After completing his PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of Montreal – dedicated to the study of the phenomenon of studio recording of a "traditional" musical genre in Central America – Ons Barnat is a Part-time Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Ottawa. As a Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow at Laval University in Quebec (LARC-OICRM – 2015-2017), he is developing in partnership with music studio La Hacienda Creative an innovative project that combines Virtual Reality and Ethnomusicology, the Music Legacy Project.
Dr. Barnat first worked on musical hybridation in Caribbean and Indian Ocean Creole music (MA, Ethnomusicology, University of Paris VIII, 2005) before focusing on analyzing the relationships between social interactions, music creation and technology in the recording process of a "World Music" (Ph.D, Ethnomusicology, University of Montréal, 2013). His scientific interests have since encompassed practice-led research projects in and around the recording studio – taken as an experimental laboratory for both the researcher and the creator. In his latest research, Dr. Barnat seeks to estimate the potential offered by Virtual Reality for contemporary ethnography.