Rob Toulson

Rob Toulson (Associate)

Rob Toulson is Professor of Creative Industries: Commercial Music at the University of Westminster, London. His research covers both creative and technical fields, being an expert in sound, music production and electronics. His recent AHRC-funded research explores the development of ‘interactive digital music’ to enable new forms of artist-fan interaction, and to test new business models for the music industry. Rob has collaborated with many international organisations in the music industry and commercialised a number of music apps, including the innovative iDrumTune tool and the novel variPlay music platform. He is a successful music producer and studio engineer working across most musical genres, from pop to classical and rock to electronica. In particular, he has worked as recording, mixing and mastering engineer on a number of albums for Mediaeval Baebes, who have previously topped the UK classical album chart.

Rob has experience working in the electronics industry as well as teaching electronics, music production and audio technology in Higher Education. He is Co-Chair of both the Innovation in Music Conference and the Audio Engineering Society European Conference, and a former committee member of the AES British Section. Rob is also director of his own record label and audio software development company, RT Sixty Ltd. He is co-author of ‘Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design: applying the ARM mbed’ published by Newnes first in 2012, with a Chinese translation in 2014, and a second edition in 2016. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering (1999), a PhD in Digital Signal Processing (2004) and is a certified Chartered Engineer (2009). Rob has designed and delivered a number of research, consultancy and knowledge transfer projects funded by, amongst others, The European Commission, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, NESTA, The Royal Society, The European Regional Development Fund and Innovate UK. He has published numerous patents and journal articles and delivered many academic papers at international conferences, as well as supervising PhD students to completion. He has been an invited keynote speaker at many prestigious events hosted at, for example, the V&A Museum, the Natural History Museum and Dolby Laboratories.

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Music research within CREAM is fundamentally multidisciplinary, investigating all corners of the commercial music industries - from songwriting, production and creative practice, to sound technology and innovation in music business.