Call for papers: ‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ International Conference

‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ International Conference
Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre,
De Montfort University, Leicester UK
21-23 September 2018

‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ is a three-day international conference which is intended to bring together community artists and other musicians, educators, animateurs, specialists within music and other cultural organisations, government policy representatives and representatives from cross-cultural projects who are involved with initiatives related to the conference title. Of course, project participants, non-academics and others are most welcome.

By ‘new music’ what is meant is original innovative works of music, including the sonic arts, which largely reside outside of the commercial sector. The goal is to share and debate different forms of good practice relating to how new music can be used as the means of engaging with new communities and ways through which new music can reach underrepresented communities.

The conference will focus on a selection of community arts and pedagogical initiatives related to participation and community-action. It will offer diverse workshops and performances and introduce conference participants to a wide range of programmes within this area. Subjects will include, but not be limited to:
• Educational initiatives
• Working with community organisations
• The musical equivalent of public art
• Interculturalism
• Ways of effectively and robustly measuring/evaluating impact and research projects regarding the above.

The project website, under construction, can be found at This conference forms part of the ‘Interfaces’ Creative European project ( It is related to the ‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ resource site – currently under construction and to be announced shortly – which is to offer information regarding good practice in outreach initiatives around the globe. All interested parties are welcome to send their work to that hub at any time once made available.

Invited speakers will include Susanna Eastburn, currently Chief Executive of Sound and Music (UK).

Conference fees will be: £60 / £30 (students and those on a lower income) for all three days, £25 / £12.50 for one day.

The deadline for proposals (papers, workshops, demonstrations, sharings/performances) is 15 March 2018. Papers are to be of 20’ duration with 10’ for questions and discussion. Proposals for workshops, demonstrations and sharing of project work/performances will indicate how much time these would last and the technical infrastructure needed in terms of their presentation. Proposals should include a title and extended abstract of up to 1500 words as well as a CV/Bio (two pages maximum) including relevant publications, projects, works or equivalent.

Submissions and general queries should be sent to the conference coordinator, Leigh Landy:

Friday in Helsinki: Premiere of James Andean's guitar quartet 'be-mai peligei'

Friday December 8th in Helsinki will be the premiere of a new guitar quartet composition, 'be-mai peligei', by MTI's James Andean, together with works by Clara de Asís and Ilia Belorukov:

Lauri Hyvärinen, Jukka Kääriäinen, Sigurdur Rögnvaldsson & Juhani Grönroos
Galleria AKUSMATA, Helsinki, 7pm

Bret Battey's 'Estuaries 2' @ MAtera INtermedia Festival in Italy

On Tuesday, December 5th, MTI Professor Bret Battey​'s audiovisual work 'Estuaries 2' will be part of the MA/IN 2017 MAtera INtermedia Festival​:

MTI Prof. John Young presentation on "Sounding Memory, Sounding Imagination"

On Wednesday November 29th, MTI Prof. John Young will give a presentation at the Leicester Media School research seminar, titled "Sounding Memory, Sounding Imagination":

"Sound recording gives composers scope to engage creatively with the entirety of the sonic world—from sounds already around us in nature and culture to new forms of artistic experience created through digital synthesis, transformation and spatialisation. Whilst artistically liberating this also raises deep problems of how to navigate meaningfully through such virtual creative freedom. John will look at the content of this technologically-enabled artistic landscape from both media arts and musical perspectives. Examples from his practice-based work with oral history recordings will be used to illustrative possible solutions to some of the aesthetic issues raised."

Wednesday November 29th, 4pm, Gatehouse Building GH3.79

INTERFACES project presents: Telematic Hacking Initiative - Exposition I (opening event)

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2017-18 concert series presents:


Location: the Net/UK/Athens

***LIVE STREAM available from the Interfaces Network YouTube channel:
…or via the Dirty Electronics twitter feed:

Exposition I (opening event): 
Wednesday November 29th 2017, 19:00 (GMT)
PACE Building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Free entry

A group of leading artists exploring the materiality of the Net meet in a telematic room. Over a series of meetings a new work emerges. Tools and hardware hacks to sound the network will be investigated. The devising will be ‘televised’ online and the telepresent audience will be invited to make their own ‘instrument’ for performance. The telematic meetings will coalesce in exposition events at a set time and physical location.

Artists include:
Network Ensemble

Tim Shaw

Aram Bartholl

Dirty Electronics

Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens
Tim Ward
Yiannis Kotsonis
Orestis Plakias

Telematic hacking initiative is in partnership with Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre of De Montfort University and the Οnassis Cultural Centre Athens in the framework of the INTERFACES project supported by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

DMU will contribute to the telematics arts initiative focusing on hacking, as a particularly appropriate means of telematic performance. Many sounds from hacked instruments have unique characteristics and behaviours and do not operate in the same manner as traditional instruments. Such issues as latency in networked performance will not be seen as a detriment, but instead as part of the material nature of the Net that offers unique possibilities for making music together. DMU will work with hackers, cyber security experts and artists facilitating international collaborative works and coordinate a number of telematics events and expositions which can be seen as a live stream or later on a YouTube channel. The basic concept here is to, for example, legally hack internet routers so that they are able to sonify the movement of data across the Internet. International partners in New Zealand, China and throughout Europe will work on this project alongside the other Interfaces partners such as OCC in Greece.

The impact of this initiative may not be primarily in the large number of users within a finite amount of time, but instead, enabling the creation of a new, technology-driven form of community-based music making crossing age groups, levels of ability and cultural background possible and most importantly bringing together people from all around Europe. The community of interest will grow well beyond the end of the project’s duration.

'Making for Radio': MTI postgrads at HAMU, Prague

Post-graduates from DMU take part in an exchange with the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU) in Prague, and create new work and a public performance entitled Making for Radio for the Czech Radio to be broadcast 6 Dec.

A week-long focused project made possible by the Graduate School's Research Training Projects Fund at a major European research centre in performing arts. The HAMU is a new ERASMUS partner with the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre.

DMU Students at HAMU with Michal Rataj: Anna Björn, Katie-Jane Howard, Steve Jones, Luigi Marino, Amit Patel, Samantha Topley, Maya Verlaak

John Young's 'Apparitions' premiere at Bludenz Festival, Austria

DMU’s Professor of Composition John Young will be at the Bludenz Festival, Austria, on the weekend of 18 November for the premiere of his multichannel work Apparitions, commissioned by the Manchester-based group Distractfold.  He’ll then go on to give a presentation at the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.

MTI's Leigh Landy at Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Chengdu

MTI Research Centre leader Leigh Landy is headed to the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu for four days, discussing a possible partnership and offering two talks: one on Chinese electroacoustic music, the other on his own compositions, as well as a master class:

Bret Battey retrospective concert, keynote, and premiere at SOUND / IMAGE 2017!

On Sunday November 12th at the University of Greenwich, MTI's Prof. Bret Battey will give a Keynote talk at SOUND / IMAGE 2017, with a retrospective concert of his audiovisual works, culminating in a premiere of the third movement of his latest work: 'Estuaries'!

VCA 'Ceres' released by Creative Sources Recordings

An album of trio improvisation featuring MTI's James Andean has just been released on Portuguese label Creative Sources:

'Ceres' features a line-up of:
Marc Vilanova: saxophones
Sergio Castrillón: cello
James Andean: piano, objects, electronics

Creative Sources is known for its many excellent releases of improvisation and experimental electronic music.

Call for Papers for EMS'18

Call for papers for the 2018 Electroacoustic Music Studies, in Florence, June 20th - 23rd 2018, on the theme 'Electroacoustic Music: is it still a form of experimental music?'

In the early years of musique concrète Schaeffer proposed that this new approach was a form of experimental music. Of course, during this period and later, others were to use this term as well, meaning something slightly different. Still, the rationale that organising sounds was an innovative form of music making was clearly a logical and just thing to say.
How true is this today? Has experimentation and innovation been overtaken by skill and technique?
Today, the term electroacoustic music now encompasses a wide variety of practices and even genres. Seventy years after the birth of concrete music, it has now become very difficult to circumscribe what electroacoustic music is or can be, because it is so diversified and has so many different styles. Clearly electroacoustic music has come a long way over the last 70 years and many will clearly state that (aspects of) their work are indeed experimental.
On the other hand, there are many who have claimed, for example, that a good deal of acousmatic music has common tendencies and some even go so far to suggest that much of it sounds similar. In the field of musicology, new impulses to research are provided by various forms of technical experimentation. New musical interfaces, bio sensors, the return of hybrid synthesis and DIY devices exemplify challenges for performance studies or creative process analysis.
Has experimentalism taken a back seat to technique and, if so, is that a bad thing? Or is technique now sufficiently mature to stimulate new forms of musical experimentation?
What new forms of experimental have arisen? To what extent do new technologies and techniques allow for experimentalism in electroacoustic music? This is why the theme of EMS2018 is:

Electroacoustic Music: is it still a form of experimental music?

EMS18 proposes its community to investigate the experimental of its broad horizon of musical creativity, its dynamic or lack thereof.

Leigh Landy commission premiere on Czech Radio

Czech experimental radio art programme r{a}dio{custica} recently had a three-part celebration of its fifteen years of broadcasting, consisting of a live three-hour broadcast on Czech Radio celebrating 150 commissions that culminated in a live interview with MTIRC head Leigh Landy, followed by his  commissioned work.

A DVD celebrating these works was launched, including Landy's piece 'Mezihlas -- Přeshlas — Nahlas' (or  'Radio -- Voice — Overs’), the 150th celebration commission, as well as a segment of his interview for that commission broadcast introducing the DVD.

The 8-channel version of this work was then presented as an installation after a launch at Holešovická šachta in Prague.

"Radio – Voice – Overs combines the composer’s approach to sampling a nation’s diverse radio broadcasts with the specific rich and unique cultural offering of Czech Radio, leading to a musical work that is a mix of collage, rhythm, counterpoint, humour, earnest thought and a hint of Švankmajer-inspired surrealism. In short, this work presents Czech daily life re-composed. The piece works both at the level of heightened listening – understanding every word spoken if that is what you
want to pay attention to – and reduced listening – catching the occasional phrase, but listening to the work as organised sound. The piece seeks to take the known, tilt it ever so slightly and re-present it as
a sound-based artwork.

It is the fifth sample-based work in Landy’s radio series and follows the GRM-commissioned ‘Oo là
la radio’ (F), ‘To BBC or Not’ (UK), ZKM- commissioned ‘Radio-aktiv’ (D) and ‘China Radio Sound’ (CN, made in collaboration with conservatoire students in Shenyang) and will be followed by a pan-Irish ‘On the Eire’ later this year. 'Radio – Voice – Overs’ is the first work in the series that is made specifically for radio broadcast – an 8-channel surround sound concert version also exists – and it is also the first in the series that is, in fact, legal as Czech Radio holds the copyright on its broadcast materials whereas the other works controversially challenge copyright legislation. Some elements of the piece can be found on any nation’s broadcasts while others might be considered to be typically Czech. The series attempts to celebrate cultural diversity and our shared experiences as well as allowing individuals to make connections through samples that are meaningful to them as well as musical connections."

Leigh Landy keynote at ‘Narratives and Alternative Stories’ conference

Head of the MTIRC Leigh Landy recently gave a keynote at the two-day ‘Narratives and Alternative Stories’ interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the Performing Arts Department at the University of Chester. Titled 'What Narrative?', Landy's talk addressed the challenge of this theme in the areas of (contemporary) music and dance, closing the conference with a great deal of animated discussion.

MTI at EMS'17, Nagoya

The 2017 Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference is this week in Nagoya, Japan, on the theme of 'Communication in/through Electroacoustic Music'. With MTI well represented:

- Leigh Landy: "Cultural Identity in Electroacoustic Music: A Beijing Case Study"
- John Richards & Leigh Landy: "On the Music of Sounds and the Music of Things"
- Sven-Amin Lembke: "Triangular sound shapes: spectromorphology and its perceptual implications"

MTI postgrads past & current at ISSTA'17

MTI postgrads past and current will be presenting & performing this week at ISSTA'17 in Dundalk:

- Robin Parmar 'Atoms and Digital Audio: Epicurus meets Mika Vainio'
- Neal Spowage 'Now I’m Digital Where Is My Ritual? Investigating Post Digital Performance Objects as Totems for Agency and Ritual'
- Luca Forcucci 'Bodyscapes'
- Robin Parmar: 'Improvisation on Korg Volca (4 Mika Vainio)'

John Young's 'Three Spaces in Mid-Air' wins 2nd prize in Destellos Competition

Congratulations to MTI's John Young, whose work 'Three Spaces in Mid-Air' has received 2nd prize in this year's Destellos Competition!

Leigh Landy & John Richards guest lectures at Japanese Society for Sonic Arts

On Saturday September 1st, MTI's Leigh Landy and John Richards will give guest lectures in Tokyo at the Japanese Society for Sonic Arts:

第33回 JSSA先端芸術音楽創作学会

15:00~15:50 ゲスト講演その1

Prof. Leigh Landy (Director - Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre)
Title: In Pursuit of the Innovative and the Accessible: Some of the driving forces behind my music and my research

 Guest Speech

This talk will present the motivations related to both my work as a musician and as a scholar within the world of sonic creativity. Instead of focusing on technology and technique, it will introduce some of my ideas all of which are intended to move music forward. Issues will include: the (in)accessibility of new music; musical communication, dramaturgy and aesthetics; new musical communities; and even humour. Looking forward, John Richards’ and my new book (nearing completion), ‘On the Music of Sounds and the Music of Things’ will be discussed. In it I investigate sampling culture and John DIY or hacking culture. Together we look at what we believe are the driving forces of the innovative 21st century sonic musician.

16:00~16:50 ゲスト講演その2

Dr. John Richards (Reader in Music, De Montfort University)
Title: The Music of Things

 Guest Speech

The talk will focus on exploring making music through the fundamental exploration of electronic components, solder, wires and electricity itself. This serves as an extension to David Tudor’s idea of composing inside electronics. Musical instrument is no longer considered as a complete self-contained entity, but a collection of inter-connectable things. Making, such as DIY electronic instruments, is viewed not as a separate activity - for example, through workshops - but as a processual part of performance. From this premise, new paradigms for performance and composition of electronic music are born. Many of these ideas are summarized in my co-authored book with Leigh Landy titled ‘On the Music of Sounds and the Music of Things’ that will also be discussed.

Premiere of Leigh Landy's 'Mezihlas -- Přeshlas -- Nahlas', July 28th

The latest work by MTI's Leigh Landy – titled 'Mezihlas -- Přeshlas -- Nahlas' ('Radio--Voice--Overs') – will be premiering on Czech national radio on July 28th as part of the anniversary of Radio Atelier:

The work can be listened to here (scroll down to the bottom of the page):

'Electro-cricket' Workshop! Phoenix, Thursday July 27th

'Electro-cricket' workshop coming up for ages 8+, organised by MTI as part of the Interfaces project, co-funded by the EU's Creative Europe project!
Thursday 27 July, 12pm – 3pm, Drop–in, free

Make complex beats, rhythms, pops, clicks and chirps with the Electro-Cricket, a DIY musical instrument! Work together and build an orchestra of ‘relay-based oscillators’ then use everyday objects to amplify and change the sound of your instrument.

Free, drop in – no booking required. Please be aware that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. There may be a short wait at busy times.

The latest addition to the MTI team

Meet our most recent staff member, Mike Blow!

By way of introduction, here's a video from a recent event at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford which featured three of Mike's sound installations:

- 'Aeolus' Cabinet', a collection of sounds of the wind;

- 'The Peace Music Project' making music out of ex-military weapons control panels, and,

- 'Colony' an outdoor installation piece.

MTI alumnus wins Best Music at India's National Film Awards

MTI alumnus Tanuj Tiku has won Best Music at India's 64th National Film Awards, for his work on the film 'Leeches':

Congratulations Tanuj!

MTI presents: Garth Paine

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Wednesday June 28th 2017, 7pm, PACE

Our final event of the 2016-17 concert season: a very special concert by electroacoustic composer and former MTI member Garth Paine, currently professor of Digital Sound and Interactive Media at the School of Arts Media and Engineering and Digital Culture program at Arizona State University.

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

Art & Sound Symposium

MTI's annual Art & Sound symposium takes place Friday June 23rd & Saturday June 24th 2017! Lots of great talks, installations, performances, & more - check out the full schedule:

Art & Sound is a series of symposia funded by De Montfort University, Leicester, with a special focus on initiating discussion across disciplines and art forms, and between academics and practitioners. It aims each time to take a new theme and open up discourse amongst a greater number of the arts, welcoming contributions from both the digital and fine arts.

MTI concert in Brussels!

Next week MTI's John Young will be presenting a programme of works from (and around) the MTI, at Musiques & Recherches in Brussels.

Works by John Young, Louise Rossiter, Virginie Viel, Panos Amelides, James Andean, & Dugal McKinnon.

Looking Back – Looking Forward:  Acousmatic Music from (and around) the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University Leicester, UK

Wednesday June 21st 2017, 20:00
Project(ion) Room, Rue de Praetere, 55, B - 1180 Bruxelles

Louise Rossiter : Rift (2015) stereo, 7:25
Dugal McKinnon : Strane e Sconosciute Vie (2007) stereo 3:55
Panos Amelides : The Pain(t) stereo 6:10
James Andean : Déchirure (2013) Stereo, 7:35
Virginie Viel : Uni-vers(e) (2016) stereo, 10:12
Louise Rossiter : Tout Autour de la Montagne (2015) 9:21

John Young : Brink  (2015) 10.1 channel 13:28
John Young : Sju (1999) stereo 07:22
John Young: An Angel at Mons (2014) 16 channel, 11:56
John Young: Three Spaces in Mid-Air (2017) Stereo 10:57

MTI presents: Postgraduate Concert

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Wednesday June 14th 2017, 7pm, PACE1

A concert of works and performances by some of MTI's many fine postgraduate students, including a fond farewell performance from our most recent doctor and a return from an alumnus...

Works, performances & installations by Steve Jones, Louise Rossiter, Virginie Viel, & Visa Kuoppala

***NOTE!!! There will be a very special PRE-CONCERT PERFORMANCE by postgrad & cellist Audrey Riley before the concert, at 4:30pm in the nearby Trinity House Chapel: the world premiere performance of Emanuel Pimenta's brand new work Terra!***

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

MTI presents: The New York School - Brown, Feldman, Wolff

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

The New York School - Brown, Feldman, Wolff

Monday June 5th 2017, 7pm, PACE

Audrey Riley, cello
James Woodrow, guitar
Andrew Zolinsky, piano
Gregory Warren Wilson, violin
Sally Doughty, dance
Craig Vear, sound processing

Earle Brown, a major force in contemporary music and a leading composer of the American avant-garde since the 1950s, was associated with the experimental composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Christian Wolff who, with Brown, came to be known as the New York School.

MTI research student and cellist Audrey Riley is investigating the performance practices of the musicians and composers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. In February this year, together with colleague James Woodrow (guitar), a performance was given in Trinity Chapel at DMU of extracts from works by composers of the New York School, associated with the MCDC: Earle Brown, Christian Wolff and Morton Feldman. Audrey has gained funding from the Earle Brown Music Foundation to now present this full concert of these works.

James Woodrow is a member of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, guitarist for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Richard Alston Dance Company. They are joined by pianist Andrew Zolinsky, professor of piano at the Royal College of Music, and violinist Gregory Warren Wilson, violinist with the contemporary Rambert Dance Company.

Christian Wolff: Micro Exercises (2006)
Morton Feldman: Intersection IV (1953)
Christian Wolff: Moving Spaces (2002)
Morton Feldman: Durations (1961)
Earle Brown: From Folio and Four Systems (1952-1954)

Many thanks to the Earle Brown Music Foundation for their generous support of this project.

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

MTI on Czech Radio

MTI will be a focus of Radioatelier programme on Czech Radio this Thursday May 16th, including works by Leigh Landy, Simon Emmerson and John Richards:

Final student projects & installations

There are several events during the coming week when third years will be sharing their work from the year.  Please do come along to support them.

Monday 15 May
Untitled, James Hall, multichannel installation
** PACE Studio 1, 1.00-3.30pm **
Crack, Paul Keene, an installation involving cracking ice that reflects on melting ice caps.
** PACE Studio 2, 1.00-3.30pm **

Tuesday 16 May
Clouds, Gary Cox, an interactive multichannel installation exploring sound objects.
** PACE Studio 1, 1.00-3.30pm **

Wednesday 17 May
To Build a Wall, Nat Barlow, an installation exploring establishment and antiestablishment, culture and counterculture.
** PACE Studio 2, 1.00-3.30pm **

Thursday 18 May
Concert of Year 3 Final Performance Projects
** PACE Studio 1, 2.00-4.30pm **

Friday 19 May
Untitled, Lloyd Crowley, Loops/echoes with mobile devices
** PACE Studio 1, 12.00-1.45pm **
Forest Soundscape, Rohil Talukdar, a multichannel soundscape involving forest sounds.
** PACE Studio 1, 2.00-4.00pm **
Untitled, Bryn Hendry, an interactive installation involving tracking
** PACE Studio 2, 1.00-3.30pm **

MTI presents: TRIONYS

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Wednesday May 3rd 2017, 7pm, PACE building

For our last concert of our main 2016-17 concert series, MTI is very excited to present a concert by German instrumental/electroacoustic/experimental group TRIONYS.

Doubly excited, in fact, as the concert will include MTI Professor of Composition John Young's newest work, 'Spectral Domains', for piano, violin, percussion & electroacoustics!! Not to be missed!

Exuberantly experimental, TRIONYS break the boundaries between experimental rock, jazz and the avant-garde in a restless pursuit of new music.

Rainer Bürck, keyboards & electronics
Günter Marx, violin & electronics
Martin Bürck, gongs, percussion & electronics

John Young: Spectral Domains (piano, violin, percussion & electroacoustics)
Günter Marx: Ingviosyn (violin & electroacoustics)
Rainer Bürck: Alleluja (acousmatic)
Rainer Bürck: STRINGendo (violin & electroacoustics)
TRIONYS: Protuberanzen (piano, violin, percussion & electroacoustics)

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

MTI presents: Michal Rataj

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Wednesday April 5th 2017, 7pm, PACE

MTI is proud to present a concert by Czech composer Michal Rataj, of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague!

The concert will feature recent works for tape, live electronics, piano, & objects.

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

MTI presents: MTI goes EMC2

MTI is proud to participate in the EMC2 Festival & Conference: 'Remember the Experimental Music Catalogue', with this very special MTI concert:

MTI goes EMC2
Friday March 24th 2017, 7:30 pm, PACE

MTI staff, students, colleagues and friends, past and present, will explore some of the many connections and relationships we have developed and enjoyed with experimental music over the years.

Works and/or performances by Leigh Landy, John Richards, James Andean, Neal Spowage, Maya Verlaak, Thomas Iliffe, Audrey Riley, Visa Kuoppala, Chris Hobbs, Sam Topley, Rick Nance, & Oliver Farrow.

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7:30pm

Note: concert is free to DMU students & staff, and to conference participants; other interested concert-goers will be expected to pay the conference fee. More info here:

EMC2 Festival & Conference:²/

Interview with MTI's John Richards

Palmsounds has published an interview with John Richards, MTI Reader in Music, on the launch of his new Polytik Synths:

MTI presents: Postgraduate Concert

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Wednesday March 22nd 2017, 7pm, PACE building

A concert of works and performances by some of MTI's many fine postgraduate students, including:

Maya Verlaak
Audrey Riley
Si Waite
Jim Frize
Susanne Grunewald

...& more!

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

MTI presents: Thieke/Marino duo

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17#LoveInternational concert series presents:

Thursday March 16th, 2017
7pm, PACE

Michael Thieke – clarinets
Luigi Marino – zarb, bowed cymbals, objects

The duo Thieke/Marino is an improv group that started in Berlin in 2016. Drawing from a reductionist aesthetic, the dialogue between the two musicians develops from the most unusual and hidden details of sound. Metal resonances and air columns set in vibration inside a clarinet, sounds barely audible emerge from the background to take a predominant role, gradually showing all their potential and unexpected paths to convey intuitive decision making.

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

MTI presents: Experimental Turntablism (J. Kelly & R. Curgenven)

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Experimental Turntablism: James Kelly + Robert Curgenven
Wednesday March 15th, 7pm
Sue Townsend Theatre, 16 Upper Brown Street, Leicester

MTI PhD candidate James Kelly is presenting a concert at the Sue Townsend Theatre (old Phoenix). This will be an audio visual show with a headline performance from Australian composer Robert Curgenven.

Further Details:

Robert Curgenven: Speculative Pataphysics

Three turntables, custom-made oscillators, 1930s acetates, custom-cut dubplates and a whole lot of bass - polyrhythmic phasing in light and sound brings your whole body and the surrounding space into a face-melting physical constellation. Projections powered directly by the sound use Edwin Land's (inventor of Polaroid sunglasses and Polaroid photography) work with colour shadows to create a head-wrecking synaesthetic experience with the spontaneous production of colours and patterns which may or may not be there. Warning: flickering lights, loud sounds, strong low frequency pressure.

Robert Curgenven is an Australian artist living in Cork, Ireland who sculpts air with sound. His work uses sound as a physical field of perception to encourage us to consider our physical experience of sound through our bodies, the space they inhabit and also the psychological shaping of time and duration by the auditory. For him sound is weather and his work entreats us to feel and hear air. His live performances, installations and album releases span pipe organ through to feedback, immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl, as well as carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas in Australia where he lived for many years. The Wire surmises that “behind the music lurk such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue.”

From beginnings 35 years ago as a classically trained organist the past ten years have seen him release work on labels such as LINE, The Tapeworm, Winds Measure and his own Recorded Fields Editions. Curgenven has performed extensively across Australia and Europe, including Maerzmusik festival (Berlin), TodaysArt festival (Den Haag), Ultrahang Festival (Budapest), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), Cork Film Festival, Lausanne Underground Film/Music Festival, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art (Gdansk), Leipzig Gallery for Cont. Art, Northern Territory Centre for Cont. Art (Darwin) as well as residencies in Milan (O’), Venice (Forte Marghera), Rotterdam (Worm), Berlin (Transit Lounge) and Alice Springs (Art/Land/Culture). He has presented sound, audiovisual and sculptural work in group exhibitions for Transmediale (Berlin), 10 Years of Microsound (Diapason Gallery, New York), National Film & Sound Archive (Australia) and galleries throughout Australia & Europe including National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) and a solo exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun (Poland).

James Kelly

As a turntablist for the last 15 years, James Kelly's music explores the remixing of vinyl using DJ scratch techniques for the creation of new music. The project presented at the Sue Townsend Theatre takes his compositional approach in new directions by utilising a disc cutting lathe - a machine which is traditionally used in the manufacture of records. The mechanism and limitations of the lathe itself are used as an artistic tool to shape the music. The performance is created using three turntables to mix music which Kelly has cut to vinyl using a range of experimental disc cutting techniques that alter the timbre of sound recordings. Part performance, part exhibition, the work is presented is an audio visual performance in collaboration with The Lab Visuals. Live video feeds are mixed together making the compositional process accessible to the audience.

In 2009 Kelly was selected by UK Young Artists to represent the UK at the Young Artists Biennale in Skoje, Macedonia. Other notable performances include; Tate Modern, Modern Art Oxford, New Art Exchange, Nottingham and The Avenue Gallery, Northampton.

Album release by MTI post-grad Virginie Viel!

MTI post-grad Virginie Viel has released an album of her electroacoustic compositions on the 'obs' label, titled PEARL:

MTI presents: Sonic Spaces - Mantis & MVG

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Sonic Spaces - MANTIS & MVG
Wednesday March 8th 2017, 7pm, PACE

This project represents an exploration and discovery of sonic spaces with the bass clarinet center stage. Each piece takes its own shape and occupies a unique place in sonic space. Engage personally and emotionally in its sounds, but also understand the objective acoustic nature of each work. The sole aim is to create a point of departure, in order to provide and generate dialogue, discussion, and a way forward towards refinement and reinvention.
MVG presents works from her latest program ‘SS:ARs’ in which composers from NOVARS, the electroacoustic music department at the University of Manchester, & Mantis Manchester, bring you the cutting edge of research in the creation of electroacoustic sounds and music.

Music by Haruka Hirayama, Julián Ávila, Richard Scott, Falk Morawitz, Rosalía Soria, and Ricardo Climent

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

MTI presents: Visible Bits, Audible Bytes 2017

MTI proudly presents the grand finale of our Enhancement Week 2017:

Friday March 3rd 2017, 6pm
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street Leicester

The eighth annual Visible Bits, Audible Bytes brings stunning, genre-breaking audiovisual art to Phoenix. Stimulate the eye and the ear with fusions of new and old technologies that redefine the potentials of contemporary audiovisual art.

This year's event will include works by guest artist Bob Coburn (University of the Pacific, California), whose audiovisual productions reflect his passion for Japanese traditional music and arts. The programme will also feature works by Miriam Boucher (Canada), Line Katcho (France), Diego Capoccitti (Italy), Matthew Schoen (Canada/Holland), Raven Kwok/Karma Fields (China/USA), and Bret Battey (USA/UK).

Presented by DMU’s Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre.

Image credit: Raven Kwok / Karma Fields, 'Sweat'