John Richards keynote @ Bowed Electrons 2020, South Africa

On December 4th, MTI²'s John Richards gave the keynote talk at the Bowed Electrons 2020 event hosted by the South Africa College of Music and the University of Cape Town. 

His keynote, titled 'The Danger of the Crowd', can be found at:
(starting at 4h57’)

MTI²'s Neal Spowage & final issue of Leonardo Music Journal

Work by MTI² alum & adjunct Neal Spowage graces the cover of the very last issue of Leonardo Music Journal, accompanying his article 'Now I’m Digital, Where Is My Ritual? Exploring Post-Digital Performance Objects as Totems for Agency and Ritual':

Simon Emmerson keynote at this weekend's Midlands New Music Symposium

 The Midlands New Music Symposium is taking place online this weekend, December 5th & 6th, and will include a keynote by MTI²'s Prof. Simon Emmerson, on the topic of 'Composing for flutes and electronics':

Late registration requests should be sent to

"The Midlands New Music Symposium seeks to explore and celebrate the diversity of current contemporary music and sound practices in the fields of composition, performance, and technology. The two-day online symposium will include a series of presentations, lecture recitals, discussions, and concerts.

The symposium themes are open to let practitioners and scholars set the agenda. As such, the committee invites a broad range of proposals (outlined below) from individuals in and outside of academia."

MTI²'s John Young & David Holland win at the Musica Nova 2020 competition

The winners of the Musica Nova 2020 International Music Competition have been announced, and MTI² has done very well indeed: 

In Category A ('compositions of autonomous art electroacoustic music'), it's a clean sweep for MTI²:
- First prize goes to Prof. John Young, for his work 'Abwesenheit'
- Honorary Mention goes to David Holland for 'First Rituals'

...with alumna & adjunct Louise Rossiter included among the finalists.

Congratulations to all! 

Online webinar with MTI²'s Leigh Landy, Sat. Nov. 21st

On Saturday November 21st at 9AM UTC, MTI²'s Leigh Landy led an online
Webinar on the EARS 2 and Compose with Sounds projects, for the Greek Society of Music Education (and two MA groups at the Ionian University) with MTI alumna Nasia Therapontos:

The webinar was attended by ca. 150 music teachers and music education students, was recorded and will now be distributed to hundreds of other music teachers and students. The outcome of the webinar, beyond an enthusiastic response, is that the Greek Music Education Society has formally endorsed the use of EARS 2 and Compose with Sounds in all Greek schools, particularly secondary schools. There was great enthusiasm that it has now appeared in Greek with plans to add composer portraits to the site and hold a concert in a year’s time featuring student compositions (with professional works as well) and workshops which will be attended by Landy.

Anna Xambó @ Sound Junction Satellites, Sat. Nov. 14th

This Saturday November 14th, MTI²'s Anna Xambó will perform as part of the Sound Junction Satellites: Live Coding & 3-D Sound – Online Live Stream:

"A live streamed concert featuring the best of live-coding and electroacoustic composition. Starting at 7.30, expect an evening of sound both immersive and frenetic – as performers explore the possibilities in live coded music, and acousmatic composition. We’re especially excited for some binaural live performances from our live-coders – so you’ll be able to experience 3D binaural effects at home. Binaural sound is a way of creating the illusion of 3D sound through stereo audio – it’s a strange but immersive experience, and can be achieved through any pair of headphones. Right now, that might be the closest you get to the real thing, and it should be a lot of fun!"

Estimated schedule:

7.30pm to 8.30pm – Live-coded performances from Alex McLean, Gerard Roma and Anna Xambo

8.30pm to 9pm – Discussion of the potential of binaural effects in live coding and a Q & A (access link will be sent out to the audience).

9pm to 9.40pm – Acousmatic pieces from Sound Junction friends and University of Sheffield Sound Studios followed by a chat between the composers about their process

John Young's 'Once He Was a Gunner': Radio premiere October 3rd

MTI²'s Prof. John Young's new work Once He Was a Gunner (2020)—a 56-minute radiogenic composition—will have its premiere broadcast on Radio New Zealand's Concert's Sound Lounge programme on Saturday 3 October, at 21:30 (9:30am UK time on the same day). The live stream will be available at

Once He Was a Gunner is based on the Second World War memories of the composer’s father, Alex Young. Born in the North East of England in 1920, Alex had emigrated to New Zealand as a child.  In 1941 he was conscripted as a gunner in the 5th Field Regiment of the New Zealand Division and served continuously until 1945.  He was at key moments of the New Zealanders’ North African and Italian campaigns such as El Alamein, Minquar Quaim, Monte Cassino, Orsogna and the Senio River.  During the Italian campaign the severe and wet winters of 1943 and 1944 meant that many units of both allied and German forces stayed in civilian homes. It was at one such location in Central Italy that Alex met his future wife, and the work is based on an interview that John carried out with Alex after revisiting that place in 2005.  A series of vividly described recollections is connected by sound transformations aiming to evoke the unspoken emotions that lie behind strong memories.  The events represented are not in strict chronological sequence and John writes:  

“I wanted to present them in the manner of memories revealed, perhaps through association or as a response to some unknown conversational seed.  This is precisely how I grew up, with a patchwork of knowledge about my father’s wartime experiences—sometimes shocking, sometimes humorous—and, as was the case for many returning soldiers, he talked more about the war as he grew older.  Hearing these stories now I am reminded of the extent to which the war, or more precisely memory of the war, was a current that ran like a river through our family life.  For our father and mother, for me and my sisters it was always there to remind us of why we were together.”

Once He Was a Gunner is a journey through one man’s experience of the war in Italy—living with civilians, moments of lucky escape, the fear, the camaraderie, the panacea of alcohol, and the sense of loss on returning home.

Bret Battey’s “Three Breaths in Empty Space” @ Festival Visiones Sonoras, Mexico

A streaming version of MTI²'s Prof. Bret Battey’s “Three Breaths in Empty Space” will be part of Festival Visiones Sonoras, hosted by MTI² partner-institution CMMAS (Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras), 23-25 September, 2020:

MTI²'s Anna Xambó in "Taking the Temperature: Crisis, Curating, and Musical Diversity"

There will be a launch event at Ultima Festival in Oslo this week Friday, September 11 at 3pm, for the open access book "Taking the Temperature: Crisis, Curating, and Musical Diversity", which features an interview with MTI²'s Anna Xambó, talking about her experiences during her time as a chair of the organisation WoNoMute.

Launch event: 

Order or download the book here:

"We view this current crisis as creating an opening for contemporary music to finally escape its toxic relationship with tradition, quality and a white, European bourgeois aesthetic and embrace the many newly-made musics that exist in this world." (extract from Editorial by Brandon Farnsworth, Anna Jakobsson, Vanessa Massera)

Now out: Organisd Sound issue on 'Time in Electroacoustic Music'

The latest issue of the Cambridge University Press journal Organised Sound is now out, on the theme of 'Time in Electroacoustic Music':

The issue is co-edited by MTI²'s Prof. Kevin Dahan, and includes two articles by MTI² members - Kevin Dahan's 'A Temporal Framework for Electroacoustic Music Exploration', and James Andean's 'Rhythm in Acousmatic Music' - as well as an article by an MTI alumnus: Michael Gatt's 'Memory, Expectation and the Temporal Flux of Acousmatic Music'.

New book chapter by MTI²'s Leigh Landy

A new book chapter by MTI²'s Leigh Landy has recently been published:

The chapter, titled 'Hildegard Westerkamp’s Beneath the Forest Floor (1992)', appears in 'Between the Tracks: Musicians on Selected Electronic Music, edited by Miller Puckette and Kerry L. Hagan and released by the MIT Press on August 12th 2020.

"This collection of writings on electronic music goes outside the canon to analyze influential works by under-recognized musicians. The contributors, many of whom are composers and performers themselves, offer their unsung musical heroes the sort of in-depth examinations usually reserved for more well-known composers and works. They analyze music from around the world and across genders, race, nationality, and age, discussing works that range from soundscapes of rushing water and resonating pipes to compositions by algorithm. Subjects include the collaboration of performer and composer, as seen in the work of Anne La Berge, Luciano Berio and Cathy Berberian, and others; the choice by Asian composers Zhang Xiaofu and Unsuk Chin to embrace (or not) Eastern themes and styles; and how technologies used by composers created the sound of the works, as exemplified by Bülent Arel's use of voltage-control components as compositional tools and Charles Dodge's resynthesizing of the human voice."

MTI's Sam Topley among Workshop Prize winners @ NIME2020!

MTI² postgrad and adjunct Sam Topley is one of the winners of the Workshop Prize at the NIME 2020⁣ conference, for their project '10,000 Musical Instruments for a Semi-Connected World':

This year’s ‘New Interfaces for Musical Expression’ conference was hosted online by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.⁣

Topley collaborated with 8 artist/researchers from universities around the U.K. and Europe, to co-author and facilitate a workshop for the conference participants. ⁣The aim was to design and catalogue 10,000 absurd and fictional musical instruments, as a playful and unconventional approach to advancing the debate around the complex, interdisciplinary and multifaceted nature of contemporary musical instruments. ⁣
Topley's contributions included a “Build Your Own Lockdown Organ” – a handmade musical instrument constructed out of panic-bought toilet roll tubes – and a “Carpet Sample(r)” - a stain resistant and bleach cleanable textile interface, made out of a carpet sample book.

Dave Holland's 'First Rituals' finalist @ Città di Udine

MTI² alumnus & adjunct Dave Holland was selected as one of the finalists for this year's Città di Udine competition, in the 'Electroacoustic Music' category, for his work 'First Rituals’:

EARS is back!

The ElectroAcoustic Resource Site (EARS) is back online!

The EARS site, which was coordinated by MTI and went online in 2002, is the most important online research and educational resource in the field of electroacoustic music. Unfortunately it was brought down by a cyberattack, but (with our special thanks to IReMus (Paris) and  in particular Pierre Couprie and Thomas Bottini), we are happy to report that is now back in action!

"The ElectroAcoustic Resource Site (EARS) project has been established to provide resources for those wishing to conduct research in the area of electroacoustic music studies. The EARS site takes the form of a structured Internet portal supported by extensive bibliographical tools. To aid the greater understanding of the opportunities offered by these radical forms of sound organisation, as well as their cultural impact, the project cites (or links directly to) texts, titles, abstracts, images, audio and audio-visual files and other relevant formats.

The project strives to conceive of electroacoustic music in its widest possible sense, acknowledges the interdisciplinary nature of the field, and aspires to the greatest possible breadth and inclusiveness. In the future it is hoped that there will be a form of automated information retrieval to aid in keeping the site’s bibliography up to date.

EARS received its first funding in 2001 and went online for the first time (English initial glossary and index only) in 2002. The project was originally co-ordinated at De Montfort University’s Music, Technology and Innovation Research Group (now Music, Technology and Innovation – Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2), Leicester, UK) by Leigh Landy and Simon Atkinson in collaboration with the project’s Associated Researcher, Ricardo Dal Farra, and the Research Fellows, Rob Weale and Pierre Couprie. EARS was originally supported by an internation consortium consisting of Rosemary Mountain, Marc Battier, Joel Chadabe, Martin Supper and Kenneth Fields. Its glossary translations were made by Pierre Couprie (French), Ricardo Dal Farra (Spanish), Laura Zattra (Italian) and Martin Supper (German).

It has been placed on a new platform in 2020 after surviving a cyber-attack. The platform uses Sherlock which is an engineering-research project in digital humanities bringing together different disciplines Its objective is to develop a web environment for the publication and semantic annotation of data & documentary sources to assist researchers in the constitution, confrontation & dissemination of their analytical & critical work. We would like to thank IReMus (Paris) for its support, in particular Pierre Couprie and Thomas Bottini for porting the site."

Prof. Bret Battey published in Routledge's 'Sound and Image: Aesthetics and Practices'

MTI²'s Professor of Audio-visual Composition, Bret Battey, has a chapter in the recent Routledge publication 'Sound and Image: Aesthetics and Practices':

Battey's chapter is titled 'Technique and Audiovisual Counterpoint in The Estuaries Series'.

MTI² is doubly proud, as the book's editor, Andrew Knight-Hill, in an MTI alumnus.

MTI alumna Louise Rossiter @ Ciclo de Música Electroacústica UACh 2020

MTI² alumna & adjunct Louise Rossiter's 2020 work 'Synapse' was performed earlier this summer at Ciclo de Música Electroacústica UACh 2020 in Chile, in a concert that is available for listening online:

"Synapse is the fifth work completed as part of the Der Industriepalast suite, and is based upon Fritz Kahn’s infographic titled ‘Is the nervous system an electrical system?” (1939). The infographic represents the function of a synapse – the structure that permits a neuron to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another neuron or target cell. In his infographic, Kahn compares the synapse to an electrical generator– highly appropriate given the function of synapses in generating electricity, and transporting it around the body through neuro-transmission."

MTI's John Young keynote @ CRiSAP's 'Audio Testimonies Symposium', July 2-3

MTI²'s Prof. John Young is one of the invited keynote speakers at the Audio Testimonies Symposium, organised by CRiSAP (Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice) at the University of the Arts London, which will take place this week Thursday July 2nd and Friday July 3rd:

"An online Symposium organised in collaboration with Emerge, Bournemouth University, led by Dr Thomas Gardner  and Dr Panos Amelidis

2 & 3 July 2020, 10:00 – 17:00 BST

This symposium considers the place of Audio Testimonies in artistic practice, and will explore the ways in which artists use sound to enable new forms of testimony, and create new artistic configurations, which engage public consciousness. 

Key note speakers: Amy Wlodarski and John Young

Audio Testimonies aims to open a discussion on this topic and form the start of a network which will continue exploration of these themes. It will do so through a two days of presentations focusing on particular works and via a social activity of collectively making audio testimony."

This event is part of 'Un-Earthed: A  festival of listening and environment':

"A critical celebration of our relationships with the environments that we share with other people and other species.

An ongoing series of events inviting both serious and more playful interrogations of current sound and listening practices and how they might help us reconsider our evolving relationships with other species, the built environment, truth and each other."

Today! MTI's Anna Xambó gives keynote @ SMC 2020

MTI's Anna Xambó will be giving a keynote TODAY, Wednesday June 24th, at the 2020 Sound and Music Computing conference, which this year is taking place online:

The conference runs from June 24th to 26th - full programme available here:

Anna's keynote will be on the topic 'Collaborative/Participatory Music Experiences: A Dialogue Between SMC and HCI':

"Music has been a topic of inspiration in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) since its beginning in the 1970s-1980s. SMC has borrowed HCI methods and theories as part of its agenda since its inception. In this keynote presentation, I will reflect on how HCI has inspired my SMC work, focusing on the creation of new collaborative and participatory experiences for music performance. I will present several projects that showcase different interaction approaches to digital musical instrument design: tangible, mobile, wearable, and laptop-based interactions. In turn, I will discuss the implications for the two fields. Looking forward, we will see how both fields are evolving rapidly and adapting to new socio-technical changes, such as the control of AI, the ubiquitous digital interfaces, and the worldwide hyper-connectivity, to name a few. I will consider how these transformations are shaping new music experiences for collaboration and participation, as well as the potential synergies with HCI perspectives that incorporate ideas from feminism, decolonisation, and sustainability, among others."

This Friday: MTI postgrad Sam Topley @ 'CEREMONY: Observances in Sound & Vision'

This Friday June 26th MTI postgrad Sam Topley will be participating in the Digital Arts Leicester 2020 event 'CEREMONY : observances in sound & vision':

This curated event features Leicester-based musicians and visual artists, with performance and discussion of new work made exclusively for Digital Arts Leicester 2020.

Sam will be sharing some of the projects she has been developing at home during lockdown.

Friday June 26th 2020
8pm Stream + Live Chat
(Please sign up for 'ticket' on FB for link details)

Sam Topley is a sound artist from Leicester, UK. She works with textiles to create new electronic musical instruments and interactive sound art work. For Digital Arts Leicester, Sam will present and demonstrate her latest projects in development, including a pompom musical instruments and interactive embroidery.

MTI undergrad alum Connor Snape wins @ 2020 RTS Student Awards

MTI undergrad alumnus Connor Snape has won the award for 'Craft Skills: Sound' at the 2020 Royal Television Society (RTS) Student Awards, for the short film 'Paranoia', which he worked on in collaboration with DMU Animation student Katherine Lindhorst as part of his final year of studies:

"Paranoia is a body, surreal and psychological horror animation following a woman and her descent into madness after she discovers she is being secretly watched in her home."

'Nocturne' feat. MTI's Simon Atkinson @ Screen Dance Scotland, Sat. June 20th

'Nocturne', a dance film collaboration between Kerry Francksen, Laura McGregor, and MTI's Simon Atkinson, will be screened online on Saturday June 20th at 5pm, as part of the UK Awards Screening at Screen Dance Scotland's 2020 Festival:

"Embraced by sound and obscured by a sense of infinite darkness, the form of the dancer’s body slowly becomes visible as she begins to move closer to the edges of the light. Absorbed by the physicality of her movements, she is gradually illuminated in warmth as she teeter’s at the borders of our worlds."

MTI alumnus Amit Patel performs in IKLECTIK's [off-site] series

MTI alumnus & adjunct Amit Patel recently performed as part of IKLECTIK's [off-site] series, which can be viewed online here:

"Dushume - Lockdown Noise

Undisturbed, mangled and discarded recordings from the archives will be unearthed to coalesce with thumping and erratic grooves of the Radical Nails sound-making object. Sounds will cook through extreme live performance, and by improvising with the studio recordings/turntables through ad-hoc extended DJ techniques. Extensive re-editing approaches of sounds from a range of differing spectrums are intertwined and mashed-up; expect a buffet of experimental harsh sounds, pulses, noise, drones, clicks, rhythms and bass. Fundamentally, anticipating the result in form of a mixtape to reference and playback on demand at a later date."

Sound Junction online, featuring MTI alumna Louise Rossiter

Back in April, the University of Sheffield Sound Studios were ahead of the curve and moved their spring Sound Junction concert online. The results were a great success, and included works by MTI alumna & adjunct Louise Rossiter, as well as USSS stars including Adrian Moore, Adam Stanović, Chris Bevan, Dimitrios Savva, and plenty more.

The concert remains online, for your listening pleasure:

Simon Emmerson featured guest at BEAST FEaST 2020, & MTI alumni

MTI's Prof. Simon Emmerson was the featured guest at BEAST FEaST 2020.

This year's BEAST FEaST moved online due to the shutdown, with concerts etc. streaming online, much of which is now available for your listening pleasure:

Info & concert programmes:

Conversation with Simon Emmerson & Christopher Haworth:

Concerts for playback:

Concert 1 includes Simon Emmerson's 'Memory Machine', as well as work by MTI alumnus Andrew Knight-Hill:

Concert 2 featured Simon Emmerson's 'Wind, Clouds, Showers'.

Concert 4 includes Simon Emmerson's 'Aeolian':

Concert 5 includes the latest work by MTI alumnus & adjunct Rick Nance, 'Tearing Up':

Concert 6 includes the latest work by MTI alumna Louise Rossiter, 'Neuronen':

Concert 8 includes MTI alumnus Dushume's 'Goaersing':

Now available online: Simon Emmerson on BBC Radio 3

Simon Emmerson's appearance on BBC Radio 3's New Music Show this past Saturday May 16th is now available for listening online, until June 13th:

This includes an interview with Robert Worby, as well as three of Emmerson's works:

'Ophelia's Dream II'
'Piano Piece IV'
'Stringscape' well as works by James Tenney, Roger Smalley, Georges Aphergis, and plenty more.

Sat. May 16th: Simon Emmerson on Radio 3

MTI's Prof. Simon Emmerson was interviewed recently by Robert Worby for the New Music Show on Radio 3, which will be broadcast tomorrow Saturday May 16th at 22:00 - do tune in:

EMS20 conference postponed to 2021

After careful consideration and accepting our new unfortunate reality for what it is, the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network Directors along with the Scientific Committee for EMS20 have taken the decision to move EMS20 to EMS21 which will take place in June 2021, dates to be determined.

All proposals that have been/will be accepted for EMS20 will automatically be accepted for EMS21. Nonetheless, we shall send out a call, as always, for new submissions sometime this autumn, assuming that a semblance of normal life has returned. The conference theme and breadth of thematic subjects will not be altered.

All information will be made available on the EMS Network site:

On behalf of all of us, we wish you all great strength and good health during this unique and anguishing period.

Works by John Young & James Andean to be performed in Brussels

Works by MTI²'s John Young and James Andean will be performed in Belgium, as part of the Influx - Musiques & Recherches concert 'Premiers de cordée', presenting award-winning works from competitions over the last couple of years:

Premiers de cordée / Influx / Lauréats concours internationaux
Wednesday March 18th 2020
Le Senghor, Brussels
PAF : 12 /10 euros
Coproduction : Influx - Musiques & Recherches/ Le Senghor
Réservations :

This Thursday: EMS20 proposal deadline!

This week Thursday, February 20th, is the deadline for paper proposals for the 2020 EMS conference, hosted this coming June by MTI²!

Next June MTI will be hosting the 2020 EMS conference. The call for proposals is out, on the theme 'Future Directions of Electroacoustic Music Studies' - deadline for submissions February 20th:

Call for proposals:

Electroacoustic Music Studies Network conference:
Future Directions of Electroacoustic Music Studies

Music, Technology and Innovation – Institute for Sonic Creativity (MTI2)
De Montfort University, Leicester UK
Wed. 17 – Sat. 20 June 2020

Deadline for paper submission: 20 February 2020

Celebrating 20 years of Music, Technology & Innovation at De Montfort University, and 25 years of the ‘Organised Sound’ journal, 2020 is an opportune moment to investigate the state of our field and, perhaps more importantly, look to the future. As sonic creativity continues to develop rapidly, its field of study is arguably still in search of itself. Are we suffering from the old adage that music cannot be studied until it has existed for a long time? Or perhaps from our field being too interdisciplinary in nature?

EMS20 seeks to present, alongside up-to-date research results, a number of papers investigating how today’s and tomorrow’s specialists expect this important field to evolve. Will it settle in as a contemporary sub-area of musicology? Or will it find its own foci of scholarly endeavour thanks to the fact that it incorporates all sounds as well as many forms of technology?

The conference is also open to other topics relevant to the history and/or contemporary practice of electroacoustic music. We encourage the submission of papers relating to any aspect of the field, including but not limited to analysis, perception, listening, terminology, composition, performance, cultural issues and education.

- What types of discourse are relevant to electroacoustic works?
- Which analytical methods are currently being developed?
- Can one adapt existent analytical methods of music to electroacoustic works, many of which involve no prescriptive notation?
- How can we further develop the field of study of electroacoustic musics?

Transcription and representation of sound, new audio-visual tools:
- How are analytical tools being produced and disseminated in the community?
- Which means are available for communicating this sonic art form through symbolic and graphic representations?
- Does the study of electroacoustic musics require specifically designed tools or can it take advantage of methods conceived for other musics?

Taxonomy, terminology - 'meaningful' units of music description:
- Which systems of classification are in use or should be developed?
- How can we become more consistent in our use of terminology in a field as dynamic as electroacoustic music?

Real-time music making:
- How can live performance/composition strategies be analysed
- What is 'live' electronic music?

Performance, presentation, dissemination:
- What is the 'work'?
- New presentation spaces, technologies.
- Aesthetical and musical issues raised by Internet communities, group compositions, telematics and performances.

Listening, Intention-Reception
- Issues of perception and interpretation.
- How do the composer's intentions relate to what is perceived?

Semiotics/semiology, 'meaning':
- What (and how) do different electroacoustic music genres express?

Soundscape, sound ecology:
- Analytical tools for the understanding of soundscapes.
- New approaches to sound ecology, sonification, sound environment.

Genres/styles, 'languages':
- Questions of unity, diversity, plurality, multicultural resources, polystyle, hybridisation, 'local music'.

Gender issues:
- Have gender balances shifted since the early days?
- The relationship between technology/electroacoustic music and gender.
- Unrecognised contributions: revising history.

Research on history of electroacoustic music:
- Research on historical documentation.
- Studies on the genesis, development and activities of private and public studios.
- How can and should we revise history?

Socio-cultural issues:
- What are the socio-cultural ramifications of electroacoustic music?

- Curriculum design.
- Balance between theory and practice, general and specific approaches.
- Real-time and interaction versus fixed medium and studio techniques.
- Teaching material: how to select it, and language issues.

Caution: Participants are discouraged from submitting proposals focusing on their own compositions as well as those discussing the development of new technological resources for musical application that have a better home at events such as ICMC.

Deadline for submissions: 20 February 2020

All approved/presented papers will be published on the EMS site that has an ISSN number.

MTI alumna Louise Rossiter @ 'Electric Spring', ECA, & BBC Radio 3

MTI alumna Louise Rossiter's Music-Bodies-Machines project is receiving much well-deserved attention:

- On 20th February, Louise will be a featured artist at the Electric Spring festival in Huddersfield, playing the 'suite' plus the premiere of the latest work, Synapse

- Also on 20th February, Neuronen will be performed in the Musica Nova prize winner concert in Edinburgh:

- Following Radio 3's interest in music from MTI's Convergence conference/festival, Louise's Homo Machina is featuring on that station's New Music show on 22nd February:

'Simon Emmerson @ 70' concert, City University

On Tuesday February 11th, City University will be hosting a concert celebrating 70 years of MTI's Prof. Simon Emmerson:

"Simon Emmerson, pioneering electronic music and founder of City's sound studios, returns to City with a programme including two of his recent works for instruments and electronics, in celebration of his 70th year. The programme will also include music by Roger Smalley, whose early works were a key influence on Emmerson's own music."

Article on MTI's latest doctoral graduate, Amit Patel

A lovely article spotlighting MTI's latest doctoral graduate, Amit Patel:

Seventeen years ago Amit Patel took his first steps towards studying music at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) - today he is graduating with a PhD.

“At first, I was worried I would be too old when I finished my PhD, but I’m so glad I took the plunge and did it,” said the 35-year-old from Leicester.

“I’ve met so many great people during my time at DMU and have felt part of a family, which has supported me through big life changes like getting married and buying a house. Graduating one last time will be bittersweet.”

Back in 2003, Amit was a passionate DJ working in a record shop who wanted to underpin his music industry experience with academic qualifications.

He was advised by DMU’s Dr Simon Atkinson to develop his skills first by embarking on an HND in Music, Technology and Innovation, now offered as a two-year Music Technology Foundation through Leicester College.

Finishing the foundation programme in 2005 granted Amit sought-after access onto the second year of DMU’s Creative Music Technology degree.

He said: “I couldn’t, and still can’t, read or write traditional music. I was anxious that this would hold me back, but I felt really welcome on the degree programme.

“The degree pushes you to think beyond your potential, being innovative and experimental, and by using technology and sounds to make music. I really enjoyed it and I feel like it expanded my mind both culturally and musically.”

Amit also had the chance to broaden his horizons through DMU Global, the university’s international experience programme. This included taking up a week-long residency at Stockholm’s Royal College of Music (KMH), the oldest and most prestigious institution of its kind in Sweden.

“Making music in different settings, meeting talented people and sharing ideas has been very enriching,” he said.

Getting to work with and perform for Chinese musician and poet Yan Jun, known for his improvised and experimental music, field recording and writing, was another DMU highlight for Amit.

With a growing interest in the problem-solving and research aspect of his degree, Amit then enrolled on DMU’s Music, Technology and Innovation MA. His research and practice involved using the turntable as an instrument with which to create music.

After graduating with an MA in 2008, he took a break from education. However, as a significant contributor to the Dirty Electronics Ensemble - directed by his mentor and research supervisor at DMU Dr John Richards - Amit maintained close ties with the university.

In 2013, he returned to take on a PhD, exploring the development of a holistic practice from what have been previously been seen as three separate activities: DIY electronic instrument making, sound studio practice and live electronics.

He said: “Traditionally, these activities take place in very specific spaces. But I explored free movement between them, subverting them to show that instruments can be built in the studio and recordings can be made on the workbench.”

Amit chose to study at DMU after visiting campus on an Open Day. As well as being local, he was impressed with the facilities and thought the course offered a more ‘open, different and unique’ perspective than others around the country.

What is it that kept him coming back over the years? “I’ve always been so inspired by the lecturers. They practice what they preach as they are all active musicians as well as educators,” he said.

“Also, the Music, Technology and Innovation – Institute for Sonic Creativity at DMU has an excellent research profile. Doing a PhD has helped me to grow in a formal way, pulling all my creative ideas together.”

Leigh Landy & John Richards at 'Sonic Experiments: Telematics' @ ZKM

Leigh Landy and John Richards took part in 'Sonic Experiments: Telematics' at ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany in December, which included live-performances, installations, symposium and workshops. The event was part the EU interfaces project exploring telematic art and network performance.

Richards gave a presentation on the telematic events co-initiated by DMU and the Onassis Cultural Centre (OCC), Athens, and his work developing a low-cost, stand-alone solution to network performance using readily available technology. He also conducted a workshop with a mixture of students and artists in which they built their own network instrument.

Landy was an invited panel member alongside Elisabeth Zimmermann (Kunstradio, Ö1/ORF, Vienna), Luka Frelih (Ljudmila, Slovenia) and Yannick Hofmann (ZKM) as part of a discussion on the field of telematic performance and its development.

John Richards awarded Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation grant

MTI's John Richards has been awarded a Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation grant of £8000 to support research between DMU, Newcastle University and Tama Art University, Tokyo exploring the theme of Raw Data, Rough Mix within the context of sound, interactive and performance-installation art. The research will involve making in public, performance and a dual language publication. The researchers will also perform as a curated event in Tokyo, Osaka, London, Leicester and Newcastle.

Dave Holland's 'First Rituals' selected for RMN Classical

Dave Holland's electroacoustic work 'First Rituals' is among the winners of RMN Classical's 2020 Call for Works:

"RMN Classical is honoured to announce the Winners and Selected Composers of the Call for Electroacoustic Works 2020, a project launched to discover composers that use technology to generate, transform, manipulate and create new sounds and compositions.

The number of the compositions received for this Call was very high, and the works, submitted from all over the world, of very high quality and level. We were pleased to discover so many new interesting ideas and sound investigations.

After a challenging selection process, the following works have been selected to be included in a new album that will be produced by RMN Classical:

Marco Dibeltulu, “Quadri degli Elementi”
Jason Fick, “Junktures”
David Holland, “First Rituals”
Filipe Leitao, “Isaac World”
Gráinne Mulvey, “The Shoulder”
Anna Vassiliadis, “Religious Transformation”

Once more, our biggest Congratulations to all the winners for their success and we also want to deeply and truly thank all the skilled and brilliant composers who took part in this project for their incredible works."