MTI Prof. John Young presentation on "Sounding Memory, Sounding Imagination"

On Wednesday November 29th, MTI Prof. John Young will give a presentation at the Leicester Media School research seminar, titled "Sounding Memory, Sounding Imagination":

"Sound recording gives composers scope to engage creatively with the entirety of the sonic world—from sounds already around us in nature and culture to new forms of artistic experience created through digital synthesis, transformation and spatialisation. Whilst artistically liberating this also raises deep problems of how to navigate meaningfully through such virtual creative freedom. John will look at the content of this technologically-enabled artistic landscape from both media arts and musical perspectives. Examples from his practice-based work with oral history recordings will be used to illustrative possible solutions to some of the aesthetic issues raised."

Wednesday November 29th, 4pm, Gatehouse Building GH3.79

INTERFACES project presents: Telematic Hacking Initiative - Exposition I (opening event)

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2017-18 concert series presents:


Location: the Net/UK/Athens

***LIVE STREAM available from the Interfaces Network YouTube channel:
…or via the Dirty Electronics twitter feed:

Exposition I (opening event): 
Wednesday November 29th 2017, 19:00 (GMT)
PACE Building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Free entry

A group of leading artists exploring the materiality of the Net meet in a telematic room. Over a series of meetings a new work emerges. Tools and hardware hacks to sound the network will be investigated. The devising will be ‘televised’ online and the telepresent audience will be invited to make their own ‘instrument’ for performance. The telematic meetings will coalesce in exposition events at a set time and physical location.

Artists include:
Network Ensemble

Tim Shaw

Aram Bartholl

Dirty Electronics

Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens
Tim Ward
Yiannis Kotsonis
Orestis Plakias

Telematic hacking initiative is in partnership with Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre of De Montfort University and the Οnassis Cultural Centre Athens in the framework of the INTERFACES project supported by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

DMU will contribute to the telematics arts initiative focusing on hacking, as a particularly appropriate means of telematic performance. Many sounds from hacked instruments have unique characteristics and behaviours and do not operate in the same manner as traditional instruments. Such issues as latency in networked performance will not be seen as a detriment, but instead as part of the material nature of the Net that offers unique possibilities for making music together. DMU will work with hackers, cyber security experts and artists facilitating international collaborative works and coordinate a number of telematics events and expositions which can be seen as a live stream or later on a YouTube channel. The basic concept here is to, for example, legally hack internet routers so that they are able to sonify the movement of data across the Internet. International partners in New Zealand, China and throughout Europe will work on this project alongside the other Interfaces partners such as OCC in Greece.

The impact of this initiative may not be primarily in the large number of users within a finite amount of time, but instead, enabling the creation of a new, technology-driven form of community-based music making crossing age groups, levels of ability and cultural background possible and most importantly bringing together people from all around Europe. The community of interest will grow well beyond the end of the project’s duration.

'Making for Radio': MTI postgrads at HAMU, Prague

Post-graduates from DMU take part in an exchange with the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU) in Prague, and create new work and a public performance entitled Making for Radio for the Czech Radio to be broadcast 6 Dec.

A week-long focused project made possible by the Graduate School's Research Training Projects Fund at a major European research centre in performing arts. The HAMU is a new ERASMUS partner with the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre.

DMU Students at HAMU with Michal Rataj: Anna Björn, Katie-Jane Howard, Steve Jones, Luigi Marino, Amit Patel, Samantha Topley, Maya Verlaak

John Young's 'Apparitions' premiere at Bludenz Festival, Austria

DMU’s Professor of Composition John Young will be at the Bludenz Festival, Austria, on the weekend of 18 November for the premiere of his multichannel work Apparitions, commissioned by the Manchester-based group Distractfold.  He’ll then go on to give a presentation at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.

MTI's Leigh Landy at Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Chengdu

MTI Research Centre leader Leigh Landy is headed to the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu for four days, discussing a possible partnership and offering two talks: one on Chinese electroacoustic music, the other on his own compositions, as well as a master class:

Bret Battey retrospective concert, keynote, and premiere at SOUND / IMAGE 2017!

On Sunday November 12th at the University of Greenwich, MTI's Prof. Bret Battey will give a Keynote talk at SOUND / IMAGE 2017, with a retrospective concert of his audiovisual works, culminating in a premiere of the third movement of his latest work: 'Estuaries'!