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Ms Helen Mitchell

Senior Lecturer/ School of Arts Director of Learning and Teaching/ Collaborative Provision Coordinator, School of Arts

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of The Arts

Qualifications

  • BA (University of Edinburgh)
  • BA
  • MA (University of Liverpool)
  • MSc (University of York)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)

Summary

Helen currently specialises in music and sound for film and games, and has a keen interest in audio-visual interaction across a range of different applications. Her teaching and research emphasise industry practice and commercial trends.

She also has a strong background in performance and before taking up her current post, was appointed Professor of Flute and Saxophone at the Royal Marines School of Music – a post which she occupied for some years.

Helen read music at Edinburgh University where she was awarded the Fraser Scholarship. She completed a diploma at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama and spent a further year specialising in solo performance and repertoire at Liverpool University. She studied the flute with the Principals of the Hallé, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In something of a career change, after leaving the Royal Marines School of Music, Helen pursued science-based postgraduate studies on an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Scholarship (EPSRC) in Music Technology at York University, before taking up her current position.

Aside from her teaching and research, Helen continues to pursue her interests in performance and occasionally composes for a commercial publisher.

Undergraduate

Game Audio

Audio-Visual Composition

Composing for Film

Supervision: Individual Project, Special Study, MMus

Previous Teaching at Hull:

PG Performance

Book Chapter

Let's mix it up: interviews exploring the practical and technical challenges of interactive mixing in games

Mitchell, H. (2014). Let's mix it up: interviews exploring the practical and technical challenges of interactive mixing in games. In The Oxford Handbook of Interactive AudioThe University of Hull. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199797226.013.028

Journal Article

Plug-in to fear: game biosensors and negative physiological responses to music

Mitchell, H. (2015). Plug-in to fear: game biosensors and negative physiological responses to music. Music and the moving image, 8(1), 37-57. https://doi.org/10.5406/musimoviimag.8.1.0037

Fear and the musical avant-garde in games: Interviews with Jason Graves, Garry Schyman, Paul Gorman and Michael Kamper

Mitchell, H. R. (2014). Fear and the musical avant-garde in games: Interviews with Jason Graves, Garry Schyman, Paul Gorman and Michael Kamper. Horror studies, 5(1), 127-144. https://doi.org/10.1386/host.5.1.127_1

Dementia, music and biometric gaming: Rising to the Dementia Challenge

Mitchell, H. R. (2015). Dementia, music and biometric gaming: Rising to the Dementia Challenge. Leonardo music journal : LMJ : journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology, 25(25), 21-24. https://doi.org/10.1162/LMJ_a_00928

Against all odds : the decline and resurgence of the symphonic film score in Hollywood

Mitchell, H. (2009). Against all odds : the decline and resurgence of the symphonic film score in Hollywood. The journal of film music, 2(2-4), 175-200. doi:10.1558/jfm.v2i2-4.175

Research interests

Music and sound for film and games.

Audio-visual interaction and applications

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised projects relating to film, games and performance for students on the taught Masters degree.