Kenny McAlpine joined Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in February 2019 as Melbourne Enterprise Fellow in Interactive Composition. He is an award-winning composer, writer, broadcaster, musician, and technologist who has scored for theatre, film, and video games.
Since completing a PhD in algorithmic and procedural music composition at the University of Glasgow, a project that brought together his love of music, maths and technology, he has continued to work at the point where different disciplines collide: he was part of the team that launched the world's first video game degrees; he has developed interactive soundtracks for live theatre, film and video game; produced bagpipe music for the Beijing Olympics, and he created a music-streaming app for newborn babies and young children for the Scottish Government and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He is passionate about opening up access to our shared cultural heritage, and to this end, has worked with the National Trust in London to build a unique digital harpsichord that allows visitors to play a fragile historic collection with no risk of damage to the originals. When he’s not fiddling with ancient keys, Kenny can generally be found rolling around Port Phillip Bay on a bike or indulging in a spot of therapeutic bread-making.
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Yamaha Australia Engagement Project
All I want for Christmas is … an earworm
The Sounds of Space
Recorded or Rendered Work - Other
Hearing History: Bringing to life the sounds of the past through Virtual Reality
The joy of becoming a horrible goose
Bits and Pieces: A Brief History of Chiptune
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Hearing Historic Scotland: Recreating the sounds of lost environments. 2020 Global Atelier Fund,0,000, 2019. Yamaha Australia Engagement Project: Online music learning. Yamaha Discretionary Funding. $6,000, 2019. MusicWorks: Supporting Students' Musical Career Paths Through Technology-Enhanced Authentic Learning. Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, Dean’s Discretionary Fund, 2,000, 2019. Space, Place, Sound and Memory: Immersive Experiences of the Past. AHRC Immersive Experiences, follow-on funding for impact £60,000, 2018. Space, Place, Sound and Memory: Immersive Experiences of the Past. AHRC Immersive Experiences, £120993.61, 2017. Project Hubbard. Kickstarter, £81,776, 2017. Engage+. CES Research Studentship, The Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities, £65,000, 2017. In and Out of Space: Critical Approaches to Spatiality in Sound and Image. SGSAH Cohort Development Fund, £4171.20, 2016. CLS: Evaluation Technology-Rich Learning Spaces in the Curriculum. ATLEF Small Research Grant (commissioned), £8108, 2016. Étudiants sans Frontières: A Technologically-mediated approach to remote creative project work. ATLEF Small Research Grant and DePaul Global Development Fund, £18607.04, 2016. Erasmus Teaching Mobility Grant, £1500, 2016. Performance and Play. Research Studentship, The Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities, £60,000, 2015. Connecting Performance and Play. R-LINCS Pump-primer award, £3000, 2015. Virtual Agents. Research Studentship, Alison Armstrong Trust, £55,000, 2009. Clash Music: Digital Archiving of Contemporary Music Ethnography. Small research project grant, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, £800, 2008. KIDI: Using Music Technology to Open Access to Music Heritage. Project grant, The National Trust, £120,000, 2008. KIDI: Using Music Technology to Open Access to Music Heritage. Travel Grant, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, £810, 2007. Artist in Residence Award, The Leverhulme Trust, £24,000, including matched funding from the Patrick Allan Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust, 2006. White Space. EU Capital Development Funding, £2.5m (as part of the Whitespace development group, with personal responsibility for the Whitespace Recording Studio, c. £750,000), 2005. Burnishing the Lamp of Memory: Documentation and Preservation in a Digital Age. Events Funding, Dundee Ambassadors’ Programme, £12,000, 2005. JazzDUP: An online system of music publishing and distribution. Commercial Readiness Award, Scottish Enterprise, £50,000, 2005. Clement Matchett’s Virginals Book. Indemnity Grant Against Publishing Losses, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, £2000, 2004. New Research Area Competition, University of Abertay Research Development Fund, £35,000, 2002. Baddeck Creativity Conference. Travel grant, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, £1500, 2001.
Displaying the 10 most recent scholarly works by Kenny McAlpine.
Creating historic spaces in virtual reality using off-the-shelf audio plugins
R Selfridge, J Cook, K McAlpine, M Newton
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | Proceedings of the AES International Conference
© 2019 Audio Engineering Society. All rights reserved. The ability for the public to experience historical pieces of music in the ..
Sum of All Parts, 13.0 Chiptune
Kenneth McAlpine, Belinda Smith, Joel Werner, Chris Mylrea, Warwick McClain, Jam Nawaz
Recorded or Rendered Work - Digital Creative Work | 2019
This programme explores the story of chiptune, a style of lo-fi electronic music that emerged from the first generation of video g..
MusicWorks: Supporting Students' Musical Career Paths Through Technology-Enhanced Authentic Learning
Carol Johnson, Kenneth McAlpine, Bradley Merrick
Book Chapter | 2019
Musicians work with, and around, various forms of technological media and resources. In today's professional environment, musician..
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
FRSA - Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts
SFHEA - Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Melbourne Enterprise Fellow (Interactive Comp)
Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music
Association of Art Historians
Audio Engineering Society
Higher Education Teaching
University of Abertay Dundee
Doctor of Philosophy in Formalised and Algorithmic Composition
The University of Glasgow
BSc (Hons.) in Mathematics (First Class)
The University of Glasgow
Associate Diploma in Piano
London College of Music