John McGowan

Biography

Currently in the final stages of a PhD at Edinburgh Napier University, my research involves the production and investigation of the use an interactive real-time audio visual tool to aid in music therapy for people on the autism spectrum. A prototype application, CymaSense, has been successfully trialled with autistic participants in a 12-week study. Results indicate an increase in communicative behaviours. See cyma-sense.uk for further information.

I completed an MSc in Animation and Visualisation a few years ago at DJCAD in Dundee, and am Lecturing in Sound Technology, Audio and Responsive Environments at Napier as well as supervising Masters and Honours Degree projects. I am also a 3D generalist although my recent skill set has focused on Modelling, Dynamics and Compositing. In addition I have been a writing/recording and performing musician for the past 30 years, and continue to integrate music with my academic work.

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Real-time 3D Graphic Augmentation of Therapeutic Music Sessions for People on the Autism Spectrum

Thesis
McGowan, J. J. Real-time 3D Graphic Augmentation of Therapeutic Music Sessions for People on the Autism Spectrum. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2386291
This thesis looks at the requirements analysis, design, development and evaluation of an application, CymaSense, as a means of improving the communicative behaviours of autist...

Exploring Musical Creativity through Interactive Cymatics

Conference Proceeding
McGowan, J., Leplatre, G., & McGregor, I. (2018)
Exploring Musical Creativity through Interactive Cymatics. https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/HCI2017.67
What does music look like? Representation of sound has taken many forms over time, from sinusoidal wave patterns, through to random algorithm-based visualisations based on the...

CymaSense: a novel audio-visual therapeutic tool for people on the autism spectrum.

Conference Proceeding
McGowan, J., Leplâtre, G., & McGregor, I. (2017)
CymaSense: a novel audio-visual therapeutic tool for people on the autism spectrum. In ASSETS '17 Proceedings of the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, (62-71). https://doi.org/10.1145/3132525.3132539
Music Therapy has been shown to be an effective intervention for clients with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition that can affect people i...

CymaSense: a real-time 3D cymatics-based sound visualisation tool.

Conference Proceeding
McGowan, J., Leplâtre, G., & McGregor, I. (2017)
CymaSense: a real-time 3D cymatics-based sound visualisation tool. In DIS '17 Companion Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, (270-274). https://doi.org/10.1145/3064857.3079159
What does music look like? Representation of music has taken many forms over time, from musical notation [16], through to random algorithm-based visualisations based on the am...

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