CeReNeM newsletter July-August 2013

We’re at the end of another academic year for CeReNeM. A lovely end-pin was the recent graduation of our PhD students: Nicolas Bougaieff, Raymond Evanoff, Tamara Friebel, Iain Harrison, Sten-Olof Hellstrom, Samantha Horseman, Sebastian Berweck and Jamie Fawcus. We’ll be welcoming a particularly large cohort including 12 international students next year and are pleased to announce that scholarships have been awarded to Beavan Flanagan (CeReNeM-hcmf// scholarship) and David Pocknee (AHRC scholarship).

Our current students are having many successes:

Ryoko Akama
Ryoko Akama

Ryoko Akama was featured in The Wire, Issue 353 in an article by Abi Bliss discussing her work and the influence of composers Alvin Lucier and Eliane Radigue, sustained tones and the slippages of language. Samples of her work can be heard via The Wire’s website.

Pia Palme recently returned from a very stimulating month-long artist’s residency in Tehran at the invitation of the Austrian Embassy and Austrian Culture Forum. More info on Pia’s website.

Congratulations to Pierre Alexandre Tremblay on the conferment of the title of Professorship. Prof. Tremblay is working on his CD recording project for release on Empreintes DIGITALes next season as well as curating a number of CeReNeM residencies at the University of Huddersfield’s studios that are taking place over summer.

Please see below for news of performances, broadcasts, conference presentations, grants and publications from CeReNeM staff.


Philip Thomas: Concerts in Bologna and at Southbank Centre and Wigmore Hall

Dr Philip Thomas recently performed with Apartment House in a programme of music by Christian Wolff, joined by the composer performing, at the Angelica Festival, Bologna, Italy in May this year.

Philip is preparing for a number of major concerts including a concert on 8 November 2013 with Anton Lukoszevieze performing Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a chromatic field as part of the Southbank Centre’s festival ‘The Rest Is Noise’ in the Purcell Room.

Philip joins Apartment House for their Wigmore Hall debut in January 2014 performing works by Laurence Crane, Christopher Fox, Peter Garland, Amnon Wolman, 
Mathias Spahlinger, 
Rytis Mazulis and 
Reinhold Friedl. In 2014 Philip will be giving world premieres of new piano works commissioned by him in honour of Christian Wolff’s 80th birthday by Christian Wolff himself, Michael Finnissy and Howard Skempton.

Aaron Cassidy: London Contemporary Music Festival & SALT

Dr Aaron Cassidy’s works What then renders these forces visible is a strange smile (2007-08) and songs only as sad as their listener (2006) will be featured at the London Contemporary Music Festival, 25 July – 4 August, in performances by Peter Yarde Martin (trumpet) and David Roode (trombone). Cassidy’s asphyxia (2000) was performed by saxophonist Ryan Muncy at the SALT Festival in Victoria, BC, Canada in June.

Michael Clarke: Stockholm and Perth

Prof. Clarke’s revised version of his 16 channel fixed media work Tim(br)e 2 will be premiered at the SMC conference in Stockholm (July 29-Aug 4th).  It will receive a second performance at the ICMC in Perth later in August.  It was the first work composed in the SPIRAL studio after it opened and is based on transformations of a single recorded oboe phrase.

The TaCEM project team – Michael Clarke and Frédéric Dufeu (Huddersfield) and Peter Manning (Durham) – is making a number of presentations at conferences over the summer.  These include the EMS conference in Lisbon (June), ICMC in Perth (August), TCPM in Montreal (October) and an invited contribution at the RMA conference in London in September.  The first version of the TIAALS (Tools for Interactive Aural Analysis) software, developed as part of this project, is to be released in August and will be available from the TaCEM website.

Rupert Till: BBC tv features Stonehenge research

Dr Rupert Till’s research on the acoustics of Stonehenge continues to be used by other researchers and media channels. Most recently Dr. Till was interviewed by the BBC television programme The Sky at Night as they presented the show from Stonehenge on the summer solstice. As well as discussing sound at the site, the programme made extensive use of digital models of Stonehenge generated as a byproduct of his research. Working most recently with researcher John Fillwalk at Ball University in the US he has created increasingly accurate digital models of the site in order to do more accurate acoustic modelling.

As well as being used by The Sky at Night, this research has been used by the History Channel, BBC Radio 4, the New Scientist, the iPad/iPhone app ‘Stonehenge Experience’, and it has featured on Apple’s recent worldwide advertising campaign.

Clips featuring Dr Till and his work can be seen at: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01ccpsp 

Dr. Till is currently planning a research trip to northern Spain to explore the relationships between cave paintings and acoustics, with paintings that are up to 40,000 years old. He has also just started work on the European music archaeology project, an EU culture programme funded 5 year project.

Liza Lim: New York and Harvard

The Miller Theatre in New York announced its 2013-14 Season which includes a Portrait Concert of the music of Liza Lim. The concert will be performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) conducted by Karina Cannellakis featuring the works Mother Tongue (2005), Invisibility (2009) and Ehwaz (2010). Prof. Lim has also been invited to give a lecture, ‘Knots and other forms of entanglement’, in the Barwick Colloquium Series at the University of Harvard in April 2014.

Liza is currently working on a composition entitled Winding Bodies: 3 Knots commissioned by the Cikada Ensemble (Oslo) funded by the Norwegian Arts Council which will be premiered next year. She recently completed a new string quartet The Weaver’s Knot commissioned by Wittenertage für neue Kammermusik to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Arditti String Quartet. These pieces are part of a longer term project looking at material confluences between people and environments particularly the ways in which materials with their physical (and sonic) properties might act as extra-somatic ‘technologies of thinking’ and how they are co-opted to carry cultural meaning.

Monty Adkins: Swedish grant and recent activity

Prof. Monty Adkins together with Paulina Sundin has been successful in securing a grant from Kulturbryggan of 450,000 SEK (around £44,500) in Sweden. The project expands on the Sethares work which they are presenting at the ICMC this year – the result of a previous collaboration which includes Huddersfield graduate Adrian Gierakowski (who appears as a co-author on the paper as programmer). The new project will involve new pieces for electronics and percussion with Jonny Axelsson and a symposium on new tuning systems at Huddersfield.

Monty’s work, Four Shibusa, stemming from his collaboration with Pip Dickens as part of a Leverhulme grant last year is now playing daily as part of the exhibition ‘Screen’ presented at Rugby Art Gallery between June 30th and 4th August.

Monty also recently worked with Ensemble Apartment House on Saskia Moore’s Dead Symphony  preparing all of the live electronics. This work was recorded by Channel 4 and tours Australia between 5-10 August.

Aaron Cassidy, Aaron Einbond: Noise In And As Music

Aaron Cassidy and Aaron Einbond are hard at work on the final stages of their edited book, Noise In And As Music, which will go to press later this summer, to be launched at the Noise In And As Music symposium, 4-6 October 2013, at CeReNeM. The book brings together contributions from composers, performers, artists and scholars from a wide range of musical communities and practices–including chapters on noise music analysis, noise and the voice, noise and digital (un)creativity, the work of the pianist Andrea Neumann, the noise of rumour, and ‘Un-sounding music’–and includes an illuminating series of ‘mini-interviews’ with musicians including Ben Thigpen, George Lewis, Lasse Marhaug, Kasper Toeplitz, and Franck Bedrossian, among others.