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Willie Payne

PhD Candidate in Music Technology at NYU

Interests

Creative Coding • CS Education • Accessibility

Comics • Coffee • Running • Rock • Literary Fiction


Reach Me

william [dot] payne [at] nyu [dot] edu

Upper West Side, NYC

Photo of me with short hair and a beard taken in front of a brick wall.

About Willie

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.


Projects

danceON

2020 / culturally relevent, creative coding, cs ed

Domain specific programming language for building animations that react to movement.

Collaborators

Yoav Bergner, Kayla Desportes, Dancing Across Boundaries

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Cyclops

2019 / accessible music technology

Eye controlled synthesizer.

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Non-Visual Beats

2019 / accessible music technology

Drum sequencing for improved screen reader use.

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TinkaMOD

2018 / creative coding

Javascript API for interacting with BLE Tinkamo blocks in the browser for rapid physical computing prototypes.

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Dance Dance Data Science (D3S)

2018 / culturally relevent, cs ed

Curricula and tech using motion capture to engage dancers in STEM.

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BiSoN

2016 / experimental, iPads

Boulder Image and Sound Network - multimedia performance ensemble.

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Electromagnetic Dulcimer

2016 / new instrument for musical expression

Networked, ambient strings. Part of the Solid Noise Robot Ensemble.

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Guitar Processor

2015 / guitar effects

Custom multi-effects processor developed in Max MSP supporting both standard and experimental tones.

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Recent Publications


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Willie Payne - 2020