Adrian Moore is a composer of electroacoustic music. He mainly composes music for
fixed formats (CD, DVD), music intended for ‘sound diffusion’ over multiple
loudspeaker systems. He also writes for instruments, often with a live processing
element using Max-MSP and custom built software. He directs the University of
Sheffield Sound Studios (USSS) where researchers and composers collaborate on new
musical projects. Adrian Moore’s research interests are focused towards the
development of the
acousmatic tradition in electroacoustic music, the performance of
electroacoustic music, signal processing, and human-computer interaction in music
His music has been commissioned by the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM),
the Institute International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (IMEB) and the
Arts Council of England. A significant proportion of his music is available on 3 discs,
'Traces', 'Rêve de l'aube' and 'Contrechamps' on the Empreintes DIGITALes label
The Wolf's Glen a work from sounds composed in collaboration with Juxtavoices
Sebastien is working on sound spatialization with his professor John Young at De Montfort University in Leicester.
After completing his bachelor degree, he decided to further his research on the spatialization of sound in electroacoustic music, from the compositional process, as well as in the diffusing practice.
Sound explorator, Sebastien travels through the diverse avenues of noise and music in order to capture and compose the novel sounds.
Electric bells is a short composition that was created by using a bell repetitive buzzing & clanging sound with lots of distortion. Electric bells have been widely used at railroad crossings, in telephones, fire alarms and doorbells. With the development of low cost electronics from the 1970s onwards, most electric bells have now been replaced by electronic 'sounders'. These replace the electromechanical striker of a bell with an electronic oscillator and a loudspeaker, often a piezo transducer.
3 ) A Short History of Stuttering
Richard Scott is an electroacoustic composer and free improviser working with gesture-controlled interfaces, analogue modular synthesizers and advanced sampling techniques. He is a member of Grutronic and a curator of the concert series AUXXX and Basic Electricity. He is rumoured to live somewhere between Manchester, UK and Berlin, Germany.
A Short History of Stuttering is a brief mediation on the art of the incomplete utterance; a rhythmic fragment is subject to various rapid interruptions, modulations and extensions leading to a new form. Recorded live in the Basic Electricity club in Berlin December 2011 using a heavily modified Buchla Lightning/WiGI infra red wireless midi controller with STEIM's JunXion and LiSa midi processing and sample manipulation software - and a laptop that was just about to crash. www.richard-scott.net
Gerard Gormley is an Electroacoustic composer from Northern Ireland. He is currently a PhD student based at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast. His work is focused on how the exploration of timescales affects the compositional approach.
Dotted fragments of mechanical noise off-shoot combined with a twisted sense of emperical exploitation of the rhythmical balance.
Monty Adkins is a composer, performer and lecturer in experimental electronic music. His work is available at www.audiobulb.com
Five Kinds of Dusk is based on the painting of the same name by English artist Pip Dickens.
Robert J Dow
Robert Dow (b. 1964, Oakland) graduated with degrees in Science, Music, Law and Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and holds both an MA and a PhD from the University of Birmingham where he studied under Jonty Harrison. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.
'Vanishing' is a short acousmatic exercise which uses heavily processed, concrete sound material. It was realised in the Electroacoustic Music studios at the University of Edinburgh.
John Howard Maycraft
Wanting to progress in his chosen instrument, he studied at first with his high school music teacher, then going on to specialise in electric guitar. All the lessons and study were of great benefit in the formation of a good grounding in musical theory, guitar technique and a genuine enthusiasm for guitar music, and indeed, music of all genres.
John came to the conclusion that his "individual voice" was something that had to be learned, but couldn't be taught. This is still an ongoing process..
Working predominantly on Guitars- though not exclusively- Johns work is Minimalist, with timed echoes. The mathematical principles of "Fibonacci", the "Golden ratio" and "Phi" are also to be found in his work. Therefore odd time signatures and different rhythms are often at the source of these quirky yet melodic pieces.
The sustained patterns weave intricate melodies and voices into a simple beginning, often becoming more complex as the themes develop.
Liam is a guitarist from Co. Louth, with a love for all things metal. Currently studying Applied Music in DKIT, he has produced this piece as part of a project.
This track utilises a crude 'Sheppard Tone', or auditory illusion, creating an ever increacing tone, alongside Taoiseach Enda Kenny's recent speech at an Ard Fheis, the same day bondholders were bailed out. This is Liam's interpretation.
Paul Wilson is a composer working at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast. His compositions involve the use of instruments and electronic resources. His works have been commissioned and performed by The Ulster Orchestra, Barrie Webb, Steve Halfyard, Elizabeth McNutt, Esther Lamneck, Pedro Carneiro, Darragh Morgan, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, The Smith Quartet and Psappha, amongst others, and have been performed across Europe, the United States, Central America and the Far East. Recent works include Through the Rain for 8 channels, which was premiered at Inventionen 2006 das Festival neuer Musik, and Four Memories for the Smith String Quartet and live electronics, which was premiered at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in 2006. More recent projects include works for Darragh Morgan, Elizabeth McNutt and Esther Lamneck.
This little piece takes the sounds from Elizabeth McNutt's Alto flute and articulates them along with some of the sounds from Audley's Castle in Northern Ireland. A number of articulations and spaces ensue through the 60 seconds of this piece.
10 ) Bio Luminescent patio
Augustine Jan Seth Maranatha Bannatyne Leudar
Award winning sound artist Augustine Leudar has exhibited work all over the world in spaces as diverse as tropical conservatories to the national gallery of the Czech republic. His music has been played on John Peel and he runs an experimental radio show recenly acclaimed in the Guardian.
In 2010 Augustine also delivered the worlds largest multichannel sound installation filling 4 acres of the tropical Biome at the Eden with real and imaginary jungle sounds .
Sound art = Listening not reading
Verbal thought processes are irrelevant , even detrimental, to the piece so the less said about it - the better.
Elischa Kaminer was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1991. He studied composition and music theory with Vit Koenig and Franz Kaern. In 2010 he was awarded a scholarship by the Royal Academy of Music where he is currently studying composition with David Sawer. Recent commissions included music for films by Thomas Riedelheimer, Nils Aguilar and Pierfrancesco Artini as well as a piece in collaboration with choreographer Rosie Whitney-Fish as part of Spitalfields Music Festival.
The story of Philomel (or Philomela) is one of the most brutal narrations in ancient Greek mythology. It can be found in the sixth book of Ovid's Metamorphoses.
The piece is a dedication to the figure of Philomel and alludes to the metamorphosis described in Ovid's narration.
12 ) Northwest 6 to gale 8
Produced work for a number of radio programs broadcast on independent FM radio stations across Europe and USA. Have audio work released on various compilations.
Shown my generative abstract animations in galleries and outdoors across the UK. Developed this work into a piece that was created by reading a recording of thunder. Working on a cultural Olympiad commission to explore the landscape of Dorset, recorded with GPS recorder. This data is then transformed into abstract representation
Treated field recordings from a windy day at Portland Marina, in Dorset.
I write, orchestrate and copy music for film, TV and theatre companies based in the UK and around the world.
My compositions have been heard on TV and accompanying theatre productions and silent films in both the UK and Australia. Key achievements include orchestrating music for the BBC 1 comedy-drama 'Lapland', the National Theatre's 'The Kitchen' and the Australian feature film 'A Heartbeat Away'.
A graduate of the Univeristy of Manchester (B. Mus), I now live in London, UK.
Performer: Andrew Gorman
This electro-acoustic piece explores the movement and sounds of a heavy train running on its tracks. The extremely high and low frequencies create the spatial aspect of a train moving towards, and away from, the listener.
All sounds in this work were derived from a violin. Using a variety of different string techniques such as sul ponticello and false harmonics this 1 minute piece explores both the smooth whooshing and ear-piercing screeching of a train in motion.
David John Bird
David Bird is an electroacoustic composer from South Wales. His interest in computer music started whilst studying creative music technology at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff. David is currently located in Belfast Northern Ireland finishing a PhD in composition at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queens University of Belfast; funded by the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL). David is also a founding member of the Sonic Arts in Wales (SAW)
This composition explores two notions, firstly framing soundscape recordings in a similar fashion to photography and the idea of a peep show. The listener is taken on a fixed journey through a imaginary space where natural and unnatural scenes, ideas and environments frequent.
15 ) Quantaform for Solo Flute: mvt 3
Ambrose Field, British Composer b.1971, writes music which combines human performance and technology. His latest CD release, Being Dufay, has toured as a live project with performances at 13 international venues. BBC Music Magazine awarded 5* ratings to the project. Field's work explores new territories resulting from an unusual approach to source material. BBC Radio Three commented that Field's work is 'Music pushing against its boundaries'. Field's music is released on ECM and Sargasso.
The Quantaform Series is a set of short pieces for solo flute and acoustic resonance. The response of the acoustic forms a designed part of the piece, rather than being an effect which is normally added to the music. Here, precise pitch and rhythmic trajectories are arranged to provoke the acoustic in new and unusual ways.
16 ) Skomer Farmyard Night Atmos
I am a sound recordist mostly working in theatre, creating unrealities to accompany the deceit of the drama. For my listening pleasure I spend time in wild or remote places listening to and recording the natural sounds so unavailable in my daily life. We find so little to satisfy us in this modern world, forgetting that our aural links with the natural soundscape is where we link to our innermost emotions. To be able to find peace in the cacophony of nature is a rare and splendid thing. I do.
Cross Jack Sound to the remote island of Skomer, climb the sixty something steps to half-way up the cliff, stop and observe the hundreds of puffins and razorbills only meters from your feet. Your introduction to this island paradise is only surpassed after dark as thousands of Manx Shearwaters fly in, returning to their burrows, all the while calling to their mate safe underground and calling back to guide them in. Recorded on Tascam FR2Le with AT4022 in head spaced binaural. Try headphones.
Hannibal Eric Andersen
Hannibal Eric Andersen is a Danish born electro acoustic composer and artist. He has exhibited work and performed in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Turkey, France and London. Pieces of his include interactive sculptural instruments and installations, scores for short films and one LP. Before moving to London in 2011, he studied for a Tonmeister Bachelor's degree at The Royal Danish Academy of Music. Currently, he is studying for a Master's degree in Sound Art at London College of Communication.
'Bells from the deep' is a piece of music inspired by russian bell ringer, Yuri Yurivich Yuriev, who appears in Werner Herzog's Documentary film by the same name. The piece consists of the sounds of three smaller hand bells, recorded with a homemade 'live-sampling' software made in MAX/MSP. The ambition of the piece was to capture the mysterious, hypnotic atmosphere in Yuriev's performance.
Senior lecturer in Music Technology, Electroacoustic Music and Video Art at Keele University (UK). His compositions have received a number of prestigious international prizes and are regularly selected and performed in various international festivals, concerts, events and conferences. His activity as researcher and educator focuses on working practices and compositional languages that bridge the Electroacoustic idiom with other aspects of popular culture and experimental art.
Más Claro (primer movimiento) is the first of a collection of acousmatic miniatures developed entirely from a set of clarinet sounds. Reflecting the artistic language and the humorous mood underlying this work, the title is a whimsical word play which mixes 'clarinet' (the name of the musical instrument) and 'claro' (the Spanish word for 'clear') into an uncertain semantic cauldron.
Philip Reeder is a composer in the UK. The focus of his output is on multichannel fixed media composition, applying an acousmatic approach to wide ranging compositional activity. His work has been recognised and performed internationally (Bourges/IMEB, Prix Ars Electronica, ICMC, Frieze, EMPAC).
Submersed contact mics fighting seaweed, dangling binaurals, subjected to the wind and waves around Gylly Beach, Cornwall.
Pete Stollery lives and works in the north east of Scotland.
Shortshortstuff is a very short extract from the piece Shortstuff, both of which have source materials which is made up of very short sounds.
Simon D. Wilson
Over dubbed field recordings and tape noise.
Layers of affected beats.
Patricia Walsh is a multi media artist working with sound and video. Her video WAVE was screened as part of International Women's Day 2012, at UCLAN, Preston, in a show curated by Lubaina Himid. Her video DIVE is currently showing on BBC Big Screen Leeds.
A sigh, a sound, a word, a sentence.
23 ) Musik für die Bayreuther Festspielhaus
Christopher Haworth is an artist and writer currently completing his Ph.D. at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast. His creative work concerns the use of psychoacoustic phenomena and auditory illusions as compositional material. His works have been presented at ICMC, EMS and Sonorities, among others
The work uses a variant of the Tritone Paradox discovered by Diana Deutsch. Deutsch discovered that, when using tones that were defined in pitch chroma but ambiguous in pitch height, the neutral interval of the tritone would nevertheless be perceived as having a particular direction when two tones were played in succession. So, depending upon their handedness or the pitch contour of their accent, two listeners sitting next to each other in the Bayeuther would hear a different 'Musik für...'
Hello, I'm Emma and I like to write music for real and electronic instruments. I'm interested in things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. Lately, I've been playing a lot of traditional Irish folk music. And I love it.
adj. in the mood to get struck by lightning, to stand in an open field and be singled out and drafted by the universe because of your innate potential to resolve a battle between faceless titans roaring in the sky, a task which doesn't require you to write a cover letter. (www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com)
This is a memory piece, and it served to remind me why I write music.
25 ) "Manhattan minuit (2010)
Ricardo Climent works in areas of music composition and interactive media, involving the use of audio and visual metadata. Since 2006 he serves as Co-Director of the NOVARS Research Centre, University of Manchester in UK and previously held a lecturing position at SARC, Belfast. Ricardo was resident composer at the JOGV Orchestra in Spain; Conservatorio of Morelia in Mexico; Sonology - Kunitachi College Tokyo; LEA labs, C.A.R.A. N. Ireland, N.K. Berlin and at the Push Festival, Sweden.
From the days when Peter Minuit purchased the territories of Manhattan for 60 guilders to the wrong American Indian tribe (back on May 24, 1626), to the Donald Trump era, one may argue that many things have changed in New York... but perhaps not that many!. Manhattan minuit is a one minute minuet dance, as a sonic celebration of Trump's casinos built in Indian reservations, in the spirit of Peter Minuit's great deal but with existing Native American Indians. Well done Donald!
Daniel Grossman is an American born Israeli artist.
Currently residing in the UK, Daniel's practice deals with identity and memory through materiality of sound. He graduated from the Sonology course at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and is currently completing his MA Sound Arts at the University of the Arts London. His works were shown in different galleries and venues, including the Barbican (London), Koresh Gallery (Jerusalem), Suzanne Dellal (Tel Aviv).
Haiku60 aims to meditate on the phenomena of durations. Different materials unfold through time, stimulating our sensibility and comprehension to proportions and resolutions.
Haiku60 was synthesised and composed using SuperCollider.
Stephan Probst was born in Munich, Germany in 1975. After having lived in Afghanistan, Switzerland and India he finally moved to London, England in 1995. Creating music became a serious interest in 2008 and as a result he's now learning music theory and composition. So far the primary areas of productivity lie in the electro-acoustic or acousmatic genres but, as a matter of principle, no forms of music are being disregarded. Influences include Weird Fiction, nature, silent films, commercial or industrial sites and peace and quiet.
Moment was produced specifically for 60x60. It's a small tuft of sound moss growing amidst the other entries in this project, a tiny story in electro-acoustic form suggesting avenues into which the listeners imagination may explore. It's supposed to sit in between other, more important, occupations, representing the small idle spaces of time in between the pursuit of planned activities. The major influence for the concept of just being (in) the idle present comes from Max Frisch's Montauk. The composition is sequential using self made raw material that was manipulated, entirely in the digital domain, to form a coherent whole.
28 ) Lord Leonard Gray, his March
Fergus Johnston was born in Dublin in 1959 and studied music at Trinity College Dublin. He has written 2 operas and 1 children's oratorio along with a number of works for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, and electronics. He was awarded the Arts Council of Ireland's McCauley Fellowship in 1989, and is a member of Aosdána, Ireland's State Academy of the Arts.
This piece for piano was written to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan. It is a character study of Lord Leonard Gray, one of the main characters in my opera "The Earl of Kildare". I Liked it so much that I later orchestrated it for chamber ensemble and it became the prelude to Act III of the opera
David Warren Ross
David Ross is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer of electronic and electro-acoustic music born and based in East London. Recent collaborations include performances/recording with Evan Parker in 'Grutronic' and duet with Shakuhachi player Clive Bell.
His electronic composition, 'Eyetones', designed to transform the London Eye into a sonic 'clock' revolving anti-clockwise delineating the final hour of BST, was originally shortlisted for PRSF New Music Award 2010.Although this was subsequently withdrawn unrealized, a Radiophonic version has been broadcast on Resonance FM, 2010/11 at the appropriate hour. He has been leading music workshops for adults with special needs for over ten years.
The piece is inspired by journalist Patrick Barkham's account of eating the 'Infinity Chilli' which briefly held the world record 2011 for the world's hottest chilli, measuring a staggering 1,067,286 Scoville Heat units. Cultivated by Nick Woods in Grantham Lincolnshire, it represents a considerable achievement considering the UK climate. Patrick describes the initial pleasant fruity flavour being superseded by fire so intense he could feel it in his ears, eventually melting into a dizzy high, an 'out of body experience'. Based on personal experiences of hot peppers, but too cowardly to try the Infinity Chilli, I created this electronic realisation.
Roger L Doyle
Composer Roger Doyle has worked extensively in theatre, film and dance, in particular with the music-theatre company Operating Theatre, which he co-founded. Babel, his magnum opus, was begun in 1990 and had its first public showing in an entire wing of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1992 as a dance piece. A five-CD box set, Babel, was released to celebrate the composer's fiftieth birthday in 1999. He was awarded the Magisterium Prize at Bourges 2007 and programme music prize there in 1997.
Music to join and separate
'Weightless Hours', Les Scott's second album under the name Neu Gestalt was released this year. He is presently working on a third album while also carrying out remix and collaborative work.
In the first part of A Murder of Crows, we hear the sound of someone walking in nature among crows and other birds and the shakuhachi-led melody acts like a musical soundtrack to a film - separate and descriptive. Within the rhythm element, there are occasional snare flams â€“ fairly quiet â€“ but at machinegun-like speed. At the end of the piece, when the music has stopped, the flam reappears alone to startle the birds. In doing this, we realise that it has shifted from one dimension to another.
Daniel Clive McCallum
Born 1989 in Melbourne (Australia), Daniel studied performance & composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music High School for 5 years before taking up his studies in composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London with the generous assistance of the ABRSM scholarship.
This work comes from a collection of short solo works for string instruments. These are my "thoughts".
Kerry L Hagan
Kerry Hagan is a composer and researcher working in both acoustic and computer media. She develops real-time methods for spatialization and stochastic algorithms, and studies the aesthetics and history of electronic music. Currently, Kerry is a Lecturer at the University of Limerick in the Digital Media and Arts Research Centre. At UL, she built SpADE, a 32.2-channel environment for composition, auditory display and psychoacoustic research. Kerry also founded ISSTA, an organisation whose mission
60mechanisms is a rhythm etude that is created in real-time in Pd. It explores the same noise-based synthesis techniques as Morphons and Bions (2011), Kerry's most recent work, while shifting attention away from generating timbres into the nature of rhythm, pulse and counterpoint. In sixty seconds, musical mechanisms are articulated by random processes, occasionally pulsed and at other times, fluid. Based on chance procedures, the mechanisms flow in and out of phase with each other, as differen
34 ) sandy cockle sandwiches
Karen Power is an Irish composer, educator, improviser and academic who writes primarily for acoustic and electroacoustic forces.
In 2009 she completed a PhD in acoustic and electroacoustic composition at SARC, Belfast, with Prof. Michael Alcorn. Recently Karen has spent time in residency at The Banff Centre, Canada, The Guesthouse, Ireland and was a composer fellow at UCDavis, California, USA. Karen has written pieces for Alarm Will Sound, SCAW, Carin Levine, RTE and Ulster Symphony Orchestras
Sandy Cockle Sandwiches was written specifically for the 60x60 call. It is a one minute soundscape where the principal sample originated from water being taken from a drinking tank. The piece gives an unusual sense of something that is moving very quickly but never really progresses. The end is just an end. It was quite a challenge to limit a soundscape to just one minute!
Stephen Jay Schumacher
Stephen Jay Schumacher, born 1949 in NZ, has been London based for many years.
Originally playing percussion within a free jazz setting, he then spent 10yrs in West Africa studying and playing drums.
Recently, he has been playing the Dulcimer and is working on material as a singer songwriter.
Going against the grain. Moving away from the digital realm. Exploring a more elemental world of sound. Entering a space that is dependent on breath and is human oriented -rather than machine orientated. Having the courage to accept what music arises from within.
36 ) So turns the Sluggard on his Bed
Gordon Delap is an Irish composer, specialising in electronic music. He is currently based at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
So turns the Sluggard on his Bed" was inspired by a poetic, judgmental passage from the King James version of the bible.
Rob Bentall is an electroacoustic composer hailing from Enfield, North London. He is currently studying for a PhD at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen's University, Belfast. His interests include acousmatic music, sound diffusion, free-improvisation on double bass and occasional table tennis. He holds a B.Mus. from the University of Manchester (2010) and an M.Mus. from the University of Sheffield (2011).
Lint_VI explores extremes of intimacy in an acousmatic miniature. In under a minute, the listener is taken into expansive, explosive gestural sound worlds but also into intimate, grainy and scattered spaces. The chasm between climactic moments and the minute sounds is almost unable to be taken in during such a short time frame, thus lending the piece a sense of unity in sound material. Lint_VI is almost as dense in sound material as actual lint is of fabrics.
Tom Williams is an award winning composer and principal lecturer at Coventry University, UK. He studied composition at Huddersfield and Keele Universities and completed a doctorate in composition at Boston University.
Rewire uses some of the sound material from my work Wire & Wind and reworks it.
Lefteris papadimitriou is a Greek composer currently residing in the UK. . Compositional interests include the exploration of psychological mapping of aural signals and employment of surrealistic and visual techniques. In 2006 he won the international Gaudeamus with his composition for piano and orchestra, titled 'Black and White'. He has studied composition with Ianni Iannis Ioannidis and is a graduate of the music department of the University of Athens.
''Elle Loge La Folie'' is a short electroacoustic piece after Roberto Matta's painting with the same title. My intention was to use as many different sources as possible in a very limited duration without loosing the individuality of each source. Mixing and editing of the various sounds aims to create a kind of surrealistic biomorphism of sound objects and dissolve boundaries between artificial and natural forms in a similar way that Matta's painting does with visual objects.
Born in Santiago, Chile, studied acoustics in Chile and perception of sound in Denmark,
where he worked several years as a researcher in the field of computer music. He studied composition in Copenhagen with Anders BrÃ¸dsgaard, completed a PhD in composition at the University of York with Ambrose Field and Roger Marsh and since 2008 works as lecturer at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts of Lancaster University. His music has been played in festivals across Europe and the Americas.
This short piece explores the idea of combining subtle rhythmic and timbral variations using as a sonic framework various samples of individual percussion instruments of a Javanese Gamelan Orchestra.
Postgraduate student in Musical Composition with Supervisor Professor Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham, England. My current compositions are mainly influenced by Jonty Harrison's ' et ainsi de suite', Trevor Wishart's 'Red Bird', and Katharine Norman's 'Squeaky Reel'. I have a particular interest in listening to and composing with animal/human voices and mechanical objects.
In 'Mechanical Bird', the listener can hear artificial bird sounds and 'real' bird sounds meshed together and at times it becomes difficult to tell them apart. The piece originated from some thoughts about how ideas and feelings about 'Nature' and what is or is not 'natural', always come from the imagination of humans. If a bird isn't living 'wildly', as it lives a 'domesticated' life with humans, does it still represet 'Nature'? All the sounds used were recorded specifically for this piece.
42 ) For the Mountains Shall Depart
Adam Cullen studied music at NUI Maynooth. He received a first class honours degree specialising in composition before completing his MLitt on Schubert's Chamber Music. He has published papers in Maynooth Musicology and spoken at the international symposium Thanatos as Muse. He has performed extensively as a musician and also as a stand-up comedian and has won competitions for composition and comedy. He also writes fiction and his short story Right and Wrong is being published in '30 under 30'.
'For the Mountains Shall Depart' was written after I had won a choral-writing competition. After so long carefully writing naturally singable lines I wanted to explore something more aggressively artificial. I wrote awkward lines and recorded them, part by painful part. I embraced the technological crudeness of pitch-shifted, re-tuned voices and took it further by doubling those lines with sampled choral sounds in unnatural reverbs.
Connor is currently studying Music Technology at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. His compositional work is diverse, ranging from experimental electroacoustic music to more traditional orchestral compositions. He has composed the scores to several short films and television programs, with his work evident on the recent 'SOS: The Titanic Inquiry' program on BBC1 NI.
Tao attempts a musical exposition of the Tao Teh Ching, through an exploration of the Yin and Yang nature of the universe. As in Trevor Wishart's composition 'Red Bird,' sound-images (imitating real world sounds and evoking a mental image) are opposed and transformed to create a complex network of metaphorical associations. Natural images of water and fire form the basis of the composition, and are heard in an ambiguous yet interconnected sonic environment analogous to the familiar world.
Philip Watts d'Alton
Philip d'Alton is an Electroacoustic/Soundscape composer living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has completed a degree in Sonic Arts and a Masters Degree in Sonic Arts, specialising in composition and sound design. He is currently carrying out research for a PhD in the School of Creative Arts, Queens University, Belfast. Philip is looking at composition based on the history of National Landmarks in Ireland and the UK and the significance of these landmarks and the community around them.
This stereo piece looks at the history of the Royal Albert Clock in Belfast City and the effect of the soundscape surrounding it. It is a somewhat fantastical journey into the both destructive and beautiful history surrounding the clock.
Nichola Scrutton is a Glasgow-based composer, performer and sound artist.
The title Rifts invokes geological features that arise when a landscape is subject to competing pressures, leaving unpredictable lines and depths. Perhaps our mind and memory could be said to bear the traces of similar forces. Using vocal gestures, this piece attempts to capture a cross section of such a mental landscape.
46 ) White Star Line (Re)visited
Danny Mc Carthy
Studied at the National College of Art and Design. He currently lectures in Sound Art in the School Of Music and Drama ,UCC as well as visiting lecturer and workshop facilitator in various institutions He has pioneered both performance art and sound art in Ireland and he continues to be a leading exponent exhibiting and performing both in Ireland and abroad including SPAN2 in London and at "Hearing Place" in Melbourne, Australia. His work is in the collections of the Arts Council Of Ireland, Crawford Municipal Gallery and Limerick City Gallery and numerous other public and private collections in Ireland and abroad. Several books and CDs of his work are available.
This work consists of remixed field recordings made on below(hydrophone) and above the pier which was crossed by the last passengers boarding the Titanic at its last port of call Cobh Co Cork Ireland before it sank.The recordings were made on the one hundred anniversary on the sinking.
47 ) The Death of A Sound
Achilleas (1978) is a Greek â€“ born musician. He has written music for orchestra, film, theatre, dance, installations, websites etc. His work has been performed in Greece, UK, Spain, USA, Venezuela. He currently freelances as a wind, piano and live electronics performer, as well as composing for various media, especially theatre. As a solo artist, he releases his music through e-soundscapes, a music production collective that he co-founded in 2006.
The Death of A Sound is a short piece which is totally based on one sample. The only techniques that were used in the piece were pitch and pan changes. The sequence was created by a custom piece of software written in C, which generated a Csound score using algorithms that emulate the behavior of bouncing objects.
48 ) Icing On The Cake - Scrape Reduction pt3
Paul J Rogers
Paul J Rogers is a Sound Sculptor, Producer and Composer who has released albums on a number of international labels including Beta-lactam Ring Records (USA), Alrealon Musique (France), ASC Records (UK) and Slam Productions (UK). Paul has also composed many soundtracks for film, theatre and dance. Paul's main interests lie in exploring extraneous sounds and noises within everyday experiences and is currently undertaking doctorate research in a composition based PhD, 'The Beauty Of Sonic Waste'.
A performance by the guitarist John Williams was excavated of all material apart from the tiny moments where a scraping sound can be heard across the strings as the fingers move to change position. Superfluous high frequency sounds which are never within the intentions of the score but are often unavoidable. These tiny moments were then compressed together. The result was then layered with a gradual filtering effect applied. A journey between the resulting melody and the scrape sounds and back.
Mariko Otake is a UK-based composer/sound artist.
Haunted room in a big house...
Ka Yau Lau
Born in Hong Kong, Michael Ka Yau Lau is currently studying the PhD in Electroacoustic Composition in NOVARS, University of Manchester, UK.
He is interested in Soundscape composition as well as the idea of 'cities as instruments, cities as museum'. He explores different cities to discover new and unique sonic materials to represent corresponding locations.
When I think of the sound that represent Hong Kong and Chinese culture, the first thing in my brain is 'Mahjong'.
Mahjong is a very famous game in Hong Kong. During playing by four persons, a lot of highly percussive and exceptional unique sounds are produced, which is the typical sign of the game.
All sounds from the piece are recorded by the playing of Mahjong.
Bernard Clarke is an award-winning broadcaster with RTÃ‰ lyric fm, Ireland's state radio sataion. He has also worked closely with Just Listen (an international soundart festival hosted by the National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland); curated listening posts for WIRED (Waterford, Ireland) and produced radiophonic specialities for the European Broadcasting Union's Ars Acustica group.
chorale plays on the space between two notes, two sounds, two moods, two emotions. Recently, the Irish music company, Ergodos curated "I Call To You" -versions and recompositions of JS Bach's "Ich ruf zu Dir" and that got me thinking on calling on the full and empty heavens.
I used some of the first verse of the prayer.
Having spent his formative years living on the moon, Peter Roberts now works at NASA designing fire proof underwear for space monkeys. He has sometimes been known to lie. He does come from the north of England though and acknowledges that, in reality, his time is divided between talking about music and making it. He sincerely hopes that you enjoy his new composition, An Interruption...
An Interruption is a new composition from the English composer Peter Roberts. Aiming to explore the effects of simultaneously aligning and fragmenting short motifs over tuned percussion, this short piece takes its inspiration from an awkward downpour that apologetically pierced an otherwise sunny day. The composer is aware that it may also concern other, more personal, subject matter but, realizing that he'll be the last person to understand what it all means, is instead quite content to keep peering out of his window at the weather...
53 ) Was She on the Boat?
Lisa Whistlecroft is a composer and sound artist from north-west England. She works in fixed media, producing soundscapes from recorded sound, often of natural environments, sometimes processed, sometimes not. When using spoken words, she is fascinated by the liminal space between comprehension and obscurity. Lisa holds an MPhil in composition from the University of Birmingham and, as well as writing solo concert pieces, she works with dance and theatre artists and creates sound design for film.
A bare rock, a wooded headland overlooking treacherous waters, the creak of old wood and iron, the call of birds, the chatter of the present, the shadow of the past, the names. Was she there?
'Was She on the Boat?' features Steve Lewis (voice and found instruments) with Natasha Fewings (invisible dance and voice). The piece is built from washed up and broken fragments of the site-specific performance 'Jack Scout' which was conceived and directed by Nigel Stewart and Louise Ann Wilson.
Torsten Anders composes instrumental and electroacoustic music that has been performed in Europe, America, and the Far East. He also developed the constraint-based composition system Strasheela.
He presently teaches music technology at the University of Bedfordshire, and worked at several universities before. For more details see http://www.torsten-anders.de
Trilleretuede is entirely performed by a virtual bowed instrument where two strings are connected by a spring! The piece consists of a number of unusual "trills". It starts with bow force trills (the applied bow pressure alternates quickly), continues with bow velocity trills, later bow position trills (!), and finally trills of the spring connection position. The composition was rendered with the physical modelling system Tao, and only slightly mastered afterwards.
Peter Mottram has written and released a variety of music under various guises. Most recently, this has been using the "Car Alarm Quartet" pseudonym, where the music is a mix of acoustic, ambient, orchestral and electronic. This has resulted in a couple of EPs being released on Occasional Records
Be Prepared" is a prepared piano piece, but hopefully with a definite contemporary edge to it. The time restriction of the piece caused the piece to be more more rigid and compartmentalised than my usual composoition style. The self applied restriction of only using a prepared piano without any effects/processing, also made it a necessity to use the piano to physically create sounds/atmospheres, that I would otherwise have creted electronically. This created some unexpected, but not unwanted, results !
Stephen McCourt was awarded with a PhD in Electroacoustic Composition at the University of Limerick in January 2012. During his research he developed a visually informed approach to sound composition and analysis, which is outlined in his thesis 'Sonic Images and Multimedia Aesthetics in Electroacoustic Music'. Recent collaborations include Ian Wilson (composer), John Scott (choreographer), Charles Atlas (video artist), Mary Wycherley (dance/film artist) and Holly Kennedy (filmmaker).
This piece is a homage to Pierre Schaeffer's "Etude aux chemins de fer". On a train from Limerick to Dublin I noticed a hole in the floor, which enabled me to pick up sounds of the wheels running on the tracks with my portable recorder. The only sound material used was manipulations of four short extracts from this recording.
Paul Burnell was born in 1960, Ystrad, South Wales and now lives and writes in London. Works include 'Glassblowing' for Bella Tromba trumpet quartet 2010, 'Standard Slowly Squared' for Contakt Ensemble 2011 and '2 Ping' for CoMA Limerick Ensemble. Albums include 'Good to Go' and 'Sticking with Childish Things'.
"Choose an instrument that can sustain any 6 pre-determined pitches (piano, vibraphone etc.) or collection of six resonating bowls, gongs etc. Take a deep breath and whilst holding your breath play the pitches/instruments in any order, but within phrases of 13 notes, always sustained, rhythm and dynamic ad lib. Each phrase is separated by a long pause. At the start the speed is fast then gradually slows. When you need to breath again stop playing. Breathe slowly as the final sounds die away."
Aidan Deery graduated from University of Liverpool in 2007 with a B.A. in Popular Music, and pursued a Music Technology Masters at DkIT Dundalk, completing a portfolio of electoacoustic compositions. His compositions to date have been fixed medium tape pieces, often concerned with the theme of struggle between modernity and the natural world. Aidan is currently undertaking research at SARC into electroacoustic composition informed by aspects of 'space and sonic identity'.
We are often bombarded with technological interference and disturbance, self-imposed or otherwise. 'Country Stroll' simulates a failed pursuit of tranquility in the face of this bombardment, which offers only momentary relief.
Nena Zinovieff lives in London and is a composer of computer, improvised and contemporary classical music.
I have heard this sound on most days throughout my life.
60 ) (The Best Part of) Breaking up
Robert Ratcliffe is an internationally recognised composer, sonic artist, EDM musicologist and performer. He completed a PhD in composition and musicology (New Forms of Hybrid Musical Discourse) at Keele University (UK). He has developed a hybrid musical language and compositional technique through the cross-fertilisation of contemporary art music and electronic dance music (EDM). His works have been performed and broadcast in over twenty-five countries worldwide, including presentations at major events such as ACMC, ICMC, L'espace du Son, and NIME. Last year he was invited to serve on the senior programming committee of the International Computer Music Conference in Slovenia. He is the Music Coordinator “Macro-Composer” of the 60x60 Presenters Mix 2012.
“(The Best Part of) Breaking up” is a hybrid work that combines borrowed vocal material from the Handel aria “No, no, I'll take no less” (from the opera “Semele”) with characteristic elements from electroacoustic music and electronic dance music (EDM). The borrowed vocal material is subjected to a number of “dehumanisation” techniques, involving both the application of electronic processing and the imitation of characteristic EDM vocal techniques by the performer. This includes human simulation of the electronic “cutting”, “gating” and “re-trigger” techniques employed by pattern-based effects sequencers, recreating the sound of an audio file that has been sliced into separate fragments. Vocals performed by Karen Radcliffe.