School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University
Lauren Hayes is Assistant Professor of Sound Studies within the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at Arizona State University. She is a musician and sound artist with a decade of experience building and performing with hybrid analogue/digital instruments. Her research explores new strategies for live electronic music performance by investigating the performer's physical relationship with the digital realm through the lens of enactive and embodied music cognition, and performing with haptic and tangible interfaces. She also composes haptic music that can be experienced as vibration throughout the body and leads PARIESA (Practice and Research in Enactive Sonic Art) at ASU.
Her work has been presented internationally at conferences and festivals (New Interfaces for Musical Expression, International Computer Music Conference, ACM Creativity and Cognition). She has written about embodied music cognition, enactive approaches to digital instrument design, and haptic technologies (Contemporary Music Review, Organised Sound). Since 2006 she has given multisensory workshops for various groups, including those with sensory impairment, learning difficulties, and autism; in 2014/5 she led a large-scale project involving over 900 children working with sound and technology. Her current research includes enhancing music perception for cochlear implant users using haptic technology, and site-responsive sonic art.