Dr John Taylor

Research program: John Taylor

Music Cognition and Action


John joined the MARCS and the Music Cognition and Action program from the University of Sydney, where he received his PhD in Composition. John developed a computational model of human percussive performance informed by biomechanics and the physics of musical instruments, to simulate variations in micro timbre and micro timing. John is currently developing a personalised music affect recommender system for unfamiliar music.

John is also a composer and interactive media artist, whose works have been performed both nationally and internationally.


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Research Interests

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Computational models of music performance
  • Interactive Media
  • Software development to facilitate composition and interactive performance
  • Deep Learning

Qualifications and Honours

  • PhD, 'Ontology of Music Performance Variation', University of Sydney, 2015
  • Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Enterprise, University of Sydney, 2013
  • MA in Sonic Arts, Landsdown Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University, UK, 2009
  • BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management, Buckinghamshire New University, UK, 2001

Contact John

Phone+61 2 9772 6816
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)