Tommy Davis



John Sullivan

Associate Researcher


I am a Doctoral Candidate and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music under the tutelage of Marie-Chantal Leclair. My research investigates live electronic music performance and computer improvisation through a research-creation project called eTu{d,b}e. My current research interests include improvisation, contemporary saxophone techniques, posthumanism, and human-computer interaction and agency in computer music performance. Alongside instrument builder and programmer Vincent Cusson, I developed an augmented instrument called the eTube, with a Student Research Award (2021–22) from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) at McGill University.

Currently I am working with Kasey Pocius to create spatialisation models for improvising agents with support from a CIRMMT Student Research Award (2022–23). The eTube and the eTu{d,b}e performance frameworks will be the focus of my forthcoming lecture-recital and dissertation. eTu{d,b}e has been performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference (NASA), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), and the Schulich School of Music with upcoming performances at Harvard University’s Instruments, Interfaces, Infrastructures Conference in May 2023.

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