Tom Davis

Dr Tom Davis

  • 01202 965133
  • tdavis at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Associate Professor In Music and Audio Technology
  • Poole House P303a, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Tom Davis is a Associate Professor in Music and Audio Technology. In addition to PhD supervision he teaches on the BA Music and Sound Production degree. Davis is also a practicing artist working mainly in the realm of sound installation and live performance. Davis has exhibited and performed throughout Europe and in the United States and holds a PhD from the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast.


Instrument building; Technologically mediated Improvisation; Enaction, Embodiment, Post-Phenomenology, Sonic Art, Participation in Music as Practice, and situations that examine the interface between music and technology.


Journal Articles


  • Stapleton, P. and Davis, T., 2022. Ambiguous Devices: Improvisation, Agency, Touch and Feedthrough in Distributed Music Performance. Porto: i2ADS - Research Institute of Art, Design and Society.
  • Hammersley, J., O'Reilly, S. and Renaud, A., 2012. LIVENESS. EMERGE -Experimental Media Research Imprint.



  • Davis, T. and McKinney, C., 2012. Flow. Sound Installation. Tiny Tate. Tate Britain.
  • Davis, T. and Stapleton, P., 2012. Ambiguous Devices. Installation. New Interfaces for Musical Expression. NIME 2012. Ann Arbor, Michigan & Bournemouth University, England. 21-23 May 2012.
  • Davis, T., 2011. Working Title. Mixed Media. Working Title. Aspex Contemporary Art Gallery. Portsmouth. 5-18 September 2011.
  • Davis, T., Renaud, A. and McKinney, C., 2010. Flow. Mixed. Public Domain. Bournemouth Lower Gardens. 16-18 July 2010.
  • Davis, T. and Ward, N., 2009. Ordnance Survey. Mixed. Hilltown New Music Festival. Hilltown, County Westmeath, Ireland. 18-19 July 2009.
  • Davis, T., 2009. Bus Stop. Mixed. Oxford Contemporary. OVADA, Oxford. 7 February-21 March 2009.
  • Davis, T., 2008. Rules and Regs. Mixed. Rules and Regs. Aspace gallery, Southampton. 1 May-2 June 2008.
  • Davis, T., 2007. Cross-Pollination. Mixed. FIX'07 International Performance Festival. Catalyst Arts, Belfast. 26-29 November 2007.
  • Davis, T. and O'Modhrain, S., 2007. Radio Streams. Mixed. Enaction in Arts. Enaction in Arts, Fort de la Bastille, Grenoble. 19-24 November 2007.
  • Davis, T., 2006. Cycle Sonic. Bring the Noise. Catalyst Arts, Belfast. 16-29 October 2006.
  • Davis, T., 2006. Excuse Me!. International Conference on Auditory Display. ICAD, Queen Mary University, London. 20-23 June 2006.
  • Davis, T., 2005. Natural Selection. Musica Viva. Musica Viva, Lisbon, Portugal. 17-24 September 2005.
  • Callus, P., Davis, T., Callus, P. and Rega, I.. Chembamba kina siri kubwa. Installation. In/Visible Margins. Lees Gallery, Bournemouth University. 1 December 2018-28 February 2019.


  • Davis, T., Geistweidt, J., Renaud, A. and Dixon, J.. The Loop. NIME 2011, Oslo, Norway. 30 May-1 June 2011.
  • Davis, T., Geistweidt, J., Renaud, A. and Dixon, J.. The Loop. arts.on.wires, Oslo, Norway. 25-29 May 2011.
  • Davis, T. and Stapleton, P.. Ambiguous Devices. Performance. NIME 2012, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Bournemouth University. 21-23 May 2012.
  • Davis, T., Geistweit, J., Renaud, A.R. and Dixon, J.. The Loop. Network Music Festival, Birmingham. 27-29 January 2012.
  • Davis, T. and Stapleton, P.. Ambiguous Devices. Stanford USA & Bournemouth UK. 27 April 2012.
  • Davis, T. and Stapleton, P.. Ambiguous Devices. Performance. INTIME, Coventry University. 19-20 October 2013.
  • Davis, T. and Stapleton, P.. Ambiguous Devices. Performance. Re-New 2013, Copenhagen. 28 October-3 November 2013.
  • Davis, T., Troisi, A., Seddon, A., Thompson, B., Canning, R. and Chiaramonte, A.. NonRecursive. Performance. Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe: The Engine Room. 15 October 2015.
  • Davis, T., Troisi, A., Seddon, A., Canning, R., Thompson, B., Chiaramonte, A. and Borgo, D.. NonRecursive @ Symposium on Interagency in Technologically-Mediated Performance. Performance. Bournemouth University. 29 January 2016.
  • Davis, T. and Reid, L.. Gemmeleg. Performance for the Feral Cello. NIME 2017, Black Diamond, Copenhagen. 18 May 2017.
  • Davis, T. and Reid, L.. Gemmeleg. Performance for the Feral cello. Noisefloor 2017, Staffordshire University, Stoke On Trent. 4 May 2017.
  • Davis, T. and Reid, L.. Gemmeleg.. Performance for the Feral Cello. Sound Music Computing Conference, Helsinki. 5-8 July 2017.
  • Troisi, A., Davis, T., Amelidis, P. and Seddon, A.. nonRecursive. Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe: The Engine Room, The Old Fire Station. 1 May 2018.
  • Davis, T. and Reid, L.. The Feral Cello: A collaborative cello and electronics practice.. Feral Cello. Cello & Live Electronics. Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham. 3 December 2019.
  • Reid, L. and Davis, T.. Feedback Musicianship Network Concert. Improvisation with the Feral Cello and Cello + DSP. The Meeting House, University of Sussex, Falmer, UK. 12 May 2022.


PhD Students

  • Vicky Isley. Body as Landscape: A Visual Aesthetic Model for Sensual Awareness of Challenges on our Environment, (In progress)
  • Asha Ward, 2020. MAMI Tech Toolkit Utilising Action Research to Develop a Technological Toolkit to Facilitate Access to Music-Making, (Completed)
  • Lucy Childs, 2022. The Quest for Life and Intelligence in Digital Puppets., (Completed)
  • Katy Connor. Untitled_Force: 3D Print as Poetic Praxis
  • Liam Birtles

Invited Lectures

  • Ambiguous Devices Book Launch, University of Porto, 14 Dec 2023 more
  • The Feral Cello, Birmingham Conservatoire, 03 Dec 2019 more
  • Connecting Communities of Music Technology, Bournemouth University, 05 Dec 2018 more
  • Intervention, CGP London – Dilston Grove, 09 Dec 2017 more
  • A sense of being ‘listened to’, University of Sussex, 15 Sep 2017 more
  • Temporal and fluid agency in improvised music, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast, 01 Aug 2017 more


  • Improving educational outcomes for SEN students through technological innovation) (HEIF, 01 Aug 2017). Completed
  • Increasing access to Music: Music Technology in Special Educational Needs (SEN) settings. (HIEF5+1+1, 01 Aug 2016). Completed

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • AHRC Peer Review College, Anonymous peer review, 01 May 2022
  • Journal of New Music Research, Anonymous peer review, 29 Jul 2020
  • Leonardo, Anonymous peer review, 01 Sep 2014

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • The co-creation of unit assessments based on the principles of ‘backward design (10 Jun 2017)

Conference Presentations

  • Technology in Music Performance, The Feral Cello: A collaborative cello and electronics practice., 03 Dec 2019, Birmingham Conservatoire


  • PGCert in Education Practice (Bournemouth University, 2015)
  • PhD in Sonic Art (Queen's University Belfast, 2008)
  • MA in Communication Media: Creative Sound Production (University of the West of England, 2004)
  • BSc (Hons) in Physics with Music (University of Edinburgh, 2001)