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My compositional research focusses on the relationship between live performance and advanced technology, specifically AI, Video Game, and VR Technologies. I am currently a Career Development Fellow in Composition at Jesus College, Oxford University, and an Associate at PRiSM (the Centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music) based at the Royal Northern College of Music.


My PhD at PRiSM (2018-2022) was in association with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the North-West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership. You can read it here.

Articles & interviews

Laidlow, R. (2024) "Artificial Intelligence and the Symphony Orchestra" in Classical Music Futures. Open Book Publisher.

Laidlow, R. (2023). Silicon for Orchestra and Artificial Intelligence. AIMC 2023. Retrieved from

Laidlow, R. (2023). Warp. Textual Practice, 37(12), 1856-1859.


BBC Radio 3 Music Matters (2023) interview on Silicon and AI

New Scientist video interview on Silicon

PRiSM's Emily Howard and Robert Laidlow: Mathematics, AI and the orchestra PRS Article


Alter, Artificial Intelligence and the Modern Polymath
Royal Philharmonic Society article

Inventing the Lovelace Engine
PRiSM Article

Alter - An Ensemble Work Composed with and about AI

Digital Music Research Network Proceedings 2019

BBC Radio 3 Music Matters (2019) - AI and the future of music

University of Salford Research Festival/BBC Philharmonic Performance

Pre-performance interview ahead of performance of Alter

Calculus of the Nervous System interview

Generating the Future interview and event

RNCM Radio Interview and broadcast

Recent & upcoming talks

Collaborating in the Digital Space at the 2024 Association of British Orchestras Conference. Bristol Beacon. 25/01/2024.

Music in the Age of AI at Guildhall School of Music & Drama ResearchWorks Series. 06/11/2023.

‘Spectra and structures: navigating compositional latent spaces in chamber and orchestral music’ at OSMiTA. Oxford University. 24/10/2023.

Three Strategies for Incorporating Artificial Intelligence into the Compositional Process of Orchestral Music at AIMC Conference 2023, Brighton. 30/08/2023.

Music that contains itself: proportionality as musical material at the Society for Music Analysis annual conference, Oxford University. 07/07/2023.

Silicon Soul; Neural Synthesis as Archive-Specific Compositional Tool at the Cyborg Soloists Symposium, Royal Holloway University. 16/06/23

Presenting on my current and ongoing research at the Digital Hub in Jesus College, Oxford. 17/05/23

New Horizons panel member at the ISM Empowered Musician Day 2023. 23/04/23


Music and Artificial Intelligence: mimic or muse? at Wolfson College, Oxford University. 09/02/23

Artificial Intelligence as Creative Agent in the Compositional Process at the 57th Royal Musical Association Annual Conference, Newcastle University. 14-16/09/21


Presenting on my work at New Music Gathering, Augsburg University, Minneaopolis, Minnesota. 12-18/08/21.

Presenting on my work at the Alan Turing Institute, AI&ARTS Webinar Series. 25/06/21

Artificial Intelligence and the Orchestra at 'Towards 2040: Creating Classical Music Futures', Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music. 22/04/21

Alter (2019) presented as part of the Machine Creativity Showcase, NeurIPS Conference, Vancouver. December 2020.

Alter (2019) presented as part of the 2020 Conference on AI Music Creativity, KTH, Stockholm. 18-23/10/20

Three Entistatios (2019) presented as part of BBC Blue Room Sounds Amazing Conference 2020.

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