CeReNeM has hosted numerous visiting artists and researchers in February and March: the annual Electric Spring Festival and Max-MSP Symposium took place 26 Feb-2 March and was kickstarted with 2 days of intensive workshops in sound art, improvisation and electronics led by David Toop and Minoru Sato organised by PhD student Ryoko Akama. In the same week, Dr Timothy O’Dwyer, Head of Contemporary Music at La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore visited to give a lecture-recital. We’ve had wonderful concerts and workshops by visiting artists Ashot Sarkissjan (violin), Garth Knox (viola), Distractfold Ensemble and Line Upon Line percussion trio, working with both postgraduate and undergraduate composers. The monthly Re.sound electroacoustic concert series at Huddersfield continues to showcase postgraduate and staff work.
Coming up, we have concerts by PhD student Diego Castro, guitar (17 March) and by Ensemble Discord from Belgium as part of the Advanced Masters of Contemporary Chamber Music at University College Ghent exchange programme with Huddersfield composers (24 March). On Tuesday 18th March the symposium: Analysis of Electroacoustic Music: Contexts, Methods, Perspectives takes place in the Researcher Hub at the University. The following evening, Prof. Pierre Alexandre Tremblay gives his inaugural professorial lecture (details below). Prof. Adkins is hosting the Beyond Pythagoras Symposium in electronic music and sound art, 21-23 March 2014.
CeReNeM Journal, Issue 4 published
An update on the many recent achievements of CeReNeM students can be found on their blog. Of special note is the publication of the postgraduate-led CeReNeM Journal, Issue 4edited by Pedro Alvarez. This is an ambitious volume of articles by PhD students and early career researchers from across the UK, Europe and USA.
Please see below for news of staff publications, performances and premieres, conferences and public lectures as well as fantastic press for recent CDs and our own HCR label.
Prof. Tremblay gives his inaugural professorial lecture ‘Embracing Cross-Pollination in Mixed Music: a systemic approach to its Composition, Performance and Technique’ on 19th March in the Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre at the University of Huddersfield. A recent interview with a discussion of related ideas and concerns appears in tokafi.
Prof. Pierre Alexandre Tremblay’s composition, Les pâleurs de la lune for saxophone quartet and electronics and will be premiered on 26th March by Quasar as part of Printemps numérique at CIRMMT, McGill University, Montreal.
A video of P.A. discussing the work can be found at:
On Tuesday 18th March, we host a symposium organised by the Analysis of Electroacoustic Music working group of the French Society for Music Analysis (SFAM) in collaboration with the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) of the University of Huddersfield.
Location: Room RHG/03, The Researcher Hub, University of Huddersfield
Time: 9.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 18.00
Admission free – All welcome
Invited guest contributors: Michael Clarke (CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield), John Dack (Middlesex University)
Speakers: Alain Bonardi (Ircam – Paris 8 University), Bruno Bossis (Rennes 2 University / Paris-Sorbonne University), Pierre Couprie (Paris-Sorbonne University), Frédéric Dufeu (CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield), Mikhail Malt (Ircam), Laurent Pottier (Jean Monnet University, Saint-Étienne)
Prof. Monty Adkins has released a new 20 minute electroacoustic work entitled Residual Forms on the Portuguese label Cronica. The work was created whilst he has been on sabbatical this year.
He says of the work: ‘Residual Forms is influenced by the psychogeographical notion of the ‘drift’ – an aimless wondering around the city, exploring its hidden resonances, which lay just beneath the surface.’
Prof. Adkins is hosting the Beyond Pythagoras Symposium in electronic music and sound art in the Music Dept 21-23 March 2014. The symposium is funded by various Swedish grants obtained in collaboration with Huddersfield graduate Dr Paulina Sundin.
Upcoming publications include: Rift Patterns, a 47 minute piece featuring prepared piano and electronics which will be released in April on Audiobulb as an ibook and hi-res digital release. The video trilogy will be premiered at the Sonic Immersions Festival (Macedonia) on April 5th. The publication involves a collaboration across the university: the video is by University of Huddersfield Digital Media lecturer Jason Payne, the iBook contains a specially written short story by Deborah Templeton (drama) and photography and iBook design is by MRes composer, Stephen Harvey.
Spring 2014 sees the release of a number of CDs featuring Philip:
Solo and chamber works by Laurence Crane on a double CD featuring Apartment House, including the solo piano work commissioned by Philip in 2009, ‘Piano Piece 23: Ethiopian Distance Runners’ to be released on another timbre. A CD of four solo piano works by Christopher Fox will be released on HatHut.
Continuing his research into the music of Christian Wolff, the first volumes of the complete solo piano music of Christian Wolff, featuring the early works and a number of recent works, are scheduled for release on sub rosa. On May 12th at the Institute of Musical Research, Senate Hall, University of London, he will perform a concert of Wolff’s music with Apartment House, following a talk by the composer. On April 26th, Philip is presenting a conference paper with performance about Christian Wolff’s Pianist: Pieces at NUNC!, the Northwestern University New Music Conference. Research students Diego Castro and Marc Codina will also present at this conference.
Dr Richard Glover’s portrait CD Logical Harmonies on the Another Timbre label has been garnering great reviews: ‘These are seven extraordinarily wonderful compositions’ states the on-line critic Brian Olewnick who described the work Imperfect Harmony as “a stunningly great work”. Reviewer Philip Clark in The Gramophone writes that the CD ‘marks the emergence of a new voice with something important to say’. John Eyles, in All about jazz, writes that all seven tracks on Logical Harmonies are ‘utterly compelling’ and he adds that the record label Another Timbre has ‘has hit upon a reliable source of new compositions – Huddersfield’.
More information can be found on this University news item.
The two solo piano pieces from the CD, ‘Logical Harmonies 1 and 2’, were performed by pianist Andrew Lee in Texas in February, and Lauren Redhead is performing his solo organ piece ‘Organ Harmonies’ as part of her Sound and Music national tour in London in March.
CeReNeM research fellow Dr Scott McLaughlin has recently published a CD of his music on Ergodos. there are neither wholes nor parts contains music performed by Quatour Bozzini, Trio Scordatura, Jonathan Sage, Iain Harrison, and the Metastable Collective. Scott writes: ‘Listening is the act of choosing the scale on which we perceive. The pieces collected here all play on the ambiguity between wholes and parts in the fabric of music.’
Dr Bryn Harrison’s seventy-six minute work Vessels performed by Dr Philip Thomas on the Another Timbre label has also received excellent reviews. John Eyles in All About Jazz remarks: ‘This performance was by pianist Philip Thomas, for whom Harrison wrote the piece. Thomas joined the staff at Huddersfield in 2005, becoming Head of Performance in 2010. He is increasingly being featured on Another Timbre releases. The piece was recorded as a single take—no mean feat given its frequent repetitions. Its success owes a great deal to Thomas’s powers of concentration… fascinating, memorable and intriguing.’
The first London performance of the extended version of Bryn Harrison’s Vessels will be presented on May 5th at Cafe OTO.
Dr Geoffrey Cox’s new film ‘Tree People’ will be premiered on 5 April 2014 in Linthwaite. The documentary film is about the history and activities of the Colne Valley Tree Society that has been planting trees in the Colne Valley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, since 1964. Geoff has been planting with the group every year since 1998. In terms of music research, the documentary will primarily focus on the creative use and manipulation of diegetic sound, and music, that includes a musical score, performed by local brass band, the Slaithwaite Band.
More information about the project can be found here.
Liza Lim is a guest artist at the Hongqiao Xiuxi international poetry festival (Yangzhou, China) giving a talk about her work on April 3. She has been commissioned to write a concerto for Guqin and orchestra for the following year’s festival in a collaboration with Nanjing University of the Arts. Soon after she visits New York to work with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) who present a portrait concert of her music on April 10 at the Miller Theatre, Columbia University. She will also visit Harvard University to give a lecture in the Barwick Colloquium Series (April 15).
A list of other upcoming concerts with Liza’s music in Australia, France, Germany and the States can be found here.
An article/interview discussing the upcoming performance in Melbourne of Garden of Earthly Desire (a work from1988!) and the recent Tongue of the Invisible CD appears in Realtime arts magazine.
Dr Aaron Cassidy has a number of performances in the first part of 2014:
ELISION conducted by Carl Rosman perform And the scream, Bacon’s scream, is the operation through which the entire body escapes through the mouth (or, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion) and memento/memorial (Peter Veale, oboe) at Carriageworks in Sydney on March 18. On March 5, Ben Marks on trombone performed Because they mark the zone where the force is in the process of striking (or Second Study for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion) at the Queensland Conservatorium South Bank in Brisbane, Australia.
February saw the premiere of Dr Cassidy’s first foray into electroacoustic composition, APOFIR-REDUX at the Electric Spring Festival, Huddersfield. Paul Hübner from mam.manufaktur played the solo trumpet work What then renders these forces visible is a strange smile at Schönes Wochenende Festival für Modernes Hören, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany.
Dr Julie Wilson-Bokowiec (CeReNeM research fellow) has been commissioned to write and produce a new work for theatre. A partnership production with the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Lost Boy Racer is funded by the Arts Council of England and Yorkshire Festival 2014: the first cultural festival to precede the Tour de France ‘Grand Départ’ in the race’s 111 year history. Lost Boy Racer is one of only 47 cultural events specifically commissioned to be part of the programme. The production is also part of Kirklees Council’s cultural offer and Harrogate Theatre’s mini festival: La Grande Fête.
Dr Rose Dodd gave a paper ‘The Art of Sonification’ at the Conference Composition in the 21st Century, Trinity College, Dublin, 5-7 March. A different version of the same paper was presented at the International Festival of Artistic Innovation, Leeds College of Music, 10-14 March, together with a performance of her piece ‘Foraging music no.1’ (2013) for clarinet & electronics, performed by Jonathan Sage.
An interview by Jascha Hoffman focusing on Dr Rupert Till’s research into acoustic archaeology has been published in Nature, the international weekly journal of science. A brief description of Dr Till’s AHRC-funded research project ‘Songs of the Caves: acoustics and prehistoric art in Cantabrian caves’ can be found online here.