Welcome to Julio d’Escriván, Peter Ablinger, Alex Harker, Frédéric Dufeu

CeReNeM Newsletter, September 2012

CeReNeM begins the 2012-13 year with a big increase in its membership and in the range of its actitivies. We are delighted to welcome Dr Julio d’Escriván, Senior Lecturer whose research particularly focuses on live cinema and music for the moving image. Prof. Peter Ablinger joins us as Visiting Professor in Composition. He is one of the most innovative and influential composers in the field of new music today questioning fundamental values of musical perception and working with noise (‘Rauschen’), spatialisation, spectral modelling/ transcription, and the perception of sound. Dr Alex Harker joins us as a lecturer in computer music following a period at Huddersfield as a research fellow. His work centres on computer programming for creative audio applications, as well as compositions employing custom software tools. As part of this post he will continue to work on the HISSTools research project set up by Dr Pierre Alexandre Tremblay. Dr Frédéric Dufeu joins us as a research fellow as part of an AHRC funded project initiated by Prof. Michael Clarke and Prof. Peter Manning (Durham), entitled ‘The impact of technology on the creative processes of composing electroacoustic music’. He will be working on developing software dedicated to Interactive Aural Analysis and on the investigation of a series of case studies from the electroacoustic repertoire.

We also welcome back Dr Mary Bellamy who returns as Head of composition in the music department following a period of maternity leave. Eleven new MRes and PhD students (including 8 international students) commence their studies taking the total number of our postgraduate research cohort to fifty-four.

Sévérine Ballon (photo: Ny Musikk)

Our guests for 2012-13 include eminent composers and academic theorists Philip Tagg, Evan Johnson, Michael Pisaro, Matthew Sansom, Eric Clarke, Trevor Wishart, and we will have a multi-day residency with Clemens Gadenstätter, Klaus Lang, Christian Utz, and Beat Furrer as part of our Erasmus Exchange programme with Kunstuniversität Graz next Feb 2013. Visiting artists include ensembles Idée Fixe (Greece) and ELISION (Australia), the duo of Alice Teyssier & Jonathan Hepfer (USA), and soloists Séverine Ballon (France), Ryan Muncy (USA), and Carl Rosman (Germany/Australia) who will give concerts, masterclasses and workshops working with staff and students. Information about concerts can be found on the university website.

The upcoming Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival hcmf//2012 will showcase a number of CeReNeM staff and students, notably the solo concert by recent graduate Dr Heather Roche playing works by Alex Harker, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, Aaron Einbond and Chikako Morishita (17 Nov); a collaboration between Monty Adkins and Jexper Holmen – Melonta; work by PhD student Tamara Friebel (19 Nov) and concerts with Philip Thomas and Peter Ablinger (both on 22 Nov).
Please see other news below and student news at CeReNeM Postgraduates.

Enquiries: Prof. Liza Lim, l.lim@hud.ac.uk