Norah Lorway is a composer, pianist, live coding laptop performer, and artificial intelligence researcher originally from Canada, and based in the UK since 2010.
She is an active performer of live coding laptop music, i.e. writing music with computer code in real time. She is known for her work in the international algorave music scene and has been heralded by press such as MixMag as being “a pioneer” in live coding. Lorway has performed at algoraves in live coding events and conferences throughout Europe, Japan, North America, and Australia.
Lorway is also an active electroacoustic, film, and instrumental/electronics composer, and has had her works performed at festivals and concerts throughout Europe, Canada, USA, Asia, and Australia and by groups such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Trio Fibonocci, Heather Roche, Sophia Subbayya Vastek, amongst others. Her work has been presented at conferences such as the Conference on AI Music Creativity, International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, International Symposium on Electronic Art, International Conference on Live Coding, Convention for the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence, and Simulation of Behaviour, amongst others. Lorway has also been awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Robert Fleming Award, an annual award given to an outstanding composer in Canada.
In 2018, Lorway co-composed alongside fellow Canadian composer Rose Bolton, the soundtrack for Anthropocene: The Human Epoch. The film was premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance amongst others. Sundance Institute listed her as one of “18 Women Composers You Should Know” in 2019 and she was nominated for a Cinema Eye Honors award for Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Score in 2020.
Lorway is an active researcher working on various projects at the intersection of artificial intelligence, digital health care, and computer music. Since 2016, she’s been a lecturer (UK equiv. of assistant professor) in creative music technology at Falmouth University (formerly Dartington College of Arts) where she has been working on various large-scale projects in digital health care. In 2018, she was the recipient of an Immersion Fellowship, funded by the large scale £6.5 million UKRI funded South West Creative Technology Network, a new network meant to promote creative technologies for impact and social change in the south west of the UK.
Since 2020, she has been working with a transdisciplinary research team from Falmouth University in collaboration with University of Oxford, which has recently been awarded a £1.3 million grant for a project on arts-based and technology-based mental health interventions for adolescents.
Lorway is also a principal investigator for a project with the NHS investigating artificial intelligence assistants for dementia care in remote areas of the UK.
She has also founded two software consultancy companies which have carried out work for high end audio and scientific companies.
Lorway holds a Ph.D from University of Birmingham, where she studied electroacoustic composition and computer music with Scott Wilson and Jonty Harrison and worked extensively with the BEAST (Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre) system. While at Birmingham, she helped start BEER, the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research, a live coding network laptop performance and research group which has performed internationally and has published writings in Computer Music Journal and other related conferences.
Lorway has also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of British Columbia where she worked with Robert Pritchard and Keith Hamel on various projects relating to digital musical instrument creation for live coding performance and telematic music performance.
Lorway also holds a B.Mus from Mount Allison University where she studied piano with Sonja Behrens and Edmond Dawe and composition with Ian Crutchely, and an M.Mus from the University of Calgary where she studied composition with William Jordan and Allan Bell and piano with Vladimir Levtov.