Dark Matter

Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research

BEER & Electroacoustic WALES
Sound artists: Emma Margetson, Erik Nyström
Winston Tsun Yeung, Scott Wilson

Andrew Lewis: Vacuum (la scène vide)
Jo Thomas: Earth Moon and Stars 4. Mermaids
Elizabeth Anderson: Solar Winds
School Pupils: new work (WP)
Dark Matter I (live electronics)
— Interval —
Francis Dhomont: Météores 
Ed Wright: Space to Think (BMF commission and WP)
Dark Matter II (live electronics)

This performance by the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research (BEER), created in collaboration with the Art@CMS project at CERN in Switzerland, involves the real-time sonification of data streams from the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most complex particle accelerator. Experimental data containing clues towards possible ‘new physics’ becomes the raw material for improvised music and visualisations programmed by the ensemble with an aim to creating a result that while beautiful, is both musically and scientifically meaningful. Other pieces compliment the programme from local sound artist Jo Thomas and pieces from a call for scores.

Pre-concert Talk

Looking ahead to the evening concert with featured composers Scott Wilson and festival Artistic Director, Guto Pryderi Puw.

Artists & Composers

Emma Margetson

Sound Artist
Emma Margetson

Sound Artist

Emma Margetson (b.1993) is a composer of acousmatic music and is currently studying for a PhD in Electroacoustic Composition at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Annie Mahtani, Scott Wilson and Leigh Landy (DMU) funded by the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. This follows an MA Music in Electroacoustic composition/sonic art pathway (2015); and BMus with honours (2014) from the University of Birmingham. Her works have been performed across the UK and internationally including performances at BEAST (University of Birmingham, UK), [ ex_nihilo ] Festival (Mexico), MA/IN Festival (Italy), Sound Junction (University of Sheffield, UK), Musica Electronic Nova (Poland), Noisefloor Festival (Staffordshire University, UK) and more.

Andrew Lewis

Composer
Andrew Lewis

Composer

Andrew Lewis studied composition with Jonty Harrison at the University of Birmingham, where he was one of the founding members of BEAST. He is currently Professor of Music at Bangor University, where he teaches composition and directs the Electroacoustic Music Studios. His music is concerned with the phenomenon of sound as compositional material, and often uses technology in its realisation and performance. Awards and mentions include Bourges ‘Euphonie d’Or’, PRS Prize, Stockholm Electronic Arts, Prix Ars Electronica, Noroit, Hungarian Radio, ARTS XXI Valencia, CIMESP São Paulo. In 2017 ‘Skyline’ won first prize in the Concours Destellos (Argentina) and in 2016 ‘Fern Hill’ won first prize in the KLANG competition, Montpellier.

Elizabeth Anderson

Composer
Elizabeth Anderson

Composer

Elizabeth Anderson’s artistic production comprises acousmatic, mixed, and radiophonic works as well as works for multimedia and sound installations. It is the fascination with space and the expression of this realm through sound that is among her primary motivations for choosing to compose with electroacoustic techniques. She developed a complete curriculum for electroacoustic composition at the Académie de Soignies (Academy of Soignies, Belgium) from 1994 to 2002. In 2003, she joined the department of electroacoustic composition at the Conservatoire Royal de Mons. She studied electroacoustic composition in Belgium with Annette Vande Gorne and earned a PhD in electroacoustic composition with Denis Smalley at City University London in 2011.

Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research

BEER

Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research
Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research
BEER

Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research

BEER, the Birmingham Ensemble for Electroacoustic Research, was founded by Scott Wilson in 2011 as a project to explore aspects of realtime electroacoustic music making. Particular interests include networked music performance over ad hoc wi-fi systems, and live coding (programming music in real time using algorithms that can be altered while they are running). In keeping with post-free jazz developments in improvisation (e.g. Zorn, Braxton), we create structures in software that impose limitations and formal articulations on the musical flow (with networked software systems serving as intervention mechanism / arbiter / structural provocateur par excellence). Musical influences run the gamut from Xenakis to Journey. Past and current members include Konstantinos Vasilakos, Norah Lorway, Tim Moyers, Martin Ozvold, Luca Danieli, Winston Yeung, Roz Coull, Visa Kuoppala and Scott Wilson.

Francis Dhomont

Composer
Francis Dhomont

Composer

French and Canadian composer Francis Dhomont (b.1926, Paris) has been sharing his activities for the past 26 years between France and Quebec. Convinced of the originality of acousmatic art, his production is, since 1960, exclusively made of tape works. In 1997 he was a guest of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Berlin. Awards includes Grand Prix GigaHetz 2013, Qwartz Music Awards 2012, Prix "Ars electronica 1992", Prize of the SACEM (France) 2007 and "Magisterium" Bourges 1988. He is a Founding Member (1986), Honorary Member (1989) of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC), President of the collective « Les Acousmonautes » in Marseille (France) and “Ehrenpatron” (honour patron) of the organization Klang Projekte Weimar (Germany).

Electroacoustic Wales

Electroacoustic WALES

Electroacoustic Wales
Electroacoustic WALES

Electroacoustic WALES exists to promote and encourage the creation and dissemination of electroacoustic music within Wales and beyond. Based at Bangor University, Electroacoustic WALES supports electroacoustic music composition and research in the School of Music's studios, organises and promotes concerts of electroacoustic music, stages workshops on the principles and practice of electroacoustic music, and acts as a conduit and focal point for discussion and cooperation between electroacoustic music composers, performers and listeners in Wales and internationally.

Erik Nyström

Sound Artist
Erik Nyström

Sound Artist

Erik Nyström is a composer and performer whose output includes live computer music, electroacoustic works, and sound installations. His current work explores synthesis, space, and human-computer performance. He is currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow at Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre, University of Birmingham, working on a project which develops an aesthetic and technological model for multi-channel music based on live spatial texture synthesis processes and algorithms. He studied electroacoustic composition with Denis Smalley at City University, London (MA, PhD), and computer music at CCMIX, Paris, France. Nyström performs frequently worldwide and his music has been released by empreintes DIGITALes on the disc Morphogenèse.

Jo Thomas

Composer
Jo Thomas

Composer

Jo Thomas was born in Aberystwyth but now is based in London and works as a music composer and performer. Her music captures a combination of raw and sensitive sonic matter. She has a PhD in electroacoustic composition from City University (2005) and a masters and undergraduate degree from Bangor University, Wales. In 2012 she won the Golden Nica in Prix Ars Electronica Digital Music’s and Sound Art Category for her work Crystal Sounds of a Synchrotron. Her work has been performed in Festivals such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Prix Ars Electronica, Elita Festival Milan, Norberg Festival, Radio France, Tempo Reale Italy, Tempora Festival Bulgaria.

Scott Wilson

Sound Artist
Scott Wilson

Sound Artist

Canadian-born Scott Wilson is Reader in Electronic Music at the University of Birmingham. His compositions have been presented internationally for both instrumental and electroacoustic forces, as well as structured improvisations for networked music ensembles (usually with BEER). He is the director of the University’s Electroacoustic Studios and of BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre). He is also active in the development of the SuperCollider computer music language, and was the lead editor of The SuperCollider Book, published by MIT Press. Recent projects include works for Xenia Pestova, the Fidelio Trio, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and (along with BEER) the Dark Matter project in collaboration with Art@CMS at CERN.

Edward Wright

Composer
Edward Wright

Composer

Edward Wright was born in Buckinghamshire in 1980 which makes him very old to some people and not all that old to others. He completed a practice based PhD in music in 2010 focusing on combining electroacoustic and instrumental forces with Professor Andrew Lewis at Bangor University.

His work is mainly focused towards the electroacoustic end of the musical spectrum although he writes for and plays ‘real’ instruments as well. Highlights include; performances overseas including mainland Europe and the U.S.A., 'mention' in the Prix Bourges for his piece Con-Chords, a number of classical commissions, and airplay on BBC Radio 1 and S4C television.

Tsun Winston Yeung

Artist Sain
Tsun Winston Yeung

Artist Sain

  • Composer, Laptop performer, Live Coder;

  • Born in Hong Kong;

  • Doing a PhD in Composition at University of Birmingham, studying with Scott Wilson;

  • Interested in live coding, multichannel composition, stochastic music, interactive music, SuperCollider;

Pre-Concert Talk
3 February 2018
6:00pm
Lecture Room 2
Free (Booking required)

Dark Matter Concert
3 February 2018
7:30pm
Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio
£15, £12 (Senior), £5 (Students & Children)

Tickets

Tickets for the pre-concert talk and concert are available from Pontio's Box Office.

01248 382828
Pontio, Deiniol Rd, Bangor, LL57 2TQ

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