Fiona Keenan
Associate Lecturer in Sound Production and Post Production



I received an MSc in Sound Design (Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh in 2013, and started my PhD research at the University of York in October 2014. My research is funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH).

I joined the Department of Theatre, Film, Television as an Associate Lecturer in December 2015. I am the module convenor for the Audio Effects Design Lab module on the MA/MSc in Postproduction with Sound Design, and also teach the sound components of The Science of Sound and Cinematography, Systems Design for Sound and Image and Filmmaking modules on the BSc in Film and Television Production.

My creative work is mostly in sound design and music, focusing on systems for live performance. These include hand built audio electronics, mechanical sound producers, augmented instruments, sound props and software.



My main research focus is Sonic Interaction Design (Franinović and Serafin, 2013), and how to better link human action and sound together in digital interfaces and systems. I am examining late nineteenth and early twentieth century theatre sound effects to try to uncover what their designers knew about action and sound, and how we can use this knowledge for the design of new sonic interactions and digital sounding objects. This is an interdisciplinary piece of work, incorporating historical research, performance interface design, perceptual audio evaluation and practical/creative work to remake historical sound effects and prototype new digital sounding objects. I also have a research blog.


Selected publications

Conference Presentations:

"New Approaches to Sonic Interaction Design from Silent Cinema Sound Effects Performance" presented at Moving Pictures and Photoplays: New Perspectives in Silent Cinema Postgraduate Conference at the Department of Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media, University of York, June 2015.

"It is well to use bolts at the joints': Remaking as Research Method" presented at White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Postgraduate Conference, Humanities Research Centre, University of York, October 2015.