Dr Jim Murphy

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Lecturer, Sonic Arts School of Music

Courses

Teaching in 2019

Qualification

BFA from California Institute of the Arts (2010); PhD from Victoria University of Wellington (2015)

Role

  • Lecturer in Sonic Arts and Music Technology, Postgraduate Committee Coordinator.

Profile

Jim Murphy is a Lecturer at the New Zealand School of Music, focusing on sonic arts teaching and research. His recent research outputs focus on new mechatronic and robotic instrument design and use, and include the development of an ensemble of expressive and parametrically-rich mechatronic instruments and schemes by which composers and musicians may interface with these devices. In addition to his focus on new instrument design, Jim is an active sound artist: his kinetic sound sculptures have been shown internationally at numerous festivals, conferences, and performances.

Jim was born in New Mexico and, in 2010, completed his undergraduate degree in Music Technology at the Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts. In 2015, he completed his Ph.D. at Victoria University of Wellington, studying under Ajay Kapur and Dale A. Carnegie. He continues to focus on exploring the interdisciplinary aspects of new musical instrument design, and is closely involved with the engineering disciplines.

Jim is a member of the KarmetiK artists collective and frequently collaborates with other artists in his work. Recent collaborators include Mo H. Zareei, Daniel Belton, Dugal McKinnon, Carl Burgin, and Dimitri Diakopoulos.

Selected recent publications

J. Murphy, P. Mathews, J. McVay, A. Kapur, and D. A. Carnegie, "Expressive Robotic Guitars: Developments in Musical Robotics for Chordophones", Computer Music Journal, Spring 2015, Vol. 39, No. 1, Pages 59-73. MIT Press.

J. Murphy, P. Mathews, D. A. Carnegie, and A. Kapur, “Robot: Tune Yourself! Automatic Tuning for Musical Robotics", Proceedings for the International Conference on New Musical Interfaces for Musical Expression, London, UK, July 2014.

J. Murphy, A. Kapur, and D. A. Carnegie, "Mechatronic Keyboard Music: design, evaluation, and use of a new mechatronic harmonium", Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, Athens, Greece, September 2014.

J. Murphy, A. Kapur, and D. A. Carnegie, "Mechatronic Keyboard Music: design, evaluation, and use of a new mechatronic harmonium", Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference, Athens, Greece, September 2014.

J. Murphy, A. Kapur, and D. A. Carnegie, "Musical Robotics in a Loudspeaker World: Developments in Alternative Approaches to Localization and Spatialization", Leonardo Music Journal, Volume 22, pp. 41-48. December 2012. MIT Press.

Website

Jim-Murphy.com

Courses

Teaching in 2019