Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof PerMagnus Lindborg

Assistant Professor

School of Art, Design and Media
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)6316 8727
Office: ART 4-9

  • PhD KTH Royal Institute of Technology 2016
  • DEA en musique et musicologie University of Paris-4 2003
  • Diplome du Cursus d'Ircam (PGDip) Inst. of research in acoustics & music 1999
  • Candidatus Magisterii in Composition Norweigian State Academy of Music 1995
Dr PerMagnus Lindborg is a composer, sound artist and researcher in sound perception. He is assistant professor at School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore since 2007, and a member of the composer societies in Norway (since 1995) and in Singapore. Lindborg studied piano performance (Ingesund 1991), composition (BA Norwegian State Academy of Music 1995), music computing (Cursus IRCAM 1999), and contemporary musicology (DEA Université de Paris Sorbonne 2003). In December 2015, he successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Sound perception and design in multimodal environments”, at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Lindborg’s research interests include psychoacoustics, spatial sound, interactive art, and multisensory perception. He has led seven grants while at NTU, including two AcRF Tier 1, and has received international commissions for sonic artwork. IRCAM-Delatour included his chapter on computer-assisted voice analysis for composition in the OM Composer’s Book (2008). Refereed articles have been published in Applied Acoustics, PLoS ONE, eContact, Leonardo, LNCS-Springer Verlag, and NASS, and in proceedings of AES, EMS, ESCOM, ICAD, ICME, ICMC, ICMPC, and SMC.
In a creative career spanning more than two decades, Lindborg has signed around 70 artworks presented in 25 countries. Highlights include a First Prize at Stavanger Symphony Orchestra Competition (2002), Audience Prize at Forum (Montreol 1996), commissions from Centre Pompidou (Paris 2002), Ultima Festival (2006), Arts Council Norway (2012), and releases on ECM Records, Daphne Records, and Ash International. He was a featured composer at WocMAT (Taiwan 2012), and exhibited sound installations at the State Theatre (Perth 2013), and Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens 2014). Together with the Freq-out collective, he created works at Niemeyer’s Communist Party HQ (Nuit Blanche, Paris 2005), Museum of Modern Art (Stockholm 2012), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam 2013), and in Vienna (TONSPUR 2016). A culminating piece in Lindborg's work with spatial sound was the design of Southeast Asia’s largest interactive 3D audio diffusion system for “On the String” with long-time collaborator Joyce Beetuan Koh for the Singapore Arts Festival (2010). They also made “The Canopy”, an interactive 3D sound sculpture installation, exhibited at World Stage Design in the UK (Oct. 2013). Lindborg's sonic artwork has been presented at all prominent venues in Singapore, including the National Design Centre (2015), ArtScience Museum (2015), National Library Theatre (2011), Esplanade Recital Hall (2008, 2010, 2013), and at the opening show of the new National Gallery (December 2015).
Lindborg is passionate about contributing to the development of Singapore’s professional sound art and design scenes by creating events that connect local, regional, and international practitioners. In August 2015, he created and chaired the Si15 Soundislands Festival ( in partnership with ArtScience Museum and seven other organisations. Si15 continued on the Si13 International Symposium on Sound and Interactivity (2013) that led to a Special Issue in eContact (2014). As part of his commitment to the education and research communities, Dr Lindborg regularly acts as peer reviewer and jury member, and serves as Music Coordinator on the board of the International Computer Music Association.
In his spare time, PerMagnus enjoys outdoor sports such as sailing, scuba diving, and kayaking. He lives in Singapore since 2007 with wife Dr Joyce Beetuan Koh, composer and conductor, and their daughter Älvi Weiyu.

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Research Interests
Grants, ongoing (as PI):
2012- Academic Research Fund Tier1. $50,000 SGD. Expressivity Online: Designing Participatory Telematic Performance.
2012-14 Ministry of Culture, Norway. 125,000 NOK (~31,000 SGD) Music composition commission for Arctic Sinfonietta.
(as co-PI):
2016-17 Arts Council of New Zealand: Asia/New Zealand Co-Commissioning Fund. 91,457 NZD. AXIS, Anatomy of Space (multimedia performance and installation). Belton D*, Lindborg PM, et al.

2012-16. MDA-NRF-IDMPO. $465,000 SGD. Game Design for Entertainment (MAGIC). Chavez*, M.; Lindborg, PM.; Feinstein, K.

Completed grants (as PI):
2015 CLASS grant, NTU. $12,000 SGD. Si15 Soundislands Festival (incl. 2nd International Symposium on Sound & Interactivity)
2013 CLASS gran, NTU. $10,150 SGD. Si13 International Symposium on Sound & Interactivity.
2009-11 Academic Research Fund Tier1. $50,000 SGD. Kinetoaudiovisual Parameter Mapping in Virtual Instrument Performance and Interactive Installation.
2010-11 Seed Grant “Art & Technology” Institute for Media Innovation, NTU. $20,000 SGD. Walking Bach Slowly: Designing a 3D Interactive Sound Installation.
2009-11 Academic Research Fund Tier1. $50,000 SGD. Kinetoaudiovisual Parameter Mapping in Virtual Instrument Performance and Interactive Installation.
2009 CLASS grant WKW School of Communication, NTU. $3,000 SGD. Film music for Nosferatu.
2008 ADM Startup Grant School of Art, Design and Media / Digital Creative Centre, NTU. $8,760 SGD. Metal.Blown, multimedia performance.
(as co-PI)
2013 NAC Presentation and Promotion Grant. $10,000 SGD. When We Collide, interactive sound installation. Koh*, J.B.T.; Lindborg, PM.
2012-13 IDM Microfunding MDA. $50,000 SGD. Asian Pop Music Generator – Mobile Phone Application. Skoric*, M., Lindborg, PM. & Yong, R.Z.
2010 NAC Arts Creation Fund. $50,000SGD. On the String, multimedia performance. Koh*,J.B.T.; Lindborg, PM; Khiew, HC.
2009 HASS CLASS grant. $10,000 SGD. Singapore Voices, an interactive sound installation with images. Ng, B.C., Lindborg, PM., Stulemeyer, R.
(as Collaborator):
2013-14 SUTD-NTU Project GREaT. $346,500 SGD. Combining Music Therapeutic Knowledge and the Science of Recovery in Game Design for Stroke Rehabilitation. Liu*, S.; Kok*, S.; Lindborg, PM.; Chen, A.; Chew, E., Khong, A.

Liew Kongmeng: Music perceptiion, emotion, music psychology, sensory dissonance
FYP-URECA and URECA (undergrad. research experience on campus)
Qiu Hai (2013-14). “Interactivity with Leap Motion”.
Zong JingJing (2013-14). “Perception of Film Emotion”.
Koh Chong Wu (2011-12). “A Musical Film”. Co-supervised with Lucas Jodogne,
Low, Ser En (2010-11). “Designing a Virtual Instrument for Performance”.
Koh, Chong Wu (2009-10). “Unheard Sights: Sonic Art Composition Project”. Proc. of URECA@NTU 2009-10.
FYP (final year project)
Soh, Sandra (2015-16). "TouchéGreen: interactive surround sound installation with a green plant"
Wong, Jinpei (2015-16). "Audiovisual drawings"
Ho SWHE, Chan YXG, See KLK (2014-15). “Have you been drinking?" [game]
Kwan, Shixian Nicholas Alexis (2013-14). “Perception of sound: investigating subjective and acoustic qualities of loudspeakers”.
Tan, Sihua Alice (2013-14). “Soundwalks: 3D sound with focus on binaural audio”.
Lim, Miracle Jia Yi (2012-13). “Perception of sound: investigating subjective and acoustic qualities of earphones and headphones”.
Aw, Si Ying Maureen & Lim, Chung Sion Michael (2012-13). “SmartDJ, a system for automatic audio effects and track transitions based on feature extraction”.
Current Projects
  • Exploring Kinetoaudiovisual Parameter Mapping Strategies for Virtual Instrument Performance and interactive Installation
  • Expressivity Online: Designing And Researching ParticipatoryTelematic Performance
  • Expressivity Online: Designing and Researching Participatory Telematic Performance
  • Walking Bach Slowly
Selected Publications
  • Lindborg PM. (2016). Interactive Sonification of Weather Data for The Locust Wrath, a Multimedia Dance Performance. Leonardo & Leonardo Music Journal, September 2016, 1-19.
  • Lindborg PM. (2016). A taxonomy of sound sources in restaurants. Applied Acoustics, vol. 110, p. 297-310.
  • Lindborg PM & Styles SJ (editors). (2016). Si15 Soundislands Festival: 2nd International Symposium (Special issue). Array, 2016.
  • Lindborg PM & Friberg A. (2015). Colour Association with Music Is Mediated by Emotion: Evidence from an Experiment Using a CIE Lab Interface and Interviews. PLoS ONE, 10(12), e0144013.
  • Lindborg PM. (2015). Psychoacoustic, Physical, and Perceptual Features of Restaurants: A Field Survey in Singapore. Applied Acoustics, 92, 47-60.

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