Publications (writings)


Hugill, A. (2012) 'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide(Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press). Also available in Russian (Moscow, Hylaea Books, 2017)

Hugill, A. (2008/2012) The Digital Musician (New York: Routledge. 2nd edition)

Hugill, A. et al (2004) The Orchestra: A User's Manual (London: Philharmonia). Available at

Book Chapters

Hugill, A. (2016) 'Pataphysics and Computing' in 'Pataphysics: Then and Now (contracted for publication by Penn State University Press).

Hugill, A and Amelides, P (2016) 'Audio-only computer games: 'Papa Sangre'.' In: Emmerson, S and Landy, L, eds. Expanding the horizon of electroacoustic music analysis. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 355-375. ISBN 9781107118324

Hugill, A. (2015) ‘Percy Grainger: Pioneer of Electronic Music’. In ed. Dreyfus, K. and Robinson, S. Grainger the Modernist. (Farnham: Ashgate) pp. 231-253. ISBN 9781472420220

Hugill, A. (2012) 'Musicianship in the Digital Age' in Brown, A. ed. Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music. (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing) pp. 52-61.

Hugill, A. (2009) 'Future Visions' in Design Leicestershire (Leicestershire: Leicestershire County Council)

Hugill, A. (2007) 'The Origins of Electronic Music' in The Cambridge Companion to Electronic Music (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Hale, T. & Hugill, A. (1999) 'Raymond Roussel and Jules Verne: The Science is Fiction' in Jules Verne: Narratives of Modernityed. Smyth, E., University of Liverpool Press.

Hugill, A. (1999) 'Ten years of the Praemium Imperiale: Music' in Adair G., Frampton K., Hugill, A., Lucie-Smith E., Lynton, N. (1999) Art of our time. (Tokyo: The Japan Art Association) pp. 210-272, 385-397. Translated into French, German, Italian, and Japanese.

Hugill, A. (1998) 'OuMuPo' in Oulipo Compendium. London: Atlas Press. pp. 328-330.


Hugill, A. (1996) 'New Impressions of Africa' (a translation of Cantos I, II & IV of Nouvelles Impressions d'Afrique by Raymond Roussel, with introduction). In London: The Printed Head, Vol. III No. 13. pp. 7-41. Hypertext version available at

Hugill, A. (2005) 'Five Texts by Jean-Pierre Brisset' in Jubilat No. 10 (USA: Amherst) pp. 124-138.

Hugill A., Melville A., White I. (1993) 'The True, The Good, The Beautiful: An Elementary Chrestomathy of 'Pataphysics' (a translation of Subsidia 0 of 'Viridis Candela', the journal of the College de 'Pataphysique).London: The Printed Head.


Hugill, A and Yang, H (2016) 'PRASCAL: a pataphysical programming language.' International Journal of Creative Computing, 1 (2/3/4). pp. 133-153. ISSN 2043-8354

Hugill, A (2015) 'On style in electroacoustic music.' Organised Sound, 21 (1). pp. 4-14. ISSN 1355-7718

Hugill, A. & Rieser, M. (2013) 'Secret Garden'. NMC Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus 9 (3).

Hugill, A. & Scott, L. (2013) 'The Imaginary Voyage: an online opera'. Digital Creativity 24 (3): 268-273.

Rieser, M. & Hugill, A. (2013) 'Secret Garden'. Digital Creativity 24 (3): 264-267.

Hugill, A., Yang, H., Raczinski, F. Sawle, J. (2013) 'The pataphysics of creativity: developing a tool for creative search'. Digital Creativity 24 (3): 237-251.

Hugill, A. & Smith, S. (2013) 'Digital creativity and transdisciplinarity at postgraduate level: the design and implementation of a transdisciplinary masters programme and its implications for creative practice'. Digital Creativity 24 (3): 191-207.

Hugill, A. (2013) 'Transdisciplinary Learning for Digital Creative Practice'. Digital Creativity 24 (3): 165-167.

Hugill, A et al. (2013) 'Digital Opera: A Manifesto'. Opera Compass.

Hugill, A. (2013)'Opposition and Sister Squares: Marcel Duchamp and Samuel Beckett'. tout-fait: The Online Marcel Duchamp Studies Journal.

Hugill, A. (2013) 'Who has been tampering with these pianos?: The surrealist writings of Montagu O'Reilly (Wayne Andrews)'. Papers of Surrealism, 10. Available at:

Hugill, A. & Yang, H. (2013) 'The Creative Turn: New Challenges for Computing'. Creative Computing 1 (1): 3-15.

Hendler, J. & Hugill, A. (2013) 'The syzygy surfer: (Ab)using the semantic web to inspire creativity'.Creative Computing1 (1): 20-34.

Hugill, A. (2012)'Towards an analysis of 'Papa Sangre': an audio only game for the iPhone/iPad.OREMA: The Online Repository for Electroacoustic Music Analysis.

Hendler, J. and Hugill, A. (2011) ’The Syzygy Surfer: Creative Technology for the World Wide Web in Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, June 14-17 2011, Koblenz, Germany, pp. 1-3.

Hugill, A. (2010)'Les pianos surrealistes dans les ecrits de Montagu O'Reilly' in Pianographies42. Collection Observatoire Musical Francais, "Conferences et Seminaires", Universite Paris-Sorbonne, pp. 53-58.

Zedan, H., Cau, A., Buss, K., Westendorf, S., Hugill, A. & Thomas, S. (2008) 'Mapping Human Creativity'. InProceedings of the 12th Serbian Mathematical Congress, Novi Sad. pp. 1-14.

Hugill, A. (2005)'From Online Symphonies to MusiMOO: some creative uses of the internet in music and education'inContemporary Music ReviewVol 24, No. 6, pp. 527-540

Hugill, A. (2005)'Internet Music: An Introduction'in Contemporary Music Review Vol 24, No. 6, pp. 429-437

Ayesh, A. & Hugill, A. (2003) Evolutionary Form in a Network Composition: Preliminary Report, inMAXIS200: Proceedings,University of Leeds

Graves, A., Hand, C. & Hugill, A. (1999) 'MidiVisualiser: interactive music visualisation using VRML'in Organised SoundVol. 4 No. 1, Cambridge University Press

Graves A., Hand C., & Hugill A., (1997) 'Interactive Visualisation of Musical Form using VRML'inProceedings of the Fourth UK VRSIG ConferenceR. Bowden (Ed.) Brunel University pp. 98-109. ISBN: 1-8 72166-64-4.

Hugill, A. (1996) 'Mercy: A Vision for New Music'. Contemporary Music Review.15(3-4): 115-120.

Hugill, A. (1995) 'Equivalence in Culture'. The Journal of European Cultural Policy.Vol. II:323-327.


Hugill, A (2015) 'Boring formless nonsense: experimental music and the aesthetics of failure, by eldritch Priest' [book review]. Tempo, 69: 271.

Hugill, A. (2014) 'Theories de la composition musicale au xxe siecle (2 vols), edited by Nicolas Donin & Laurent Feneyrou'[book review]. Tempo, 68: 105-108.

Hugill, A. (1998) 'Fast Guide to Cubase VST,by Simon Millward' [book review].Organised Sound, 3(2): 179.


Hugill, A. (2014) Pataphysics and Computing, keynote at the Philadelphia a la Pataphysique conference, University of Pennsylvania, March 22nd, 2014.

Hugill, A. (2012) On Uselessness and the Necessity of Pataphysics keynote at the Pataphysics Symposium, MechanicsInstitute Library, San Francisco, Nov 2, 2012.

Hugill, A. (2010) 'Music and Pataphysics'.Keynote, Digital Arts Week, Xian Academy of Music, China.

Hugill, A. (2008) 'The Future of Creative Technologies'.Keynote, delivered at the Future of Creative Technologies Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester.

Conference Papers

Hugill, A. (2016) Creativity and the Web, plenary panel (chair) at the WWW2016 Conference, Montreal, April 12th-15th, Universite de Quebec, Montreal.

Hugill, A. (2016) Music and the Web keynote at Imagination WWWP, a co-located conference at the WWW2016 Conference, Montreal, April 12th-15th, UniversitEde Quebec, Montreal.

Hugill, A. (2016) Transparency, Opacity, Antinomy: Pataphysics keynote at the Transparency/Opacity conference, Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, March 21-23, 2016.

Hugill, A. (2014) Pataphysics and Computing keynote at the Philadelphia A la Pataphysique conference, University of Pennsylvania, March 22nd, 2014.

Hugill, A. (2014) 'Creative Computing Processes: Musical Composition', given at the IEEE International Symposium on Creative Computing, Oxford University, April 10.

Hugill, A. (2012) 'Challenges for Creative Computing' at the IEEE Signature Conference on Computer Systems and Engineering, Izmir, Turkey, July 16-20, 2012.

Fishenden, J & Hugill, A. (2011) Palimpsests of Time and PlaceinProceedings of the IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC 2011), Munich, July 18-22.

Hugill, A. (2011) Digital Musicianshipat the7th International Conference on Music since 1900. Lancaster, July 28-31.

Hendler, J. & Hugill, A. (2011) Creatively Abusing the Semantic Web. Poster presentation at the ACM Web Science Conference, Koblenz, June.

Hugill, A., Yang, H. & Zhou, H. (2010) 'An Ontology-Based Approach to Reengineering Enterprise Software for Cloud Computing'. Given at the 34th IEEE Conference on Computer Software and Applications, Seoul, South Korea.

Cawthorn, D., Hugill, A. & Watson, G. (2010) 'Virtual Roman Leicester (VRL): An interactive Computer Model of a Romano-British City'. Given at the 38th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Granada, Spain, April 6-9.

Hugill, A. (2005) 'Technologies musicales imaginaires: une Etude'. Given at the symposiumTechnologies Imaginaires: l'approche pataphysique de la musiqueat UniversitEde Paris-IV Sorbonne. English version:Imaginary Music Technologies: A Study.

Ayesh, A. & Hugill, A. (2005) 'Genetic Approaches for Evolving Form in Musical Composition'.Given at IASTED (International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Applications) AIA 2005, Innsbruck, Austria.

Ayesh, A. & Hugill, A. (2003) Evolutionary Form in a Network Composition: Preliminary Report. Given atMAXIS2003,University of Leeds.

Hugill, A. (2001) 'Some issues in the creation of music online'. Given atMusic Without Walls? Music Without Instruments?De Montfort University

Hugill, A. & Landy, L. (2000) 'De Montfort University: Studio Report'. Given at theInternational Computer Music Conference,Berlin, Germany

Graves, A. Hand, C. & Hugill, A. (1997) 'Interactive Visualisation of Musical Form using VRML'. Given atUKVRSIG 97, Brunel University, UK

Hugill, A. (1995) 'Marcel Schwob, Immanuel Kant & Thomas de Quincey'. Given atMarcel Schwobet l'Angleterre, British Centre for Literary Translation, University of East Anglia, UK.

Hugill, A. (1994)'Mercy: a vision for new music'. Given atLeaving the 20th Century: Ideas and Visions for New Musics, University College, Bretton Hall, UK.

Invited Lectures

Hugill, A. (2013) Pataphysical Design.Given at the School of Architecture, University of Bergen, Norway.

Hugill, A. (2013) Pataphysics, Albertopolis and 'the other'.Given at the Architectural Association, London.

Hugill, A. (2012) The Ins and Outs of Transdisciplinary Research.Given atDMU Transdisciplinary Research Centre.

Hugill, A. (2012) Adventures in Creative Technologies. Given atKingston University.

Hugill, A. (2011) Making Music with Computers. Given at the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society.

Hugill, A. (2011)Future Creative Technologies.Given at the Leicester Rotary Club.

Hugill, A. (2011) Virtual Romans.Given to the British Computing Society, Leicester.

Hugill, A. (2010) The Institute Of Creative Technologies.Given at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Hugill, A. (2010) Music and Pataphysics.Given at the Music Department, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Hugill, A. (2010) Creating a Transdisciplinary Research Institute. Given at the Xian Academy of Fine Arts, and Beijing University, China.

Hugill, A. (2010) Music and Pataphysics. Given at the Music Conservatoire, Xi'an, China.

Hugill, A. (2007) Les Origines Humaines: Brisset et la musique. Given at the Universite de Paris-IV Sorbonne.

Hugill, A. (2005) How I Wrote Certain Of My Pieces. Given at the University of Manchester, ComposersForum

Hugill, A. (2005) The Futures Here: online music and education. Given at the Incorporated Society of Musicians' Annual Conference

Hugill, A. (2005) Music in an Access Grid Environment: Future Possibilities. Given at the University of Manchester, Department of Computing.

Hugill, A. (2003) Random Thought: Epicurus, Poincare, and the compositional process. Given at a symposium on 'randomness', De Montfort University.

Hugill, A. (2003) Composing with the internet. Given at the University of Brighton, 'Visions' Archive.

Hugill, A. (1999) Schumanns Chamber Music. Given at the Leicester International Music Festival, New Walk Museum.

Hugill, A. (1998) Pataphysics and the art of writing with constraint. Given at the trAce Centre, Nottingham Trent University.

Hugill, A. (1996) Composing with Computers. Given at the British Computing Society.

Before 1990

Hugill Thomson, A. (1989) 'The Apprentice in the Sun: An Introduction to the music of Gavin Bryars' inThe Musical TimesVol. CXXX, No. 1762, pp. 724-728

Hugill Thomson, A. (1989) 'A Tale Told: An appreciation of the music of Roger Marsh' inContactNo.35, pp. 3-9

Thomson, A. (1987) 'Mots relatif aux Actes de Raymond Roussel' inAtlas AnthologyVol. 4, pp. 13-24

Thomson, A. (1980) 'Music of Association: Mr Gavin Bryars and Irma: an Opera Op. XII by Mr. Thos. Phillips', BA dissertation, University of Keele.