Prof Rob Toulson is our Founder and Technical Director. Rob stared his career as an electro-mechanical engineer with a doctorate in digital signal processing, before following his passion and moving into the field of music technology and specialising in audio software. Rob has held a number of academic research roles in his career, including Professor of Creative Industries at University of Westminster and Director of the CoDE Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University. Rob’s also a successful musician, music producer and sound designer, having worked with many artists including Talvin Singh and Mediaeval Baebes, who have previously topped the UK Classical Music Chart. Rob’s also an author and editor on a number or music related books and articles, including ‘Drum Sound and Drum Tuning’, published by Routledge in 2021. His sound design work has been included in films by BAFTA Winner Shreepali Patel and have been showcased and exhibited at Glastonbury Festival, The V&A and The Natural History Museum.
Dr Mike Exarchos is Creative Director of RT60. Mike holds a doctorate in hip-hop musicology and is an award-winning rap artist (first MTV Best Greek Act winner), with nominations for multiple VMAs and an MTV Europe Music Award. He has led programmes in recording, mixing, mastering and production at various UK universities, and has published with Routledge, Bloomsbury Academic, and the journals of Popular Music, Popular Music Studies and Popular Music Education. Mike’s self-produced album, Xli3h, has been included in the 30 Best Greek hip-hop albums of all time and he is the first Greek artist to ever perform at South By Southwest. Mike’s studio career began as a sound engineer at Vault Recording Studios in London, where he worked with pioneering British hip-hop acts, including Klashnekoff, Bury Crew, Skinnyman and Taskforce. Under his Stereo Mike alias, he’s produced three critically-acclaimed solo albums and numerous singles for international artists on labels such as EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner Music.