Physical Audio

Physical Audio is a group of acoustics researchers dedicated to creating next-generation software instruments and audio effects. We are based in London and Edinburgh, UK.

Craig J. Webb
co-Founder & CEO

Craig has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Bath, and an MSc in Acoustics from the University of Edinburgh. This was followed by a PhD, as a member of the NESS research group at Edinburgh (NExt-generation Sound Synthesis). His thesis concerns the application of high performance computing architectures to large-scale acoustics simulations. After a postdoc at the University of Oxford, he began exploring real-time systems running on consumer processors.

Michele Ducceschi

Michele is a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and was also a member of the NESS research group. He originally studied Physics at Università degli Studi di Padova, followed by an MSc in Acoustics from Edinburgh. He received his PhD from the École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées in Paris, with a thesis on nonlinear vibrations in plates. Michele has held a Newton International Fellowship, also at the University of Edinburgh.

Stefan Bilbao

Stefan is Professor of Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing at the University of Edinburgh, and was the project lead of the NESS research group. He studied Physics at Harvard, and was a research fellow at Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). He then completed MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, studying at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. Prior to moving to the University of Edinburgh, he was a Lecturer in the Sonic Arts Research Centre at the Queen's University Belfast.


Thanks to Tommy Rushton for web development, Catherine Gillespie for demo vocals, and Jouni Helminen for his input on user interface design.

Luke Worgan

Luke is an instrument developer and electronic musician studying for a BSc in Sound Design at London South Bank University. His work focuses on challenging perceptions of liveness in electronic music through the development of sensor-based, gesture-controlled hardware interfaces and innovative software instruments. Luke also self-releases techno-inspired electronic music under a growing list of aliases.

Manos Psaridis

Manos is an undergraduate Sound Design student at London South Bank University and a self-releasing electronic music composer. He focuses on immersive audio content generation for game development and post-production applications. Manos specializes in modular synthesis and takes advantage of analog modular synthesizers to compose intuitive sonic artifacts, complex rhythmic patterns and imaginary soundscapes.

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