Presence at NIME 2022

 

 

Visda Goudarzi and Anna Xambó jave presented a paper and a performance at the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2022 (NIME 2022, 28 June - 1 July), which has been virtually held at Waipapa Taumata Rau, Aotearoa / The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

The short paper “The Mobile Audience as a Digital Musical Persona in Telematic Performance” discusses a self-built mobile web app, personic, designed for distributed audiences to constitute a digital musical instrument. It can be read at De Montfort Open Research Archive (DORA): https://dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/22012

The performance “Ear to Waipapa Taumata Rau” is a live-coding performance by performers from two different continents remotely exploring the sonic components of Waipapa Taumata Rau. It can be watched on YouTube. The performance paper is available at DORA: https://dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/22071.

shreds by Gerard Roma and Anna Xambó @ ICLI2022 and WAC2022

 

Pulso performing shreds at the Web Audio Conference 2022, Cannes, France. Photo by Ariane Stolfi.
 
shreds is a collaborative live coding performance by electronic music duo Pulso (Gerard Roma and Anna Xambó). In this performance, the duo uses a self-built live-coding environment in JavaScript that shows two code editors, one for each performer. The piece has been presented online at the International Conference on Live Interfaces (ICLI 2022, June 20-23) in Lisboa, Portugal, and on-site at the Web Audio Conference (WAC 2022, 6-8 July) in Cannes, France. 

The performance presented at ICLI 2022 can be watched on YouTube. Further information about the performance can be found in this performance paper on De Montfort Open Research Archive: https://dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/22072

Anna Xambó Interviewed on FluCoMa Podcast #06

In Episode 6 of the FluCoMa Podcast, Jacob Hart talks to the musician, developer, researcher and teacher Anna Xambó. The podcast discusses a number of her research projects, and how they feed into her creative practice. Her use of MIR techniques for live-coding, and dealing with large, online, crowd-sourced corpora on a platform such as Freesound are notably discussed.
The podcast can be watched on YouTube. Further information can be found at: https://learn.flucoma.org/explore/xambo/

Battey's Clonal Colonies at Melbourne ACMI July 5

Bret Battey's Clonal Colonies I will screen July 5, 2022, at ACMI Melbourne, in 'Oskar's Legacy | Filmmakers Influenced by Fischinger' — in association with the Centre for Visual Music (Los Angeles). More information is available here


Leigh Landy @ Conference on Sound & Music Technology, Hangzhou

MTI²'s Prof. Leigh Landy has been invited to speak at this year’s Conference on Sound and Music Technology (CSMT) hosted by the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music and Zhejiang University, Hangzhou which will take place 10-12 June 2022. His talk is entitled, ‘Making Innovative Music with Sounds is for Everyone’. 

The conference url can be found at: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/Qv5Ebql-tbQJ-R8E8aV1jA



John Young Concert at Klang! Festival, Montpellier 4 June

John Young will give a concert of four works at the Klang! Festival Saturday 4 June in the Salle Molière / Opéra Comédie, Montpellier, France.  The concert will include two world premieres: Hidden Spaces (2019) which presents sound portraits of three locations—Refsta (Sweden), Montréal and Dobbiaco (Italy) —and Le Chant en dehors (2022) an 18-channel immersive audio composition. The programme will also include Arioso (2021) and Three Spaces in Mid-Air (2017). The Klang! Festival is organised by the Maison des Arts Sonores, Montpellier.

https://www.electropresence.com/fr/even/44320/klang-electroacoustique-2022-ambrose-seddon-john



A Statement by Music, Technology and Innovation (MTI²) Staff Against Proposed Job Cuts & Call to Action

In its 22 years of existence, Music, Technology and Innovation (MTI2) has been a fixture of De Montfort University’s cultural and academic life. It is recognised for world-leading creative practice and scholarship, as recently demonstrated by it being ranked among the university’s top three units of assessment in REF2021.

The MTI2 Institute for Sonic Creativity’s significance has considerable reach, having established international partnerships all across Europe and beyond (Canada, Mexico, China, Japan), while it also holds the editorship of the international journal Organised Sound, published by Cambridge University Press.

We were one of the very first departments to introduce Music Technology to the UK university landscape, taking a leading role in developing the subject. Our alumni have since developed a strong track record all across the music industry in an impressively wide range of careers and roles as well as contributing to Leicester and the region in entrepreneurship, community arts, education, and local music and arts industries. Our current students continue to benefit from these foundations and have expressed high levels of student satisfaction, as evidenced in the 2021 National Student Survey.

Despite MTI2’s high international, national, and local profile, the university has chosen to consciously disinvest and imperil this legacy, citing financial pressures. Five full-time positions (professors, reader, senior lecturer) are proposed to be made redundant, amounting to a reduction of our teaching and research staff by 42%.

We contest this proposal, which, amongst other shortcomings, 

  1. does not recognise the significant contributions MTI2 continues to make, 
  2. ignores the impact the pandemic has had on limiting research activity, and 
  3. employs student-to-staff metrics that take none of our research students into account.


Call to Action - What you can do

As the period of consultation of the proposed redundancies ends on 17 June 2022, please take action before this deadline.

As alumni, current students, family, friends and the wider public:


If you as alumni and members of our academic peer network want to support us even more, please consider:

  • Writing a letter of support addressed to our senior management. We call on sympathetic parties to write to our senior management to share their concerns:
    • Professor Katie Normington, DMU Vice-Chancellor - katie.normington at dmu.ac.uk 
    • Professor Shushma Patel, Dean, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media - shushma at dmu.ac.uk 
    • Dr James Russell, Head of the Leicester Media School - JRussell at dmu.ac.uk

This statement was written collectively by the Music, Technology and Innovation (MTI2) Institute for Sonic Creativity staff team.