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Call for Papers for EMS'18

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 11:21
Call for papers for the 2018 Electroacoustic Music Studies, in Florence, June 20th - 23rd 2018, on the theme 'Electroacoustic Music: is it still a form of experimental music?'

http://www.ems-network.org/ems18/index.html



In the early years of musique concrète Schaeffer proposed that this new approach was a form of experimental music. Of course, during this period and later, others were to use this term as well, meaning something slightly different. Still, the rationale that organising sounds was an innovative form of music making was clearly a logical and just thing to say.
How true is this today? Has experimentation and innovation been overtaken by skill and technique?
Today, the term electroacoustic music now encompasses a wide variety of practices and even genres. Seventy years after the birth of concrete music, it has now become very difficult to circumscribe what electroacoustic music is or can be, because it is so diversified and has so many different styles. Clearly electroacoustic music has come a long way over the last 70 years and many will clearly state that (aspects of) their work are indeed experimental.
On the other hand, there are many who have claimed, for example, that a good deal of acousmatic music has common tendencies and some even go so far to suggest that much of it sounds similar. In the field of musicology, new impulses to research are provided by various forms of technical experimentation. New musical interfaces, bio sensors, the return of hybrid synthesis and DIY devices exemplify challenges for performance studies or creative process analysis.
Has experimentalism taken a back seat to technique and, if so, is that a bad thing? Or is technique now sufficiently mature to stimulate new forms of musical experimentation?
What new forms of experimental have arisen? To what extent do new technologies and techniques allow for experimentalism in electroacoustic music? This is why the theme of EMS2018 is:

Electroacoustic Music: is it still a form of experimental music?

EMS18 proposes its community to investigate the experimental of its broad horizon of musical creativity, its dynamic or lack thereof.

Farewell, MTI Noticeboard

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:21
The MTI Noticeboard is now retiring. It has been replaced by a new notices blog and information portal for the whole Music and Audio Technology subject area at De Montfort University. This can be found at mat.dmu.ac.uk.

All the past posts from this blog have been copied to the new blog.


MTI at EMS'17, Nagoya

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:50
The 2017 Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference is this week in Nagoya, Japan, on the theme of 'Communication in/through Electroacoustic Music'. With MTI well represented:

- Leigh Landy: "Cultural Identity in Electroacoustic Music: A Beijing Case Study"
- John Richards & Leigh Landy: "On the Music of Sounds and the Music of Things"
- Sven-Amin Lembke: "Triangular sound shapes: spectromorphology and its perceptual implications"

http://www.ems-network.org/ems17/index.html

MTI postgrads past & current at ISSTA'17

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 12:38
MTI postgrads past and current will be presenting & performing this week at ISSTA'17 in Dundalk:

- Robin Parmar 'Atoms and Digital Audio: Epicurus meets Mika Vainio'
- Neal Spowage 'Now I’m Digital Where Is My Ritual? Investigating Post Digital Performance Objects as Totems for Agency and Ritual'
- Luca Forcucci 'Bodyscapes'
- Robin Parmar: 'Improvisation on Korg Volca (4 Mika Vainio)'

http://issta.ie/

John Young's 'Three Spaces in Mid-Air' wins 2nd prize in Destellos Competition

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 11:06
Congratulations to MTI's John Young, whose work 'Three Spaces in Mid-Air' has received 2nd prize in this year's Destellos Competition!

http://www.fundestellos.org/pageone.htm

Leigh Landy & John Richards guest lectures at Japanese Society for Sonic Arts

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 11:05
On Saturday September 1st, MTI's Leigh Landy and John Richards will give guest lectures in Tokyo at the Japanese Society for Sonic Arts:

http://jssa.info/#en



第33回 JSSA先端芸術音楽創作学会

15:00~15:50 ゲスト講演その1

Prof. Leigh Landy (Director - Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre)
Title: In Pursuit of the Innovative and the Accessible: Some of the driving forces behind my music and my research

 Guest Speech

Abstract:
This talk will present the motivations related to both my work as a musician and as a scholar within the world of sonic creativity. Instead of focusing on technology and technique, it will introduce some of my ideas all of which are intended to move music forward. Issues will include: the (in)accessibility of new music; musical communication, dramaturgy and aesthetics; new musical communities; and even humour. Looking forward, John Richards’ and my new book (nearing completion), ‘On the Music of Sounds and the Music of Things’ will be discussed. In it I investigate sampling culture and John DIY or hacking culture. Together we look at what we believe are the driving forces of the innovative 21st century sonic musician.

16:00~16:50 ゲスト講演その2

Dr. John Richards (Reader in Music, De Montfort University)
Title: The Music of Things

 Guest Speech

Abstract:
The talk will focus on exploring making music through the fundamental exploration of electronic components, solder, wires and electricity itself. This serves as an extension to David Tudor’s idea of composing inside electronics. Musical instrument is no longer considered as a complete self-contained entity, but a collection of inter-connectable things. Making, such as DIY electronic instruments, is viewed not as a separate activity - for example, through workshops - but as a processual part of performance. From this premise, new paradigms for performance and composition of electronic music are born. Many of these ideas are summarized in my co-authored book with Leigh Landy titled ‘On the Music of Sounds and the Music of Things’ that will also be discussed.