John Young's 'Three Spaces in Mid-Air' wins 2019 KLANG! competition

'Three Spaces in Mid-Air', a 2017 acousmatic composition by MTI's Professor of Composition John Young, has won the 2019 KLANG! competition for electroacoustic composition:

In addition, James Andean's 'Valdrada' and John Young's 'Abwesenheit' were both included among the competition finalists.

On 'Three Spaces in Mid-Air':

"Form, writes Nicholas Bourriaud, is ‘structural unity imitating a world.’ I have responded to this idea with Three Spaces in Mid-Air, which is designed as a continuous work in three discrete sections. Each explores the idea of spectral space through interaction and coalescence of sonic strata, as three-dimensional objects ‘suspended’ before the listener. The work’s individual sections also address the compression of form, each aiming to embody the atmosphere of a self-contained ‘world’ — evoking implications of direction, tension and release while balancing states of stasis and motion."

MTI activities this month in Mexico

Head of the Institute, Leigh Landy, is in Mexico City this month, for a range of activities including:

- A solo concert and three talks at CMMAS (Mexican Centre for Music & the Sonic Arts), in Morelia:

- A meeting with the Dean of Music and Head of Music Technology at UNAM (the National Autonomous University of Mexico) in Mexico City, to discuss a new collaborative agreement with MTI². UNAM has courses at all levels in Mexico City, as well as postgraduate courses led by CMMAS.

- Co-directing this year's Electroacoustic Music Studies conference at UNAM, Mexico City.
This will include two talks, along with MTI's James Andean, on our planned ‘Sensing Sounds’ project.
The event will also include the launch announcement for EMS20, which will take place at the MTI² in June 2020 - stay tuned for more info!

John Richards in new documentary film 'The Sound is Innocent'

MTI's John Richards is one of the featured artists in the 2019 documentary 'The Sound is Innocent'. You can spot him, and his work with Dirty Electronics, in the film's trailer:

"As if directing a science-fiction film, Johana Ožvold dissects the story of electronic music. From the pioneer sound engineers working behind the Iron Curtain, through the French avant-garde composers, up to the post-modern creators of digital sonic artefacts, the first-time filmmaker summons an abstract landscape that is haunting and yet achingly beautiful. A voice appears from old television screens forgotten in the maze of some futuristic archive where past and future seem to coexist in a complex and multi-layered way. The oblique strategies through which analog equipment and digital recording tactics create new possibilities are observed by the filmmaker with playful affection, like a scientist in his lab among his favorite tools and… toys. A documentary debut that challenges all the preconceived notions about the observational approach and manages to create an exhilarating landscape in which sound becomes and space dissolves itself in tones never heard before. A different kind of space odyssey."

Out now & online: "Perceptual Issues Surrounding the Electroacoustic Music Experience", ed. Sven-Amin Lembke

Out now & online - the latest issue of the journal Organised Sound, guest edited by MTI's Sven-Amin Lembke:

"Perceptual Issues Surrounding the Electroacoustic Music Experience"

Volume 24 - Special Issue 1 - April 2019

Click here to visit the Cambridge Journals page for Organised Sound

Interfaces Festival trailer

Take a look at the trailer for our upcoming Interfaces Festival, which runs from May 29th to June 4th 2019 in Leicester:

The Interfaces Sound Art Festival brings sound art to venues across Leicester’s Cultural Quarter. Presented across the Cultural Quarter in Phoenix Square, The Curve Theatre, LCB depot and The Exchange Bar, the festival includes a diverse range of work that explores and celebrates sound in relation to space, place, image and sculpture.

More info:

Interfaces Festival, May 29th - June 4th

Wednesday May 29th to Tuesday June 4th 2019

The Interfaces Festival brings sound art installations and audiovisual artwork to venues across Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, including Phoenix Leicester, CURVE theatre, Leicester, LCB Depot and The Exchange Bar.

The festival provokes both eye and ear. Exploring ‘visual music’ – the artistic magic that can occur when image is shaped and formed like music – it offers two screenings of audiovisual artwork from around the world and two hands-on workshops from leading artists. Meanwhile, a fantastic range of sound art installations explore and celebrate sound in relation to space, place, image and sculpture.

The festival is organised by Music, Technology & Innovation, De Montfort University within the framework of the EU Interfaces Network Project, with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project focuses on ‘new music for new audiences’, aiming to inspire more people of all ages and demographics to experience contemporary music and sound art.

For the latest details see:
Visual Music:


Workshop: Collaborative Animated Light Graffiti with Urban Projections
Wed May 29, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mobile light projections from the workshop will be shown in the city, starting around 10:00 pm.
Location: Phoenix Conference Rooms
Price: Free, but space is limited. Online reservation at Phoenix required. Phoenix listing:
In this community workshop, participants will learn how to use special software on iPads to craft collaborative animations with music. A selection of the workshop pieces will then be displayed around Leicester at night with a custom ‘light cycle’ portable high-definition projection system.

Screening: Visible Bits, Audible Bytes
Fri 31 May, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Phoenix Screen 1
Reservations via Phoenix recommended.
Phoenix listing:
Visible Bits, Audible Bytes shows how artists and musicians from around the world are using new technologies to animate imaginative audiovisual worlds. Going beyond the bounds of traditional narrative, abstract flows of image and sound invite wonder and contemplation.With the support of the EU Interfaces project, Visible Bits, Audible Bytes has commissioned award-winning Montréal video artist and composer Myriam Boucher to premiere a new work at Phoenix as part of the screening.

Installation: Myriam Boucher – Empty Spaces
Fri 31 May, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Sat 1 Jun, 11am – 7pm
Location: Phoenix Screen Room
Phoenix listing:
Myriam Boucher’s Empty Spaces is a video and sound-based installation that acts as a companion or ‘prelude’ to her audiovisual composition by the same name, which will be premiering in this year’s Visible Bits, Audible Bytes. The installation explores the genesis of her project: the village where she grew up – concerning the source of the desire to run away, to escape from reality.

Artist Talks
Fri May 31, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Phoenix Conference Rooms
A selection of artists involved in the Interfaces Leicester project will discuss their work.

Installation: Sam Underwood – Heed
Fri May 31 – Tue 4 Jun
Time: starting evening of May 31, open all day thereafter
Location: Phoenix
Phoenix listing:
For this installation, sound artist and musical instrument designer Sam Underwood is placing a series of sonic devices in and around Phoenix. A variation on his long-term Sonic Graffiti project, Sam has chosen to reflect on our current divisions. Each piece encourages close listening and quiet reflection as an antidote to the bombast that seems so commonplace at this time.

Screening: Punto y Raya Festival Retrospective
Sat 1 Jun, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Phoenix Screen 2
Reservations via Phoenix recommended
Phoenix listing:
Spain’s Punto y Raya fosters Audiovisual Arts in their purest state: form, colour, motion and sound – no representation. Its mission is to recapture the spirit of Cinéma Pure and Absolute Film formulated by the European avant-garde in the 1920s, consolidating this unique artform lying at the intersection between Art and Media. This screening presentation by festival co-founder Nöel Palazzo offers a review of the festival’s 12-year trajectory, focusing on contemporary works and the many diverse techniques the artists have explored and developed.

Workshop: VJ Workshop with Myriam Boucher
Sat 1 Jun, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Phoenix Conference Rooms
Reservations via Phoenix required
Phoenix listing:
Participants can bring their own laptop computer with the Resolume demo installed, or can use computers provided at the workshop.This workshop is an opportunity to learn VJ technique – the emerging art of live performance of visual projections with music – hands-on from an award-winning artist who is master in both visuals and music production. Montréal-based video and sound artist Myriam Boucher will teach aspects of her approach to live performance with Resolume software, with special attention to questions of how to work with musical structures and to create organic visual textures and transformations.

Installations from DMU Music and Audio Technology
LCB Depot installations start Thu 30 May 1:00 pm
All other installations start Fri 31 May, 1:00 pm
All finish 4 June, 5:00 pm
Curve Theatre:
Peter Batchelor, Contraption
Rob Chafer, Innermost
Danny Ingram, Balloon Bridge
Francesc Marti, Speech 2
John Richards, Death and the Shell
Stewart Worthy, Tungsten Ghost
Exchange Bar:
Donggyu Lee, Window ≠ Wall
LCB Depot:
Davide Baldazzi, Molekules
Bruno Iglesias, Frame of Phase

For more information:
Visual Music: Bret Battey – bbattey[at]
Sound Art Installations: Peter Batchelor – pbatchelor[at]

Open position: Lecturer in Music and Audio Technology

Want to be part of the MTI team? Do you have a background in any of the following: digital signal processing for music; computer music systems for composition; music information retrieval; machine learning for music and sound; music and sound processing; artificial intelligence for music; sound design; audio for gaming; neuroscience of music; sound and music synthesis; music and audio software development?

If so, we encourage you to apply for the position of Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Music and Audio Technology. Deadline for applications May 20th.