Dr John Taylor


Postdoctoral Fellow in Music Cognition/Computation, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development


John R. Taylor is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Music Cognition and Computation at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development. John's current project involves developing a personalised music affect recommender system for unfamiliar music. John holds a PhD in Composition (University of Sydney), an MA in Sonic Arts (Middlesex, UK), a Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Enterprise (Sydney), and a BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management (BNU, UK). John's PhD research examined the imperfections in music performance that lead to micro-timbral and micro-temporal performance variation. His latest compositional software application, the PD-103, is an interactive percussive performance modeller designed using the physics of musical instruments, and uses biomechanical performance data from live performance. John’s compositions have been performed in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and he has received recognition for his involvement in the design of interactive systems for large audiovisual installations (Tasmania International Arts Festival 2015; Tyalgum Music Festival, 2015; Vivid Sydney, 2016, 2017, Rhythmotron, 2017). John's hobbies include Scuba Diving with Sharks, (opens in a new window) Sci-Fi, Formula 1, and travel.

Research Interests

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Computational models of music performance
  • Interactive Media
  • Software development to facilitate composition and interactive performance
  • Deep Learning

Qualifications and Recognition

  • PhD, 'Ontology of Music Performance Variation', University of Sydney, 2015
  • Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Enterprise, University of Sydney, 2013
  • MA in Sonic Arts, Landsdown Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, UK, 2009
  • BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management, Buckinghamshire New University, UK, 2001

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone+61 2 9772 6816
LocationBuilding 1, Bankstown