Douglas Nunn

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Audio and Music Technology , Electronic music , Video , Music

Research Supervision:Yes

Courses taught: Audio & Music Technology

Douglas is passionate about digital signal processing algorithms for audio analysis, processing and synthesis. He also examines novel interfaces and methodologies for audiovisual performance.


Douglas joined ARU in 1997 after completing his PhD on 'Analysis and Resynthesis of Polyphonic Music' at Durham University. His interests span a range of applications of digital technology to creative arts, particularly polyphonic music transcription and novel composition methodologies. He has also worked as a VJ, and pursues his interest in experimental video techniques. Recently he has performed using his own software for synthesis of vector graphics.

Research interests

  • Sound analysis/synthesis
  • Audio source separation
  • Lossless audio compression
  • Audiovisual performance and composition interfaces
  • Experimental video
  • Vector graphics

Areas of research supervision

Digital signal processing for music, audiovisual performance software and hardware.


  • Digital Performance
  • Composition Software
  • Analogue and Digital Synthesis
  • Audio Plugin Development
  • Digital Music Formats


  • PhD, "Analysis and Resynthesis of Polyphonic Music", Durham University
  • MA, Electrical and Information Sciences, Cambridge University

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • 'Screencasting Facility for Audio Software Demonstration' (with John Ward, Rob Toulson and Bill Campbell), Learning and Teaching Project Award
  • 'Gestural Controllers for Live Performance of Audio and Video' (with Rob Toulson), University Research Enhancement Scholarship
  • 'Learning Tools for Professional Musicians and Technicians' (with Rob Toulson and Marie Gordon). Creative Industries Fast Track scheme with High Barn Ltd, Braintree and Oval Systems Ltd, Surrey

Selected recent publications

Richardson P., Toulson, R., and Nunn, D., 2012, Analysis and manipulation of modal ratios of cylindrical drums, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Mitchell, C.J., Nunn, D.J.E. and Cirstea, M., 2006, Aligning Music Genre Ontologies with Controlled Vocabularies, Proceedings of the 2006 Conference on Advances in Intelligent IT: Active Media Technology

Recent presentations and conferences

Nunn, D., 2018, Software for vector synthesis and performance. presented at Vector Hack Festival, Zagreb, Croatia and Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Nunn, D. and Davis, T, 2018, Exhibition - Gallery Greta, Zagreb, 1-4 October 2018

Nunn, D. and Brkušić, H., 2018, Polymorphism [performance], presented at Vector Hack Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

Nunn, D., 2018, Approaches to vector-based audiovisual performance, presented at Seeing Sound Conference, Bath Spa University, March 2018