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Dr. Toby Gifford is a sound technologist, with a diverse array of research interests under the banner of ‘sonic environments’. As a sound-artist and musician he works with multichannel, binaural and ambisonic sound for virtual & augmented reality, immersive installation, and live performance. His practice utilises generative algorithms alongside field recording, with application in bioacoustics, aural architecture and computational creativity. Dr. Gifford is on the boards of both the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and the Australian Ecoacoustics Society, and was general chair of the 2016 New Interfaces for Music Expression international conference. Dr. Gifford holds a PhD in computer music & AI from the Queensland University of Technology, a Masters in pure mathematics (hypercomplex analysis on manifolds) from Washington University in St. Louis, and a first class honours in mathematics & physics (quantum field theory, astrophysics, and hypercomplex analysis) from the Australian National University. He is currently employed as a Research Fellow in Creative Technologies at Monash University's SensiLab.

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Research Output 2010 2018

  • 7 Article
  • 6 Conference Paper

Computational systems for music improvisation

Gifford, T., Knotts, S., McCormack, J., Kalonaris, S., Yee-King, M. & d’Inverno, M., 2 Jan 2018, In : Digital Creativity. 29, 1, p. 19-36 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Diurnal variation in freshwater ecoacoustics: implications for site-level sampling design

Linke, S., Decker, E., Gifford, T. & Desjonquères, C., 10 Dec 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Freshwater Biology. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Freshwater ecoacoustics as a tool for continuous ecosystem monitoring

Linke, S., Gifford, T., Desjonquères, C., Tonolla, D., Aubin, T., Barclay, L., Karaconstantis, C., Kennard, M. J., Rybak, F. & Sueur, J., 1 May 2018, In : Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 16, 4, p. 231-238 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Interacting with Musebots

Brown, A., Horrigan, M., Eigenfeldt, A., Gifford, T., Field, D. & McCormack, J., Jun 2018, Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Dahl, L., Bowman, D. & Martin, T. (eds.). Blacksburg VA USA: New Interfaces for Musical Expression, p. 19-24 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access

River listening: Acoustic ecology and aquatic bioacoustics in global river systems

Barclay, L., Gifford, T. & Linke, S., 1 Jun 2018, In : Leonardo. 51, 3, p. 298-299 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review