Lee Scott


Personal statement

Lee Scott is Subject Leader of Creative Computing at Bath Spa University and a creative researcher with a specialism in digital opera. His work is transdisciplinary in nature, combining songwriting, animation, games and performance art with computer science and software development.

Lee's research examines the collision between opera and digital media, and he is approaching completion of a PhD in this context. Contributing works include The Village (Scott 2015), a participatory opera for the web that evolves across 5 weekly episodes, and The Imaginary Voyage (Hugill, Scott, Lawrence 2013), an interactive online work developed during an sKTP with The Opera Group that exploits principles of the semantic web to guide the user through a repository of audio and visual materials. His current project, Fragments, extends opera into locative media and gaming, and considers film and headphone targeted music/sound design as a way of situating the player in a fictional past.

Academic qualifications

  • MA Birmingham City University
  • BSc (Hons) Birmingham City University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • CertGSMD(P) Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Technical skill set

Web and mobile development (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, Swift), software development (Java, C++), audio engineering and post-production (Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Waves) sound design (Max/MSP, Ableton Live), physical computing (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, bespoke), visual coding (Processing, Pure Data) animation and 3D asset creation (3ds Max, After Effects, Flash, Spine), still image (Photoshop, Illustrator), live sound and lighting, interactive installation (digital and physical).

Other external roles

Teaching specialism

Teaching at undergraduate and Master's level is focused largely on the creative application of digital technologies to drive artistic, social and cultural development.

Supervisory and lecturing work covers the fundamentals of computer science, programming, interactive digital media, emerging technologies, web and mobile app development, digital culture and practice, and physical computing.

Current scholarship

  • Opera for the web and mobile media
  • ASMR and music (composition and notation)
  • Machine learning in storytelling
  • Various projects in serious games.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

The Imaginary Voyage: an online opera

Hugill, A and Scott, L (2013) 'The Imaginary Voyage: an online opera.' Digital Creativity, 24 (3). pp. 268-273. ISSN 1462-6268


Scott, L (2017) Fragments. In: We Make Stuff: Digital Materialities and Digital Storytelling Workshop, 28 June 2017, Burdall's Yard, Bath, UK.

The mediated voice: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) as a new mode of operatic expression

Scott, L (2016) The mediated voice: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) as a new mode of operatic expression. In: Performance Studies Network: Fourth International Conference, 14 -17 July 2016, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.

Secret Garden: an interactive iPad opera/ballet

Scott, L (2013) Secret Garden: an interactive iPad opera/ballet. In: Posthumanist Desire International Symposium, 23-24 November 2013, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.

Digital opera: a roadmap to research

Scott, L (2012) Digital opera: a roadmap to research. In: Interface2012, 28-30 May 2012, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

Drawing sound: sonifying the page

Makiola, I and Scott, L (2010) Drawing sound: sonifying the page. In: JISC Dev8D Developer Day, 24-27 February 2010, University of London Union.

Silk River [web app]

Scott, L (2017) Silk River [web app].

The village: a web opera

Scott, L (2015) The village: a web opera.

The Soundhouse: a steampunk-inspired sound-spewing music-remixing machine

Scott, L (2013) The Soundhouse: a steampunk-inspired sound-spewing music-remixing machine.

The imaginary voyage (web opera)

Hugill, A, Scott, L and Lawrence, J (2013) The imaginary voyage (web opera).

Digital journeys

Scott, L (2016) Digital journeys. In: Swindon175, STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, 11 February 2016.

Float a lotus

Butterworth, W and Scott, L (2015) Float a lotus. In: Chelsea Fringe, London, UK, 16 May - 7 June 2015.

The watertower

Scott, L, Makiola, I, Zhao, J, Wang, S and Sporton, G (2010) The watertower. Selly Oak Hospital, 23 -25 May 2010.

Changing rooms v1.0: the prisoner

Scott, L and Magruder, M.T (2010) Changing rooms v1.0: the prisoner. In: Changing Rooms v1.0, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, 23 November 2009 - 24 January 2010.

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Scott, L (2010) Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. In: Birmingham Institute of Art of Design MA Showcase, VIVID, Birmingham, 20 September 2010.

Creative researcher merges ASMR with opera [blog interview]

Scott, L and Richard, C (2015) Creative researcher merges ASMR with opera [blog interview]. ASMR University Blog.

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