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Jessica Tsun Lem Hui is a Doctoral student based in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge.  She completed her undergraduate degree in music at the University of Edinburgh and was awarded the Bucher Fraser Scholarship to continue her studies in Musicology where her research focused on the use of synthesised singing in contemporary Japanese film and opera.

Jessica’s current research explores the cultural history of artificial singing voices.  From European speaking automata to Japanese voice synthesisers, the project explores how these technologies have emerged within particular social and cultural conditions.  Her main goal is to produce an engaging and complex narrative of voice technologies that moves beyond the mere question of similitude.

Jessica is particularly interested the phenomenon of 3D-rendered performers alongside the integration of AI into voice generation and editing software that can recreate the voices of deceased singers based on pre-existing vocal samples.


Bachelor of Music. The University of Edinburgh: 2012-2016

Master of Music in Musicology. The University of Edinburgh: 2016-2017

PhD in Music. Christ's College, University of Cambridge: 2019-present


  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)
  • Music and Digital Culture
  • Audiovisuality
  • Japanese Popular Music (Post-War)


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PhD Student
 Jessica Tsun Lem Hui

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Christ's College
St Andrew's St