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Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre (MTIRC) encompasses a broad and continually evolving range of artistic creation and theory focused on innovative application of new technologies to music. It emphasises electroacoustic music and sonic art. The MTI programme was established in 1999 and the research centre is now acknowledged globally to be a leader in its field. 

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  • MTI presents: Michal Rataj
    The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

    MICHAL RATAJ
    Wednesday April 5th 2017, 7pm, PACE
    https://www.facebook.com/events/712879445539008/

    MTI is proud to present a concert by Czech composer Michal Rataj, of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague!

    The concert will feature recent works for tape, live electronics, piano, & objects.
    www.michalrataj.com
    www.radioart.cz

    PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
    Start time 7pm
    Free entry

  • MTI presents: MTI goes EMC2
    MTI is proud to participate in the EMC2 Festival & Conference: 'Remember the Experimental Music Catalogue', with this very special MTI concert:

    MTI goes EMC2
    Friday March 24th 2017, 7:30 pm, PACE
    https://www.facebook.com/events/248265192301358/

    MTI staff, students, colleagues and friends, past and present, will explore some of the many connections and relationships we have developed and enjoyed with experimental music over the years.

    Works and/or performances by Leigh Landy, John Richards, James Andean, Neal Spowage, Maya Verlaak, Thomas Iliffe, Audrey Riley, Visa Kuoppala, Chris Hobbs, Sam Topley, Rick Nance, & Oliver Farrow.

    PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
    Start time 7:30pm

    Note: concert is free to DMU students & staff, and to conference participants; other interested concert-goers will be expected to pay the conference fee. More info here:
    http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/events/events-calendar/2017/march/emc2-the-experimental-music-catalogue-past-present-and-future.aspx

    EMC2 Festival & Conference:
    http://www.coma.org/whats-on/events/emc²/

  • Interview with MTI's John Richards
    Palmsounds has published an interview with John Richards, MTI Reader in Music, on the launch of his new Polytik Synths:

    https://palmsounds.net/2017/03/19/an-interview-with-john-richards/

  • MTI presents: Postgraduate Concert

    The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

    POSTGRADUATE CONCERT
    Wednesday March 22nd 2017, 7pm, PACE building
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1806007003054159/

    A concert of works and performances by some of MTI's many fine postgraduate students, including:

    Maya Verlaak
    Audrey Riley
    Si Waite
    Jim Frize
    Susanne Grunewald

    ...& more!

    PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
    Start time 7pm
    Free entry

  • MTI presents: Thieke/Marino duo
    The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17#LoveInternational concert series presents:

    THIEKE/MARINO DUO
    Thursday March 16th, 2017
    7pm, PACE

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1903677706555619/

    Michael Thieke – clarinets
    Luigi Marino – zarb, bowed cymbals, objects

    The duo Thieke/Marino is an improv group that started in Berlin in 2016. Drawing from a reductionist aesthetic, the dialogue between the two musicians develops from the most unusual and hidden details of sound. Metal resonances and air columns set in vibration inside a clarinet, sounds barely audible emerge from the background to take a predominant role, gradually showing all their potential and unexpected paths to convey intuitive decision making.

    http://www.michael-thieke.de/e/biographie.htm
    http://www.luigimarino.net/about.html

    PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
    Start time 7pm
    Free entry


  • MTI presents: Experimental Turntablism (J. Kelly & R. Curgenven)
    The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

    Experimental Turntablism: James Kelly + Robert Curgenven
    Wednesday March 15th, 7pm
    Sue Townsend Theatre, 16 Upper Brown Street, Leicester

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1280806475346079/

    MTI PhD candidate James Kelly is presenting a concert at the Sue Townsend Theatre (old Phoenix). This will be an audio visual show with a headline performance from Australian composer Robert Curgenven.

    Further Details:
    https://minimaljames.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/experimental-turntablism-on-tour-james-kelly-robert-curgenven/

    Robert Curgenven: Speculative Pataphysics

    Three turntables, custom-made oscillators, 1930s acetates, custom-cut dubplates and a whole lot of bass - polyrhythmic phasing in light and sound brings your whole body and the surrounding space into a face-melting physical constellation. Projections powered directly by the sound use Edwin Land's (inventor of Polaroid sunglasses and Polaroid photography) work with colour shadows to create a head-wrecking synaesthetic experience with the spontaneous production of colours and patterns which may or may not be there. Warning: flickering lights, loud sounds, strong low frequency pressure.

    Robert Curgenven is an Australian artist living in Cork, Ireland who sculpts air with sound. His work uses sound as a physical field of perception to encourage us to consider our physical experience of sound through our bodies, the space they inhabit and also the psychological shaping of time and duration by the auditory. For him sound is weather and his work entreats us to feel and hear air. His live performances, installations and album releases span pipe organ through to feedback, immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl, as well as carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas in Australia where he lived for many years. The Wire surmises that “behind the music lurk such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue.”

    From beginnings 35 years ago as a classically trained organist the past ten years have seen him release work on labels such as LINE, The Tapeworm, Winds Measure and his own Recorded Fields Editions. Curgenven has performed extensively across Australia and Europe, including Maerzmusik festival (Berlin), TodaysArt festival (Den Haag), Ultrahang Festival (Budapest), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), Cork Film Festival, Lausanne Underground Film/Music Festival, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art (Gdansk), Leipzig Gallery for Cont. Art, Northern Territory Centre for Cont. Art (Darwin) as well as residencies in Milan (O’), Venice (Forte Marghera), Rotterdam (Worm), Berlin (Transit Lounge) and Alice Springs (Art/Land/Culture). He has presented sound, audiovisual and sculptural work in group exhibitions for Transmediale (Berlin), 10 Years of Microsound (Diapason Gallery, New York), National Film & Sound Archive (Australia) and galleries throughout Australia & Europe including National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) and a solo exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun (Poland).

    http://recordedfields.net/

    James Kelly

    As a turntablist for the last 15 years, James Kelly's music explores the remixing of vinyl using DJ scratch techniques for the creation of new music. The project presented at the Sue Townsend Theatre takes his compositional approach in new directions by utilising a disc cutting lathe - a machine which is traditionally used in the manufacture of records. The mechanism and limitations of the lathe itself are used as an artistic tool to shape the music. The performance is created using three turntables to mix music which Kelly has cut to vinyl using a range of experimental disc cutting techniques that alter the timbre of sound recordings. Part performance, part exhibition, the work is presented is an audio visual performance in collaboration with The Lab Visuals. Live video feeds are mixed together making the compositional process accessible to the audience.

    In 2009 Kelly was selected by UK Young Artists to represent the UK at the Young Artists Biennale in Skoje, Macedonia. Other notable performances include; Tate Modern, Modern Art Oxford, New Art Exchange, Nottingham and The Avenue Gallery, Northampton.

    https://minimaljames.wordpress.com/



  • Album release by MTI post-grad Virginie Viel!
    MTI post-grad Virginie Viel has released an album of her electroacoustic compositions on the 'obs' label, titled PEARL:

    http://abser1.narod.ru/index/obs_064/0-311
    https://obsmusic2.bandcamp.com/album/pearl

  • MTI presents: Sonic Spaces - Mantis & MVG
    The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

    Sonic Spaces - MANTIS & MVG
    Wednesday March 8th 2017, 7pm, PACE
    https://www.facebook.com/events/487455868309692/

    This project represents an exploration and discovery of sonic spaces with the bass clarinet center stage. Each piece takes its own shape and occupies a unique place in sonic space. Engage personally and emotionally in its sounds, but also understand the objective acoustic nature of each work. The sole aim is to create a point of departure, in order to provide and generate dialogue, discussion, and a way forward towards refinement and reinvention.
    MVG presents works from her latest program ‘SS:ARs’ in which composers from NOVARS, the electroacoustic music department at the University of Manchester, & Mantis Manchester, bring you the cutting edge of research in the creation of electroacoustic sounds and music.

    Music by Haruka Hirayama, Julián Ávila, Richard Scott, Falk Morawitz, Rosalía Soria, and Ricardo Climent

    PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
    Start time 7pm
    Free entry

  • MTI presents: Visible Bits, Audible Bytes 2017
    MTI proudly presents the grand finale of our Enhancement Week 2017:

    VISIBLE BITS, AUDIBLE BYTES 2017
    Friday March 3rd 2017, 6pm
    Phoenix, 4 Midland Street Leicester

    http://www.phoenix.org.uk/event/visible-bits-audible-bytes-17/

    The eighth annual Visible Bits, Audible Bytes brings stunning, genre-breaking audiovisual art to Phoenix. Stimulate the eye and the ear with fusions of new and old technologies that redefine the potentials of contemporary audiovisual art.

    This year's event will include works by guest artist Bob Coburn (University of the Pacific, California), whose audiovisual productions reflect his passion for Japanese traditional music and arts. The programme will also feature works by Miriam Boucher (Canada), Line Katcho (France), Diego Capoccitti (Italy), Matthew Schoen (Canada/Holland), Raven Kwok/Karma Fields (China/USA), and Bret Battey (USA/UK).

    Presented by DMU’s Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre.

    Image credit: Raven Kwok / Karma Fields, 'Sweat'

  • MTI presents: MOBILISE!
    MTI's Enhancement Week activities this year will include MOBILISE! - two days of events around ideas and practices of mobile sound:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1795492740703351/

    MOBILISE explores the emergent field of mobile music making and new sound practice. The free event sees an incredible line-up of the world’s mobile music masters descending on De Montfort University’s Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre for two days of workshops, hands-on programming, talks and performances.

    MOBILISE Hackathon Tuesday 28 February, 10 am – 4pm
    A workshop for the CoSiMa web audio application with IRCAM's Norbert Schnell and Benjamin Matuszewski. Participants will design and program a simple performance mobile app using the Soundworks framework. IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music), Paris, is one of the world’s most leading centres for electronic music, and this will be the first time their delegates have ever performed outside of London.
    No programming experience required, just a curiosity to be part of a collective Smartphone experience.

    MOBILISE Conference Wednesday 1 March, 10 am – 5pm
    Discussions, presentations, demos featuring artists, developers and researchers exploring music, mobility and new sonic arts practice.
    Norbert Schnell (Ircam, FR) Mobiles, participation and music performance.
    Peter Sinclair/Elena Biserna (Locus Sonus, FR) Exploring, moving and mixing sound environments.
    Frauke Behrendt (University of Brighton, UK) Sound, mobility and the Internet of Things.
    Jakob Haq (SWE) Q&A with YouTube vlogger and mobile musician HaQ AttaQ.
    Aneek Thapar (Ninja Tune, UK) Developing the Ninja Jamm app, workflow issues + some cool tips and tricks.

    MOBILISE Performance Wednesday 1 March, 7pm – 9pm
    Evening concert with IRCAM, DMU post-grad and MTI /MTIP students.

  • MTI/Music Tech presents: Enhancement Week!
    MTI/Music Technology have planned a whopper of an Enhancement Week this year, with a full week of events, including workshops, masterclasses, conferences, student performances, industry networking events, capped with the annual VBAB at the Phoenix. 
    Join us for as much as you can, and do pass the information along to any and all who might be interested. It's going to be a great week!
    Here's the full listing:

    MTI Events, Enhancement Week February 27th - March 3rd 2017:
    Monday February 27th: 
    ‘Town and Gown - A Leicester Music Extravaganza!’, 7pm, 2Funky Music Cafe (23A New Park Street)
    Tuesday February 28th: 
    MOBILISE Hackathon 10 am – 4pm, Clephan 00.17
    Wednesday March 1st: 
    MOBILISE Conference 10 am – 5pm, PACE
    MOBILISE Performance 7pm – 9pm, PACE
    Thursday March 2nd:
    Petros Galanakis: Composition/Production of Psychedelic Trance Masterclass, 10am-1pm, Queens 1.33
    Tim Hall: Electric Guitar Recording Masterclass, 2pm-5pm, Queens 1.29a-c. 
    Bob Coburn: Audiovisual Masterclass, 2-5pm, Clephan 00.16
    Friday March 3rd:
    'Music Industry Info Share', 10:00 - 4:30, The Venue (details below)
    Visual Bits Audible Bytes, 6pm, Phoenix
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    'Music Industry Info Share’, Friday March 3rd 10:00-4:30, The Venue - DETAILS:
    10am Morning session signup;
    10:30am - 12noon
    Room A - Tony Platt - Production & mix clinic.
    Room B - Mark Cousins - Sound for picture in advertising.
    1:30pm Afternoon session signup;
    2pm-3:30pm
    Room A(B) - Industry insight Q&A
    Alumni Guests:
    Tom Bacon, Ioana Barbu, Thomas Dodds, Antony James
    Industry Guests: 
    Tony Platt & Mark Cousins  
    3:30-4:30
    Room A & B - Refreshments and networking. Prize draw for work experience/shadowing days.
    All attendees will be entered to a prize draw to win: 
    Day work placements at:
    - Bauer Media Recording Studios located in London.
    Exciting opportunity to assist alumna Ioana Barbu producing and engineering sessions for varied station outputs.     
    - BBC Music Research and Development in London.
    Exciting opportunity to assist alumnus Tom Dodds in developing/testing new online mixing tools and see the workings behind Six Music. 
    - Travel expenses will be covered by the University.

  • MTI presents: Audrey Riley with James Woodrow - Performance/talk: Work In Progress
    The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

    Audrey Riley with James Woodrow: Performance/talk - Work In Progress.
    Wednesday February 15th 2017, 4pm
    ***NOTE! Early start time, & venue - Trinity House Chapel***

    https://www.facebook.com/events/149022295602960/

    A lecture/performance by cellist Audrey Riley and guitarist James Woodrow. Works of experimental music from the New York School: Earle Brown, Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff

    Trinity House Chapel, The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY
    Start time 4pm
    Free entry

  • New from MTI's John Richards: Polytik synth!
    "Dirty Electronics’ John Richards and graphic designer Jack Featherstone have created a new hand held synth"

    http://www.thewire.co.uk/news/45334/new-modular-synth-set-to-hit-the-market

    "A new hand held synth called Polytik is about to go public. The hybrid analogue/digital device was designed by Dirty Electronics’ John Richards and designer Jack Featherstone in collaboration with Artists & Engineers production and technology studio. It will be available as four separate colour-coded modules: blue (Core) is a sequencer, programmer and mixer; red (VCO) features voltage controlled feedback and voltage controlled oscillator; black (combi) features the same as red and includes filtering; and yellow (noise) has a noise generator, patchable feedback networks as well as VCF.

    “Polytik is born out of a DIY ethos and the maker community,” state the manufacturers. “It uses open-source hardware and encourages users to make new modules and hacks, but Polytik has been crafted into something very different – a series of beautifully designed objects in their own right.”

    The Core module is loaded with 30 pre-programmed sequences and more modules can be added. Furthermore there is a Golden Chip special edition pack which comes with an additional 20 sequences programmed by John Richards and a further 10 sequences with interviews and comments embedded in the code from musicians and artists including: Simian Mobile Disco, Mark Fell, Frieder Nake and Nik Colk Void & Gabe Gurnsey aka Factory Floor. The first modules will be available to buy this spring and available for pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign set for launch on 31 January. London Modular will also hold workshops with the synths. Details yet to be confirmed."


  • MTI congratulates doctoral graduate Neal Spowage
    "CLASS OF 2017: Graduating with a PhD is music to Neal's ears"

    "Almost 20 years after first setting foot on campus, Neal Spowage is delighted to have scored a doctorate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)."

    http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/news/2017/january/class-of-2017-graduating-with-a-phd-is-music-to-neal's-ears.aspx

  • MTI presents: Vibez Project
    The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

    Vibez Project: Vibraphone & Electronics feat. Simon Limbrick

    Wednesday February 1st, 7pm, DMU PACE
    https://www.facebook.com/events/719794218185246/

    A very special concert, featuring outstanding percussionist Simon Limbrick and the UK premiere of a new work by MTI's very own Bret Battey!

    A performance-based project focused on the vibraphone, incorporating extended playing techniques, alternative compositional processes and technologies, including responsorial sound, visual media and sound diffusion. Each of the works in the programme explore a different approach to composing for the vibraphone.

    Works by Battey, Limbrick, Stockhausen, Carpenter, Stewart, Vitkauskaite, Owen, & White.

    PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
    Start time 7pm
    Free entry

  • MTI celebrates: 50 Years of John Richards
    MTI's first concert of 2017 was a celebration of '50 Years of John Richards', our beloved colleague, teacher, and friend. The concert included new works composed for the occasion by Leigh Landy, Andrew Hugill, and James Andean, as well as a wonderful range of performances from MTI staff and students, past and present, including the Man of the Hour himself.

    Here are a few photographs from the evening:

  • Wednesday January 18th: MTI presents A Very Special Concert Extravaganza!
    This coming Wednesday, January 18th, will be the first MTI concert of 2017!

    It's a very special one, with performances by staff and students, past and present, and plenty of surprises. Don't miss it!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/342072499518972/

    PACE building, start time 7pm. Free entry.

  • Space and Place in Electroacoustic Music
    The book 'Memory, Space, Sound' has now been published by Intellect Books, including the chapter "Space and Place in Electroacoustic Music" by MTI's James Andean:

    http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/books/view-Book,id=5241/

  • Tuesday/Wednesday December 6th/7th: MTI presents Yan Jun!
    Beijing-based artist, performer and writer Yan Jun visits Leicester next week, for two exciting performances - Tuesday December 6th @ Phoenix, and Wednesday December 7th @ MTI!! Utterly unique - not to be missed!!



















    YAN JUN PROVOCATION

    Tuesday December 6th 2016, 8:30pm, Phoenix, 4 Midland Street, Leicester

    http://www.phoenix.org.uk/event/yan-jun-provocation/

    Legendary Chinese musician and poet Yan Jun is joined by special guests in an evening of provocations, noise, text and collective contortions

    CAFÉ BAR, FREE

    “The Laundrette by the Sea … noise occurs when people throw themselves into the sea of machines … noise actually wants to fail … striking out taxonomy and museums and bank deposits …”

    Chinese legendary musician and poet Yan Jun is joined by special guests in an evening of provocations, noise, text and collective contortions.

    Guests to include Dirty Electronics, John Richards, Neal Spowage, Dushume, Jim Frize, Steve Jones, Max Wainwright, Leigh Landy, et al.

    In partnership with Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre, DMU, Leicester


    MTI PRESENTS: YAN JUN

    Wednesday December 7th 2016, 7:00pm, PACE

    The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

    YAN JUN

    Wednesday December 7th 2016, 7pm, PACE

    Beijing-based artist, performer and writer Yan Jun visits MTI! A uniquely thrilling and unpredictable performer, bringing together improvisation, electronics, feedback, site-specific performance/installation, and the body. Not to be missed!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1781205188786400/

    PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ

    Start time 7pm

    Free entry


  • MTI presents: Postgraduate Concert
    The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

    POSTGRAD CONCERT
    Wednesday November 30th 2016, 7pm, PACE

    An evening of performances by MTI postgraduates.

    Works and performances by Emma Margetson, Luigi Marino, Robin Parmar, Sam Topley, & Virginie Viel

    https://www.facebook.com/events/819754641461218/

    PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ

    Start time 7pm

    Free entry

 

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