Dr Christos Michalakos


School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Games and Arts

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+44 (0)1382 30 8668


I’m a composer, performer, game designer and software developer.

Before joining Abertay as a lecturer in sonic arts, I worked in the games industry as a lead audio programmer and an interface designer.

My academic background is mathematics and interactive music systems. I hold a BSc in Mathematics (University of Crete), an MSc in Acoustics and Music Technology (University of Edinburgh) and a PhD in Computer Music (University of Edinburgh).

I often improvise with my augmented drum-kit – a hybrid instrument customised with sensors and bespoke software. As a performer, I have shared the stage with a range of artists, from British saxophonist Evan Parker to renowned performance artist Stelarc.

My work explores new ways of making music through game structures in both real and virtual environments, while I also enjoy designing innovative tools and interfaces for dynamic audio design.

  • Audio for Games I: Concepts, Assets and Implementation
  • Audio for Games II: Procedural Methods, Integration and Scripting
  • Audio Programming
  • Dynamic Audio for Digital Media
  • Honours Project Supervision
  • Expressive / Experimental Music Games
  • VR / AR / MR Audio
  • Composition / Improvisation / Performance
  • Michalakos, C. 2015. Torrrque: Augmented Drum-Kit. ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition Proceedings
  • Hayes, L and Michalakos, C. 2012. Imposing a Networked Vibrotactile Communication System for Improvisational Suggestion. Organised Sound
  • Michalakos, C. 2012. The Augmented Drum Kit: An Intuitive Approach To Live Electronic Percussion Performance, ICMC Proceedings

More Information


2017 Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant

2014 SMART Scottish Enterprise R&D Award with Krotos Ltd.

2012 PRE Grant from the University of Edinburgh

2012 Roberts Fund Award for Inventor Composer Coaction (co-director)

2011 BEAM Festival Bursary, Brunel University

2011 PRE Grant from the University of Edinburgh

2007 EPSRC Scholarship for postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh


2013-date Peer reviewer for the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Knowledge Exchange

Selected Festivals and Conference Presentations:

2015 ACM Creativity and Cognition Conference, Glasgow

2015 Game Developers Conference, San Francisco

2015 Gap In the Air: Festival of Sonic Art, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

2014/11 New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Oslo/ London

2014 What Is Sound Design…? Symposium, Edinburgh

2013 Cryptic Nights, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

2013 SSSP at de Montfort University, Leicester

2013/12 Network Music Festival, Birmingham

2012 International Computer Music Conference, Ljubljana

2012 International Symposium on Electronic Art, Albuquerque

2012 INTER/actions: Symposium on Interactive Electronic Music, Bangor

2012/11 Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, Belfast

2012 Data Is Beautiful, Budapest

2011 BEAM Festival at Brunel University, London

2011 SOUND Festival, Aberdeen

Affiliated with:

2012 Inventor Composer Coaction (co-director)

2010-date Sound Lab Edinburgh

2010-2013 Laboratory for Laptop and Electronic Audio Performance Practice

Meet the rest of the team

Mr Ryan Locke

Mr Ryan Locke

Division of Games and Arts | Lecturer

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Dr Iain Donald

Dr Iain Donald

Division of Games and Arts | Senior Lecturer

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