Out now - Routledge Research Companion to Electronic Music: Reaching out with Technology

We are very pleased to announce that "The Routledge Research Companion to Electronic Music: Reaching out with Technology", edited by MTI's Prof. Simon Emmerson, has now been released:

https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Research-Companion-to-Electronic-Music-Reaching-out-with/Emmerson/p/book/9781472472915

The book includes a chapter by MTI's Head of Research, Prof. Leigh Landy, as well as work by Emmerson himself.

The theme of this Research Companion is 'connectivity and the global reach of electroacoustic music and sonic arts made with technology'. The possible scope of such a companion in the field of electronic music has changed radically over the last 30 years. The definitions of the field itself are now broader - there is no clear boundary between 'electronic music' and 'sound art'. Also, what was previously an apparently simple divide between 'art' and 'popular' practices is now not easy or helpful to make, and there is a rich cluster of streams of practice with many histories, including world music traditions. This leads in turn to a steady undermining of a primarily Euro-American enterprise in the second half of the twentieth century. Telecommunications technology, most importantly the development of the internet in the final years of the century, has made materials, practices and experiences ubiquitous and apparently universally available - though some contributions to this volume reassert the influence and importance of local cultural practice. Research in this field is now increasingly multi-disciplinary. Technological developments are embedded in practices which may be musical, social, individual and collective. The contributors to this companion embrace technological, scientific, aesthetic, historical and social approaches and a host of hybrids – but, most importantly, they try to show how these join up. Thus the intention has been to allow a wide variety of new practices to have voice – unified through ideas of 'reaching out' and 'connecting together' – and in effect showing that there is emerging a different kind of 'global music'.


MTI at EMS2018

The 2018 conference of the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network was held from June 20th to 23rd at Villa Finaly, in Florence, Italy. 

MTI was well represented, with talks by Professors Simon Emmerson & John Young, Senior Lecturer James Andean, and postgraduate student Marij van Gorkom. 
 
This year's theme was "Electroacoustic Music: Is it still a form of Experimental Music?", which MTI presenters engaged with through the following presentations:

Prof. Simon Emmerson: Electroacoustic Music before Language
Prof. John Young: Experiment/Expansion
James Andean: Question the 'Experimental' - Electroacoustic Improvisation as 'Experimental' case study
Marij van Gorkom: Crafting the patch: Composer-performer collaboration at the interface between experimentation and skill








"Expanding the Horizon of Electroacoustic Music Analysis" now in paperback


MTI Professors Leigh Landy's & Simon Emmerson's landmark book "Expanding the Horizon of Electroacoustic Music Analysis" is now available in paperback!

www.cambridge.org/9781107544055

Including contributions from John Young, Katharine Norman, Andrew Hugill, Manuella Blackburn, Gary Kendall, Pierre Couprie, Michael Young, Ambrose Seddon, Raúl Minsburg,  Michael Gatt, Panos Amelides, Ben Ramsay, Tae Hong Park, Sophy Smith, John Ferguson, & Kersten Glandien.


MTI & EUC: Workshops in Cyprus!

MTI's John Richards and MTI doctoral graduate Nasia Therapontos are giving workshops this week in Cyprus, as part of the Interfaces Network project:

http://www.interfacesnetwork.eu/post.php?pid=133-music-workshops-making-music-with-sounds-diy-electronics

Music workshops for high school and lyceum students:



23 April 2018 / 9:00-12:00
“Making Music with Sounds” with Dr Nasia Therapontos

This is a fascinating, playful workshop that broadens horizons and brings young audiences into contact with contemporary trends in the international music scene.

24 April 2018 / 09:00-12:00
“DIY Electronics” with John Richards

*in English with simultaneous interpretation

The workshop sets out to present a sequence of units examining improvised music and introducing students to ways of assembling, making and playing musical instruments. The workshop will close with a concert performed by the participants themselves.

The workshop is part of the Interfaces Network Activity: Urban Music Boxes and Troubadours.


MTI @ BEAST FEaST 2018

MTI will be represented at Birmingham's BEAST FEaST 2018, with John Young's 'Abwesenheit' on Saturday April 28th, and a brand new installation by Pete Batchelor, titled 'Cascade':

BEAST FEaST 2018: BEASTopia!
Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 April 2018
University of Birmingham, UK


Telematic Hacking - 2nd exposition: Photos

A few photos from the Leicester UK end of the 2nd 'Telematic Hacking' event, April 18th 2018:





Artists include: Network Ensemble, Tim Shaw, Aram Bartholl, Dirty Electronics, Tim Ward, Yiannis Kotsonis, Robert Chafer.

Video of the Livestream is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N871QqErpg

"A group of leading artists exploring the materiality of the Net meet in a telematic room. Over a series of meetings a new work emerges. Tools and hardware hacks to sound the network are investigated. The devising is ‘televised’ online and the telepresent audience is invited to make their own ‘instrument’ for performance. The telematic meetings coalesce in exposition events at a set time and physical location."

'Telematic Hacking' is part of the Interfaces Network project, in partnership with the Οnassis Cultural Centre Athens, and supported by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union. 

Wednesday April 18th: Telematic Hacking - 2nd Exposition

The Interfaces project - an international, interdisciplinary project focusing on bringing new music to an extensive range of new audiences, with MTI/DMU as one of the key partners - continues, with a live & live-streamed event, taking place simultaneously at DMU in Leicester, at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, and online:

TELEMATIC HACKING: EXPOSITION 2
Wednesday April 18th, 2018

UK:
PACE Building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
19:00 (GMT)
Free entry

Greece:
Onassis Cultural Centre – Upper Stage
21:00 (GMT +2) | Free entry

Artists include:
Network Ensemble, Tim Shaw, Aram Bartholl, Dirty Electronics, Tim Ward, Yiannis Kotsonis, Robert Chafer

Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz3v_NAf3eVqL_lpmaxGM1Q

The event will be streamed to the Interfaces YouTube channel and shown ‘live’ to an audience at the Upper Stage of the Onassis Cultural Centre.

http://www.interfacesnetwork.eu/post.php?pid=30-telematics-hacking
https://www.facebook.com/events/1721865131205742/

A group of leading artists exploring the materiality of the Net meet in a telematic room. Over a series of meetings a new work emerges. Tools and hardware hacks to sound the network will be investigated. The devising will be ‘televised’ online and the telepresent audience will be invited to make their own ‘instrument’ for performance. The telematic meetings will coalesce in exposition events at a set time and physical location.

Telematic hacking initiative is in partnership with Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre of De Montfort University and the Οnassis Cultural Centre Athens in the framework of the INTERFACES project supported by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.


Network Ensemble
http://networkensemble.com/

Tim Shaw
https://tim-shaw.net/

Aram Bartholl
https://arambartholl.com/offline-art-new2-eng.html

Dirty Electronics
http://www.dirtyelectronics.org/

Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens
http://www.sgt.gr/eng/SPG1/

DMU will contribute to the telematics arts initiative focusing on hacking, as a particularly appropriate means of telematic performance. Many sounds from hacked instruments have unique characteristics and behaviours and do not operate in the same manner as traditional instruments. Such issues as latency in networked performance will not be seen as a detriment, but instead as part of the material nature of the Net that offers unique possibilities for making music together.

DMU will work with hackers, cyber security experts and artists facilitating international collaborative works and coordinate a number of telematics events and expositions which can be seen as a live stream or later on a YouTube channel. The basic concept here is to legally hack internet routers so that they are able to sonify the movement of data across the Internet. International partners in New Zealand, China and throughout Europe will work on this project alongside the other Interfaces partners such as OCC in Greece.

The impact of this initiative may not be primarily in the large number of users within a finite amount of time, but instead, enabling the creation of a new, technology-driven form of community-based music making crossing age groups, levels of ability and cultural background possible and most importantly bringing together people from all around Europe. The community of interest will grow well beyond the end of the project’s duration

What is Telematic Hacking?

A group of leading artists exploring the materiality of the Net meet in a telematic room. Over a series of meetings a new work emerges. Tools and hardware hacks to sound the network will be investigated. The devising will be ‘televised’ online and the telepresent audience will be invited to make their own ‘instrument’ for performance. The telematic meetings will coalesce in exposition events at a set time and physical location.

Network as instrument

Many sounds from hacked instruments have unique characteristics and behaviours and do not operate in the same manner as traditional instruments. If we consider the Internet router as a musical instrument this opens up the possibility of new repertoire and audiences.

Hacking the network

Hacking and subsequently performing with a networked device would suggest broader access issues relating to music making. In the case of a router, it could be looking at the manipulation of the way in which data packages are sent and received with an interest for the sonification of this data or router behaviour. Such issues as latency in networked performance are not to be seen as a detriment, but instead as part of the material nature of the Net that offers unique possibilities for making music together.

A new form of community music making

This initiative aims to create a new, technology-driven form of community-based music making crossing age groups, levels of ability and cultural background and most importantly bringing together people from all around Europe.

Since November 2017, OCC & DMU have been working with hackers, cyber security experts and artists facilitating international collaborative works and coordinate a number of telematics events and expositions. The 1st open event took place in November 2017 where the participating artists had the opportunity to present their ideas and a prototype-based telematic performance. The event was hosted by De Montfort University in Leicester and was also live streamed on the Interfaces YouTube channel.

Participating artists will discuss and workshop ideas for Telematic Hacking. Each artist is open to interpret the brief in their own way, develop ideas discussed in the meetings, or work collaboratively. The use of Periscope will allow for the public to drop in on the development of the project.