Amnon Wolman: Experimenting with the composition process

Wednesday 19 February, 12-2pm, CM107 In recent years, experimental music has defined itself as an aesthetic and a “sound” identified by specific pieces and composers. In this talk I will try to shift the discussion back to experimentation as a central part of the composition process regardless of an aesthetic or sound. In my own […]

James Saunders/Matthew Sergeant: Making Pieces

Weds 22 Jan, 12-2pm, CM105 James and Matt will each look through a recent piece and discuss their working process, from initial ideas and planning, through to completion and realisation.

Jan Meinema – Sound designer, Rerecording Mixer, Field recordist and Lecturer

Wednesday 15 January 2020 12-2pm CM105 Jan works as a sound designer for short and feature independent films, documentaries and animations. His practice is based on a story driven approach to sound design. Particular interest areas are perspectival shifts and abstractions in film sound design and the crossover between scoring and sound design. A list […]

Lucy Pankhurst – Brass Bands – In and Out of Context

Wednesday 8 January 2020, 12-2pm, CM105 Drawing from her PhD research, compositionally examining the British brass band from a different perspective, combining traditional instrumentation with atypical elements, including electroacoustic additions, live sound manipulation, advanced performance techniques and using multiple ensembles. The presentation will include a look into research methods, composing techniques and artistic preferences, live demonstrations […]

Martijn Tellinga – Scoring Space

Wednesday 11 December 2019, 12-2pm, CM105 Martijn Tellinga (The Netherlands, 1974) is an artist, composer and occasional performer. His practice fuses elements of concert, installation and performance art. Drawn from a reduced formalist-seeming vocabulary, his work centres on the exploration of sound & listening to express ideas of space, place and process: their reciprocal production, […]

Davide Tidoni

Wednesday 27 November 2019, 12-2pm, CM105 Artist and researcher Davide Tidoni will explore the themes and principles underlying his work. Starting from his research on sound impulses and acoustic space, the first part of the presentation will explore the physical aspects of sound and the active role of the listener. The second part of thepresentation […]

Rie Nakajima – becoming sounds

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 12-2pm, CM105Talk 12-2pm Rie will present her work with objects as instruments and sculpture, positioning sounds, and making something happen in space with sound. Rie Nakajima is a Japanese artist working with installations and performances that produce sound. Her works are most often composed in direct response to unique architectural spaces […]

Christopher Williams – Becoming a resource: on some recent projects with and for improvisers

Wednesday 13 November 2019, 12-4, CM105 Talk 12-2pm In the first phase of the afternoon, Berlin-based composer, contrabassist, curator, and researcher Christopher A. Williams (http://www.christopherisnow.com) will offer a brief theoretical background and practical musings on two recent collaborative compositions with and for improvising musicians: Ansage, a radio piece featuring vocalist/performer David Moss and a choir […]

Emma Hooper – The World is Listening: crunching new numbers and searching for solutions to the U.K.’s ongoing gender imbalance in music creation

Wednesday 23 October, 12-2pm, CM105 With over 95,000 composers and songwriter members, the Performing Rights Society (PRS)is the organisation that ensures that professional composers and songwriters in the UK are compensated for the use of their work. In 1994 ten percent of PRS earning members were female (PRS, 2017b). In 2015, 22 years later, that number was only […]

Jim Copperthwaite – Inside Music for Picture

Wednesday 16 October, 12-2pm, CM105 Film and TV composer Jim Copperthwaite will present a brief excursion through the world of composing music for picture in which we’ll look at the creative process, compositional technique and craft of writing for the screen. For more information about Jim, have a look at his website​

Harry Matthews: experiencing noise in composed music [Open Scores Lab 25]

Wednesday 9 October, 12-2pm, CM105 The fourth season of Open Scores Lab opens with Harry Matthews presenting some recent work that explores the subjectivity of noise pollution. Harry will talk about composed and installed pieces that draw on personal testimony. In the afternoon session we will test some new work using portable speakers. Harry Matthews: […]

Larkhall – The Sea Was Never Blue

Wednesday 2 October, 12-2pm, CM105. The Sea Was Never Blue pairs an hour of melodic, dynamic new piano music with bespoke algorithmically-generated live visuals, short films in which each note played on the piano triggers an event on-screen, responding in real time to the give-and-take of the live performance. To create these visualisations, Larkhall (Charlie […]

Roger Mills: Tele-Improvisation: Intercultural Interaction in the Online Global Music Jam Session. (Visual Music and Sonic Arts) Wednesday 27 March, 12-2pm, CM107.

In this presentation, Roger Mills discusses his new book Tele-Improvisation: Intercultural Interaction in the Online Global Music Jam Session. He presents case study research of how geographically dispersed musicians and sonic artists interact tele-improvisation, and the approaches and strategies they develop to perform across global cultures and time-zones. The presentation includes audio-visual recordings of remote […]

Si Waite: Singer-songwriters, interactive systems and liveness. (Visual Music and Sonic Arts). Wednesday 13 March, 12-2pm, CM107

Si will be discussing and presenting examples of his work that explore different approaches to composing and performing with audio-visual interactive systems. Si Waite is a singer-songwriter working with audio-visual interactive systems. He has recently moved from Staffordshire University to Falmouth University and is currently preparing for a PhD viva at De Montfort University. Si […]

Maya Verlaak: ‘Verwondering’: An urge for attentiveness, mystery, imagination, surprise, astonishment, discovery and research (Open Scores Lab 22). Wednesday 6 March, 12-2pm and 2-4pm workshop, CM107

Capsizing a boat would break the boat’s functions but would also reveal how it travels forwards: moving to challenge the complacency of those with an incurious view of the boat’s functions. As composer I try to become an outsider to reflect better upon the mechanics of the field in which I operate, attempting to create […]

Aaron Einbond: Reproduction as Composition: searching and re-searching in recent music (Sonic Materialities Lab). Wednesday 27 February, 12-2pm, CM107.

Dr. Aaron Einbond (Senior Lecturer in Music, City, University of London) will present his recent work for instruments and electronics, positing composition as an act of searching for, retrieving, and sharing musical material rather than creating it “new”. He will elaborate on his practice using field recording, audio transcription, site-specific performance, and technology as timbral […]

Cathy Milliken: Composition and Collaboration: an investigation of collaborative musical practice through the lens of the composer (Intercultural Communication through Practice). Wednesday 20 February, 12-2pm, CM107.

The purpose of this seminar is to investigate various ways in which composers engage in collaborative, creative musical processes with others. I shall introduce three projects, each placed in different cultural contexts. I will touch on more general considerations such as democratic musical practices and shared authorship as well as specifics relating to intercultural creative […]

Larry Goves: Paraphernalia: material agency and musical excess (Sonic Materialities Lab). Wednesday 23 January, 12-2pm (CM.107).

Paraphernalia is an planned extensive sequence of new theatrical/multimedia music compositions in which the intention is to collide notions of material agency with a compositional interpretation of Kaloust Guedel’s Excessivism manifesto (2015) and related visual artworks. The sequence also takes, as an elusive starting point, Marco Ferreri’s controversial 1973 film La Grande Bouffe (which centres on a group […]

Pablo Villierezz: Panther Panther! Wednesday 28 November, 12-2pm (CM.107).

Panther Panther! is an audio-visual project that encompasses the following: music production and composition, live visuals for music or VJing, audio-visual performance, DJing, light installations in the public domain through projection mapping techniques, motion graphics and music/art video production. Panther Panther! is a stage name, but it is also an umbrella name for my current […]

Kathy Hinde. Wednesday 21 November, 12-2pm (CM.107).

Kathy Hinde’s work grows from a partnership between nature and technology expressed through audio-visual installations and performances that combine sound, sculpture, image and light. Kathy will share her recent work and discuss her working processes, inspirations and ongoing research in creating experiences that connect the audience to the natural world. Drawing on inspiration from behaviours and […]

Open Scores Lab 18: Thomas Meadowcroft – Composing and Neoliberalism: some preliminary remarks. Wednesday 14 November, 12-4pm (CM.107)

For Lab 18 we welcome composer Thomas Meadowcroft from Berlin to talk about his recent work, focusing on composing and neoliberalism. In the second half of the Lab, PhD composer Goni Peles will present his recent CompositionCloud project, with some opportunities to create content and explore distributed creative practices. 12-2pm | CM.107 | Thomas Meadowcroft – Composing and Neoliberalism: […]

Roger Dean: Computational Creativity. Wednesday 31 October, 12-4pm (CM.107).

Roger Dean will outline the framework within which he creates his compositional, improvisational, and intermedia sound works. In particular, Deep Learning will be presented as an interesting tool for exploring possible creative spaces in both text and symbolic music generation. Roger hopes for considerable interaction from the attendees, and is happy to diverge along paths […]

Ben Ramsay. Wednesday 24 October, 12-4pm (CM.107).

Ben’s practice draws from electronic dance music, acousmatics, field recording and sound synthesis to develop new music. In his talk he will cover both theoretical and practical approaches to his work, as well as his ongoing research in the field. Ben Ramsay is a British composer and sound artist based in the South West, UK. […]

Bryn Harrison. Wednesday 17 October, 12-4pm (CM.107).

Composer Bryn Harrison will discuss aspects of time, memory and repetition in his recent compositional output, drawing in particular on how these ideas relate to the materiality of sound in his recent Piano Quintet (2017).  He will demonstrate his approach to cyclical pitch structures and illustrate how these have been applied to works of extended duration.   […]

Gavin Morris: Digital Funfair. Wednesday 10 October 2018, 12-2pm, CM.107

  Gavin Morris has an MA in Digital Media and makes digital interactive installations. Through Nesta funding 10 years ago he created the Digital Funfair, a festival-based interactive entertainment experience which comprises a collection of interactive multi-media installations masked as old style fairground entertainment. The Digital Funfair has toured across the UK and Europe, including Glastonbury, […]

Laura Bowler (Open Scores Lab 17)

Wednesday 3 October, 12-4pm (CM.107) The first lab of the year features a visit from composer-performer Laura Bowler, who will talk about extremes and autobiography in her work. In the second half of the lab, Alex Mah and Harry Matthews report back from the KLANGRAUM and CAMP summer schools that they attended this year, and will […]

Trio Atem perform new piece by MA composers

We’ve had a great couple of days with Trio Atem in residence, giving a concert and working with our MA composers. On Wednesday evening they performed pieces by Nina Whiteman, Pia Palme, and Matthew Sergeant in the MTC. The following day they worked with MA composers on pieces written specially for the trio. The varied […]

Matthew Sergeant

Recently-appointed lecturer in composition, Matthew Sergeant introduces central ideas in his recent music: “When we compose, we make. But of late, I’ve become increasingly interested in the “who” or” what” is actually doing this making within my practice. Ideas of distributed creativities are of course, widely available – Liza Lim’s hylaemorphic model (Lim 2013) is […]

Scott McLaughlin

We’re really pleased to have Scott visiting us to talk about some of his recent work. He’ll be with us on Wednesday 18 October from 2-4pm in CM106. Scott Mc Laughlin is a composer and free-improviser (cello, live electronics) based in Huddersfield, UK. Born in Ireland (Co. Clare) in 1975, he wanted to be a […]

James Saunders

James will talk about his recent work that focuses on group behaviours and distributed decision-making, and we’ll try out some pieces in the session.   James Saunders is a composer who makes open form compositions that explore group behaviours and decision making. His music has been played at numerous international festivals, including Bludenz Tage fur […]

Andrew Hugill

Wednesday 4 October, 12-2pm, CM119 Towards an Ontology of Silence  Andrew presents a project that he has been working on for several months: to create an ontology of silence. This starts from a philosophical premise modelled on Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus and moves into a semantic web ontology that actualises  real and ideal silences. The project considers both affect […]

Luke Nickel

Wednesday 4 October, 2-4pm, CM106 Transcription Music Luke Nickel will speak about the beginnings of a new strand of practice-based research that involves the live transcription of speech to text, and the implications of considering this action as musical material. Luke Nickel (b. 1988) is an award-winning Canadian interdisciplinary artist and researcher currently undertaking a PhD […]