I develop movement sonifications for sport performance applications. I’m also an academic philosopher who does fundamental research in cognitive science on the nature of perception. Currently, I’m working full-time to develop fast, accurate, and flexible movement sonifications for athletes and performance artists. On the philosophy side of things, I maintain collaborations with leading researchers around the world with the aim of revolutionizing our understanding of phenomenal consciousness and how we perceive sensory stimuli.
Based now in Toronto, I previously worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Network for Sensory Research in the Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto. In that position I worked with Mohan Matthen, who’s done seminal work on the link between perception and motion. I completed my Ph.D. in philosophy at Rice University (Houston, Texas), working under Casey O’Callaghan, a leading philosopher of sounds who studies multimodal perception. I grew up in a small town in southeast Pennsylvania.
I’ve been an amateur athlete much of my life, competing in both powerlifting as a youth and track cycling more recently. Although I’m not currently an active racer in cycling, in the past I’ve raced at velodromes in Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario. I worked for a few months at a local bike shop and a bit longer as a youth and community cycling coach. My work with movement sonification combines my expertise on perception with my love of sport.
Movement Sonification / Precision Sensory Augmentation
Movement sonification captures position and motion information via artificial sensors (like the accelerometers and gyroscopes in a wearable activity tracker) and converts that information into a sound. Movement sonification can be a form of sensory augmentation or sensory substitution. My hope is that just as blind individuals can learn to use tactile feedback to “see”, athletes and performance artists can learn to use auditory feedback to “feel” their body better than they would through proprioception.
Visit my experimental project, Motion Sonified.
Academic Publication Highlights
- 202x. “What blindsight means for the neural correlates of consciousness”, Journal of Consciousness Studies (forthcoming)
- 2021. “What should the sensorimotor enactivist say about dreams?”, Philosophical Explorations | preprint
- 2020. “Does what we dream feel present? Two varieties of presence and implications for measuring presence in VR”, Synthese | preprint
- 2020. “Some hallucinations are experiences of the past”, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
- 2020. “Is mental time travel real time travel?”, w/ Melanie Rosen, Philosophy and the Mind Sciences
As you interact with the environment (including your own body) you come to experience the stuff stimulating your sensory receptors. The stimuli show up in your phenomenal consciousness. Driven by the offline (re)activation of sensory neural circuits, roughly similar sorts of experiences arise in dreams, hallucinations, imagination, and memory. I’m interested in fundamental questions about these experiences.
For a full list of my papers and research interests (outside of sonification), visit my research/teaching page. You might also check out this piece I wrote on digital fluency, or this recording of one of my latest talks, on how perception involves experience of the past. A paper of mine was recently one of two runners-up for the essay prize at the Centre for Philosophy of Memory.
Sonification White Papers
- 2021. “Sonification: A proposal for explosive subsecond sport movements”
- 2021. “Is vision or audition fast enough for proprioceptive augmentation? A quick review”
- 2020. “A briefer guide to bodily awareness for athletes and performance artists”
- 2020. “A guide to bodily awareness for athletes and performance artists”
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