CeReNeM Newsletter Jan-March 2014

David Toop, opening concert of Electric Spring, 26 March 2014
David Toop, opening concert of Electric Spring, 26 March 2014

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

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 4 edited 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.

Enquiries: l.lim@hud.ac.uk


Prof. Tremblay Inaugural lecture, premiere in Montreal


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:

An interview (also in French) about his work La rupture inéluctable, featuring Dr Heather Roche (clarinet), is also on youtube Continue reading “Prof. Tremblay Inaugural lecture, premiere in Montreal”

Symposium: Analysis of Electroacoustic Music: Contexts, Methods, Perspectives

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, recent and upcoming publications, ‘Beyond Pythagoras’ Symposium

Residual FormsProf. 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.

Dr Philip Thomas: publications, lectures and performances

philip_thomasSpring 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 timbreA 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, rave reviews for ‘Logical Harmonies’

Dr Richard Glover
Dr Richard Glover

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.

Dr Scott McLaughlin CD out on Ergodos

Scott McLaughlin CDCeReNeM 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.’