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Laurel Pardue

Centre for Digital Music

Queen Mary University of London

Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS
Office: ENG 112

laurel.s.pardue at

About me

I am a PhD student at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London . I am supervised by Dr.Andrew McPherson.

I am interested in developing new musical instruments with particular consideration for how one learns. I am particularly interested in the question whether/how a complex virtuosic instrument can be simplified in order to allow more enjoyable learning without disadvantaging the end performance. I write phrases like "adaptive musical instruments" and "complexity management" a lot.

I specialize in custom sensor design and use, board prototyping, embedded coding, audio programming, and general programming of all sorts- except GUIs. I don't do GUIs. I also spend a lot of time playing violin, viola, and Balinese gamelan. Music and practice are great. For any questions regarding sensor design, augmented violin performance, code, details of my research or anything else, feel free to contact me on the email address mentioned above.

Core to my research is the augmented violin. Check it out.

Selected Publications

  • Low-latency audio pitch tracking: a multi-modal sensor-assisted approach.
    L. Pardue, D. Nian, C. Harte and A. McPherson
    Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, London, UK, 2014
  • Near-field optical reflectance sensing for violin bow tracking
    Laurel S. Pardue and Andrew McPherson.
    Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Seoul, South Korea, 2013
  • Hand-Controller for Combined Tactile Control and Motion Tracking
    Laurel S. Pardue and Bill Sebastian
    Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Seoul, South Korea, 2013
  • Doppellab: Tools for exploring and harnessing multimodal sensor network data
    Gershon Dublon, Laurel S. Pardue, Brian Mayton, Noah Swartz, Nicholas Joliat, Patrick Hurst and Joe Paradiso
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2011.
    Abstract & PDF
  • Gamelan elektrika: An electronic balinese gamelan
    Laurel S. Pardue, Andrew Boch, Matt Boch, Christine Southworth, and Alex Rigopulos.
    Proc. New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Oslo, Norway, 2011
    Abstract & PDF