Digital Performance Laboratory

A smartphone on a desk next to a laptop and a synth keyboard

The Digital Performance Laboratory (DPL) is concerned with digital performance and its representations, with an emphasis on digital sound production and human computer interaction.

Sitting alongside the aims of the CoDE research institute, our focus is on the development of compositional and performance-based research strategies and artifacts involving practice as research as well as traditional research outputs. These activities are typically undertaken as part of existing individual/collaborative and ongoing research by affiliated staff situated within a wide variety of outward-facing cultural contexts involving performers, practitioners, researchers, theorists and programmers from within as well as from outside the university. Aspects of theoretical research within the DPL investigate the multi-layered representations by which abstract and complex sound structures are constructed and understood.

With backgrounds in composition, DPL members are involved in projects which combine traditional music practice with digital technologies. We embrace new opportunities for tangibility, gesture, physicality, and location specificity through the use of varied sensors and actuators. Our projects often involve code-based interactive and generative methods; for other recent projects we have collaborated with improvisers, poets, dancers and utilised game engines technologies.


The DPL is housed in the School of Performance, and contains various performance and recording technologies, young and old, including:

  • numerous sensor technologies (Arduino, EEG, etc)
  • stereo/quad/5.1/8.1 sound system (studio and mobile setups)
  • multichannel headphone concert equipment
  • Neumann binarual and Soundfield multichannel recording equipment
  • Moog theremin
  • EMS Synthi VCS3.

Details of recent DPL projects can be found on the research pages of individual affiliated DPL members Dr Richard Hoadley and Dr Paul Rhys.