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Alex Harker is a composer, creative programmer and lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. He joined the University in 2011 as a Research Fellow working on the HISSTools project, and in 2012 took up his current position as a lecturer.

Harker’s works have been programmed as part of concert series, festivals and conferences in the UK, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Korea, and the USA, including the International Computer Music Conference, Sound and Music Computing Conference and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. His works have been performed by the Worldscape Laptop Orchestra, Heather Roche, Elastic Axis, Jonathan Sage, Peter Furniss and BEAST. A two track EP is available from Ergodos Records.

He has studied composition with numerous composers including Gwyn Pritchard, Vic Hoyland, Jonty Harrison, Scott Wilson, Roger Marsh and Ambrose Field. In 2011 he completed his PhD at the University of York, a period of study funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

As programmer, Harker’s software is in use internationally both inside and outside of academia in wide variety of fields, such as psychoacoustics, concert hall virtualisation, realtime audiovisual dj'ing and compositional work.In 2012 he was engaged by Berlin-based software company Ableton to develop a convolution reverb device relevant to electronic musicians for use in their flagship digital audio workstation Live.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Interaction between Parameterised and Non-parameterised Musics
  • Frameworks for Integration of Formalised and Inituive Compositional Processes
  • Structured Improvisation in a Compositional Context
  • Composition as Design
  • Analytical Models of Gestural Respresentation
  • Audio Descriptor Technologies
  • Spectral Domain Audio Processing
  • Convolution, Deconvolution and impulse Response Measurement
  • Controller Mapping

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Projects 2017 2022

FluCoMa: Fluid Corpus Manipulations

Tremblay, P., Green, O., Roma, G., Harker, A., Clarke, J. & Dufeu, F.


Project: ResearchEU Government

Research Output 2008 2017

  • 6 Conference contribution
  • 2 Software

FrameLib: Audio DSP using frames of arbitrary length and timing

Harker, A., 2017, 2017 ICMC/EMW - 43rd International Computer Music Conference and the 6th International Electronic Music Week. Shanghai: Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Vol. 2. p. 271-278 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Rapid prototyping
Digital signal processing


Harker, A., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formSoftware

Open Access


Harker, A., Kanno, M. & Newton, M., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formSoftware

Impulse response

Rich Contacts: Corpus-Based Convolution of Audio Contact Gestures for Enhanced Musical Expression

Schwarz, D., Tremblay, P. A. & Harker, A., Jun 2014, Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, p. 247-250 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Acoustic waves

Rethinking the Box: Approaches to the Reality of Electronic Music Performance

Harker, A. & Tremblay, P. A., 1 Nov 2013, IRCAM Forum.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Frequency response
Sound reproduction