Miriam Akkerman / University of the Arts, Berlin: Seminar and Installation

Miriam Akkerman, a PhD student from University of the Arts, Berlin, will be visiting us next week on an Erasmus exchange. Miriam is an instrumentalist, composer, and sound artist, with work ranging from live electronics to installation art.

Thursday, Feb 28
MTI Research Lab (Clephan 0.19)

12:30-1:30 — Research Seminar: "Between Algorithm and Composition. David Wessel, Karlheinz Essl and Georg Hajdu"

2:00-3:00 — Presentation and discussion of an installation artwork "Info Wall" with the MUST3028 Installation Art class and all others interested

For more information on Miriam's work, see www.miriam-akkermann.de.

PhD Studentship Available (Closing date 15 Mar 2013)

A PhD research studentship covering stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre (MTI-RC), working with an internationally recognised research team that is known for its artistic work within the field of sonic arts/electroacoustic music composition and related field of scholarship, electroacoustic music studies. It is available to suitably qualified UK or EU students.

The PhD project will focus on scholarly research and artistic production based on the combination of music and technology. Applicants will be accepted in areas of interest reflecting areas of expertise of the MTI-RC staff (see www.mti.dmu.ac.uk) including, but not limited to: compositional and performance approaches to electroacoustic music, including audio-visual, public art/alternative spaces, installation art and interactivity-related (e.g., performance interfaces) applications; and scholarly work related to electroacoustic music studies, such as analysis, socio-cultural aspects and signification issues. Furthermore, given our large-scale collaboration with DMU’s Centre for Enhanced Learning through Technology (CELT) and Educational studies subject area, proposals related to electroacoustic music and access would also be welcome.

For a more detailed description of the studentship project please contact Prof. Leigh Landy on +44/(0)116 257 7956 or email llandy@dmu.ac.uk.

This research opportunity builds on our excellent past achievements and looking forward to REF2014 and beyond. It will develop the university’s research capacity into new and evolving areas of study, enhancing DMU’s national and international research partnerships.

Applications are invited from UK or EU students with a good first degree (First, 2:1 or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study starting October 2013 and provide a bursary of £13,770 pa in addition to university tuition fees.

To receive an application pack, please contact the Graduate School Office via email at researchstudents@dmu.ac.uk. Completed applications should be returned together with two supporting references.

Please quote ref:  DMU Research Scholarships 2013

CLOSING DATE:  Friday 15th March 2013

International Composing with Sounds Concert

New Media Events 2012-2013
Cultural Exchanges Festival 2013

Composing with Sounds
Wednesday 27th February 2013, 6.30-7.30pm
PACE Building, Studio 1, Richmond St., Leicester

The "Composing with Sounds" project is an initiative led by the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre De Montfort University and supported by an EU Culture grant with five partners throughout Europe: INA/GRM (Paris, F), ZKM (Karlsruhe, D), NOTAM (Oslo, N) and associate partners Miso Music (Cascais, P) and the Ionian University (Corfu, GR). An innovative software tool Compose with Sounds has been developed and taken into schools, introducing the possibilities of making music with sounds to young people, especially at KS3 (11-14) across Europe. This concert is one of many to take place between January and April in the six participating countries. It involves primarily pairs of works often using the same sound materials, one made by a student and one by a professional composer. Tonight’s concert includes work from the countries of the four main partners.
A two-day workshop was held in Germany in December. Pairs of participants created short works, all of them studies. For this concert, three of these were chosen and will be played without pause.
Nora Burkhardt, Jara Kullick – No Title – 1’05
Lilli Roser, Lea Mara Nikolai – No Title – 0’54
& Thea Heck, Lena Eisenhut  – No Title – 2’45 
14 Students – Year 6 Kringler-Slattum Elementary School (outside of Oslo) Winter Sound (Vinterlyd) 6’
Gyrid Nordal Kaldestad Sketches of Faust 6’30 (NOTAM commission)
15 students following the sonic arts option – aged 15 – led by Sylvain Labartette and Eric Broitmann at the Lycée Général Georges Brassens Concrètement Féminin (Concretely Feminine) 4’30
Florian Sulpice C’est Wiizzz!!! 3’45
Roger Cochini Retour aux Sources (Return to the Sources) 5’30 (GRM Commission)
Works been composed using a collection of Compose with Sounds ‘Soundcards’ (recordings) that were made in external locations, both urban and rural environments and schools in Leicester.
Joseph Deeping Paradox 3’
Andrew Hill Abstracted Journeys 5’ (DMU/MTI Commission)
Leshaun Kiaya Blake-Rodrigues Beautiful Things 2’
Duncan Chapman … but the kitchen sink 5’ (DMU/MTI Commission)

Luca Forcucci Sub Rosa Release and Shanghai Sound Installation

Doctoral student Luca Forcucci is releasing a record on Subrosa with field recordings from San Francisco. This is part of the New Series Framework collection opus 13 & 14, featuring Xopher Davidson + Zbigniew Karkowski: Processor and Luca Forcucci: Fog Horns.

His sound installation INTERSTICES shows for two weeks, starting the 25th of February, at the Bazaar Compatible, an exhibition space in the middle of a market in Shanghai.

Visible Bits, Audible Bytes: Audio-visual Concert & Symposium Wednesday 13th February

Wednesday February 13th, 2013
Phoenix Square (Film & Digital Media)

Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG

Visible Bits, Audible Bytes

Seminar: 3pm – 5pm

Concert & screening: 6.30pm - 8pm

Location: Phoenix seminar rooms and cinema
Concert tickets: £5 (£3 conc.) - seminar free entry
Call the box office on 0116 242 2800 to reserve your free place on the afternoon seminar or to book a ticket for the concert - or book online (http://phoenix.org.uk/)

Visible Bits, Audible Bytes presents a series of talks and a concert of experimental film and audio-visual works that champion the soundtrack and explore the relationship between sound and the moving image. An afternoon seminar brings together three of the UK's leading practitioners to discuss their current work in restoring, creating and performing audio-visual works - Dr Joseph Hyde, Bath Spa University; Dr Mick Grierson, Goldsmiths College University of London; Dr Louise Harris, Kingston University. This is followed by a concert screening of works, curated to demonstrate the historical legacy of sound and image practice, bringing contemporary works and those from the BFI archives together in a diverse and rich programme.

Perpetual Motion (2011) - Andrew Hill
Trade Tattoo (1936) - Len Lye
Cs2 (2013) - Louise Harris
Delusions of Alien Control - Mick Grierson [Live Performance]
End Transmission (2012) - Jo Hyde
In Absentia (2000) - Quay Brothers & Karlheinz Stockhausen

The event has been curated by the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre (De Montfort University), in partnership with Phoenix. The afternoon talks are free and will take place in the Courtyard Rooms between 3-5pm. The concert screening will take place in Screen Two from 6.30pm.