Simon Belshaw has studied composition with Gavin Bryars and Andy Hugill. He completed his PhD at the University of Hertfordshire in 2005. For the past few years he has been working on a project titled Music Machines. Music Machines have developed from his interest in process, systems and generative music. Each machine explores a single idea; some are simple, some more complex. More recently he has developed the machines for installation or live performance; they have been heard at the Hilltown New Music Festival, AudioGraft Festival, NonClassical, York Spring Festival of New Music, Sonoroties Festival as well as at other single events. In 2015 he received funding from the Francis Chagrin Award to continue this project. Currently there are over 35 Music Machines but the project is ongoing and he expects to produce more in the future.