Adam Linson
This website includes information about my activities in music — performances, recordings, broadcasts, etc. — and in research, working across life sciences on neurobehavioral models, doing related philosophy, and more.
Artist bio
Adam Linson (double bassist, improviser, composer) explores the boundaries and blurs the lines between live and recorded sound through the use of acoustic and electronic instruments and interactive computer systems. He performs internationally at festivals, concert halls, clubs and galleries, and can be heard on live and studio recordings on labels including Intakt Records, psi, ECM, Ambiances Magnétiques and Relative Pitch Records. His work has appeared in a range of radio broadcasts, including on BBC Radio 3, who in 2021 premiered his collaboration with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, a commission for the Tectonics Festival, Glasgow.
Recent albums
  • w/ Close Scrape: CUTOUT (6x6), Relative Pitch Records (2021)
  • w/ the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: Warszawa 2019, Fundacja Słuchaj Records (2021)
  • w/ Evan Parker & Matthew Wright's TranceMap+: Crepuscule in Nickelsdorf, Intakt Records (2019)
  • more...
Academic bio
Adam Linson is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Computing & Communications at the Open University (UK). He develops neurobehavioural models of how perceptual uncertainty is resolved under stress and time pressure, in relation to impaired or enhanced cognitive flexibility. His research focus is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which he studies using multiple methods that connect theoretical neurobiology, psychiatry, evolutionary ecology, and the history and philosophy of science. His work also links to other fields including cognitive science and music psychology. He was previously an Anniversary Fellow in Computing and Philosophy at the University of Stirling, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford and the UCL Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging. He is also Co-Director of the Innogen Institute (connecting life science innovation and policymaking), based jointly at the Open University and the University of Edinburgh. His publications include research articles in Behavioural Brain Research, Cognitive Neuro­psychiatry, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Biology & Philosophy, and Computer Music Journal.
[university profile page]
Recent publications
  • Linson, A., T. Parr, and K. Friston (2020), Active inference, stressors, and psychological trauma: A neuroethological model of (mal)adaptive explore-exploit dynamics in ecological context, Behavioural Brain Research 380: 1-13,
  • Linson, A., and P. Calvo (2020), Zoocentrism in the weeds? Cultivating plant models for cognitive yield, Biology and Philosophy 35(49)
  • more...
Email: adam [at] percent [dash] s [dot] com
University: profile page