Eamonn Bell

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
Durham University
ORCID (0000-0002-9211-5192)
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Durham University

  • (2021–) Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science [staff profile]

Trinity College Dublin


Columbia University

  • (2019) Ph.D. Music Theory.
  • (2017) M.Phil Music Theory
  • (2015) M.A. Music Theory

Trinity College Dublin

  • (2013) B.A. (Mod.) Music and Mathematics (Styled M.A. (Dubl.) as of April 2020)


  • Eamonn Bell, “Exploring Time-Coded Comments on YouTube Music Videos of ‘Top 40’ Pop 2000–20,” in YouTube and Music: Online Culture and Everyday Life, ed. Holly Rogers, Joana Freitas, and João Francisco Porfírio, New Approaches to Sound, Music, and Media (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2023), 225–76. [open access (publisher) 🔓] [open access (institutional repo)] [doi]
  • Maria Niarchou, Daniel E. Gustavson, J. Fah Sathirapongsasuti, Manuel Anglada-Tort, Else Eising, Eamonn Bell, Evonne McArthur, Peter Straub, The 23andMe Research Team, J. Devin McAuley, John A. Capra, Fredrik Ullén, Nicole Creanza, Miriam A. Mosing, David Hinds, Lea K. Davis, Nori Jacoby, Reyna L. Gordon, “Genome-wide association study of musical beat synchronization demonstrates high polygenicity.” Nature Human Behaviour [doi] [bioRxiv]
  • Eamonn Bell, “Cybernetics, listening, and sound-studio phenomenotechnique in Abraham Moles’s Théorie de l’information et perception esthétique (1958).” Resonance: The Journal of Sound and Culture 2(4), special issue on Music and Cybernetics in Historical Perspective, 2021. [doi] [pre-print (AAM)] 🔓
  • Eamonn Bell, “Interleaving as cultural technique in the Audio CD and the end of archaeophonography” in Media Theory 5(1), 2021. [open access 🔓] [preview (blog post) 🔓]
  • Eamonn Bell, “Hacking Jeff Minter’s Virtual Light Machine: Unpacking the code and community behind an early software-based music visualizer” in Volume!: La revue des musiques populaires 16(1), Special issue on Music and Hacking, 2019. [publisher link] [pre-print (institutional repo) 🔓] [full open access (from 1/2023) 🔓]
  • Eamonn Bell and Laurent Pugin, “Learning to extract handwritten annotations from digitized images of musical scores,” in International Journal on Digital Libraries, Special issue on Digital Libraries for Musicology, 2018. [publisher free-to-view link 🔓] [doi]


  • Eamonn Bell, “Choosing, using, and building effective software tools for research with symbolic music corpora” in The Oxford Handbook of Music and Corpus Studies. Edited by Daniel Shanahan, Ashley Burgoyne, and Ian Quinn. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


As Guest

As Host

  • Interview with Ben Steege, author of An Unnatural Attitude: Phenomenology in Weimar Musical Thought for New Books Network (ed. Marshall Poe)/New Books in Music. 7 July 2021. [podcast]
  • Interview with Makis Solomos, author of From Music to Sound: The Emergence of Sound in 20th and 21st-century Music (2019) for New Books Network (ed. Marshall Poe)/New Books in Music. 21 May 2021. [podcast]
  • Interview with Gascia Ouzounian, author of Stereophonica: Sound and Space in Science, Technology, and the Arts (2021) for New Books Network (ed. Marshall Poe)/New Books in Music. 16 March 2021. [podcast]
  • Interview with Mack Hagood, author of Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Control (2019) for New Books Network (ed. Marshall Poe)/New Books in Music. 12 August 2020. [podcast]
  • Interview with Rachel Mundy, author of Animal Musicalities: Birds, Beasts, and Evolutionary Listening (2018) for New Books Network (ed. Marshall Poe)/New Books in Music. 7 July 2020. [podcast]
  • Interview with Nick Prior, author of Popular Music, Digital Technology and Society (2018) for New Books Network (ed. Marshall Poe)/New Books in Music. 18 May 2020. [podcast]
  • Interview with Thor Magnusson, author of Sonic Writing: Technologies of Material, Symbolic, and Signal Inscriptions (2019) for New Books Network (ed. Marshall Poe)/New Books in Music. 15 April 2020. [podcast]



Durham University

  • (2023/2024) Introduction to Music Processing (new L3 module)
  • (2022/2023) Lab instructor, Software Engineering (COMP 2281)
  • (Michaelmas 2022) Lecturer, Algorithms and Data Structures, Part I (COMP 1081)
  • (2021/2022) Lab instructor, Software Engineering (COMP 2281)

Columbia University (New York, NY)

Other activities

  • Conference program, Women Music Power (2015) [pdf]
  • Conference program, Current Musicology 50th Anniversary Conference (2015) [pdf]
  • Conference program, Columbia Music Scholarship Conference 2014 [pdf]
  • Student journal, Writings About Music (Trinity College Dublin), 1/1 (2012) [pdf]


  • Universität Bielefeld/idw Nachrichten, “Wie KI unser Denken über Musik verändert” (20 April 2023) [live]
  • Center for Science and Society, “Seed Grant Spotlight: Eamonn Bell and Katy Ilonka Gero” (11 October 2018) [live]
  • Columbia Spectator, “Early Music conference strives to preserve tradition in digital age” (23 October 2014) [live] [archive] (with Russell O’Rourke)
  •, “This great infographic explains how TDs use Twitter” (30 July 2013) [live] [archive] Other outlets: [] []