Patrick Cowden



Patrick Cowden

Masters Student


Patrick Cowden is currently a Master’s Student of Music Technology at McGill University. His research interests include electronics design, instrument design, mapping, signal processing, and sonification.

He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Minor from Union College.

Prior to his enrollment at McGill, Patrick worked as an electrical engineer designing biomedical/commercial devices, and industrial control systems. Additionally, he completed research on the development of auditory displays of electric power grid data. As part of this research, he created a novel real-time AC power socket sonification device. The device allows for low-cost measurement and mapping/sonification of local power system fluctuations. During his studies at McGill, he continues to work on improving the device as well as developing other sonifications of recorded power system data.