ICCaT Researcher: Giles Hooper

Giles Hooper is a Senior Lecturer in Musicology at the University of Liverpool. Earlier research and outputs focussed on critical theory and its application to a wide spectrum of music, ranging from Mahler to Nirvana. His work is interdisciplinary and he has published in journals such as Music Analysis, Twentieth-Century Music, and the International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music. More recently, both his research and teaching have focussed on music and audio-visual media; and, in particular, on the role and function of music and sound in digital games. He is currently overseeing the development of taught provision, including a new programme, in Digital Gaming. With some background and a longstanding interest in computing and mathematics, and applying a combination of musicological, analytical and aesthetic perspectives, his work looks at the way in which technological developments (in gaming hardware and software) can both enable and constrain compositional possibilities; and also considers the affective and immersive role of music in games, including the use of procedural and dynamic strategies as a means of generating reactive music in interactive game-states. https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/music/staff/giles-hooper