Research Seminars

CCMP seminars Spring 2013-1


Brunel PG seminars Autumn 2011

Time 4:30-5:20   5:30-7:00           Place GB12 unless otherwise stated

5 October

 4:30   Andrew Hall   Groove and Free Improvisation: ‘Together in Different Places’ 

Description:  Does ‘groove’ have a place in Free Improvisation, and if so how can an understanding of it aid us as performers, composers and music leaders?  Taking Charles Keil’s theory of ‘Participatory Discrepancies’ as a starting point, I will present my own conception of groove in improvised music, and give examples of how it has influenced my recent work.

5:30    Ailis Ni Riain     “Where I End and You Begin” 

 Emotional and Artistic Boundaries in the artistic practice of Composer and Writer Ailis Ni Riain.

19 October    

Piano Circus: Shiva Feshareki will give a seminar with PC around her new commission for 6 pianos/keyboards/Korg Kaoss pads. It uses improvisation and scored material using the pads. The premiere is 11th November at Glasgow Concert Halls.

Thursday 27 October, 5pm – 6.30pm

IMR/Brunel CCMP Seminar

(Senate House, Room G35)

Paul Griffiths

Chair: Bob Gilmore (Brunel) Free of charge. Open to the public. No advance booking required.

2 November  

Steve Beresford

Distinguished improviser Beresford will discuss the music and life of improviser/ drummer/ bandleader /style icon/ visual artist John Stevens, with recorded examples and pictures.

Thursday 17 November,  5pm – 6.30pm

IMR/Brunel CCMP Seminar

(Senate House, Room G35)

François-Bernard Mâche

Chair: Bob Gilmore (Brunel) Free of charge. Open to the public. No advance booking required.

 30 November

Andy Hamilton

“Immanuel Kant meets ‘The Wire’: A Non-Elitist Art of Criticism” “What is the function of criticism in the arts and music?  I defend a humanistic, non-elitist account that nonetheless recognises the value of critical judgment”.

Andy teaches Philosophy at Durham University, specialising in Aesthetics, and also writes for The Wire.

14 December

Max Marcoll

Maximilian Marcoll (*1981) studied percussion, instrumental and electronic composition in Lübeck and Essen, Germany. He lives in Berlin. In his series “Compounds” (since 2008) he focuses on the transcription of concrete sounds, mostly recorded in everyday life situations, and the creation of a material network, on which the pieces of the series are based. The development of software also is a part of his compositional activities. In 2010, the software quince  was released. M.Marcoll is a member of the artist group stock11. He teaches in Berlin and Düsseldorf.

QUINCE new kinds of modular music editing

quince introduces a new working paradigm that is independent from traditional technologies as the tape recorder and the mixing desk. In the course of the talk, M.Marcoll will explain the basic aesthetical concepts that lead to the development of quince and will present the design and the possibilities of his software.


• creative use of software

• old and new paradigms

• what is quince?

• the structure of quince

• technical details

• hands on: use case examples

• diy: extending quince


quince is a program for editing time based data on the mac. Although quince was developed to serve musical purposes, theoretically, not only audio but video and every other time based data type can be edited in quince. Generally speaking, the main application for quince is the creation and editing of sequences of events in time.

The biggest difference between quince and the standard daw is that quince does not operate in the ‘tape recorder vs. mixing desk’-paradigm. In quince there are no channels in which audio data is arranged, and since there are no channels, there also is no need for a mixer to mix them. Instead, quince presents it’s contents in display strips which can contain arbitrary numbers of layers of data of any kind.

It’s flexible plug-in based structure allows for quince to be used in a great variety of applications from complex hierarchical event operations to graphical Csound score editing to the translation into standard musical notation. Furthermore, the API for creating custom quince plug-ins is kept small and powerful, so that developing your own plug-ins for quince is pretty straightforward.


Archives//Brunel PG seminars Summer 2011

Time 4:30-5:20   5:30-7:00                     Place GB12 unless otherwise stated

We will have the Belgian / Dutch electric guitar quartet, ZWERM, as the third and final instalment of the Master Seminar series:

Click here to have a listen

2/5   @ 7pm, Zwerm at Café Oto

3/5   @ 6pm, Zwerm workshop in Artaud at Brunel, followed by performance @ 7:30pm.


On the same day, 3/5 @4:30pm in GB12, Guy de Bievre will be giving a lecture/seminar on Adam Rudolph’s Go:Organic Orchestra

Nate Wooley

18/5    Nate Wooley, trumpet player and improviser extraordinaire from New York City, will be in residence at Café Oto. Seminar @5pm, followed by performance with Paul Lytton, Evan Parker and John Russell.

8/6   Talk: Harald Muenz 
15/6  Final seminar tbc.

The launch of Brunel’s new Institute for Contemporary Middle-Eastern Music
Conference 2-5  ‘The integration of Western and Middle-Eastern Music’
6pm launch with Vice-Chancellor and other guests

Brunel PG seminars Spring 2011

Time 4:30-5:20   5:30-7:00                     Place GB12 unless otherwise stated

26/1 The craft of composition. Profs. Fox, Wiegold and Woolrich.

9/2    flute + live electronics duo Shackle, Anne La Berge and Robert van Heuman, from Amsterdam. They will give a seminar at 6pm followed by a performance at 7.30pm, both in the Artaud Building.

16/2  Phill Niblock

Phill Niblock performs and presents at Brunel (Artaud 001) and also next day 17/2 at Cafe Oto in Dalston in town. Including Brunel participation. First of three ‘Master Seminar’ events this year with special funding to bring artists from the Continent.

23/2  Performances of Bon Feier will now be next term. Instead we recommend you attend this v interesting Ferneyhough symposium, which Christopher is contributing to.

9/3      Barrie Gavin

Perhaps the most distinguished British maker of music documentary films. He will talk about his work and present his film on Nono. (Originally broadcast on a Sunday afternoon on BBC2 between Pot Black and Songs of Praise).

23/3  Dr. Milton Mermikides (Surrey University)

The discipline of jazz in a University context. Issues of teaching, practice, theory, analysis and research.


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