Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology (ICCaT), based in the Department of Music at the University of Liverpool, investigates how music composition and sonic artforms intersect with new technology, performance and perception. Staff affiliated with the centre teach undergraduate courses as well as mentor masters and PhD students in acoustic composition, technology and computer music.

Call for Works

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology (ICCaT) is pleased to announce a call to participate in a concert of digitally-mediated works and improvisations as part of Open Circuit 2019. To apply please see here.

Our Research

The centre affirms compositional practice as research through highlighting the important role that technological innovation plays in the creation of new music. Members' research is focussed both on performance/musical practice as well as developing technological resources and software-based tools for intelligently interacting with computers. Particular areas of emphasis include:


The centre curates and contextualises the performance of new music by presenting and promoting a diverse set of public musical activities which are linked to various types of cutting-edge technology and research. Our main platform is the Open Circuit Festival, which began in 2014 and has hosted nearly two dozen events at the University of Liverpool since its inception. The festival not only offers a series of free contemporary music events in Liverpool, but also provides academic context on the future of music making and technology, including panel discussions, artist talks and public demonstrations. The festival is made possible through funding from the School of the Arts.

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Paul Turowski will attend and have work performed at the fifth international conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation, TENOR. The conference—previously held in Montreal, A Coruna, Cambridge and Paris—is presented by The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music of Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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For more information please see here.

03.02.2019 Dr Lee Tsang will accompany singer Patricia O'Callaghan on the red carpet at this year's Juno Awards. His recent work with Canadian composer David Braid has been nominated for Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral The Junos are Canada's leading music industry awards, equivalent to the Brits/Grammys. For more information please see here.

21.05.2018 We are pleased to announce the successful awarding of a Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to the TENOR (Technologies of Notation and Representation) Network, which includes the University of Liverpool as well as several other research institutions throughout the UK, Australia, France, Germany, US and Canada. This network is dedicated to the development, exploration, categorization, and critical examination of new technologies in the field of music representation. Dr. Paul Turowski will serve as the liaison for the ICCaT's involvement in this partnership.

More details about this partnership and the opportunities that it will provide will follow the upcoming TENOR conference in Montreal. For more information please see here.

08.03.2017 Ben Hackbarth's Am I a Particle or a Wave? will performed by Nexeduet (Juanjo Llopico and Sisco Aparici) at the Festival de Musica Contemporanea de Cordoba on April 1st 2017 and at the Festival "Flesap" of Segorbe Spain on March 25th 2017.
 For more information please see here.

06.03.2017 Oli Carman's work Electric Strings has been awarded 2nd Prize in the 2017 Xenakis Electronic Music Competition. There were 270 international submissions, selection was anonymous and the jury chaired by Denis Smalley. For more information please see here.

28.02.2017 Bido Lito has a nice write up about this year's Open Circuit Festival in issue 75. For more information please see here.

27.02.2017 Eduardo Coutinho was awarded a Knowledge Exchange & Impact Voucher from the University of Liverpool for a project entitled "Music Selections for Improving Road Safety." In this project, we will collect data that will permit analysing the link between the music heard by drivers on the road and specific driving behaviours (e.g., speeding, risk taking). This data will then be used to develop computational models that predict the potential risk of specific music pieces for driving.
 For more information please see here.

24.02.2017 Benjamin Hackbarth's new piece "Liquid Study no. 2" for piano and electronic sound will be premiered by Ian Buckle at the University of Leed's International Concert Series on March 10. For more information please see here.

23.02.2017 Romain Sabathé, Eduardo Coutinho and Björn Schuller's recent work on automated music composition done in collaboration with the Imperial College London has been accepted to the 2017 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN). "Deep Recurrent Music Writer: Memory-enhanced Variational Autoencoder-based Musical Score Composition and an Objective Measure."
 For more information please see here.