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Thor Magnusson

Thor Magnusson

Thor Magnusson is a Professor in Future Music at the University of Sussex and a Research Professor at the Iceland University of the Arts. His work focusses on the impact digital technologies have on musical creativity and practice, explored through software development, composition and performance. He is the co-founder of ixi audio (www.ixi-audio.net), and has developed audio software, systems of generative music composition, written computer music tutorials and created two musical live coding environments. He has taught workshops in creative music coding and sound installations, and given presentations, performances and visiting lectures at diverse art institutions, conservatories, and universities internationally. In 2019, Bloomsbury Academic published Magnusson’s monograph Sonic Writing: The Technologies of Material, Symbolic and Signal Inscriptions (URL: www.bloomsbury.com/sonic-writing-9781501313868/ ). The book explores how contemporary music technologies trace their ancestry to previous forms of instruments and media, including symbolic musical notation. The book underpins current research, where, as part of the MIMIC project (www.mimicproject.com), where Magnusson has worked on a system that enables users to design their own live coding languages for machine learning (www.sema.codes). Thor is currently starting an ERC Consolidator grant project called “Intelligent Instruments” where the research is on our human perception of intelligent musical instruments, embedded with machine learning and other AI (see sonicwriting.org/blog/intent).


  • Designing Systems for Musical Performance: Language as an Interface
  • Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic and Signal Inscriptions



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