Mr Matt Bellingham

Mr Matt Bellingham

Senior Lecturer and Subject Leader, Music Technology

  • Email address Matt.Bellingham@wlv.ac.uk
  • Phone number 01902 01902 32 3066
  • Location WH214, Performance Hub, Walsall campus.
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts
  • Institute School of Performing Arts
  • Areas of expertise

    Music and Audio Technology, including music computing; musical interfaces; algorithmic composition; user interface design; video game sound; studio production; acoustics.

Matt is Senior Lecturer and Subject Leader for Music Technology. Over a 20 year career Matt has developed a range of innovative courses in and around Music Technology for universities, colleges, and providers such as Edexcel and the OCN. He joined the University in 2012, co-proposing and writing the MSc in Audio Technology in 2013, and redesigning the undergraduate courses soon afterward. Matt is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, an External Examiner at the University of Portsmouth, and has been an invited external academic at a number of university course validations. Matt is currently a researcher in Music Computing Lab at the Open University.

  • Subject leader for Music Technology, including the Music Technology and Sound Production courses.
  • Module leader/delivery across studio production, acoustics and music theory, music computing, music interface/interaction design, video game sound, sound synthesis and processing, research, and final projects.
  • Link tutor, key proposer, development, design, and validation of the FDa Music Performance Technologies course validated by the University of Wolverhampton and run at South Staffordshire College.
  • Key proposer, development, design, and validation of the MSc Audio Technology.
  • Development and design of the BA(Hons) Music Technology and BA(Hons) Sound Production courses, including a major redesign for September 2014
  • Panel lead, rewrite of units for the Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education, March 2018
  • External academic, London College of Music framework validation, May 2016
  • External Examiner, University of Portsmouth - February 2016 to September 2019
  • External academic, London College of Music framework validation, June 2015
  • Validation team member, University of Wolverhampton, May 2015
    • BA (Hons) Drama (Top-up) Collaborative delivery with Colaiste Dhulaigh College of FE, Dublin
    • BA (Hons) Broadcasting and Journalism (Top-up) Collaborative delivery with Colaiste Dhulaigh College of FE, Dublin
  • Member of the development team for the BTEC HND and HNC in Music Production, Edexcel
  • Member of the development team for the BTEC L3 in Music Technology suite, Edexcel
  • Development and design of Certificate and Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology at Gateway College, Leicester
  • Member of the development team for the BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology, Edexcel
  • Algorithmic composition software development
  • Web audio technologies
  • Open Source audio software
  • Assistive music technology
  • User interface design and interaction design
  • Practice-based computer music research

Matt is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Matt’s PhD is in the area of user interface design for algorithmic composition. He is a researcher in 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 Glyndŵr University and an MSc with Distinction in Music Technology from the University of Wolverhampton.

Recent publications

Bellingham, M., Holland, S. and Mulholland, P. (2018) ‘Choosers: The design and evaluation of a visual algorithmic music composition language for non-programmers’, Church, L. and Basman, A. (ed), Proceedings of Psychology of Programming Interest Group Annual Conference 2018.

Bellingham, M., Holland, S. and Mulholland, P. (2017) Choosers: designing a highly expressive algorithmic music composition system for non-programmers. 2nd Conference on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity – 11th to 13th September 2017, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. http://hdl.handle.net/2436/621151.

Bellingham, M., Holland, S. and Mulholland, P. (2016) Designing a Highly Expressive Algorithmic Music Composition System for Non-Programmers, In DMRN+11: Digital Music Research Network One-Day Workshop 2016, Digital Music Research Network One-Day Workshop. http://oro.open.ac.uk/52732/

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. http://www.sussex.ac.uk/Users/bend/ppig2014/15ppig2014_submission_10.pdf.

Bellingham, Matt, Holland, Simon and Mulholland, Paul (2014) An analysis of algorithmic composition interaction design with reference to cognitive dimensions, The Open University. http://computing-reports.open.ac.uk/2014/TR2014-04.pdf.

Conference presentations/workshops

PPIG (Psychology of Programming Interest Group) Annual Conference, London, 5th-7th September 2018.

Choosers: The design and evaluation of a visual algorithmic music composition language for non-programmers, Annual Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 11th June 2018

Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity conference, Open University, 11th to 13th September 2017

Flipped Learning using Video on Canvas, Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 10 July 2017

Workshop and presentation: Choosers: a developing user interface, Annual Research Conference, University of Wolverhampton, 20th June 2017

Poster: ‘Designing a highly expressive algorithmic music composition system for non-programmers’, DMRN+11 Digital Music Research Network one-day workshop, 20 December 2016

Presentation: ‘Existing and emerging notations for the representation of algorithmic music’, Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance research symposium, University of Wolverhampton 14 September 2016

Smalltalk and OOP programming workshop, Open University, 20 Apr 2016

CRC conference, The Open University, 9th and 10th July 2015

Sines and Squares Festival, 25th October 2014. Presentation: Ghosts of the Modular (with Mat Dalgleish).

PPIG (Psychology of Programming Interest Group) Annual Conference, Brighton, 25th-27th June 2014.

Centre for Research in Computing Conference, Open University, 19th and 20th March 2014.

Matt has worked as an engineer and producer since the mid 1990s, 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 software design and development, acoustics, audio engineering and 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.