Jonathan Weinel

Dr Jonathan Weinel BA Hons, BSc, MRes, PhD, MBCS

Lecturer in Games Technologies (Virtual Reality)

Jon Weinel is a London based artist, writer, and researcher whose main expertise is in electronic music and computer art. In 2012 Jon completed his AHRC-funded PhD in Music at Keele University regarding the use of altered states of consciousness as a basis for composing electroacoustic music. His electronic music, visual music compositions and virtual reality projects have been performed internationally at events such as the ICMC, Seeing Sound, and various demoscene parties; while his writings have been featured in Leonardo Music Journal, Contemporary Music Review, OUPblog (the academic blog of Oxford University Press), and others. In 2018 his book Inner Sound: Altered States of Consciousness in Electronic Music and Audio-Visual Media (Oxford University Press) was launched at VJ London, and featured in THE WIRE magazine (UK), Electronic Sound magazine (UK), Gonzo (circus) (NL), and Corriere della Sera (Italy). Jon has held various academic posts in the UK and Denmark and currently lectures at the University of Greenwich.  He is a Full Professional Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS), belongs to the Computer Arts Society specialist interest group, and is a co-chair and proceedings editor for the EVA London (Electronic Visualisation and the Arts) conference.

Recognition

Member of British Computer Society

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Music visualisations
  • Sound design
  • Virtual Reality
  • Altered states of consciousness

Recent publications

Books:

Weinel, J. (2021, in press) Explosions in the Mind: Composing Psychedelic Sounds and Visualisations. Palgrave Macmillan.

Weinel, J. (2018) Inner Sound: Altered States of Consciousness in Electronic Music and Audio-Visual Media. New York: Oxford University Press.

Edited Collections:

Weinel, J., Bowen, J.P., Borda, A., Diprose, G. (eds) (2021) EVA London 2021: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts. London: British Computer Society.

Weinel, J., Bowen, J.P., Diprose, G., Lambert, N. (eds) (2020) EVA London 2020: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts. London: British Computer Society.

Weinel, J., Bowen, J.P., Diprose, G., Lambert, N. (eds) (2019) EVA London 2019: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts. London: British Computer Society.

Journal Articles:

Griffiths, D., Cunningham, S., Weinel, J., Picking, R. (2021, under consideration), A Multi-Genre Model for Music Emotion Recognition Using Linear Regressors, TBC.

Cunningham, S., Ridley, H., Weinel, J., Picking, R. (2020) Supervised Machine Learning for Audio Emotion Recognition: Enhancing Film Sound Design Using Audio Features, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. doi: 10.1007/s00779-020-01389-0.

Book Chapters:

Weinel, J. (2020) Cyberdreams: Visualising Music in Extended Reality (XR). In: Earnshaw, R.A., Liggett, S., Excell, P.S., Thalmann, D. (eds) Technology, Design and the Arts – Challenges and Opportunities. Berlin: Springer.

Cunningham, S., Henry, J., Weinel, J. (2020) Augmenting Virtual Spaces: Affective Feedback in Computer Games. In: Earnshaw, R.A., Liggett, S., Excell, P.S., Thalmann, D. (eds) Technology, Design and the Arts – Challenges and Opportunities. Berlin: Springer.

Weinel, J. (2019) Augmented Unreality: Synesthetic Artworks & Audio-Visual Hallucinations. In: Grimshaw-Aagaard, M., Walther-Hansen, M., Knakkergaard, M. (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Imagination. New York: Oxford University Press.

Weinel, J., Cunningham, S. (2019) Designing Game Audio Based on Avatar-Centred Subjectivity. In: Filimowicz, M. (ed.) Foundations in Sound Design for Interactive Media. Abington: Routledge.

Presentations

Weinel, J. (2021, in press) Synaesthetic Audio-Visual Sound Toys in Virtual Reality, ACM Audio Mostly 2021, University of Trento, Italy.

Weinel, J. (2021) Worship the Penguin: Adventures with sprites, chiptunes, and lasers, EVA London 2021 (Electronic Visualisation and the Arts).

Weinel, J. (2020) Visualising Rave Music in Virtual Reality: Symbolic and Interactive Approaches, EVA London 2020 (Electronic Visualisation and the Arts).

Weinel, J. (2019) Cyberdream VR: Visualizing Rave Music and Vaporwave in Virtual Reality, ACM Audio Mostly 2019University of Nottingham, UK.

Cunningham, S., Ridley, H., Weinel, J., Picking, R. (2019) Audio Emotion Recognition Using Machine Learning to Support Sound Design, ACM Audio Mostly 2019, University of Nottingham, UK. 

Weinel, J. (2019) Virtual Hallucinations: Projects in VJing, virtual reality and cyberculture, EVA London 2019 (Electronic Visualisation and the Arts).

Recent Presentations of Music and Creative Work:

Soundcat City (Commodore 64 PETSCII artwork)
Transmission64 2021 (Online/UK).​

TkTune (Commodore 64 music, 3 minutes)
Transmission64 2021 (Online/UK).

Soundcat64 (Commodore 64 PETSCII artwork)
Revision 2021 (Online/Germany).

EkTune (Commodore 64 music, 2 minutes 31 seconds)
Assembly Winter '21 (Online/Finland).

Sound Pod (curated sound art installation)
CAS 50 (Computer Arts Society), 22 July–7 August 2019, LCB Depot, Leicester, UK.
Event Two, 15–17 July 2019, Royal College of Art, London, UK.

Cyberdream VR (virtual reality experience, c.5 minutes)
Audio Mostly, 18–20 Sept 2019, University of Nottingham. Award: 'Honourable Mention Demo'.
Breaking Convention, 16–18 August 2019, University of Greenwich, London.
Event Two, 15–17 July 2019, Royal College of Art, London, UK.
Mind 2019, 31 May–1 June 2019, Rock House, Hastings, East Sussex, UK.
PLAY/PAUSE Symposium – Immersion | Dissonance, 22 May 2019, University of Birmingham, UK.
Sci-Fi London Festival (VR programme), 15–22 May 2019, London.
Cyberdelics Incubator Melbourne, 24 March 2019, Melbourne, Australia.

Soundcat (VJ performances, c.45 minutes)
Art Futura London, 17 April 2021 (online), London.
Audio Mostly (evening concert), 12 Sept 2018, Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham, Wales.
VJ London: July Meetup and Showcase, 12 July 2018, New River Studios, London, UK.