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.




 

Ear to Waipapa Taumata Rau - NIME2022 Performance Premiere, Thu. 19 May 2022

 


Ear to Waipapa Taumata Rau by Visda Gourdarzi & Anna Xambó 

Free Online NIME2022 Performance Premiere

Thursday, May 19th, 2022, 10:00 AM CDT (UTC -5) // 16.00 PM BST (UTC +1)

Livestream : https://www.twitch.tv/gvisda

 ‘Ear to Waipapa Taumata Rau’ is a live-coding performance by performers from two different continents remotely exploring the sonic components of the location of the NIME2022 conference - Waipapa Taumata Rau. The improvised performance is based on processing sound generated by crowdsourced field recordings from Waipapa Taumata Rau from Freesound.org. The piece is a premiere for NIME2022 and a free interpretation of John Cage’s ‘A Dip in the Lake’. The defining feature of this piece is although the conference participants, listeners and performers are globally distributed, by listening and contributing to the whole composition they could feel in location by their ears. The audience can also interact with the piece live visually and sonically on their mobile devices.

 




 

 

 

Leigh Landy - Visiting Professor residencies

Next week MTI² director Leigh Landy will be in residence as Visiting Professor in Northern Ireland (Belfast, Derry) at Ulster University: 

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/research/topic/music-drama-dance-performing-arts-film-and-screen-studies/visiting-professors 

Prof. Landy will then be Visiting Professor in residence at the University of Bournemouth in mid-June.




Leigh Landy keynote @ NoiseFloor '22

Next week (May 12th & 13th), MTI² director Leigh Landy will be the keynote speaker for NoiseFloor 2022, with a talk titled 'Art for Art’s Sake vs. Art for Life’s Sake', as well as presenting two of his compositions:

https://noisefloor.org.uk/keynote-speakers-2022/

In addition, MTI²'s Professor of Audio-visual Composition Bret Battey's latest work, Estuaries 4, will be performed, as well as a talk by MTI² PhD student Stefano Catena.



John Young's 'Arioso' wins 2nd prize at 2022 Destellos Competition

 MTI²'s Prof. John Young's acousmatic composition 'Arioso' has won 2nd prize at the 2022 Destellos Competition:

http://www.fundestellos.org/pageone.htm

Congratulations to John, and to the other winners!



Associate Professorship for MTI² alum Katerina Tzedaki

MTI² Doctoral alumna Katerina Tzedaki has recently been promoted to Associate Professor in Electroacoustic Music Composition at the Hellenic Mediterranean University in Crete, in the Department of Music Technology and Acoustics. 

Katerina completed her PhD at De Montfort in 2012, supervised by Professor Simon Emmerson. Her work in electroacoustic music composition is especially focused on soundscape research, acoustic ecology, and soundwalking practice, as well as electronic musical instruments and interactive music systems. She is a founding member of the Hellenic Association of Electroacoustic Music Composers and of the Hellenic Society for Acoustic Ecology.

www.ktzedaki.net 



Battey's 'Estuaries 4' Scheduled for NoiseFloor and ICMC 2022

Prof Battey's audiovisual work Estuaries 4 has been chosen for screening in the Staffordshire University NoiseFloor Festival (12-13 May) and the 2022 International Computer Music Conference (Limerik, Ireland, 3-9 July).