Creative Coding • CS Education • Accessibility
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william [dot] payne [at] nyu [dot] edu
Upper West Side, NYC
I am a PhD Candidate in Music Technology at New York University. As of 2020, I am the research assistant for the NSF funded project Dancing Across Boundaries (DAB!) and an Accessible Music Technology Fellow at FMDG School. My mentors include Amy Hurst, Yoav Bergner, and Kayla Desportes.
In my research, I study how technology can open pathways for people to express themselves on their own terms and build confidence and self worth enacting original art. I am especially interested in accessible music instruments, creative coding environments, and how to carry out design processes with meaningful end-user participation.
Prior to NYU, I received a BS/MS in Computer Science and a BM in Music Composition from CU Boulder. I performed in multiple new-music ensembles like the Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk), studied with Shaun Kane, Clayton Lewis, and Michael Theodore, and lived in the Engineering Honors Program.
I publish articles in places like ASSETS (Computers and Accessibility), NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression), and MOCO (Movement and Computing). I have received numerous scholarships and awards including a Steinhardt Fellowship, Boettcher Scholarship (full-ride to any Colorado university), and the distinction of Outstanding Graduate of Engineering at CU.
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, Birmingham City University, pp. 576–580.
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.
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.