PhD Candidate in Music Technology at NYU
Creative Coding • CS Education • Accessibility
Comics • Coffee • Running • Rock • Literary Fiction
william [dot] payne [at] nyu [dot] edu
Upper West Side, NYC
(with short hair)
I develop holistic, creative tools intended to help humans express themselves on their own terms and build confidence and self worth enacting original art.
Before beginning a PhD at NYU, I studied at CU Boulder (Computer Science (BS/MS) and Music Composition (BM)) and was the Outstanding Graduate of the College of Engineering.
I design musical interactions and interfaces that are accessible to a wide range of users with diverse abilities. I am especially interested in making music computing more accessible in collaboration with people with no vision or low vision. My team developed a screen-reader friendly prototype of a circular drum-machine [video | try].
I recently interned at the Hands-Free Music Project at Microsoft Research. I also work as the Accessible Music Technology Fellow at the Filomen M D'Agostino Greenberg (FMDG) Music School where I transcribe sheet music to convert to braille/large print, and learn from educators who are experts at teaching blind and visually impaired musicians.
Advisor: Amy Hurst
Undergrad Research Assistants: Fabiha Ahmed, Lisa Ye, Michael Zachor, Alex Yixuan Xu (Alum)
Dancing Across Boundaries!
I am the Research Assistant for the NSF funded-project DAB! integrating data science, machine learning, and physical computing in the context of dance and cheerleading. As a component of this work, I am developing danceON, a web-based programming environment for describing animations that respond to body position and movement using a declarative syntax [video | try].
Accessible Music Technology
Payne, W. C., Xu, A., Ahmed F., Ye, L., & Hurst, A., (2020, October). How Blind and Visually Impaired Composers, Producers, and Songwriters Leverage and Adapt Music Technology. In The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. ACM.
Payne, W. C., Paradiso, A., & Kane, S. K. (2020, July). Cyclops: Designing an Eye-Controlled Instrument for Accessibility and Flexible Use. In New Interfaces for Musical Expression.
Payne, W. C., Xu, A., Hurst, A., & Ruthmann, S. A. (2019, October). Non-Visual Beats: Redesigning the Groove Pizza. In The 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 651-654). ACM.
Computing Education, Music, and Dance
Bergner, Y., Mund, S., Chen, O., & Payne, W. C. (2020). Leveraging interest-driven embodied practices to build quantitative literacies: An exploratory case study using motion and audio capture from dance. In The Journal of Educational Technology Research and Development.
Bergner, Y., Mund, S., Chen, O., & Payne, W. C. (2019, October). First Steps in Dance Data Science: Educational Design. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Movement and Computing (p. 14). ACM.