October 3rd, 2012
It gives us great pleasure to announce two new PhDs were born in 2012.
Sean Williams was the first ever student to graduate from our PhD in Creative Music Practice . Supervised by Martin Parker and Simon Frith, the research “Electronic music instrument practice and the mechanisms of influence between technical design, performance practice and composition“, included detailed case studies of both King Tubby’s and Stockahusen’s music, methods and technologies alongside a portfolio of original practice that ranged from analogue tape music composition, through to a recording of a short work for wax cylinder. Sean is now a Leverhulme scholar attached to the Reid School of Music here in Edinburgh.
Vangelis Lympouridis‘ PhD was produced collaboration with the SPECKLED Computing Group in Informatics and was supervised by Martin Parker and D.K. Arvind. Vangelis’ thesis included a portfolio of experimental work with dancers, yoga practitioners and a Flamenco dancer along with a written submission explored in detail “Design Strategies for Whole Body Interactive Performance Systems“. Vangelis is now based in the US working at the University of South California, based at the Interactive Media Division in the School of Cinematic Arts.
May 21st, 2012
Photo by Jakub Gloser
We teamed up with the Red Note Ensemble for a special edition of Noisy Nights at the Jam House, Edinburgh. The Inventor Composer Coaction was a long-term project, designed to facilitate collaboration between composers and developers of bespoke digital or electronic instruments, for the creation of new music. We paired seven postgraduate composers from the University of Edinburgh (Jessica Aslan, Lauren Sarah Hayes, Stuart MacRae, Christos Michalakos, Shiori Usui, Harry Whalley & Richard Worth) with seven new digital instruments, designed by Marco Donnarumma (University of Edinburgh), Oli Larkin (University of Leeds), John Matthias (University of Plymouth), Adam Place (Bristol), Diemo Schwarz (IRCAM, Paris) & Ed Wright (University of Bangor). Details of the project at: www.inventorcomposer.net
March 21st, 2012
The most recent edition of Danish music magazine Seismograf
takes a look at the theme of instrument making. Rasmus Holmboe
has written an insightful article which ties my own work into the piano-rich history of instrument exploration.
Original article: http://seismograf.org/artikel/klaverets-tunge-tradition
Click here for a crude translation if your Danish isn’t up to scratch!
March 6th, 2012
Dialogues Festival and fiennes.org present Tom Challenger’s Ma (Loop Records) | NeWt (F-IRE Collective) | TR-I/O-FON. Elliptical sabar-influenced broken grooves and brave new world synth scapes | byzantine boppish melodies | fractured dub bricollage.
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/3038509263 or http://www.thebongoclub.co.uk/- £8/£5 in advance. M.O.T.D.
The Bongo Club. 7pm – 10pm. Sat May 12th.
Facebook event page:
More details and audio etc will be posted on http://www.dialogues-festival.org/2012/Ma
March 3rd, 2012
New publication: Hayes, L & Michalakos, C.
Imposing a Networked Vibrotactile Communication System for Improvisational Suggestion
in Organised Sound, Volume 17, Networked Electroacoustic Music. Cambridge University Press.
February 23rd, 2012
Performing at Georgia Tech, US
The Xth Sense (XS), has been awarded the first prize at the Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition as “the world’s most innovative new musical instrument.”
The XS is a novel, biophysical wearable technology for musical performance and responsive milieux being developed by Marco Donnarumma at the SLE, Sound Lab Edinburgh. It consists of a free and open framework of hardware and software that reacts and interacts with the vibrations of muscle tissue.
The GNMIC is an annual event to find the world’s best new ideas in musicality, design, and engineering.
It takes place at Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, Atlanta, US.
This critically acclaimed event seeks to provide a fertile platform for the advancement of the studies on New Musical Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME)
The Xth Sense is a free and open project; release for public use is scheduled in April 2012.
Please, visit this webpage for further information.
December 13th, 2011
Sean Williams has been awarded funding by the DAAD for three months research in Germany in 2012 on the electronic instruments and sound projection equipment used by the Stockhausen Ensemble from 1964 to 1975.
December 12th, 2011
Christos Michalakos and Lauren Sarah Hayes will give the lunchtime concert in the Sonic Lab, SARC, Queen’s University Belfast, 23rd February 2011. Details to follow!
December 12th, 2011
It was fantastic to spend a full week at the Elektron Music Studion in Södermalm, Stockholm. Mats Lindström is the director. I worked in Studio 4 with the Buchla 200 system. A few more pictures here. This was followed by a live radio broadcast of kontroll on Swedish radio station P2 available here. The show is called Monitor, produced by Erik Mikael Karlsson and Lisa Wall, and plays a great range of new music and sound art. Erik and Mats have both performed at Soundings in Edinburgh years ago. It would be great to see them back in Edinburgh again!
November 21st, 2011
Frrriction is a new solo improvised work by Christos Michalakos, exploring the possibilities the electronically augmented drum kit.
It is available here