Joseph Hyde’s background is as a musician and composer, working in various areas but in the late 90s – and a period working with BEAST in Birmingham (UK) – settling on electroacoustic music; either purely acousmatic, or with live instruments.
Since then, his work has diversified: whilst music and sound remain at the core of his practice, collaboration has become a key concern, particularly in the field of dance. Here he works both as a composer and in a broader capacity working with video, interactive systems and telepresence. His solo work has also broadened in scope to incorporate these elements: He has made a series of audiovisual ‘visual music’ works, and is currently engaged in a long term study of Oscar Fischinger’s creative process, supported by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. He recently won the 2011 MADE (Mobility for Digital Arts in Europe) with a large-scale project involving a network of installations across Europe allowing realtime, immersive telepresence interaction through the use of the radical 3D motion capture technology at the heart of the Microsoft Kinect sensor.
Hyde is also Professor of Music at Bath Spa University in the UK – as well as teaching on the BA Creative Music Technology, he runs the MMus in Creative Sound and Media Technology and supervises a number of PhD students. Since 2009 he has run a symposium on Visual Music at the university, Seeing Sound – the next event is in November 2013.