Grace Leslie


"I dream of instruments obedient to my thought and which with their contribution of a whole new world of unsuspected sounds, will lend themselves to the exigencies of my inner rhythm." Varese, The Liberation of Sound



I am a music cognition researcher and electronic musician. I'm currently apostdoctoral fellow in the Affective Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab, developing music neurofeedback systems for creative and therapeutic applications. I completed my PhD in Music & Cognitive Science at UCSD, where I studied the expressive movements and brain dynamics supporting music engagement at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience.



During the 2008-2009 year I was a researcher on the Espaces acoustiques et cognitifs team at Ircam in Paris, where I collaborated on an interactive sound installation featured in the 2009 Agora festival, and performed experiments studying the effect of active involvement on music listening. I've also worked on Audio DSP and User Experience design projects for Sennheiser and Motorola.

I did my undergraduate and Masters work in Music Technology at CCRMA, Stanford University.