I am Deputy Director of the Digital Culture Institute (DCI) at University of Leicester. I am part-time and semi-retired.
I am Founding Professor of Creative Computing and a Professor of Music. From 2022, the major part of my work is directing and shaping the DCI, an exciting university research development that began in 2022. This focuses on four main themes: Cultural Technologies; Digital Leadership; Digital Design; and Cultural Analytics.
Throughout my career, I have consistently worked across artistic and scientific disciplines. I believe in the importance of transdisciplinarity.
I have three invisible disabilities: I am autistic (includes social and sensory issues but no learning difficulties); I have severe hearing loss including tinnitus and diplacusis; and I have Ménière's Disease a balance disorder which also caused the hearing loss. I work actively in all these areas to improve lives for others with similar conditions.
My research covers four overlapping areas:
- Music, including composition and musicology
- Creative Computing, with a focus on creative technologies and associated pedagogy
- Neurodiversity and Aural Diversity
Hugill, A. (2018) The Digital Musician, 3rd edition (New York: Routledge)
Hugill, A. (2012) 'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press) (Russian Edition, Hylaea Books, 2017)
Selected Book Chapters
Hugill, A. & Hendler, J. (2022) 'Pataphysics and Computing'. In: Price, K. & Taylor, M. eds. 'Pataphysics Unrolled. Philadelphia: Penn State University Press, pp. 258-279.
Hugill, A. (2017) 'The Origins of Electronic Music'. In: The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition), pp. 7-24.
Hugill, A and Amelides, P (2016) 'Audio-only computer games: 'Papa Sangre'.' In: Emmerson, S and Landy, L, eds. Expanding the horizon of electroacoustic music analysis. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 355-375. ISBN 9781107118324
Hugill, A. (2015) 'Percy Grainger: Pioneer of Electronic Music'. In: Dreyfus, K. and Robinson, S. eds. Grainger the Modernist. (Farnham: Ashgate) pp. 231-253.
Hugill, A. (2022) 'The continuous in motion: music and/as science'. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 46(3-4): 1-11.
Gasparin, M., Brown, S., Green, W., Hugill, A., Lilley, S., Quinn, M., Schinckus, C., Williams, M., Zalasiewicz, J. (2020) 'The Business School in the Anthropocene: Parasite Logic and Pataphysical Reasoning for a Working Earth'. Academy of Management Learning and Education 19(3): 385-405.
Hugill, A. (2020) 'Transboundaries: moving across the art science divide'. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 45(1): 25-34.
Recent Musical Compositions
Hugill, A. (2021) Spectrum Sounds (7 pieces commissioned by BBC and all four UK Arts Councils)
Hugill, A. (2019) Thirty Minutes for diplacusis piano (commissioned by Arts Council England and GNResound Ltd)
Hugill, A. (2019) Kelston Birdsong (commissioned by Arts Council England and GNResound Ltd)
I have supervised PhDs in:
- Creative Computing (e.g. digital opera; theory of; new media installations; multimedia performance; computational narrative)
- Music (composition; musciology)
- Pataphysics (e.g. algorithmic meta-creativity)
I am always willing to consider PhD proposals from suitable candidates.
I have had a distinguished teaching career, which was recognised in 2006 with a National Teacher Fellowship and again in 2016, when I was made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In 2018 I founded the BSc Creative Computing as programme leader. I have taught the following modules: CO1110 Digital Arts Lab; CO1113 Ideation & Design; CO2108 Concurrent Design; CO2110 Computational Arts; CO3107 Emerging Technologies; CO3110 Independent Study.
In 2022, my role changed and my teaching reduced considerably. In 2022/23 I will teach only CO3110 Independent Study.
Press and media
2021, BBC 'Sounds Amazing': Intelligent Audio: Aural Diversity. Presentation and panel discussion.
2021, The Space: Neurodivergent artists and practitioners discuss how they work with digital. Presentation and panel discussion.
2021, BBC Radio 3 'New Music Show': Spectrum Sounds. Broadcast of new compositions commissioned by the BBC and all foour UK Arts Councils).
2019, BBC Radio Leicester: Aural Diversity. Interview with Rupal Rajani.
2019, BBC Radio 3 'Music Matters': Aural Diversity.
Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
National Teacher Fellow
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- Hugill, A. (2021) 'Intelligent Audio: Aural Diversity'. BBC 'Sounds Amazing' online conference.
- Hugill, A. (2021) 'Parasite Logic and Pataphysical Reasoning for a Working Earth'. Given at the Uroboros Design Festival, Prague, May 14th.
- Hugill, A. (2021) 'Artificial Intelligence and the Ear'. Given at the British Academic Conference in Otolaryngology International Conference, January.
- Hugill, A. (2020) 'Aural Diversity: Hearing Differences and their Consequences for Music and Musicians. Given at the 56th Royal Musical Association conference, Goldsmiths College.
- Hugill, A. (2019) '“Consequences of Ménière’s Disease and other forms of hearing impairment for musicians, their music-making, hearing care and technologies”. Given at the Aural Diversity conference, University of Leicester, Nov 30th-Dec 1st 2019.
- Hugill, A. (2019) 'Aural Diversity'. Given at the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Music in Higher Education conference, City University, January 24th.
- Hugill, A. (2019) 'Consequences of Ménière’s Disease and other forms of hearing impairment for musicians, their music-making, hearing care and technologies'. Professional Development Day, British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, Sept 2019.
- Hugill, A. (2018) 'Aural Diversity'. Given at the 63rd Annual Convention of Hearing Aid Acousticians, Hannover, Germany.
- Greasley, A., Hugill, A. & Jacques, A. (2018) 'Music and Meniere's: insights into music listening and performance through hearing aids'. Given at the Ménière's Society Conference.
- Hugill, A. (2018) 'Introducing the Balance Disorder Spectrum'. Given at the Ménière's Society Conference.
- Hugill, A. (2018) ‘Establishing Transdiciplinary Entities in Universities, or: why is it that musicians make the best interdisciplinarians?’, Colloqium Jean-Claude Risset: Interdisciplinarités, Collegium Musicae, Université de Sorbonne, Paris, IRCAM, May 2nd-3rd.
2021 - BBC Radio 3 'New Music Show': Spectrum Sounds (broadcast with interview)
2021 - BBC R&D: Spectrum Sounds: a lockdown audio composition in seven colours. https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/blog/2021-09-hearing-synaesthesia-audio-composition-music
2021 - ENT and Audiology News: 'Composing with Meniere's.
2020 - Jean Straus: Aural Diversity, 'Action on Hearing Loss' magazine, pp. 40-41.
2020 - Anjuman Rahman: Andrew Hugill on Aural Diversity and why hearing aids should improve for musicians, NS Medical Devices.
2019 - Aural Diversity in Leicester, interviewed by Rupal Rajani on BBC Radio Leicester
2019 - Aural Diversity, interviewed on BBC Radio 3 'Music Matters'
BA Music and English (Keele, 1980)
MA Musical Composition (Keele, 1982)
PhD Musical Composition (De Montfort, 1997)