Louise Rossiter Selected for Weimar Workshop

Doctoral student Louise Rossiter has been selected as one of eight participants in a four-day workshop at the Studio für elektroakustische Musik at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar.

The jury selected the following eight composers to attend the workshop and present their work in Weimar.  The event is organised by Robin Minard and will include tuition from Francis Dhomont. One person will be selected at the end for a 3-month residency at the Hochschule.

Adam Basanta : Canada
Robert Bentall : Ireland
Ana Dall'Ara-Majek : Canada
Takuto Fukuda : Japan / Austria
Simon Pérez : Argentina
Martine Louise Rossiter : UK
Sam Salem : UK
Dimetrio Savva : Cyprus / UK

Dirty Electronics with the Royal Academy of Music

Tuesday 25 June @ The Forge, Camden, London
Main Room
7:00 PM
Price: £9/7 online; £10/8 on the door

Superconducting looks at the bare bones of electronic sound through the construction of DIY pick-ups, amplifiers and paper loudspeakers, and how these, what could be considered, raw materials can be explored through composition and performance. The piece also looks at the intersection between electronic and acoustic sound, and mechanical processes and performance. Copper coils and magnets are used to create, not only pick-ups, but also vibration speakers that are attached to large sheets of paper that resonate. Preparing the paper - dampening, using different sizes, shapes and positions in the room - produces a range of timbres and sound characteristics. The transistor is also explored as the basic building block for an amplifier.

Dirty Electronics Sonar 20th Anniversary Synth

John Richards and MTI post-graduate Jim Frize have created a hand-held synth for Sonar International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art. The Dirty Electronics Sonar 20th Anniversary Synth is an ultra minimal pocket-sized synth, black finished with silver-plated etched Sonar logo. The synth is a analogue digital hybrid that comes with pre-written sequenced patterns that can be either listened to in their own right or ‘played’ (mashed-up, parts of the sequence looped, tempo changed, noise and feedback added, etc.). The synth is played by running fingers across the letters of the Sonar logo. Bit bashing meets analogue noise and crumpled grooves.

Workshops were held over a weekend at the new Sonar by Day venue where over a hundred people took part in building the synth with large audiences watching and listening to the results. Sonar saw a record breaking number of 120,000 attendees at the Festival along with a headline performance from Kraftwerk.