2003-4 was the first year of the MSc and we were fortunate to have two excellent students (biogs below). During this year the candidates looked at systems for remote sound design and collaborative music making and also artifically intelligent systems for generating sound design in real-time.
I was one of the first human beings ever to experience the MSc. in Sound Design at Edinburgh, attending it in its first year (2003-4) and enjoying every minute of it. I submitted a dissertation on the use of recursive algorithms in sound design. After completing the course I wasn’t easy to shake off and worked part-time in the department for 3 months, before moving to London to take up a post at the BBC as a ‘runner’ in January 2003. For the next best-part-of-a-year I perfected the art of making and serving hot caffeinated beverages, and just as I thought I’d found my vocation in life I was snatched away to radio Five Live, where I worked as a Broadcast Assistant on the ‘Breakfast’ programme. After being briefly side-tracked into a stint working on the BBC News website, I was fortunate to be offered a job outside of the BBC – for an independent radio production company called Somethin’ Else – as a Broadcast Assistant, working primarily on a late-night contemporary jazz programme on Radio 3, Jazz on 3