EARS: The Electroacoustic Resource Site
EARS is a structured Internet portal supported by extensive bibliographical tools, designed to aid those conducting research in Electroacoustic Music Studies.
The project is coordinated by Leigh Landy and Simon Atkinson at MTI Research Centre in collaboration with with Pierre Couprie and Rob Weale. EARS is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Unesco and it forms part of Unesco’s Digi-Arts Programme. The EARS team is now creating a new site for children.
EARS II + Composing with Sounds
The EARS II pedagogical project and its associated project “Composing with Sounds” will offer young people (Key Stage 3, 11-14 year olds) and interested people of all ages the chance to become acquainted with music made from sounds. EARS II offers a complete curriculum focusing on listening (repertoire), understanding of relevant concepts and making (composing) the music of sounds. It will offer various forms of navigation so that users can follow their teacher’s or their own programme of discovery. The Composing with Sounds project is developing the creative platform for EARS II called “Compose with Sounds”. This intuitive software includes a host of manipulation, generation and sequencing tools for inexperienced users. Composing with Sounds (CwS) has been funded by the EU Culture programme and also involves MTI collaborators INA/GRM, ZKM and NOTAM as partners as well as EPHMEE/Ionian University and Miso Music as associate partners. The CwS launch involves 18 schools in the six countries and culminates in concerts and teachers’ workshops in all six as well in early 2013.
W: Composing with Sounds: www.cws.dmu.ac.uk • EARS II: www.ears2.dmu.ac.uk.
New Multimedia Tools for Electroacoustic Music Analysis
This three-year research project, made possible by an awarded of just under £300,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will develop an analysis software package and an analytical toolbox relevant to the breadth of electroacoustic genres. This will draw together existing methods, engage the latest interactive and hypermedia tools, and apply them to a range of works to compare their strengths and weaknesses. This aims to illuminate both the procedures and the works. We will be better able to judge what analytical approach (or approaches) would be best suited to gain an insight and understanding of a particular genre of the music. The research will be undertaken by DMU Professors Simon Emmerson and Leigh Landy with musicologist and programmer Dr Pierre Couprie and doctoral student Mike Gatt. A number of new extensions, developments and refinements will result in a newly developed software application ('E-Analyse' derived from Pierre Couprie's iAnalyse) which can apply a range of possible approaches. The project launched Autumn 2010. (Image: Pierre Couprie's "iAnalyse 3")
The Electroacoustic Music Studies Network (EMS)
The Electroacoustic Music Studies Network (EMS) facilitates developments in this vital field. It hosts international events focusing relevant subjects every other year.
Our collaborative partners in the EMS initiative are(OMF/MINT) at the Université de Paris IV — Sorbonne and INA/GRM, Paris.
MTI hosts the journal Organised Sound: an International Journal of Music Technology (Cambridge University Press). Prof Leigh Landy is the Editor.
Philharmonia Orchestra: The Sound Exchange
In 2002/3 the Access and Education Department of the Philharmonia Orchestra developed orchestral and internet resources with the MTI Research Centre. The Philharmonia is resident in Leicester. This large-scale collaboration was funded by the Arts Council of England as part of the orchestra's stabilisation. There were several large elements, supervised by Andrew Hugill, with support from MTI Research Centre members and MTI students and in collaboration with Dr Aladdin Ayesh of DMU's Computer Science Department.