This is the project website & blog of MIRLCAuto: A Virtual Agent for Music Information Retrieval in Live Coding, a project funded by the EPSRC HDI Network Plus Grant - Art, Music, and Culture theme.


Anna Xambó is a Senior Lecturer in Music and Audio Technology at De Montfort University, a member of Music, Technology and Innovation - Institute of Sonic Creativity (MTI^2), and an experimental electronic music producer. Her research and practice focus on sound and music computing systems looking at novel approaches to collaborative, participatory, and live coding experiences. She is PI of the EPSRC HDI Network Plus funded project "MIRLCAuto: A Virtual Agent for Music Information Retrieval in Live Coding", investigating the use of a live coder virtual agent and the retrieval of large collections of sounds.

Since 2006, helped by a fuzzy network of collaborators, Sam Roig has been directing l'ull cec, a cultural organization that has produced a wide assortment of public events and artistic projects related to sonic arts and experimental music, as well as dissemination activities around audio technology topics related to these disciplines. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Huddersfield and co-organises the MIRLCAuto's project workshops.

Eduard Solaz founder and director of IKLECTIK, London. IKLECTIK focuses on experimentation in arts, sound art, installation and cross disciplinary works. They expand their space as a research arts laboratory where inter-disciplinary lines can overlap to create projects that explore processes and techniques, address social, political, cultural and critical issues.

Isa Ferri is IKLECTIK’s assistant curator and sound engineer. After obtaining her Master in Collection and Exhibition Registrar (2009), she started her career working for Massimo De Carlo and Massimo Minini Gallery, for then specialising in production and development of automated artworks facilitating the meeting of Engineering and Art. In 2017 she got the Diploma in ‘Music Technology and Production‘ becoming permanent part of the IKLECTIK team in London and of the Sziget Festival Main Stage Sound Engineering team in Budapest.

Active as an experimental music maker, Ángel Faraldo extends his work with sound installations, site-specific actions and sound design for dance and opera. He is interested in processes that maximise minimal resources, developing a critical and ecological perspective of live-electronic music, as materialised in his cycle The Feedback Study Series, his digital synthesiser MISS or his approach towards the no-input-mixer. Furthermore, he does significant labor performing and producing live-electronic music, especially as a member of Vertixe Sonora Ensemble, and as artistic director of the Phonos Foundation in Barcelona. He has studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Music (Madrid) and the Institute of Sonology (The Hague), obtaining his PhD degree from the Music Technology Group at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), where he is currently a teaching associate. |

Richard Forrest is a retired Electronics / Software engineer who worked in the Automotive and Aerospace industries. He is a member of Leicester Hackspace which is a venue for people to pursue their creativity in digital, electronic, mechanical and computer projects. He has just launched his own embedded software consultancy which offers to design embedded software using techniques that Richard has developed using the experience he has gained during his working career. Richard has performed music as a violin player in a symphony orchestra and as a chorister, having sung all the harmony parts at different times during his life. He has an appreciation of classical, modern, jazz, film and television theme music and a good grasp of music theory.

Tony Abbey is a retired Space Electronics engineer specialising in cooled CCD cameras for X-ray astronomy at Leicester University. Now volunteering at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park where he is helping to rebuild the 1949 Valve Computer - EDSAC which kickstarted computing in the UK. Helped start up Leicester Hackspace where he was a director and is now company secretary. Interested in electronic music from a teenager. Built his first transistor oscillator keyboard instrument in the 1960's so he could play 'Telstar' by the Tornadoes. He became interested in electronic music at Southampton Uni where he did an Electronic Engineering degree and have the LP of 'Switched on Bach' by Walter Carlos (later Wendy Carlos). Fan of Kraftwerk and the Pet Shop Boys. He wants to learn if the on-line composing project is music as he would define it.


Leigh Landy (MTI^2, DMU)

Gerard Roma (FluCoMa, University of Huddersfield)


Abbes Amira (CEM, DMU), Annabelle Baker-Smith (DMU), Ahmed Bham (DMU), Charlotte Borrows (Unitemps), Darsheet Chauhan (DMU), Diarmuid Cullinane (CEM,DMU), Dirty Electronics Ensemble (MTI2, DMU), Frederic Font (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Petros Galanakis (DMU), Steve Gale (Leicester Hackspace), Gemma Goodman (DMU), ITMS (DMU), Susanne Grunewald (MTI2, DMU), David Hughes (DMU), Andrés Lewin-Richter (Phonos), Rory McLean (Leicester Hackspace), Val Milner (DMU), Tom Moore (DMU), Alan Munro (University of Glasgow), David Naylor (DMU), Nadia Omar (DMU), Ahmed Raidhan (DMU), Mo Patel (DMU), Shushma Patel (CEM, DMU), John Richards (MTI2, DMU), Divya Pujara (Leicester Hackspace), Harry Pentony (MTI2, DMU), Anna Redwood (DMU), James Russell (Leicester Media School, DMU), Tadeo Sendon (Music Hackspace), Atau Tanaka (Goldsmiths University), Brijesh Thanki (DMU), Zainab Tarki (DMU), Lindsey Trent (DMU), John Young (MTI2, DMU), and all the workshop participants.

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