CeReNeM Newsletter, Sept-Oct 2013

Daniel del Rio, Ryoko Akama, Pia Palme, Bryam Arcade Huddersfield, NOISE Symposium 2013
Daniel del Rio, Ryoko Akama, Pia Palme, performing in the Bryam Arcade Huddersfield, NOISE Symposium 2013

CeReNeM began the new academic year with two important conferences: Extended Durations (7-8 Sept), and Noise In and As Music (4-6 Oct). Both conferences are associated with new publications with University of Huddersfield Press: Dr Glover and Dr Harrison’s Overcoming Form, due to be released later this month and Noise In and As Music, a collection of articles and interviews edited by Dr Cassidy and Dr Einbond. (see news items below for more information).

28 new postgraduate research students joined the centre in early October (11 Masters by Research and 17 PhD students) taking our total postgraduate community to 53, half of whom are international students from 13 different countries. Our visiting artists this year are: Distractfold Ensemble (UK), Ictus Manama programme (Belgium), Mark Knoop (UK), Peyee Chen (UK), Ashot Sarkissjan (UK), Garth Knox (France) and once again we host a vibrant programme of seminars, workshops and masterclasses.

News of recent graduates:
Dr Nicolas Bernier (PhD, 2013) has been appointed Professor of Digital Music at the prestigious Université de Montréal. His work Frequencies (A), awarded the Golden Nica at this year’s Prix Ars Electronica, is now available on Entr’acte CD (E163), 2013.

Dr Sebastian Berweck (PhD, 2013) has been appointed Lecturer at the Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. He has forthcoming concerts as solo pianist throughout Germany and a tour to the USA and Canada next April-May 2014.

Dr Tamara Friebel’s (PhD, 2013) ‘media-opera’ Wärme, Ich bin wieder ganz, made in collaboration with video artist Nathalie Latham, will be premiered 14-17 November 2013 in Vienna as part of the World Music Days and Wien Modern Festival.

CeReNeM induction day, 1 October 2013
CeReNeM induction day, 1 October 2013. photo by Julio D’Escriván

Please see items below for news of recent grants, publications, performances, research and conference activity from CeReNeM staff.

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


Dr Elizabeth Dobson: Collabhub and HEA success

Congratulations to Dr Elizabeth Dobson for her success with the HEA who are funding an event within the Higher Education Academy’s Seminar Series ‘Scrutinising approaches to interdisciplinary collaborative practice in undergraduate digital, creative and performing arts’, 7 April 2014, more info: e.d.dobson@hud.ac.uk.

Dr Dobson’s PhD research into interdisciplinary collaboration led her to initiate CollabHub last October 2012 which aims to foster multi-disciplinary enterprise and a community of collaborative practice amongst undergraduates at The University of Huddersfield.

The Enterprise Music Experiment and Discover Huddersfield Sound Walks

During induction week Liz Dobson (Music Technology) and Rita Klapper (Enterprise) launched EMu Experiment [Enterprise Music Experiment] for 30 second-year music and music technology students to collaborate with the new Enterprise BA(Hons) students. Each team was given a £20 investment and two weeks to develop and run a social enterprise business which includes their music knowledge. One team has already developed an interactive game for teaching music theory to young children and another has been running Soundpainting workshops for non-musicians.

In November, CollabHub will also work with Huddersfield Creative Arts Network, Kirklees Council and Janette Martin from  the Dept of History on DH SoWa [Discover Huddersfield Sound Walk].  Dr Steven Pool and staff in music and history will provide a workshop and mentor students to develop their own sound walks. The soundwalks will be presented in March and evaluated for development and use by the Council’s ‘Discover Huddersfield’ programme.

Collabhub symposium, Creative Arts Building, Huddersfield, May 2013
Collabhub symposium, Creative Arts Building, Huddersfield, May 2013

Dr Julie Wilson Bokowiec, Arts Council of England grant

Congratulations to CeReNeM Research fellow Dr Julie Wilson Bokowiec who has received a major Arts Council of England grant to write and produce a new work for theatre – Lost Boy Racer – in 2014.  This production will open at the Lawrence Batley Theatre and go on to play at The Lowry (Quays Theatre).  Lost Boy Racer will coincide with the Tour de France Grand Depart and will be part of the cultural activities planned for the Yorkshire region.  The production will also play at the beautiful Harrogate Theatre closing on the eve of the first stage of the Tour de France Grand Depart.

Noise In and As Music Symposium and Book Publication

Noise bookCeReNeM hosted the Noise In And As Music symposium, 4-6 October 2013, organised by Dr Aaron Einbond and Dr Aaron Cassidy. The symposium brought together an international gathering of musicians and researchers engaging with issues of noise, in a programme of paper presentations, installations, and concerts. The keynote was given by Prof. Peter Ablinger.

The weekend also saw the official launch of the book Noise In And As Music, edited by Aaron Cassidy and Aaron Einbond and published by University of Huddersfield Press. The book can be ordered through the University’s online store. The book includes twelve chapters, including contributions from Cassidy and Einbond, and twelve micro-interviews with a diverse collection of noise artists, including a contribution from Pierre Alexandre Tremblay.
Prof. Peter Ablinger, keynote speaker, Noise In and As Music Symposium, 5 Oct 2013
Prof. Peter Ablinger, keynote speaker, Noise In and As Music, 5 Oct 2013

Prof. Pierre Alexandre Tremblay at CIRMTT and new CD

Prof. Tremblay has been made an Associate Member of CIRMTT, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology based in Montréal, Canada. As part of this new collaboration he will be giving a guest lecture on pragmatic concerns in mixed music on the 22nd of October.

13123_IMEDPierre Alexandre is currently working on a commission from Quasar for saxophone quartet and electronics. He will be in Montréal in October for a full week of workshops with the ensemble, with a public presentation at the end of the week. As part of this research trip to Montreal, P.A. will be launching his fourth album on Empreintes DIGITALes, a double CD of chamber mixed music for soloist and electronics, featuring Peyee Chen, Jean-François Laporte, Sarah Nicolls and Heather Roche.

P.A. will be presenting the findings of the HISStool teams at IRCAM, as part of the Forum event (20th to 22nd of Nov). In a paper co-written with Dr Alex Harker entitled Rethinking the Box: Approaches to the Reality of Electronic Music Performance. The potential creative use of impulse response, facilitated by the HIRT is assessed under musical terms.

Dr Aaron Cassidy: new publications and performances

Hot%20New%20Focus%20RecordsAaron Cassidy’s asphyxia (2000) for soprano saxophone is included on a new CD from the Chicago-based saxophonist Ryan Muncy, released by New Focus Records (Sept 2013). Muncy has also performed the work extensively on international concert tours over the last four years.
Cassidy’s vocal solo I purples, spat blood, laugh of beautiful lips (2006) was featured at the Resonant Bodies Festival in Brooklyn, 7 September, performed by Jeffrey GavettGavett will also conduct the ekmeles vocal ensemble in the US premiere of Cassidy’s A painter of figures in rooms (2012) on 15 November in New York.
The summer also saw the publication of two articles on Cassidy’s recent work with multi-coloured tablature notation in Second String Quartet (2010) and A painter of figures in rooms (2012). “The String Quartet as laboratory and playground for experimentation and tradition (or, opening out/closing in)” was published in Contemporary Music Review (Volume 32, part 4, 2013), and “Constraint Schemata, Multi-axis Movement Modeling, and Unified, Multi-parametric Notation for Strings and Voices” appears in the Autumn 2013 edition of Search Journal for New Music and Culture. Additionally, the latest  in Bärenreiter’s series of contemporary instrument technique books, The Techniques of Violin Playing / Die Spieltechnik der Violine, by Irvine Arditti and Robert HP Platz, which includes discussions of Cassidy’s works The Crutch of Memory (2004) and Second String Quartet (2010), will be available soon.
In a non-academic sphere, Aaron’s work was discussed in an article by Karen Loew that appeared in The Atlantic: ‘Squiggles are the new quarter notes: why music looks different now’ (4 Oct 2013).

Prof. Liza Lim: Orchestral works on CD and in concert

hatnowart-185Recent orchestral works by Liza Lim will be published on the Swiss label Hat Hut: hat[now]ART 185, (2013). The works are: The Compass (2006) and Pearl, Ochre, Hair String (2010), both performed by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with conductors Christoph Poppen and Lothar Zagrosek, and The Guest (2010) with Rupert Huber as conductor, Jeremias Schwarzer as recorder soloist and the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden. The Guest will next be performed on 9 November 2013 by the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto with soloist Jeremias Schwarzer conducted by Carl St.Clair at Casa da Musica, Portugal.

Dr Philip Thomas – 4 CD releases

Over the next 6 months Dr Philip Thomas features on four CD releases. The another timbre label will publish  ‘Vessels’, an extended 78-minute solo piano work by Huddersfield composer Bryn Harrison; a portrait CD of Huddersfield composer Richard Glover and a 2-CD release of ensemble and solo works by Laurence Crane (with ‘Apartment House’). Coming up on the Swiss label HatHut, Philip is the soloist for a disc with four piano works by Christopher Fox.

Philip plays with cellist Anton Lukoszevieze at the Purcell Room in London on Friday 8th November, as part of the SouthBank’s The Rest Is Noise festival, performing Morton Feldman’s 80-minute work Patterns in a Chromatic Field.

Dr Aaron Einbond: new work and CD recording on Carrier Records

Dr Aaron Einbond completed a number of residencies over summer: In July, he was in residence at the SWR Experimentalstudio in Freiburg to begin work on a new work for two performers, one piano, and 12 microphones and  he also participated in a residency with PhD ‘cellist Seth Woods at the Centre Intermondes in La Rochelle, France, to begin work on a new work for solo cello and electronics. Both works are scheduled for premiere in 2014.

Recording and editing are complete on Dr Einbond’s solo CD with Ensemble Dal Niente and Carrier Records scheduled for release in November.
Aaron Einbond in conversation with Mark Andre, Experimentalstudio des SWR, Freiburg
Aaron Einbond in conversation with Mark Andre, Experimentalstudio des SWR, Freiburg

Dr Richard Glover, Dr Bryn Harrison: Extended Durations symposium

In early September, CeReNeM at the University of Huddersfield hosted the Extended Durations symposium organised by Dr Richard Glover and Dr Bryn Harrison. Delegates from across the UK, Europe and the US presented on topics exploring the experience, interpretation and construction of music over extended timescales.

Jem Finer - Score for a Hole in the Ground
Jem Finer – Score for a Hole in the Ground

An inspiring and fascinating keynote was given by Jem Finer, the creator of Longplayer and Score for a Hole in the Ground, prompting debate about longevity, future-proofing of works and the practicalities of extended performance.

Other highlights included Braxton Sherouse’s nodes & signs installation which ran throughout the weekend and utilised the 30 workstations of one of the university’s computer lab to display an evolving network of visual and sonic objects. Greg Stuart gave a 100-minute solo percussion performance of Michael Pisaro’s  Amongst the numerous, and Michael Duch’s captivating performance of Hanne Darboven’s 70-minute Opus 17a in the atrium of the Creative Arts Building provided a fitting close to the event.