Kickstarting a Limited edition LP: Vaucanson’s Muse

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Some colleagues are putting together a unique project for a limited edition LP. Even if you don’t have a phonograph, the object will be a collector… Information in the links on this page and the official page (with a cool video) is here -> Muse.

Tom Arthurs and Isambard Khroustaliov limited edition LP with specially commissioned artwork by Will Alsop and an essay by David ToopVaucanson’s Muse.

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CCMP presents: Jennifer Walshe on sound, text, reality hacking and the Internet

Walshe seminar
 Jennifer Walshe
16:30 Wednesday 8 October
ANTR 109, Brunel University
All are welcome!
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These Hopeful Machines, or, Everything you always wanted to know about electronic music but were afraid to ask…

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A six-part series on Radio New Zealand in which James Gardner traces a personal path through the evolving world of electronic music – and meets some of the people who made it happen.

A brilliant overflowing presentation of the past and present of electronic music with references and links galore. A treasure trove with many resources and sources, including Christopher Fox in the second part of the series, that will serve as a nice jumping off point for anyone interested in music with electronics, Sonic Art, experimental music and listening to some really great radio! Bookmark it -> These Hopeful Machines.

BST: CALL FOR ARTICLES, REVIEWS, REPORTS, VISUAL ARTWORKS. SONIC ARTWORKS AND PERFORMANCES

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Body, Space & Technology, now in its fourteenth year of publication, is an on-line interdisciplinary, innovative refereed journal that welcomes submissions from all aspects of contemporary arts and new technologies. As well as articles, perspectives and reviews of books we are actively seeking reviews of performance and visual and sonic art.
We would also like reports on related conferences, symposia and events.

Please see URL below for previous issues

URL:  http://www.brunel.ac.uk/bst/

**The Journal supports interactive sound and visual media**

Deadline for paper proposals  October 15th

”        for finalised material November 15th

Deadline for perspective, reviews and performance proposals November 1st

”        for finalised material November 15th

Publication Jan 2015:

Contact:
susan.broadhurst at brunel.ac.uk
mail at barryedwards.net

BBC Broadcasts Jennifer Walshe’s set from The New Experimentalists @ Queen Elizabeth Hall

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If you missed The New Experimentalists concert at the Southbank earlier this year (or want to relive the experience), you can catch Jennifer Walshe’s set next weekend on Hear And Now, presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch, on BBC 3:

Saturday 27 September
10.00pm-12.00am
BBC RADIO 3

Christopher Fox: Catalogue irraisonnée [sic] in Dublin with Elizabeth Hilliard

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CULTURE NIGHT 2014: FRIDAY 19th SEPTEMBER
Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery
Elizabeth Hilliard: Catalogue Irraisoné (for solo, unaccompanied voice)
8pm – 8.50pm: Gallagher Gallery I

Elizabeth Hilliard is a soprano from Dublin. She sings a wide range of repertoire: from oratorio, song, chamber music to contemporary classical. She brings a dramatic quality and emotional intensity to her performance of solo, chamber and vocal ensemble music.

Christopher Fox’s Catalogue Irraisoné is a series of twelve pieces for solo voice (the mis-spelling in the title of the work is deliberate), based on a multilingual collection of texts, all of them introductions to different sites. These include a Catalan guide to the architecture of Barcelona, the Michelin guide to Corsica, a Dutch text on the Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam, an essay on Rachel Whiteread’s (now destroyed) ‘House’, and a welcome from the president of Romania addressed to the delegates of the 1999 World Music Days in Bucharest.

OFF THE PAGE: The UK’s only literary festival dedicated to contemporary sound and music

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Friday 26 September, 8-10pm, £10

Saturday 27 September, 11am-11pm, £20

Sunday 28 September, noon-5.30pm, £8

Three day festival pass: £30

Hosted by The Wire magazine in collaboration with Qu Junktions and Arnolfini, Off The Page is a literary festival focussing on contemporary sound and music. The talks and presentations will cover a number of contemporary music matters, from the history of recording to the mechanics of sound systems and the aesthetics of Industrial culture, while the conversations will illuminate the thinking of key contemporary musicians and commentators.

Below is an overview of the jam-packed weekend. Find out all the details here -> Off the Page.

Friday 26 September, 8-10pm

An Audience with Robert Wyatt (pictured): In Conversation with Marcus O’Dair 

Saturday 27 September, 11am-11pm

Mark Fisher

Another Grey World: The Secret Sadness of the 21st Century

Richard King with Mike Darby and Pinch

A Record Shop, Roots & Bristol Culture

Sarah Angliss

Visceral Music: The Corporeal Origins of Electronic Sound

David Keenan

Crime Calls for Night: A Phenomenology of Transgression in Industrial Music

An Audience With Carla Bozulich: In Conversation with Frances Morgan

An Audience with Paul Gilroy: In Conversation with Tony Herrington

Julian Henriques with David Fisher (Papa Roots Sound System)

The Sound System Unplugged

11pm-3am at The Cube:

Off The Page aftershow party

Sunday 28 September

Noon-1pm at the Louisiana:

The Wire 2014 pub quiz 

2pm-6pm at Arnolfini:

Film screening

A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness

Dean Blunt

“Black Metal”: A Reading

Eric Isaacson

A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records

7pm-11pm at The Cube:

Off The Page closing concert:

Marisa Anderson + Lori Goldston + Dragging An Ox Through Water

Revitalising Early Twentieth-Century German Opera with Nicholas Attfield at the British Academy

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Revitalising Early Twentieth-Century German Opera

Prince Philip Room, RSA House,

8 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6EZ

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 9:30am-6pm

This is a one-day early career networking event sponsored by the British Academy. Its aim is to bring together scholars and practitioners with research interests in the field of German opera from c.1900-1935. Particular attention will be given to historiographical problems and staging issues (past and present) relating to the works of key operatic composers of the period, including Korngold, Pfitzner, Schreker, and Strauss. There will also be a session devoted to Schoenberg’s ‘unfinished masterpiece’ Moses und Aron, in light of its current WNO revival.

Registration is free of charge and includes lunch and refreshments, but places are limited. If you are interested in attending, and for further details, please contact Nicholas Attfield (Brunel University) at nicholas.attfield@brunel.ac.uk by no later than 8 September 2014. Travel expenses within the UK will be considered for early career scholars and postgraduate students who wish to attend.

Programme

9:30am Registration begins

10:00am Introduction

Nick Attfield (Brunel University)

10:15am Panel 1

Chair: Hugo Shirley

Ben Winters (Open University), ‘“Venedig in Wien”? Korngold’s Violanta and the Masking of Identities’

Roger Allen (University of Oxford), ‘A kind of musical Oswald Spengler?: Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pfitzner’s Palestrina and the Decline of the West

Mark Berry (Royal Holloway), ‘Representation and Modernism in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron

Philip White (Bayreuther Festspiele), ‘Schoenberg’s Moses als Wille und Vorstellung: the Practicalities of Realisation’

12:15pm Refreshments

12:30pm Janine Ortiz (Staatsschauspiel Dresden), ‘Staging Schreker’s Operas’

1:00pm Lunch (Romney Room)

2:00pm Panel 2

Chair: Mark Berry 

Hugo Shirley (Oxford Brookes), ‘Fixing Time: Nostalgia and the City in Der Rosenkavalier

Matthew Werley (University of Cambridge), ‘“Wirbelwind und trocknen Kot”: Richard Strauss and the Discourse of Austrian Interwar Festival Culture’

Marc Brooks (University of Vienna), ‘Return to Monsalvat: Strauss’s “Re-sacralization” of the Grail Music from Parsifal in the Final Scene of Arabella

Carolin Rindfleisch (University of Oxford), ‘Instrumental forms in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck: Between music and drama, structure and metaphor’

4:00pm Refreshments

4:15pm Keynote address: Peter Franklin (University of Oxford), ‘Lowering the operatic brow? Big tunes, catastrophes, crowd scenes and windows’

5:00pm Drinks reception

 

Distractfold in Le Bruit de la Musique with some bruit by John Croft

affiche-2014-6_webIf you really need a reason to visit France, here you go… Le Bruit de la Musique (The Noise of the Music… or Music Noise) is a festival held right in the very middle of France this August 22-24. This year’s program is full of great events including a concert by Distractfold Ensemble performing Trio by John Croft. You can see the full program and other information by clicking here -> Festival.

NSS puts Music at Brunel in top for London

news-headlineThe annual National Student Survey results for 2014 have placed Music at Brunel as the top department in London for student satisfaction with 98% of students satisfied with the quality of Brunel’s Music and Sonic Arts programmes.

This performance ranks Brunel as the 2nd best university in the country for overall satisfaction in Music.

Head of the Department of Arts and Humanities, Professor Tom Betteridge said “We are extremely pleased with these results. The high satisfaction ratings reflect the hard work our staff have put in over the last year to continually improve the student experience”

 

Study Music at Brunel… the video(s)

Discover more about studying music at Brunel University London. Members of the music teaching staff describe our four undergraduate music programmes:

 

BA Music  BMus Sonic Arts BMus Composition BMus Performance

An existential installment of Riley Notes: What Do You Do?

_MG_8500Colin Riley reflects on “being composer” today: This may sound a little dramatic, but in truth, for today’s self-published, independent composers, the admin list is endless; making websites, keeping them up to date, getting performers interested in your work, alternative paid jobs such as teaching (and all the spread-sheets that go with this), putting on performances, attending performances, logging all works and performances for your royalties, self-promotion (general getting out and about at concerts and conferences, emails, newsletters, soundclouds, facebook, twitter), recording, forming record labels, administering record labels, organising performance groups, funding applications, and then, more funding applications… Click here to read the entire post and peruse other Riley Notes here.

Ed McKeon on the British Composer Awards – calling Sonic Artists and Composers of all colours…

Carl Faia:

If much of the public sees the new music world as fifty shades of grey – but without the turn on – how can we change the story?

Originally posted on The Sampler Blog:

british composers awardsIf much of the public sees the new music world as fifty shades of grey – but without the turn on – how can we change the story?

When people say they “don’t like new music”, it’s usually because they haven’t heard – or better, experienced – much of it, and that lack of exposure makes it easier to lump it all together as something strange and uncomfortable. It’s a frustratingly familiar story, as if ‘new music’ is an institutionally-controlled and critically-policed scene from the early ‘70s that hasn’t ‘grown up’ and continues to disdain non-specialist audiences. “Oy, Lloyd Weber, I’m warnin’ you son, do that again an’ I’ll…!” (Yes, I still get a buzz when I hear the theme tune to The Sweeney.)

We don’t have many occasions or platforms from which to shout out about the diversity of new music that’s being made now. The British Composer…

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British Academy Sponsored Career Networking Event: Revitalising Early Twentieth-Century German Opera

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Revitalising Early Twentieth-Century German Opera

Prince Philip Room, RSA House,

8 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6EZ

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 9:30am-6pm

This is a one-day early career networking event sponsored by the British Academy. Its aim is to bring together scholars and practitioners with research interests in the field of German opera from c.1900-1935. Particular attention will be given to historiographical problems and staging issues (past and present) relating to the works of key operatic composers of the period, including Korngold, Pfitzner, Schreker, and Strauss. There will also be a session devoted to Schoenberg’s ‘unfinished masterpiece’ Moses und Aron, in light of its current WNO revival.

The keynote address will be given by Professor Peter Franklin (University of Oxford). Other speakers include Dr Mark Berry (Royal Holloway), Dr Roger Allen (University of Oxford), Dr Ben Winters (Open University), and Philip White (Asst Chorus Master, Bayreuther Festspiele).

Registration is free of charge and includes lunch and refreshments, but places are limited. If you are interested in attending, and for a full programme and further details, please contact Dr Nicholas Attfield (Brunel University) at nicholas.attfield@brunel.ac.uk by no later than 8 September 2014. Travel expenses within the UK will be considered for early career scholars and postgraduate students who wish to attend.

 

MooV: I Dream Beside you

From Here… enjoy!