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March 17, 2022

ERC Consolidator Grants fund talented mid-career scientists to consolidate their teams and conduct breakthrough research on topics and methods of their choice over a 5-year period.

One of these emerging researchers is Andrew McPherson, Professor of Musical Interaction at Queen Mary’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, who received funding for his exciting research project Reflective Understanding of Digital Instruments as Musical Entanglements (RUDIMENTS).

An electrical engineer and composer by training, Prof. McPherson is interested in the development of new expressive tools for musicians – including electronically amplified acoustic instruments, novel hardware/software interfaces for live performance, and intuitive mapping strategies between gesture and sound.

Prof. McPherson stated: “I am incredibly excited to start the RUDIMENTS project, which uses the design of digital musical instruments to study the cultural impact of technical decisions. Many thanks to ERC for generously supporting this project, which will broaden my disciplinary horizons. I look forward to collaborating with colleagues at QMUL and around the world as we strive to build a more inclusive and curious future for music technology.”

Queen Mary’s Deputy Principal (Research and Innovation), Professor Andrew Livingston, said: “Horizon Europe grants are incredibly competitive and I am delighted that the panel has recognized Andrew’s expertise and excellent research at Queen Mary with this award.

“The RUDIMENTS project falls under our Performance, Communication and the Creative Industries Research Highway, where we have interdisciplinary depth and strength across our university. Congratulations to Andrew on this achievement. I look forward to hearing about the results of this fascinating research project.”

This funding was only granted to 12 percent of the 2,652 applicants from all member states of the European Union and associated countries; Queen Mary is one of only 24 UK institutions to host an ERC (2021) Consolidator winner. The UK was the second most successful host country with 41 awards, third after Germany (61) and France with 29 awards.

Professor Maria Leptin, President of the ERC, commented: “Even in times of crisis, conflict and suffering, it is our duty to keep science on track and give our brightest minds free rein to explore their ideas. We don’t know today how their work could revolutionize tomorrow – we know that they will open new horizons, satisfy our curiosity and most likely help us prepare for unforeseen future challenges. I am delighted that a new group of ERC grantees will be funded for their scientific journey. I wish them the best of luck on their journey to push the frontiers of our knowledge!”