Composer, pianist, live coding laptop performer, and artificial intelligence researcher Norah Lorway will join the Computer Music faculty of the Peabody Conservatory as Visiting Assistant Professor in the fall of 2021. Lorway is an active performer of live coding laptop music (i.e. writing music with computer code in real time), is known for her work in the international algorave music scene, and has been heralded by press such as MixMag as being “a pioneer” in live coding.
Lorway is also an active electroacoustic, film, and instrumental/electronics composer, and has had her works performed at festivals and concerts throughout Europe, Canada, USA, Asia, and Australia and by groups such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Trio Fibonocci, Heather Roche, Sophia Subbayya Vastek amongst others.
An active researcher working on various projects at the intersection of artificial intelligence, digital health care, and computer music, she has been a lecturer in creative music technology at Falmouth University (UK) since 2016. Since 2020, she has been working with a transdisciplinary research team from Falmouth University in collaboration with University of Oxford, which has recently been awarded a £1.3 million grant for a project on arts-based and technology-based mental health interventions for adolescents. She is also a principal investigator for a project with the National Health Service investigating artificial intelligence assistants for dementia care in remote areas of the UK.
Lorway holds a PhD from University of Birmingham, where she studied electroacoustic composition and computer music with Scott Wilson and Jonty Harrison and worked extensively with the BEAST (Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre) system. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University and a Master of Music from the University of Calgary, and has also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of British Columbia.