|Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science|
|Associate Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study|
Eamonn Bell is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. His research interests include the history of technology as it relates to musical production and consumption in the twentieth century, with a focus on the uses of digital computers in the period between about 1955 and 1970, the application of mathematical and contemporary computational techniques to solve problems in musicology and music theory, and the visualization of musical data.
Formerly a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Music, Trinity College Dublin, his recent research has examined how the once-ubiquitous Compact Disc (CD) audio format was designed, subverted, reproduced and domesticated for musical ends. This project was supported by the Irish Research Council under the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship programme for the period 2019–2021.
Before returning to Europe, he completed a PhD in Music Theory from Columbia University (2019), where he wrote a dissertation on the early use of digital computers in the analysis of musical scores under the supervision of Joseph Dubiel. At Columbia, he designed and taught a course on the critique of “digital music” (2018), and instructed the undergraduate sections in history of Western music for non-musicians (2018) and the fundamentals of music theory (2017). Shortly before he began graduate studies in music at Columbia, he graduated from TCD with a B.A. (Mod.) in Music and Mathematics (2013).
- digital humanities
- digital musicology
- history of technology
Chapter in book
- Bell, E. (2023). Exploring Time-Coded Comments on YouTube Music Videos of ‘Top 40’ Pop 2000–20. In H. Rogers, J. Freitas, & J. F. Porfírio (Eds.), YouTube and Music: Online Culture and Everyday Life (255-276). Bloomsbury. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781501387302.0024
- Bell, E. (2021). Two musical episodes at the piano keyboard in the study of human information-processing: Information as ‘cognitive good’ in interdisciplinary research.
- Gordon, R. L., Martschenko, D. O., Nayak, S., Niarchou, M., Morrison, M. D., Bell, E., …Davis, L. K. (2023). Confronting ethical and social issues related to the genetics of musicality. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1522(1), https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14972
- Niarchou, M., Gustavson, D. E., Sathirapongsasuti, J. F., Anglada-Tort, M., Eising, E., Bell, E., …Gordon, R. L. (2022). Genome-wide association study of musical beat synchronization demonstrates high polygenicity. Nature Human Behaviour, 6(9), 1292-1309. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-022-01359-x
- Bell, E. (2021). Interleaving as Cultural Technique in the Audio CD and the End of Archaeophonography. Media theory, 5(1), 115-146
- Bell, E. (2021). Cybernetics, listening, and sound-studio phenomenotechnique in Abraham Moles’s Théorie de l’information et perception esthétique (1958). Resonance (Oakland, Calif.), 2(4), 523-558. https://doi.org/10.1525/res.2021.2.4.523
- Bell, E. (2019). Hacking Jeff Minter’s Virtual Light Machine: Unpacking the Code and Community Behind an Early Software-Based Music Visualizer. Volume ! (En ligne), 15(1), 37-59. https://doi.org/10.4000/volume.7254