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 cultural and creative technologies, music composition and musicology, neuro- and aural diversity; and 'pataphysics. Current projects include:
A project using brainwave readers to connect four remotely located musicians. All the musicians are either autistic or have severe hearing loss or both. The brainwave readers allow us to perform together by controlling sounds triggered by performance metrics associated with six types of neurological activity. Funded by the European Research Council.
Investigating hearing differences and their implications for a range of differences for disciplines such as acoustics and psychoacoustics, audiology and engineering, music and sound studies, hearing science and psychology, disability studies and social science. The project includes an ongoing network, a series of workshops and concerts, and a forthcoming book to be published in October 2022. Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council,
This special edition of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews is now to become a book, published by Routledge. This will be the first in a new book series on interdisciplinarity.
Commissioned by the BBC and all four Arts Councils of the UK, this is a collection of seven original compositions that explore my unique hearing, including synaesthesia (sounds being seen as colours), diplacusis (hearing different pitches in the two ears) and autistic ability to decompose soundscapes.
A multisensory VR recreation of an 18th Century pleasure gardens in London. The project won 'Research Team of the Year' at the 2019 'Discovering Excellence' awards. Funded by LIAS and a collaboration with MBD Ltd.
Drever, J. L. and Hugill, A. (eds.) (2022) Aural Diversity. (New York: Routledge)
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
Drever, J.L. and Hugill, A. (2022) 'Aural Diversity: General Introduction'. In: Drever, J.L. and Hugill, A. eds. Aural Diversity (New York: Routledge) pp. 1-12.
Hugill, A. (2022) 'Consequences of Meniere's Disease for Musicians, their Music-Making, Hearing Care and Technologies'. In: Drever, J.L. and Hugill, A. eds. Aural Diversity (New York: Routledge) pp. 143-159.
Hugill, A. (2022) 'Composing with Hearing Differences'. In: Drever, J.L. and Hugill, A. eds. Aural Diversity (New York: Routledge) pp. 217-222.
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.
BA Music and English (Keele, 1980)
MA Musical Composition (Keele, 1982)
PhD Musical Composition (De Montfort, 1997)