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Echochroma New Music Research Group

Echochroma New Music Research Group

The Echochroma new music research group consists of four composers and technologists whose work is having an increasing impact in the contemporary music scene, with recent performances, prizes and conference presentations across the globe. Their work spans the fields of composition, contemporary musicology and technology, reaching to the outer limits of these disciplines to cross creative and technological boundaries. The body of work deals with the development of compositional language, tools and methodology through practice-led research. Engagement with digital technology is central to the group's creative output and scholarship, including the innovative application of existing technologies as well as the development new tools and applications.

Live Cell

Livecell is a system for the interactive real-time composition and performance of music for a live string quartet, developed by Kingsley Ash and Dr Nikos Stavropoulos. Users interact with a touch screen to create and destroy cells in a continuously evolving artificial life simulation based on cellular automata. The state of these cells is continuously translated into a musical score, which is then transmitted over the network to the musicians' laptops to be performed by the string quartet live as it appears on their screens.


The project, developed by Kingsley Ash, seeks to develop novel data analysis tools for the scientific community as well as new creative output in the form of musical works. The project aims to bring together leading research in arts and science to promote the public understanding of the complex scientific data that underpins some of the most important issues facing the world today.