CeReNeM Newsletter April-June 2014

CeReNeM has seen another busy period of activity with postgraduates in particular, mounting a great diversity of concerts, installation events and workshops including a project at Huddersfield Open Market, part of the ‘sound-installation’ research group led by Prof. Peter Ablinger.

Huddersfield Open Market, works presented by Pablo Vergara, Alex Grimes, David Pocknee, Michael Baldwin
Huddersfield Open Market, works presented by Pablo Vergara, Alex Grimes, David Pocknee, Michael Baldwin

For more information about this and other student news, please see the postgraduate newsletter.

Scholarships
The following scholarships have been awarded for PhD study from Oct 2014:
Duncan Druce Scholarship in Music Performance – Mira Benjamin
Denis Smalley Scholarship in Electronic Music – Tadej Droljc
Jonathan Harvey Scholarship in Composition – Cassandra Miller

New publications from CeReNeM
We are pleased to announce the publication of new editions of the peer-reviewed Divergence Press e-Journal and our HCR CD label. Divergence Press Issue 2 focusses on theoretical and practice-based research around the theme of ‘Sound.Music.Moving Image’ and is edited by SMI/rc Director, Dr Julio d’Escriván.

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Zeta Potential is the seventh publication of Huddersfield Contemporary Records and features the work of 21 young composers who took part in hcmf//’s European Composers’ Professional Development Programme. The collection was recorded at the festival by Nieuw Ensemble (NL), Ensemble 10/10 (UK) or Icarus Ensemble (IT) and includes works by CeReNeM composers, Matthew Sergeant and Chikako Morishita.

 

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Please see items below for sabbatical and research updates and news of publications, grants, conferences, concerts and reviews.

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Dr Philip Thomas, sabbatical update

In April, Dr Philip Thomas joined postgraduates Diego Castro and Marc Codina at Northwestern University’s NUNC festival and conference, where he presented a paper about Christian Wolff’s 2001 piano work Pianist: Pieces.

Philip performed in three concerts in London during May:

5th May, Café Oto, where he performed Bryn Harrison’s extended work for solo piano Vessels. Read Philip’s observations on performing the work, ‘Vessels and the Sensuality of touch‘ and listen to an excerpt as follows:


On 12th May at Senate House, University London, as part of the Institute of Musical Research series, Philip performed solo and with Apartment House in a concert of recent music by leading American experimental composer Christian Wolff following a talk given by the composer.

On 26th May, London Contemporary Music Festival: Philip performed in the opening concert as a soloist in works by Tim Parkinson and James Clarke, and alongside Gavin Bryars, Chris Hobbs and John Tilbury in two classic British experimental works by Chris Hobbs.

The best pieces were those where honest energy and effort took the place of fake English self deprecation. In James Clark’s intriguingly inventive Island, superbly played by pianist Philip Thomas, the evening suddenly came alive. (Ivan Hewitt, Daily Telegraph)

June/July sees the release of three significant recordings:

Christian Wolff  Pianist: Pieces, sub rosa SR389, a 3-CD set of Wolff’s early and recent solo piano music, including three first recordings and the extended work Long Piano (Peace March 11).

Christopher Fox ‘Solo piano’ HatHut 192 – four works for solo piano, including three composed for Philip, all premiere recordings.

Laurence Crane Chamber Works, another timbre at74x2 – a double CD set of solo and chamber works by Crane performed by Apartment House and including the solo piano work ‘Piano Piece No. 23 – Ethiopian Distance Runners’, composed for Philip ThomasA launch concert for this CD is being held at Café Oto, London, on July 15th.

Prof. Monty Adkins, sabbatical update


086-2014-bProf. Monty Adkins continues to have a productive sabbatical. Following the release of Residual Forms (Cronica) and Rift Patterns (Audiobulb), the works has received radio broadcasts on Radio 3’s Late Junction, BBC Radio 6 and ABC National Radio in Australia. The video trilogy from Rift Patterns (with ADA lecturer Jay Payne – video) was also featured at the Sonic Immersions Festival in Macedonia. Accompanying the release of Rift Patterns, Gonzo (Dutch equivalent of The Wire) have a feature interview with Prof. Adkins in their May issue with a track from the album on their cover CD. Whilst in Holland promoting the album Prof. Adkins also gave a guest lecture at the University of the Arts and premiered a new work, co-composed with Dr Rose Dodd on 4th May 2014 at the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam for bass clarinet, tenor saxophone and 31-tone organ.

A recent CD ‘Flight’ featuring an older work, Still Time commissioned in 2001 by flautist Alejandro Escuer has been nominated in the ‘best contemporary classical album’ at the Independent Music Awards, USA.

Prof. Adkins will also present papers at the EMS Conference 10-14 June in Berlin (co-authored with MA by Research student Tom Adams), xCoAx Conference 26-27 June in Porto, and at the Invisible Places Symposium 18-20 July in Viseu (co-authored with PhD student Mihalis Santamas). All three will result in academic publications.

On 14 May at the University of Leeds, Monty performed several pieces by Roberto Gerhard that have been newly restored from rare archive tapes, part of his AHRC-funded research project. The concert and accompanying talk surveyed British Electronic Music in the 1960s: Wishart, Gerhard, Derbyshire, Oram, Davies.

Dr Bryn Harrison, premiere in London, performance in New York

Dr Bryn Harrison’s installation work Passing Light made in collaboration with visual artist Tim Head receives its premiere on 15 June at Rich Mix Arts Centre in London. The work is commissioned by the London Sinfonietta supported by Arts Council England and the London Sinfonietta Pioneers.

Tim Head + Bryn Harrison: Passing Light
Tim Head + Bryn Harrison: Passing Light

On May 22nd, New York-based ensemble Wet Ink presented Bryn’s surface forms (repeating) in a concert of British experimental work at St Peter’s Church, Chelsea.

Prof. PA Tremblay, Dr Alex Harker, HISSTools new developments

The HISSTools team has contributed to the development of a new type of musical instrument. Approached by IRCAM’s Diemo Schwarz after a conference presentation, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Alex Harker have helped to integrate the convolution of table-top performance as a mean of enhancing the expressivity of an instrument built around CataRT, a descriptor-based corpus navigation system for creative granular synthesis. Under the title ‘Rich Contacts: Corpus-Based Convolution of Audio Contact Gestures for Enhanced Musical Expression’, the proof-of-concept results will be presented at the 14th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) in London, both as a demo and a paper on July 1st and 2nd.

Prof. Michael Clarke, Dr Frédéric Dufeu, TaCEM research update

Prof. Michael Clarke and Dr Frédéric Dufeu will present the first case study of the TaCEM project, Barry Truax’s ‘Riverrun’, at the Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference (EMS14) in Berlin on June 13th. Their generic software for Interactive Aural Analysis, TIAALS, will also be presented within the Interactive Music Notation and Representation workshop of the NIME2014 conference (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) at Goldsmiths, University of London, on June 30th.

Dr Richard Glover, Whistable Biennale

Richard has been working with visual artist Louisa Fairclough to create two new works for the Whistable Biennale. Absolute Pitch is a film sculpture running for the full two weeks of the festival, and Compositions for a Low Tide took audience members out along a spit of land surrounded by choristers on the late spring evening of Saturday 31 May. The project revolves around Louisa’s realisations of her late sister’s drawings, and Richard’s explorations of sustained harmonies in permutational processes reflecting structures within the drawings. Having both presented for Bath ICIA and at Spike Island in Bristol previously, future installations and performances are planned stemming from these projects.