Mr Matt Bellingham

Senior Lecturer in Music Technology

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323066 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Music Technology


Matt is the Course Leader for the BA(Hons) Music Technology and BA(Hons) Sound Production programmes. In 2012–13 Matt was a Key Proposer for the MSc Audio Technology programme and has been part of the delivery and assessment team since its launch in August 2013. Matt is currently External Examiner at the University of Portsmouth for their Computing and Digital Sound, Music and Sound Technology, and Music Computing degree courses.

Research interests

  • Algorithmic composition software development
  • Open Source audio software
  • Assistive music technology
  • User interface design and interaction design
  • Practice-based computer music research

Membership of professional bodies

Matt is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Matt’s PhD study is in the area of ‘user interface design for the democratisation of end-user algorithmic software’ at the Open University’s Music Computing Lab.

Matt holds an honours degree in Popular Music and Recording from the University of Salford, a PGCE in post-compulsory education from Glynd┼Ár University and an MSc with Distinction in Music Technology from the University of Wolverhampton.


Recent publications

Bellingham, Matt, Holland, Simon and Mulholland, Paul (2014) ‘A cognitive dimensions analysis of interaction design for algorithmic composition software’, In Boulay, B. du and Good, J. (eds.), Proceedings of psychology of programming interest group annual conference 2014, University of Sussex, pp. 135–140, [online] Available from:

Bellingham, Matt, Holland, Simon and Mulholland, Paul (2014) An analysis of algorithmic composition interaction design with reference to cognitive dimensions, The Open University, [online] Available from:

Recent conference presentations

Sines and Squares Festival, University of Manchester, 25th October 2014
Ghosts of the Modular with Mat Dalgleish

Philosophy of Programming Interest Group Annual Workshop, Brighton, 25th to 27th June 2014
Presentation of the paper A cognitive dimensions analysis of interaction design for algorithmic composition software
Photo (thanks to Frank Wales, @fcw):

Experience in industry

Matt has worked as an engineer and producer since 1996, engineering and producing recordings for both major and independent labels. As a guitarist he has signed recording and publishing contracts and has toured the UK and northern Europe. Alongside his academic portfolio Matt continues to work as a studio practitioner and as an advisor for studio designers and equipment manufacturers.

Matt has been writing and delivering HE and FE Music Technology and Production courses since the late ‘90s, specialising in acoustics, audio engineering, production and synthesis. He has written, established and managed several courses in the field and has acted as a consultant for BTEC as well as for several HE and FE institutions. Matt managed a large music department in the FE sector before taking up his current post at the university.

Further information

Current/recent teaching responsibilities

  • Course leader, BA(Hons) Music Technology and BA(Hons) Sound Production
  • Module delivery on MSc Audio Technology.
  • Module leader for UG L4 Studio Tracking and Musimathics. Lecturer on Behind the Glass and Music Computing.
  • Module leader for UG L5 Video Game Sound, Audio Post-Production and Music Technology in Context. Lecturer on Audio Analysis, Synthesis and Processing.
  • Module leader for UG L6 Music Professional Project and Studio Production. Lecturer on Musical Interfaces.
  • Module leader for PG L7 Advanced Studio Practice, lecturer on Research and Development, Musical Human-Computer Interaction, Music Computing and supervision on the Audio Technology Project

Current/recent non-teaching responsibilities

  • Key proposer and link tutor for the FDa Music Performance Technologies course run at South Staffordshire College
  • Personal tutor
  • Outreach and marketing representative for the Music department
  • Departmental lead on the international link with Westerdals in Oslo
  • Lead academic in charge of Faculty of Arts clearing 2014
  • Key Proposer of the MSc Audio Technology