Robert M Thomas is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in London UK. His work explores how music can be fluid, intelligently adapting and creating a personalised soundtrack to the listeners situation, even if the composer or musician isn’t present.
In his 15 years experience in the field, Robert has created music systems which create an adaptive soundtrack many kinds of experiences including adaptive music soundtracks for running, walking, driving, mediation, sleep / dreaming, emotions via facial expressions and sentiment analysis, focus / attention, lunar cycles, city traffic patterns, weather, heart rate, internet data flow, stress levels, and many more.
He uses a range of techniques and approaches from conventional composition to graphic / rule based scores, adaptive systems, algorithmic, generative, stochastic composition, procedural generation and machine learning / artificial intelligence. He composes and programs bespoke experiences for each project and has also developed his own adaptive music software library called Fluid.
Recent commissions include The Barbican, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Google, Boiler Room, the BBC, Sky and National Geographic.
Robert has also collaborated with London Contemporary Orchestra, Massive Attack, Imogen Heap, Hans Zimmer, Junkie XL / Tom Holkenborg, Carl Craig, Air, Ben Burtt, Richard King, Bookashade, Jimmy Edgar, Mel Wesson, Little Boots, Chiddy Bang, Console, Sophie Barker (Zero 7) and Kirsty Hawkshaw (Opus III, Orbital, Tiesto).
Robert runs a small creative studio. He regularly works with his assistant Franky Redente and collaborators as necessary on projects, these have included Joe White, Martin Roth and Parag Mital.
Recent commissions include :
Stitched – chamber piece performed by London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists at Bridgepoint Rye
An audience interactive piece about British identity in conjunction with a new installation by Tim Hopkins exhibiting the Hasting Tapestry.
The Eternal Golden Braid – chamber piece performed by London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists at the Barbican, London
An audience interactive piece composed in collaboration with machine learning processes. Released in Dec 2019 on The Eternal Golden Braid EP.
Walt Disney Concert Hall Dreams – LA Philharmonic and Refik Anadol
Soundtrack created with machine learning processes. Together with Kerim Karaoglu and Parag Mital.
Fantom x Mezzanine with Massive Attack
Sensory remixing experience for iPhone, with Rob Del Naja, Marc Picken, Andrew Melchoir, Yair Szarf.
Elements, Google Pixel2 at Selfridges, with TEM
Personalised adaptive soundtrack for interactive installation
Pixel Records Sci Fi Supermall – Boiler Room x Google Pixel 2
Event soundtrack composed with AI systems and Wavenet style transfer processes.
Ecliptic Infinite generative 3d soundtrack for L-ISA Island system with L-Acoustics
On Your Wavelength, Pulling Out All The Stops with Marcus Lyall.
EEG controlled piece for Leeds Town Hall pipe organ and lasers.
Hear The City Soundtrack to the city of Rio during Olympic games 2016
BBC Click Live Audience emotion reactive music for BBC live show
Past commercial clients include :
Google, BBC, CISCO, National Geographic, Nintendo, Revlon.
See the projects page for all recent projects.
From 2009 to April 2014 Robert was Chief Creative Officer, composer and reactive music producer at the pioneering music app company RjDj. He was a part of the team that created the iOS applications :
Inception the App ( over 6.5 million downloads)
The Dark Knight Rises Z+
Dimensions ( a pioneering audio AR game )
RjDj ( the cult app from the early App store )
Rj Voyager ( one of the first iPad music apps )