Elena Hidalgo grew up in an environment surrounded by IBM mainframes, punched cards and first personal computers (Amstrad CPC 6128, Atari Portfolio, etc.). Her father was pioneering in Spain in computing trained by the American Technology Company NCR Corporation and founded the enterprise Analysis Center and Computing development CEANPRIN, S.L.

She starts composing electronic music at the beginning of 1990s by using MIDI synthesizers with the sequencer Cubase running on Apple Macintosh SE. Since then, her academic background is centred on Music Technology based on Semiotics and Psychology of sound by using programming languages such as SuperCollider, Max4Live and Pure Data.

She is a PhD student at Huddersfield University, she has a Music Education Degree and Bachelor`s Degree in Musicology with a Master in Hispanic Music with specialty in Ethnomusicology from the University of Valladolid (Spain). She gets the Piano Professional Degree at the Valladolid Music Conservatory, she has Sound Technician Diploma at Microfusa School in Barcelona and she is a Web Developer since 2005.

in 2005, she starts up her own company based on engineering, computer sciencies and music projects alongside with writing articles related to sound equipment.
In the same year, she starts working as a Assistant Engineer in Armando Records recording folk, metal and sacre music.

During 2006-2012, she teaches at the Education School of the Musical Didactics, Plastic and Corporal Expression Departament and at the Music section of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of University of Valladolid and Salamanca (Spain).

In 2007, she travels to Los Angeles (U.S.A) to investigating and music promoting where she gets in touch with Sound Engineers and Producers such as José "Chilitos" Valenzuela (author of 9 audio engineering books), Rafa Sardina (12 Grammy Awards), Kenny O`Brien (5 Grammy Awards) and Fernando Cavazos (5 Grammy Awards).

In 2008, she works as a Research Technician developing E-learning audiovisual contents for the MultiCom (Multimedia Collection Management) research project (NºI/06/b/F/PP-154013). It was financed by Leonardo Da Vinci programme.

In 2010, she is visiting researcher at the UCLA University of California (Los Angeles, U.S.A) and visiting scholar at the Huddersfield University (U.K) in 2013, in this latter receiving training in sound field from Kim Cascone , Julio d´Escriván and Monty Adkins among others.

At the present, she is teacher specialised in sound in Advanced School of Image and Sound, member of Sound Design and Video Mapping Coordination Group of the European Programme HEART OF EUROPE, she completes her studies in Web development certified by Samsung Tech Institute and General Foundation of Alcalá University.

She holds a Ph.D Thesis in Electroacoustic Music Composition at the Huddersfield University from United Kingdom (the "Times Higher Education" award winner in 2013) where she is member of Sound.Music.Image research centre (SMIC) and is participating in other music departament based projects.

Likewise, she offers seminars, workshops, masterclasses and international lectures & papers (Germany, Spain, Portugal, England), writes articles, is member of AMEE asociation (Asociación de Música Electraocústica de España) as a director of journal and she composes experimental electronic music for different events such as Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week,Unión Europea de Radiotelevisión/European Broadcasting Union (UER/EBU), El Corte Inglés, SIAL ediciones, Sons Creativos (USC), UNICEF, OXFAM, Festival Punto de Encuentro and Zawp among others


[RESEARCH INTERESTS ~]

Sound Design ~ Audio Programming Language ~ Web Audio API ~ Live Coding ~ Audio Branding ~ Semiotics of Sound ~ Music Technology ~ Electroacoustic Musicology.





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