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Jessica TL Hui

Jessica TL Hui

PhD Student

Christ's College
St Andrew's St

Cambridge CB2 3BU


Jessica Hui is a PhD student at Christ’s College, Cambridge, under the supervision of Dr David Trippett.  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.  She gained a distinction for her research which analysed the use of synthesised singing voices in Japanese film and opera.

Jessica’s PhD thesis expands on her master’s dissertation, examining the phenomenon of voice by proposing a cultural history of technologically embodied voice in music and digital culture. 

Her research focuses primarily on the philosophy, cultural history and ethics of singing voice synthesis technology.  Jessica is particularly interested in virtual idols and the integration of AI into voice generation/editing software that can potentially revive deceased voices based on existing recordings.

The project aims to explore the potential of singing voice synthesis technologies within music scholarship, and to highlight the ways in which real-life applications of these software might reconstruct creative practice.


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

Research Interests

  • Digital Musicology
  • Music for Screen (Film and Video Games)
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Popular Music Studies