Only some of my conference presentations accreted full written texts. Those are available to download from this page. For the others I have endeavoured to provide a readable synopsis for each one. My earliest given papers, which have only historical technical interest now, a double obscurity, are not entered here.
A Dynamic Model of Human Personality Attributes: applications to composers’ procedures and other musical activity. Paper presented at the Birmingham Conservatoire Research Study Day, 26th May 2001, Birmingham, England.
An outline of Gareth Hill's model of masculine and feminine flows in the human psyche, showing how it can be used as a compositional and analysis tool, citing composers' reflections on their compositional procedures, and The Magic Flute characterisations and passages from Sibelius as examples of analysis. This paper was recorded. Not currently available.
Hill's model is described in outline here.
Tuning, Resonance & Consciousness. Paper presented at Birmingham Conservatoire Study Day, 23rd May 1998, Birmingham, England. Written up in 2000.
ABSTRACT. The thesis of this paper is that organized sound, and therefore music, affects states of consciousness. The mechanism of such effects will be examined from the point of view of resonance with vibratory field properties of the living organism, in this case the human organism, and some account given of relationships between those and the wider environment. Choices of tuning will be shown to affect the power of the mechanism. Read the text.
Masculine and feminine in musical experience in the context of a post-Jungian model. Paper presented at Music & the Psyché III Conference, 4th-6th April 1997, Stourhead Trust, Dorset, England.
This was my first presentation of Gareth Hill's model, when I used passages from The Magic Flute, and consideration of the characters' roles in the drama, to illustrate the living properties of his work.
NOTE: the International On-Line Information Meetings (IOLIM) required contributers to pre-provide a full article, which was published in the Proceedings. One had to work up a paraphrased version for public presentation. Hence the four essays available for download below. They represent now aspects of information dissemination history.
Quality control in the information dissemination cycle. 10th International On-Line Information Meeting (IOLIM), London, 1986.
ABSTRACT: The phenomenal world literature growth, still continuing, is reviewed together with the growth of the mechanisms for its control and effective dissemination. Quantity is identified as a fundamental problem in itself. At the threshold of information technology growth to dominance in information handling, the information quality controls are examined with a view to suggesting where they might be enhanced or re-positioned. Read the text
Offices, Libraries and Integrated Information Resources. 9th International On-Line Information Meeting (IOLIM), London, 1985.
ABSTRACT: The now clearly established trend in office automation towards information rather than process support will integrate the corporate library as part of the corporate information resource. Libraries are also offices, and library automation per se will include functions and processes currently associated with office automation. Those two trends are compared, and the likely effects on libraries examined. Read the text
Euphoria & Tradition: the computer as tool in library stock management. 7th International On-Line Information Meeting (IOLIM), London, 1983.
ABSTRACT. All tools share two characteristics: they extend human ability to perform work, and at the same time affect the way in which the human must act to achieve the result. Computers and computer systems are the most complex artefacts made by man: nevertheless they are tools. Library systems are among the most complex to which automation has been applied. The history of library automation is briefly reviewed to give context to the current situation, which is shown to be dominantly the result of the weight of a century of built tradition conflicting with the nature of the new tools. Read the text.