My doctoral research, conducted at De Montfort University, investigated how sounds act as carriers of sonic information, before exploring ways in which composers might use this information to shape a listener’s expectations of a piece of music. It revealed that both composers and listeners draw upon schemata that is shaped by the imagination alongside a host of musical and cultural experiences.  

My current research expands upon this theme by crossing artistic disciplines; using contemporary composition to explore the visual work of infographic pioneer Fritz Kahn. The project explores how expectations of composers and artists, alongside listeners and audiences, differ between distinct art forms and explores their integration through practice-based, collaborative research. Outputs will include data on aural and visual source recognition, original compositions, and answers to the following research questions:

  1. How are expectations derived from prior experience of sounds or images, separately and combined?
  2. How do we build expectation through aural and visual source recognition?
  3. Which methods are used by composers to respond to visual art forms (and vice-versa)?
  4. In what ways do expectations of audio and visual artists change when working in collaboration?