Simon Emmerson profile concert at University of Greenwich

Last week MTI's Prof. Simon Emmerson gave a profile concert at the University of Greenwich, as part of @soundgreenwich's Loudspeaker Orchestra concert series - the first of the series to take place in the beautiful church of St Alfege, resting place of Thomas Tallis:

"Simon Emmerson presents a concert of contemporary works meditating on contemporary music practice and the malleability of memory and recorded sound.

Emmerson's forty years of work reflect the changing technology of music; commissions include works for the Smith Quartet, Philip Sheppard (electric cello), Philip Mead (piano) with the Royal Northern College of Music Brass Quintet, Darragh Morgan (violin) and Keynote+ (Jane Chapman and Kate Ryder - harpsichord and piano) and Sond’Ar-te Ensemble (Lisbon). He has also completed purely electroacoustic commissions from the IMEB (Bourges), the GRM (Paris) and the Inventionen Festival (Berlin).

CDs of his works have been issued by Continuum (1993) and Sargasso (2007 and 2008). He contributed to and edited The Language of Electroacoustic Music in 1986 (Macmillan, still in print) and Music, Electronic Media and Culture (Ashgate (now Routledge), 2000).

He was founder Secretary of EMAS (The Electroacoustic Music Association of Great Britain) in 1979, and served on the Board of Sonic Arts Network from its inception until 2004. He was a Trustee of its successor organisation ‘Sound and Music’ 2008-2013. In 2009-2010 he was DAAD Edgar Varese Visiting Professor at the TU, Berlin. He was visiting Professor and Composer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Perth) in November 2016. He gave the keynote addresses at the Australasian Computer Music Conference 2011 (Auckland) and the International Computer Music Conference 2011 (Huddersfield), Music Science Technology 2012 (São Paulo), WOCMAT 2012 (Taiwan), Audiomostly 2014 (Aalborg), AHEM 2016 (London), BEAST Feast 2017 (Birmingham)."

Bret Battey's 'Estuaries 3' screenings by the Center for Visual Music

'Estuaries 3', by MTI Professor of Audio-visual Composition Bret Battey, will be part of screenings this week by the Center for Visual Music, at the Sonoma Film Institute in California:

'Music for the Eyes: Visual Music Films' -  Historic & new visual music
Sonoma Film Institute, Rohnert Park CA, Oct 5 & 7 2018

'Bringing New Music to New Audiences' Conference

The 'Bringing New Music to New Audiences' conference - hosted by MTI, part of the 'Interfaces' project, funded by Creative Europe - has come to a close.

It was a great success, and started a number of conversations, with lots of potential for exciting outcomes!

Take a look at our conference photo gallery:

More on the conference and the project:

MTI hosting 'Bringing New Music to New Audiences' conference, Sept. 21-23 2018

MTI will be hosting the 'Bringing New Music to New Audiences' conference, Friday September 21st to Sunday September 23rd 2018. Featuring talks, installations, a concert, and a line-up of terrific speakers and guests:

This conference forms part of the ‘Interfaces’ Creative European project (

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:

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!

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.