Dr Gary Kendall

Home Institution:

SARC, Queens University Belfast (Retired)

Gary Kendall is an independent composer and author residing in Stockholm, Sweden.  From 2008 to 2012 he was a Lecturer at the Sonic Arts Research Center at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Before that he was Associate Professor of Music Technology at Northwestern University where he served both as Coordinator of the Music Technology Program and Co-Director of the Program in Sound Design. In 1985, his research group was hired by CBS to create the first 3D sound for broadcast television. As an author, especially in spatial audio and electroacoustic music analysis, he has contributed to Organised Sound, the Computer Music Journal and Proceedings of the ICMC. He has presented research at the Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference, ICMC, SEAMUS, the Audio Engineering Society and the Acoustical Society of America. His creative work has centered on energetic healing through music and includes spatial sound installations. He is a student of Andean Shamanism and trained as an energetic healer through studies with Amorah Quan Yin.


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Sound Synthesis With Auditory Distortion Products. (2014) Co-authored with Christopher Haworth and Rodrigo Cadiz. Computer Music Journal, 38(4):5-23.  Audio examples can be found here.

Multichannel Control of Spatial Extent Through Sinusoidal Partial Modulation (SPM). (2013) First author: Andrés Cabrera. Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference 2013.  Stockholm, Sweden.

Why Things Don't Work: What You Need To Know About Spatial Audio. (2011) Co-authored with Andres Cabrera. Proceedings of the 2011 International Computer Music Conference. Keynote Slides.

Spatial Perception and Cognition in Multichannel Audio for Electroacoustic Music. (2010) Organized Sound, 15(3), Cambridge University Press, UK.

What is an Event? The EVENT Schema, Circumstances, Metaphor and Gist. (2008) Proceedings of the 2008 International Computer Music Conference. Belfast, UK.

Interchange Formats and the Art of Spatial Audio. (2008) Proceedings of the 2008 International Computer Music Conference.  Belfast, UK.

The Artistic Play of Spatial Organization: Spatial Attributes, Scene Analysis and Auditory Spatial Schemata. (2008) Co-authored with Mauricio Ardila.  Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval: Sense of Sounds. Richard Kronland-Martinet, Sølvi Ystad and Kristoffer Jensen, editors, LNCS series, Springer Verlag.  Volume 4969/2008.

A 3-D Sound Primer: Directional Hearing and Stereo Reproduction. (1995) Invited paper.  Computer Music Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4. 

The Decorrelation of Audio Signals and Its Impact on Spatial Imagery. (1995) Computer Music Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4.

Spatial Sound Processor for Headphone and Loudspeaker Reproduction. (1990) Co-authored with Martin D. Wilde and William L. Martens, published in "The Sound of Audio," The Proceedings of the AES 8th International Conference,  Washington, D.C., 1990.

SpatialReverberation: Discussion and Demonstration. (1989)co-authored withMartens, W. L., & Decker, S. L.  In:  M. V. Mathews & J. R. Pierce(Eds.), CurrentDirectionsinComputerMusic Research. Cambridge:  The MIT Press, 1989.   Sound examples were included in the accompanying CD. 

Simulating the Cues of Spatial Hearing in Natural Environments. (1984) Co-authored with William L. Martens, Proceedings of the 1984 International Computer Music Conference, Paris, France.

Composing from a Geometric Model: Five-Leaf Rose. (1982) Computer Music Journal, Vol. 5, No.  4. 


2009 “Ikaros” 24-channel sound. 

Sound and Music Computing Conference, Stockholm, 2013; Morelia and Guadalajara, Mexico, 2011; Sonorities Festival, Queen's University Belfast, 2009; Northwestern University, 2009. 

2005 “Qosqo” Eight-channel sound.

Performed at AIMaako’11 Music Festival, Santiago, Chile, 2011; Performed at Queen's University, 2008; 2008 Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Gainesville, Florida; Spark Festival 2007, Minneapolis, Minnesota; SEAMUS 2006, Eugene Oregon; University of California at Santa Barbara, 2006.

2004 “The Singing Brook” Eight-channel sound installation.

Performed at SEAMUS 2007, Aimes Iowa; 2004 International Computer Music Conference, Miami, Florida.