Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Seen and Heard International (para 15)
St. Andrews, Plymouth.
Colin Campbell Court Carpark, Plymouth.
March / April ‘11