This chapter describes the author’s practice and experience in transitioning from being a PhD in Music Technology candidate to a research assistant on a large-scale funded project. Both research works were delivered in a multidisciplinary environment and through a continuous feedback loop between academics, musicians and industry partners.

The practice of these works was driven by computer science approaches applied in a musical context. Challenges imposed by the research and the timeline were significant, but at the same time, they fostered musical creativity and contribution to knowledge.

Different aspects of practice-based research in this setting will be described relying on the author’s observations and experience.