Syncphonia was designed and developed by a team of musicians, composers, technologists and performers at the University of Sussex:

Ed Hughes first imagined the idea for Syncphonia when playing piano for his children’s school orchestra. He is a Professor of Composition, and Head of the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex.


Ed’s compositions and research interests include music for silent film, opera and theatre, and he has worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, The Opera Group, London Sinfonietta and I Fagiolini. He’s composed scores for classic silent films released by the BFI and Tartan, has been nominated four times for the British Composer Awards, and won the liturgical category in 2014.

Alice Eldridge is a Research Fellow in Digital Technologies and Digital Performance within the Sussex Humanities Lab at the University of Sussex. Her background in psychology, evolutionary and adaptive systems, computer science and music inspires and informs systemic sound-based research across science, technology and music: ecoacoustics, performance technologies and metacreation.

As a cellist and composer she has worked with some of the UK’s most inventive musicians at the intersections of improvised music, contemporary classical, folk and jazz. 

Chris Kiefer is a Lecturer in Music in the School of Media, Film and Music at the University of Sussex. His research background is in music, computing, machine learning and interaction design, stemming from PhD studies in musician-computer interaction, and research projects at Goldsmiths and Brighton University in audiovisual interactivity, brain-computer interfacing, pervasive sensing and musical instrument design for children with disabilities.

Chris is a practising musician, performing improvised electronic music with custom-made instruments under the name Luuma, and an active participant in the Live Coding movement.

Louis McCallum is an experienced software developer whose coding expertise keeps the Syncphonia app suite up to speed. He is a Post Doctoral Researcher at the Embodied Audio Visual Interaction Group, Goldsmiths, University of London.


Louis' research interests include interactive machine learning and human-robot relationships. Mortimer, the robotic drummer he developed during his PhD, has appeared on the BBC's Christmas Lectures and on Channel Five's The Gadget Show.

Liz Webb is an experienced project manager and producer and has been involved with Syncphonia since its conception. Liz is developing partnerships with primary and secondary schools and national music organisations.

Liz has been running Arts Council-funded workshops and performances in schools with the Orchestra of Sound and Light since 2015. She promotes composers and performers and is a busy amateur singer and flautist. She helped out with Southover Primary School Orchestra for five years, including the development of the Syncphonia Apps.

Syncphonia is funded by:

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