Interfaces Community Arts Resources Hub

Are you interested in the field of new music and have organized or participated in a project related to this theme? If your answer is “yes”, then you can share your project to this hub and help offer access to new music by a diversity of audiences:

http://www.interfacesnetwork.eu/post.php?pid=200-submit-interfaces-community-arts-resources-hub

The Interfaces Community Arts Resources Hub is intended to act as an information hub regarding initiatives, in particular around Europe but also well beyond, that focus on offer access to new music by a diversity of audiences not familiar with it. By ‘new music’ what is meant is original innovative works of music, including the sonic arts, which largely reside outside of the commercial sector.

MTI² concert in Brno, Czech Republic, March 31st

A concert dedicated to the composers of the MTI² will be presented as part of the Sonix Series at Divadlo na Orlí, Brno, Czech Republic, on the 31st of March 2019:

http://divadlonaorli.jamu.cz/en/

Composers whose work will be presented at the concert include Prof. Bret Battey, Dave Holland, Francesc Marti, John Richards, Neal Spowage, and Prof. John Young.

Review of John Young's 'To the Red Sky'

A review of John Young's recent immersive work 'To the Red Sky':

"A gust of electroacoustic sound rotated around the room as if someone was circling the edge of a fishbowl and I was the water within, confined and tormented. I had to put pressure on my feet to remind myself I was just sitting and listening, and that I was in the same place where I had been before I closed my eyes. There were crashes, clatters and clanks rebounding from every corner of the room. The speakers spat at me. I was haunted by harsh whispers, punctured by shots of sound. Then sporadic droplets of high frequencies gave a sense of hope that was soon swallowed by a battle of sharp shots and deep tones.

I felt the paranoia, I felt the interrogation, I felt the anticipation. I was in the trenches."

https://demoncrewreview.blogspot.com/2019/03/fear-and-terror.html

Leigh Landy appointed Visiting Professor @ Bournemouth University

MTI's Prof. Leigh Landy has just been appointed Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University, working closely with the Music and Audio Technology team there within the Department of Creative Technology.

MTI postgrad Sam Topley wins award in Dubai

MTI postgraduate student Sam Topley has received the 'Winner of the Featured Project' award at the Dubai Maker Faire, which ran from 26th - 28th February.

Sam was invited to participate by the Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance, and presented her latest project, 'Playground', in which large crochet balls make sound and music as they are moved, rolled and jumped on.

Alongside this, Sam ran workshops to craft electronic musical instruments, using e-textiles (electronic textiles) to make musical embroideries and noisy pompoms. These workshops were mostly with local school children, with public & family participants as well.

http://bit.ly/Dubaimakerfaire

Bret Battey's 'Estuaries 3' wins 'Best Audiovisual' award @ MADATAC X

'Estuaries 3', an audiovisual work by MTI's Professor of Audiovisual Composition, Bret Battey, has just won the 'Best Audiovisual' award at the MADATAC X:

https://vimeo.com/264837797

MADATAC is an international contemporary festival of digital audiovisual & new media art, based in Madrid, Spain:

http://madatac.es/

"Figures of Speech: Oral History as an Agent of Form in Electroacoustic Music"

The article "Figures of Speech: Oral History as an Agent of Form in Electroacoustic Music", by MTI's Professor John Young, was recently published in Leonardo Music Journal:

https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/LMJ_a_01047

Leonardo Music Journal
Volume 28 | Volume 28 - December 2018
p.88-94

The article reflects on how the author’s use of oral history recordings as source material in three electroacoustic works suggests ways in which complementary threads of storytelling and recorded memory can be shaped into purposefully directed forms.

'Orbits' by MTI's Pete Batchelor & Mike Blow at Southbank Centre

'Orbits', a collaborative installation by MTI's Pete Batchelor and Mike Blow, was presented last week in the Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre. The piece was supported by the Philharmonia Orchestra and used recordings of some of the instrumentalists from the orchestra alongside NASA space sounds, played out of speakers on the end of these tilted spinning arms.

https://youtu.be/KU24Ys2s2mY

With thanks to Peter Eötvös, Jonathan Mayes, Juliette Reid, Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Southbank Centre.


Convergence: Complexity and Simplicity - Call for submissions

Convergence: Complexity and Simplicity
An International Conference/Festival of Music, Technology and Ideas, Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 September 2019

Information on the Convergence Conference/Festival of Music, Technology and Ideas at De Montfort University, Leicester UK, is now online at:

www.dmu.ac.uk/convergence

Submissions can be made via the site. Deadline for submissions is 31 March.

The theme in 2019 is Complexity and Simplicity and a wide range of paper and music submissions is encouraged.

Convergence aims to bring together many of the diverse strands of music made with new technologies and to celebrate these alongside some traditional practices.  In 2019 we will also be working with the Darbar Fringe Festival to bring high quality traditional and experimental Indian music projects to the conference.

We are delighted that Curtis Roads will be our guest composer - thanks to the support of the US Embassy in London and the British Association of American Studies.

Hope to see you in Leicester!

Sat/Sun Jan. 26/27: Electroacoustic Music in Great Britain - Past/Present/Future

The weekend of January 26th & 27th, a very exciting two-day event will be held at the University of Greenwich, titled "Electroacoustic Music in Great Britain: Past/Present/Future".

Co-organised by BEAN (British ElectroAcoustic Network) and the School of Design of the University of Greenwich, the event celebrates the 40th anniversary of EMAS (the Electroacoustic Music Association of Great Britain), with a weekend of talks, concerts and discussions celebrating the achievements of Electroacoustic music in the UK, together with discussion of how best to move forward as a community.

MTI² will be well represented, with talks and concert works by Professors Simon Emmerson & Leigh Landy and graduates Dave Holland, Louise Rossiter & Andrew Hill, and with lecturer James Andean active as one of the organisers of the event.

In addition, a number of concerts across both days will also include works by Trevor Wishart, Denis Smalley, Jonty Harrison, Katharine Norman, Pete Stollery, Christian Eloy, Jo Thomas, Evelyn Ficarra, Rolf Gehlhaar, Aki Pasoulas, Andrew Lewis, Ambrose Seddon, Emma Margetson, Nikos Stavropoulos, and plenty more!

For more information and registration:
https://www.gre.ac.uk/ach/research/events/electroacoustic-music-event

MTI presents: Sweet Anticipation - new works by Landy, Young, Andean, Nance & Spowage

On Wednesday January 16th, MTI is proud to present our first concert of 2019, featuring the latest works by Leigh Landy, John Young, James Andean, Rick Nance & Neal Spowage. Including a world premiere, and several UK premieres!

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2018-19 concert series presents:

SWEET ANTICIPATION
Wednesday January 16th 2019, 7pm, PACE
https://www.facebook.com/events/363751747759376/

Join us for our first concert of 2019 - a very special evening, featuring some of the latest work from the MTI!
Come hear what our professors and lecturers have been up to...

Featuring new works by John Young, Leigh Landy, James Andean, Rick Nance and Neal Spowage.

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm

Sonos Localia's 'Loudspeaker Music for Headphones'

2018 saw the official launch of the Sonos Localia project, with their first release 'Loudspeaker Music for Headphones, Volume One', featuring two works by MTI's James Andean:

http://sonoslocalia.com/sl001-details/

Sonos Localia is a new digital label, specialising in recording and distributing work created specifically to be heard in three-dimensional space. The project's first release, 'Loudspeaker Music for Headphones, Volume One', features 13 electroacoustic pieces which have been replayed live through a circular eight-channel loudspeaker array. Using a recording technique based around dummy-head microphones placed in the prime location at the centre of the array captures the full width, depth, movement and subtle localisation in the music. Listening to these recordings on stereo headphones, the full spatiality of the original work can be experienced as intended by the composer – normally only possible by attending a live performance and sitting at the centre of the auditorium. By recording as much spatial detail as possible, Sonos Localia brings the experience of attending a live loudspeaker concert to a much wider audience.

http://sonoslocalia.com/about/

'Loudspeaker Music for Headphones, Volume One' features two works by MTI's James Andean: 'Ainnurruvar II' (2013), and, in collaboration with ex-MTI student Visa Kuoppala, 'Pimeydestä Valoon' (2011). Also included are works by a wide range of significant UK-based acousmatic composers, including Aki Pasoulas, Ben Ramsay, Emma Margetson, Brona Martin, and MTI graduate Andrew Hill.

'Loudspeaker Music for Headphones, Volume One' is available from the Sonos Localia Bandcamp page:

https://sonoslocalia.bandcamp.com/album/loudspeaker-music-for-headphones-volume-one