CeReNeM has hosted an extraordinarily rich array of visiting composers, performers and researchers in the first months of 2013. The Electric Spring Festival curated by Monty Adkins and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay took place between 20-24 February showcasing new work in improvisation with electronics, invented instruments and computers, installation and video work as well as public talks and the annual MaxMSP Poweruser Symposium.
Just prior to this, the second part of our Erasmus exchange with the Kunstuniversität Graz took place on 17-20 Feb with lectures and masterclasses led by Austrian composers Clemens Gadenstätter and Klaus Lang, and a concert of their work, brilliantly performed by our research students in performance Seth Woods (‘cello), Alba Bru (flute) and Diego Castro (guitar).
The ELISION Ensemble with musicians Tristram Williams (trumpet), Benjamin Marks (trombone), Peter Neville (percussion) and Daryl Buckley (electric guitar) were in residence 6-8 Feb giving a masterclass and concert associated with the IMR/CeReNeM International Composers Masterclass as well as a concert with works by postgraduate students Matthew Sergeant, Alex Jang and Pedro Alvarez.
The duo of Alice Teyssier (flute/voice) and Jon Hepfer (percussion) from the United States visited on 14-15 February giving a workshop and a concert which included work by postgraduate composers Pia Palme and Tom Riley.
French ‘cellist Séverine Ballon visited 4-5 March engaging with both undergraduate and postgraduate students giving a concert including works by Mary Bellamy, Liza Lim and postgraduates Braxton Sherouse and Marc Codina Contijoch. This event also saw the premiere of a work by Polish composer Dominik Karski and was generously supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Foundation (Warsaw).
Coming up on March 11 Ryan Muncy, saxophonist and director of Chicago-based ensemble Dal Niente will be in Huddersfield and giving a concert in St Paul’s Hall presenting a programme of works by Chaya Czernowin, Aaron Einbond, Ray Evanoff, Evan Johnson (world premiere), Aaron Cassidy, and CeReNeM postgraduate composers Andy Isaac and Sam Park.
The HISSTools Impulse Response Toolkit (or HIRT) is software designed and programmed by Dr Alex Harker and Dr Pierre Alexandre Tremblay in the Centre for Research in New Music at the University of Huddersfield. It has now been embedded at the heart of a new convolution reverb released on Tuesday March 5th as part of Ableton 9. This new update of one of the most highly respected mixing software programs is causing a major stir in the music world.The research grew out of a previous AHRC Funded project by Dr Tremblay ‘Thinking inside the box’. The aim of this research was to improve speaker playback in studios and halls though a process of loudspeaker correction. The project also included proximity microphone correction. Because of the creative ends that this software could be used for as well as its original technical purpose, Dr Harker was asked by Ableton to code a musician-relevant instrument convolution reverb. The research has been used in a composition by Dr Tremblay which was featured at the International Computer Music Conference in Ljubljana in 2012.
Norwegian composer Anders Tveit has a background in improvisation, creating electroacoustic & installation works and combining bass playing with live electronics. The use of self-developed software for realtime processing has a central role in his personal musical expression. As a musician, he has worked with the international renowned Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Audun Kleive & Morten Qvenild, Jazz Quartet with Shannon Mowday, Pd-Conception as well as more ad-hoc improvisation duos. Tveit is also one of the driving forces behind the Oslo-based electronic musician collective SkRR. His work during his residency in Huddersfield will be to compose an electro-acoustic piece for 24 speakers and live electronics. The piece is based on basic acoustic phenomena where the acoustic properties of vibrating strings and pipes will be used as a form factor in all the processing of audio material which is then further transformed through a specific speaker layout and in a space.
Anders will be in residence at CeReNeM in March and his visit is part of our research exchange programme with NoTAM, Oslo.
Research Fellow Dr Richard Glover’s solo piano piece Logical Harmonies (1) has received performances recently in Huddersfield, Sheffield, Keele and London by Dr Philip Thomas, and was included in American R. Andrew Lee’sMinimalism in 12 Parts tour. Tim Rutherford Johnson has been written about the piece on his blog The Rambler.
Other recent performances include Beatings in a Linear Process, played by Ensemble Portmantô in Montreal, Dominant tonic by cello duo Gregor Riddell and Torun Saeter at the Cooper Hall in London, and a solo double bass piece for Dominic Lash at Audiograft Oxford on 22 February. Upcoming performances include a new work for flute and piano by ensemble ∆TENT in Toronto in May, and the Set Ensemble later in the year.
Richard recently gave a paper on his approaches to microtonality at EUROMicroFest in Cologne, and will be presenting on the use of grid structures in contemporary notation at the Time Stands Still: Notation in Musical Practice conference at Wesleyan University in April.
Research Fellow Dr Aaron Einbond has been awarded a Musical Research Residency at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique) in Paris for Spring 2014. Building on the research he has been conducting at CeReNeM, his project, ‘A Factor Oracle for Timbre’, will explore the implications of audio feature analysis for structuring instrumental timbre in time, especially in relation to improvisation.