Lecturer, BA(Hons) Creative Music Technology

Originally from Canada, Norah is a computer musician, computer programmer and composer who has performed at concerts, algoraves, festivals and installations throughout the UK, Canada, Australia, Slovenia, Belgium, Sweden, Greece, Denmark, and Japan, amongst other countries. Work featured in festivals such as ISEA, NIME, ICLC, Incubate (NL), Norgberg Festival (Sweden) and has been written about in international media such as Mixmag. Norah also writes music for film and other related media, including her recent film score for Anthropocene: The Human Epoch which was premiered at festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival (September 2018), Sundance Film Festival (January 2019), Berlin International Film Festival (February 2019) amongst others. 

Norah's research focused on human centred artificial intelligence, live coding, VR/AR experiences, gesture control, digital musical instrument design, and new media medicine. She has worked with the Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST), founded various laptop ensembles in the UK and Canada and maintains an active performance career in Europe and Canada. 

Previous to Falmouth, Norah was a postdoctoral research fellow at University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), where she worked at the The Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) and School of Music on several projects relating to instrument design, interactivity and live coding, funded by Canada Council for the Arts. She was also recipient of Canada Council's Robert Fleming Award for outstanding Canadian composer during this time. Current research includes work intersecting health and technology, using wearable technologies and VR/MR. 

In 2015, Norah founded Hex DB labs, a software consulting company which creates software solutions for various high end audio companies, scientific research and more. She is also an Immersion Fellow, as part of the Southwest Creative Technology Network funded by Research England. 


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Contact details

Telephone 01326 259421



Year Qualification Awarding body
2014 Ph.D University of Birmingham
2010 Masters University of Calgary
2007 B.Mus Mount Allison University

Honors and awards

Year Description

Robert Fleming Prize for Outstanding Canadian Composer


Sundance "18 Women Composers You Should Know" mention, Sundance Film Festival


Nominated for "Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score" for Anthropocene: The Human Epoch; Cinema Eye Honors Awards, New York USA

Membership of external committees


Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

My current research interests and expertise include human centered artificial intelligence,  live coding performance, VR/MR immersive game experiences, software development for health and scientific research, new media medicine, digital instrument design, multichannel composition, software development for musical applications, smart design and e-textile creation. 

Am happy to discuss postgraduate research supervision possibilities in the above mentioned areas. 

Research Topics

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Immersion
  • Live Coding
  • Live Networked Computer Music
  • Mental Health

Research Outputs

Publications and research outputs

  • Lorway, Norah

    Powley, Edward and Wilson, Arthur, (2021), Autopia: An AI collaborator for live networked computer music performance, In: 2nd Conference on AI Music Creativity (MuMe + CSMC), July 18-22 2021, Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics (IEM) of the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz, Austria
  • Lorway, Norah

    Powley, Edward, Wilson, Arthur, Speakman, John A. and Jarvis, Matthew, (2019), Autopia: An AI Collaborator for Live Coding Music Performances, In: International Conference on Live Coding, 5-7 February 2020, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Lorway, Norah

    Jarvis, Matthew, Wilson, Arthur, Powley, Edward and Speakman, John, (2019), Autopia: An AI Collaborator for Gamified Live Coding Music Performances, In: 10th AI and Games Symposium, Falmouth University, pp. 1-4
  • Wilson, Scott, Lorway, Norah, Moyers, Tim, Coull, Rosalyn and Kuoppala, Visa

    (2012), Stirring up Pea Stew: A Network Feedback Structure for Live Coding, In: International Conference on Live Interfaces: Performance, Art, Music, September 7-8 2012, University of Leeds, UK
  • Lorway, Norah

    (2019), Clatter, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Lorway, Norah, Bolton, Rose, Jennifer Baichwa, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky

    (2018), Anthropocene: The Human Epoch Original Soundtrack, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Lorway, Norah

    (2016), drone bølge, Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA
  • Lorway, Norah

    (2015), Future World, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Lorway, Norah

    (2014), kulør, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Lorway, Norah

    (2019), Across Voids: An Interactive Experience on Grief, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Lorway, Norah, Bhumber, Kiran and Lee, Nancy

    (2016), Hollow Vertices: A performance environment for live coding and interactive media, Brisbane, Australia, Item availability may be restricted.
  • Lorway, Norah

    (2016), Adventures in promoting equality and accessibility in computer music through live coding
  • Wilson, Scott, Lorway, Norah, Coull, Rosalyn, Vasilakos, Konstantinos and Moyers, Tim

    (2014), Free as in BEER: Some Explorations into Structured Improvisation Using Networked Live-Coding Systems, In: Computer Music Journal, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass USA, 38 (1), pp. 54-64, ISSN: 0148-9267

Externally funded research grants information

Collaborators Currency Funder HESA Category Project title Value Year ending Year starting
Canada Council for the Arts PIPE: Personal Interface for Performance Environments 2016 2014
Research England Southwest Creative Technology Network Immersion Fellowship 2018


Courses taught

  • Creative Music Technology BA(Hons)