Paul Ferguson

Paul Ferguson

Dr Paul Ferguson

Associate Professor of Audio Engineering

Biography

Paul Ferguson is Associate Professor of Audio Engineering in the Applied Music Research Centre within the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University.
Since 2012 his research has focused on the use of high-speed research and education networks to allow artists separated by long distances to perform together in real-time. This research brings together two separate strands from Paul’s industry background:
• 10 years as an electronics/embedded software R&D engineer in the defence industry leading a 12 person team specialising in deterministic network communications. 
• 20 years as an audio engineer with a technical specialist role leading him to support studio and live projects by artists such as Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Marillion, Francis Dunnery and Robert Plant.
Since joining Edinburgh Napier University in 2001 Paul has maintained his music industry links and provides project support and consultancy. He is currently under NDA with audio companies AVID, Audinate and Focusrite. He is an invited member of a Working Group on networked audio hosted by Abbey Road Studios to explore development and commercialisation of emerging technologies. Recent remote networked audio research and consultancy projects include the Durham Brass Festival, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Steve Craddock (Ocean Colour Scene and Paul Weller).
In 2014 Paul’s research team was awarded a European Commission FP7 grant with partners in the Czech Republic and Italy entitled “eMusic - Using GÉANT dynamic circuits to support remote collaboration in musical education and eCulture”
In 2017 Paul’s team together with Industry partner Soluis was awarded an AHRC grant entitled “ENSEMBLE Performing Together Apart: Enhancing Immersive Multi-Location Co-Performance in Real Time”
Paul has presented in person, and virtually, at conferences in the UK, Europe and USA on the subject of networked real-time rehearsal, teaching and performance over distance.

News

Events

Esteem

Invited Speaker

  • BBC R&D "Sounds Amazing" Conference to 300 BBC engineering and production staff
  • Networked Audio keynote speaker: AVID Learning Partner EMEA Summit

 

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Ground Control and Cloud Booths: Using Dante to break geographical barriers to music production

Book Chapter
Ferguson, P., & Hook, D. (in press)
Ground Control and Cloud Booths: Using Dante to break geographical barriers to music production. In Perspectives in Music Production - Innovation in Music volume II. Routledge
In January 2013 the authors became early adopters of Focusrite RedNet. The RedNet Dante-based audio-over-IP interfaces gave their studios and performance areas very flexible c...

Networked Improvisation: Playing for Peace

Exhibition / Performance
Moir, Z., & Ferguson, P. Networked Improvisation: Playing for Peace. [Real-Time Networked Improvised Performance]. Performed at New York. 10 November 2019 - 10 November 2019. (Unpublished)

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Moir, Z., & Ferguson, P. Networked Improvisation: Playing for Peace. [Real-Time Networked Improvised Performance]. Performed at New York. 10 November 2019 - 10 November 2019. (Unpublished
This was a multi-site (Edinburgh, New York, California, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany) networked real-time improvised performance in response to music that was being broad...

Networked Arts and Social Purpose in Scotland: Performance, Participation, and Peace

Presentation / Conference
Moir, Z., & Ferguson, P. (2019, November)
Networked Arts and Social Purpose in Scotland: Performance, Participation, and Peace. Paper presented at NowNet Arts, New York
This presentation will comprise three related sections, outlining recent and imminent projects. We will begin by discussing work that the authors have recently undertaken in w...

Live Improvisation Over Network

Exhibition / Performance
Moir, Z., & Ferguson, P. Live Improvisation Over Network. 2 April 2019 - 4 April 2019. (Unpublished)

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Moir, Z., & Ferguson, P. Live Improvisation Over Network. 2 April 2019 - 4 April 2019. (Unpublished
No abstract available.

Live Improvised Performance Over Networks.

Presentation / Conference
Moir, Z., & Ferguson, P. (2019, April)
Live Improvised Performance Over Networks. Presented at Network Performing Arts Production Workshop
No abstract available.

Real Time, Remote, Interactive Recording Sessions: Music Production Without Boundaries

Book Chapter
Moir, Z., Ferguson, P., & Smith, G. D. (2019)
Real Time, Remote, Interactive Recording Sessions: Music Production Without Boundaries. In Producing MusicTaylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315212241
Inhabitants of the 21st century live and work in a world in which many aspects of daily interactions with other humans are no longer hampered by physical distance. Indeed, sch...

Recording Across Town and The Ocean.

Presentation / Conference
Ferguson, P., Moir, Z., & Bennett, J. (2018, April)
Recording Across Town and The Ocean. Paper presented at Network Performing Arts Production Workshop, Miami, USA
No abstract available.

Experiences of Remote, Real-Time Music Production.

Presentation / Conference
Moir, Z., Ferguson, P., & Smith, G. D. (2018, April)
Experiences of Remote, Real-Time Music Production. Paper presented at NowNet Arts: Artistic and Technological Strategies for Public and Private Networks, New York
No abstract available.

Jamming in the 3rd Room.

Presentation / Conference
Moir, Z., Ferguson, P., & Smith, G. D. (2016, December)
Jamming in the 3rd Room. Paper presented at Art of Record Production, Aalborg, Denmark
No abstract available.

Sir James Macmillan/Hebrides Ensemble LoLa Research between UK and Italy

Digital Artefact
Ferguson, P. (2015)
Sir James Macmillan/Hebrides Ensemble LoLa Research between UK and Italy. [Video]
This video documents the use of Edinburgh Napier University's low-latency research by Sir James Macmillan and the Hebrides Ensemble. The resulting Macmillan Horn Quintet mast...

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • PhD supervision: Benjamin Redman - Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • PhD supervision: Justin Paterson - University of West London