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Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science+44 (0) 191 33 44947
Associate Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study 


Eamonn Bell is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Durham University. His research interests include the history of technology as it relates to musical production and consumption in the twentieth century, with a focus on the uses of digital computers in the period between about 1955 and 1970, the application of mathematical and contemporary computational techniques to solve problems in musicology and music theory, and the visualization of musical data.

Formerly a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Music, Trinity College Dublin, his recent research has examined how the once-ubiquitous Compact Disc (CD) audio format was designed, subverted, reproduced and domesticated for musical ends. This project was supported by the Irish Research Council under the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship programme for the period 2019–2021.

Before returning to Europe, he completed a PhD in Music Theory from Columbia University (2019), where he wrote a dissertation on the early use of digital computers in the analysis of musical scores under the supervision of Joseph Dubiel. At Columbia, he designed and taught a course on the critique of “digital music” (2018), and instructed the undergraduate sections in history of Western music for non-musicians (2018) and the fundamentals of music theory (2017). Shortly before he began graduate studies in music at Columbia, he graduated from TCD with a B.A. (Mod.) in Music and Mathematics (2013).

Research interests

  • digital humanities
  • digital musicology
  • history of technology


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