New article by MTI² director Leigh Landy

The latest issue of Cambridge Journals' Organised Sound, on the theme of 'Borrowing, Quotation, Sampling and Plundering', includes a new article by MTI² director, Prof. Leigh Landy, titled 'Re-composing Sounds … and Other Things':

"In this article, based on four decades of experience of using samples in diverse ways in experimental, particularly electroacoustic compositions, the author investigates the world of what he calls ‘sample-based sound-based music’ and suggests that there is a relative lack of scholarship in this important area. The article’s contextual sections focus on briefly delineating this world of sonic creativity and placing it within today’s sampling culture as well as dealing with two political aspects of sampling, a musician’s attitude towards the reuse of sonic materials and the legality of sampled sounds, including musical passages, in the discussion of which current legislation related to sampling is challenged. Following this, a number of categories are presented in terms of the types of sampling material that is being used as well as how sample-based works are presented. The subsequent section is perhaps the most poignant in the article, namely the opening up of this form of innovative composition from a more traditional ‘artist creates work’ mode of operation to a more collaborative one which is essentially already part of most other forms of sampling culture. The objective here is to suggest that such collaborative approaches will enable sample-based sound-based music to become part of the lives of a much broader group than those currently involved with it."

John Richards: '101 Ways to Make the Sound xcstZhhh!'

MTI's John Richards recently keynoted the 'Heretical Sound Synthesis' conference in Helsinki, with a talk entitled '101 Ways to Make the Sound xcstZhhh!'

Video link:

More info about the 'Heretical Sound Synthesis' conference:

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.)

Convergence 2019 conference/festival: Photos

Our Convergence 2019 conference/festival was a great success! Take a look through the conference photo album at some of the wonderful events & presentations:

James Andean's 'Valdrada' receives Honorary Mention at Matera Intermedia Festival

MTI's James Andean has received an Honorary Mention from the 2019 Matera Intermedia Festival, Italy, for his work Valdrada:

'Valdrada' is being performed tonight at the Festival, together with works by Daniel Blinkhorn, Raphaël Néron, Nahuel Litwin, Matteo Traverso & Maria Isolina Cozzani.