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Dr Julian Rawlinson

Lecturer Digital Design

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseDigital Media, Sound Design, Electronic Music


Dr Jules Rawlinson designs sounds, visuals and interactions, and performs with live electronics.

Jules graduated from the University of Edinburgh's MSc Sound Design programme with Distinction in 2006, and was awarded a PhD in Composition by the University of Edinburgh in 2011. He studied Combined Arts at Sunderland University, and was a founder at Civic, one of Scotland's leading digital agencies.

He has significant commercial experience of online design and development for high profile public sector clients including the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Arts projects have included sound installations and performances, reactive graphics and interactives for the BBC, New Media Scotland, Glenmorangie, Cybersonica, Future of Sound / Future of Light and the revived Radiophonic Workshop.

Jules collaborated with Matthew Collings on 'Requiem for Edward Snowden', which blends live electronics with a chamber trio and realtime visuals. The work was developed with support from New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund with investment from Creative Scotland, and material support from the Reid School of Music. The work premiered to a capacity audience at ECA's Reid Hall, and a second performance was staged at the CCA by Cryptic Nights. It was selected by Creative Scotland as part of their Made In Scotland Showcase at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015, and was also one of the highlights of Utrecht's Uitfeest/Muziekweek in September 2015. It was released on CD/DL/LP by Denovali in April, 2016.

Jules' research interests include developing new approaches for working with adaptable interfaces such as 3D navigators and graphics tablets for audio-visual performance and design, coupled with graphic notation and creative coding.

Jules is currently investigating graffiti as graphic score or 'signature sounds', and has presented this work at Seeing Sound Research Symposium,INTER/actions Symposium, International Conference on Live Interfaces and Sonorities. His work 'Please Use The Tramps Provided' was selected as one of the centerpiece performances of Sonorities 2015, and ’SKR1BL’ was selected for Sonorities 2016.

He is a founding member of the LLEAPP network (Laboratory for Laptop and Electronic Audio Performance Practice), which has fostered an ongoing and reciprocal series of workshops and events at a number of UK institutions.

Jules is Programme Director of MSc Design and Digital Media, teaches on MSc Sound Design courses, and contributes to ESALA's undergraduate courses and dissertation supervision. He has also tutored and lectured on courses for MSc Digital Composition and Performance delivered by the Reid School of Music.

Research outputs

  1. Re-Breather

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

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Research activities & awards

  1. Edinburgh International Science Festival 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

  2. International Conference on Live Interfaces

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

  3. International Conference on Live Interfaces (Event)

    Activity: MembershipMembership of peer review panel or committee

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Research projects

  1. What is Sound Design

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

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