Simon Emmerson keynotes 'Bowed Electrons' in South Africa

MTI's Professor Simon Emmerson has recently returned from South Africa, where he was keynote speaker at the ‘Bowed Electrons’ conference and symposium.

This is a unique countrywide event which took place at the Universities of Cape Town, Pretoria and Witwatersrand (Johannesburg). Professor Emmerson gave his keynote address, a masterclass and performances of his works (Aeolian and Memory Machine) at all three locations within five days!

The conference aims to bring together local, regional and international practitioners and academics in music made with technology. South Africa is a unique society in rapid development with a rich and diverse range of cultures and arts practices. Professor Emmerson commented: “I hope this is the start of a fruitful exchange between MTI² and this great range of musicians across South Africa”.

Professor Emmerson shared the keynote platform with Neo Muyanga, who co-founded the ‘Pan African Space Station’ in 2008 as a continually evolving host of cutting-edge Pan-African music and sound art on the internet and across stages in Cape Town and other parts of the globe; he will be producing a new commission for Liverpool Biennial 2020. (See the local Cape Town newspaper preview of the conference below.)