MTI^2 Concerts & Events

All events free admission unless otherwise indicated. For DMU building locations, see the DMU Campus Map.

For archival events, jump to: 2015-16 | 2016-17 | 2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20 | 2020-21 | 2021-22 | 2022-23

See the Past Events link to the left to access events archives for 2014-15 and earlier.



• 2022-23

Cat Hope and Decibel New Music Ensemble

28 November 2022

Seminar: 1.30 – 3.00 PACE Studio 1 Cat Hope and Decibel New Music Ensemble

As part of UK|Australia Season, Decibel visit the UK for the first time, on a tour including performances at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Café Oto in London. At this seminar, Cat Hope will present their work developing novel approaches to digital notation and performance, including the development of animated music notation with the Decibel ScorePlayer App for iPad. The talk will be illustrated by live music from members of Decibel.
Decibel are world leading interpreters of graphic notations and innovative digital score formats for creating music. While rooted in western art music tradition, Decibel aim to remove stylistic boundaries in their commissioning and performance approaches.

Guest Musician Eva Sidén

16 November 2022

Seminar: 2.00 – 3.00pm, PACE Studio 1

In advance of this evening’s concert, guest speaker Eva Sidén talks about her work performing contemporary piano music in new contexts, across art forms and integrating digital technologies. Eva has developed an artistic concept for concert installations which combine music, sound and visuality, as well as acoustic instruments and electronics spatialized in specially created rooms.

Concert: Piano, electronics and video
7.00pm, PACE Studio 1


John Young Sound Play (2021) (first performance)

Elsa Justel Pion d´échecs (2020) (first performance)

Eva Sidén Landscape Spirit (2019) piano, video with animated 3d objects, 7.0 sound

MA Class of 2022 Showcase

2 November 2022

Final portfolio works from the MA MTI 2021-22 class. 19:00-21:00 PACE Studio 1.


• 2021-22

Convergence 2022: Making it Up

22-25 September 2022

A festival/conference celebrating new work and ideas in music and technology. Following the inaugural event in 2019, we now call for work to be included in Convergence 2022.

21st century musical creativity rides on the convergence of many streams of musical cultures, styles and value systems. The previous century’s passage through modernist and postmodern imperatives, mixes and meetings of cultures has propelled us into a state of glorious collision, where tradition and innovation coexist in fusion and confusion. New technologies are a central element in this creative ferment – from immersive multichannel and audiovisual environments, expressions of artificial intelligence and transmedia storytelling to human-machine interaction and hardware hacking. How might we make sense of this multiplicity of creative endeavours? What are the tensions and synergies we feel amongst the creative approaches of practitioners and between the insights of theorists and critics? What, if anything, might we sense is our relationship with the ideals and cultural products of the past?  How does the collective imagination of artists, engineers and listeners collaboratively shape the way we form our future?

See the Convergence 2022 web page for more details.

End-of-year Undergraduate Performances

Thursday, May 12, 2022, PACE Studio 1 – 19.00

End-of-year performances of new music created by first and second year composing with technology and performing with technology students.

John Young 60th-Birthday Celebration Concert

Thursday, March 17, 2022, PACE Studio 1 – 19.00

A concert of electroacoustic music celebrating Prof. John Young’s sixtieth birthday this month!

Simon Emmerson: Wind Clouds Showers

Thursday, March 3, 2022, PACE Studio 1 – 18.30

‘Wind Clouds Showers’ Concert of new music engaged with the environment, including performances by Heather Roche of Simon Emmerson’s ‘Wind Clouds Showers’ for clarinet, bass clarinet and electronics and Lisa Robertson’s ‘Heartwood’. The programme also features acousmatic and soundscape works: Simon Emmerson’s ‘Aeolian’, Katerina Tzedaki’s ‘Night Forest’ and Pete Stollery’s ‘Pandemonium’.


Simon Emmerson: Memory Machine

Wednesday, March 2, 2022, Trinity Chapel – 13.00 – 14.00

A brand new (5.1) version of his concert-installation: “... in part inspired by mediaeval and renaissance ideas of a ‘theatre of memory’ - see Frances Yates’s The Art of Memory (1966). There are five doors and five columns which act as ‘loci’ for the sound memories. These open and close in unpredictable combinations. There are soundscapes I have recorded over the past 45 years, also frozen memories of ‘modern’ music that have some significance to me.”


Pete Stollery: COVID-19 Sound Map & Pandemonium

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, MTIRL Sound Art Lab (Clephan 0.19) – 11.00 - 12.00

Prof. Pete Stollery (University of Aberdeen) will introduce his crowd-sourced COVID-19 Sound Map ( and present an 8-channel version of his fixed media piece Pandemonium which uses sounds from the map.

Trevor Wishart: Garden of Earthly Delights

Thursday, February 24, 2022, PACE Studio 1 – 15.00

Presentation of Trevor Wishart’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’ (new eight-channel surround sound ‘comic opera’).

Thursday, February 24, 2022, PACE Studio – 16.00

live (online) discussion with the composer.

New Work from Undergraduate Students

Thursday, February 17, 2022, PACE Studio 1 – 19.00

Performances of new work from the second-year music, technology and performance module: Josh Bentley, Dominic Demetriou John, Callum Harris, AJ Nwodoh, Jinil Park, Dan Pemberton, Adam Roberts, Dahnyung Yang, Aleksandra Ziembaczewska.

• 2020-21

Hello Covid-19, goodbye concerts.

• 2019-20

Experiences: sound-sight-motion

Wednesday 18th March 2020, 6.30pm, PACE Studio 1 and 2

6.30pm, PACE 2:
Stewart Worthy - Tungsten Ghost (installation)

7pm PACE 1:
Audrey Riley Short experience for cello and performer (cello); Mihai Traista Headless (a robotic installation/performance); Matt Rogerson Au(gmen)tism (audiovisual performance)

MTI @ 20!

Thursday & Friday February 27th/28th 2020, 6pm, PACE1

MTI is 20 years old!! Come help us celebrate with two evenings of concerts, featuring recent works by staff and alumni:

Thursday February 27th, 6pm, PACE 1:
Acousmatic compositions, audiovisual works, and more.
Including works by Simon Emmerson, Susanne Grunewald (with Audrey Riley, cello), Andrew Knight-Hill, Ben Ramsay, Neal Spowage, Katerina Tzedaki, Virginie Viel, and John Young. 

Friday February 28th, 6pm, PACE 1:
Performances, live electronics, and more. 
Including works by James Andean, Dirty Electronics, Leigh Landy, Amit Patel with Simon Atkinson, Craig Vear, and Anna Xambo.

The MTI@20 concerts are a co-production with the Cultural Exchanges Festival:

Lunchtime Concerts

Tuesday & Wednesday 25th/26th February 2020, 1pm, Leicester Gallery DMU

Join us for two lunchtime concerts, featuring performances by MTI students, postgrads & alumni, in the DMU Gallery.
- Tues. Feb. 25th: our marvellous 2nd year performance students will be presenting an improv set, 1pm-2pm;
- Wed. Feb 26th, Dirty Electronics will be presenting some marvellous works of Live Electronics, 1pm-2pm;
...and, on both days, Francesc Martí's splendid installation work 'The Sounds of the World 19' will be on show.

Docs and PostDocs

Wednesday 12th February 2020, 7pm, PACE Studio 1

A concert featuring an eclectic mix of work by PhD graduates and students of the DMU Institute for Sonic Creativity, with music by: Sebastiano Gualtieri, David Holland, Amit Patel, Rick Nance and Neal Spowage.

Mufonía de Beat

Wednesday 29th January 2020, 7pm, PACE Studio 1

An audiovisual experience in multichannel surround sound. Music by Mexican producer P.Gav, visuals by Marcos Sánchez, with Harry Pentony on drums.

Research Seminar: Creative Multichannel Live Instrument Design

Wednesday 29th January 2020, 1pm, Clephan 0.19

Pablo Garcia-Valenzuela (AES Institute Mexico) will discuss strategies for reactive MIDI instruments in multichannel systems using keyboard and drum pad interfaces. Discussion will range from the technical aspects of a coherent 3D phantom image for a specific 15-17 channel dome system to the addition of human, rhythmic and melodic elements to multichannel performance.

Conservatorio di Musica di Bologna / Tempo Reale Firenze

Wednesday 15th January 2020, 7pm, PACE studio 1

Two short concerts of electroacoustic music from the Bologna Conservatory and the Tempo Reale Centre in Florence.

AUDIOVISIONS | BOLOGNA: videomusic from the Bologna Conservatory and SOUNDS AND SILENCE | FIRENZE: acousmatic and improvised electronic music from Tempo Reale. The Tempo Reale centre was established in 1987 by the great Italian composer Luciano Berio (1925-2003).

The present director, Francesco Giomi, will lead this performance and give a pre-concert talk about the music at 6pm.

Mondes Intérieurs

Wednesday November 27th 2019, 7pm, PACE1

DMU Doctoral graduate Louise Rossiter presents work from her new CD Mondes Intérieurs—featuring an ongoing series of works entitled Der Industriepalast, music influenced by the life-sized poster ‘Der Mensch als Industriepalast’ ('Man as Industrial Palace') by infographic pioneer, Fritz Kahn (1888-1968). Winner ex aequo of the 2012 Espace du Son competition for electroacoustic music performance, Louise will also present some classic electroacoustic works by Francis Dhomont, Pete Stollery and Gilles Gobeil, diffused over DMU’s 32 channel 3D immersive audio system.


Wednesday November 13th 2019, 7pm, PACE1

DMU Senior Lecturer James Andean presents the Leicester launch of his new CD Assemblance(s) - recently released on the empreintes DIGITALes label.  The music will explode into 3D sound in DMU's multichannel audio studio.

Dirty Electronics - Pop-up I

Friday November 8th 2019, 5:45pm, Haymarket Shopping Centre

Dirty Electronics – Pop-up I
Haymarket Shopping Centre (entrance Haymarket/Belgrave Gate – by Costa)
Leicester, LE1 3YR

Dann Downes will be visiting us  to work on a project with Dirty Electronics that explores collective making and DIY/DIT electronic instruments. The project will be hosted in a pop-up shop in Leicester Haymarket Shopping Centre. Join us for the public presentation of the work.

Dann Downes

Wednesday November 6th 2019, 1pm, MTIRL, Clephan Building

Professor Dann Downes (University of New Brunswick, Canada)
Seminar (open to all students and staff)

Professor Dann Downes from the University of New Brunswick, Canada will present a seminar on new media economy and the role of media in the construction of community and personal identity. He will discuss his interest in the relationships between amateur, professional and academic participants in DIY/DIT communities and the ways that home-made musical devices lead (and don’t lead) to cultural and commercial ends. 

Dann Downes:

Life Out of Balance

Wednesday October 23rd 2019, 7pm, PACE1

A concert of live music for film, devised by a large group of our brand new 1st year students, who will be gracing our stage for the very first time! The students have had just four weeks to collectively devise live music for a series of films, that take a unique view on the contemporary world. Students have engaged with these visuals to create a concert that is moving, evocative, and haunting.
This promises to be a unique and memorable evening!

Flutes, Trees and Islands: Music for flutes and electronics

Wednesday October 16th 2019, 7pm, PACE1

A concert of new music for flutes and electroacoustic sounds:
Scott L. Miller Islands (2016) for alto flute and Kyma
Karen Power Tree Flute (2019) for baroque flute and trees
Simon Emmerson Solo Flute Quartet (2017-18) for flutes and electronics.

Before that: Seminar in the MTIRL - Clephan 0.19, 1-2pm

Scott Miller will present and discuss his ideas for ‘ecosystem performance’ which he realises with the help of the Kyma system in interaction with Carla Rees (flute) and the acoustics of the space. Carla Rees will demonstrate her quarter tone Kingma flutes and show how these are used in Simon Emmerson’s new work.

Ableton Education Tour & Concert

Wednesday October 9th 2019, 7pm, PACE1

We are very excited to kick off our 2019-20 events series with a visit from Ableton representatives Alex Banks and Thomas Glendinnig (aka ELPHNT). This is a special event for DMU students only. It promises to be a great afternoon/evening of activities. And it’s all free! Do come along.  

Workshops as part of Ableton Education Tour, 14:30-18:00
PACE Studio 1 

Performing Live Masterclass with Alex Banks
Brighton based multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Alex Banks will be demonstrating how he uses Ableton Live in the live domain. Fresh from his latest release on Max Cooper’s Mesh label back in June, Alex will talk us through and showcase his process of bringing his latest album, Beneath the Surface, to life for his live shows. 

Sparking Creativity & Generating Ideas in Ableton Live
Ableton Certified Trainer, Tom Glendinning, aka ELPHNT, will explore various ways to use Ableton Live’s native tools such as the built-in MIDI FX and Max for Live to both inspire new ideas and take your existing ones to entirely new places. There will be a Q+A session at the end of the workshop.  

Concert with Alex Banks
19:00, PACE Studio 1 
Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Alex Banks, who describes his work as “atmospheric bass music from Brighton via Berlin”, presents a concert of audiovisual work produced using Ableton Live. 

Convergence 2019

Thursday Sept. 12th - Sunday Sept. 15th 2019

International Conference/Festival of Music, Technology & Ideas

Click here for the event listing.

2019 Theme: Complexity & Simplicity

21st century musical creativity rides on the convergence of many streams of musical cultures, styles and value systems.  The previous century’s passage through modernist and postmodern imperatives has propelled us into a state of glorious collision, where tradition and innovation coexist in fusion and confusion.  New technologies are a central element in this creative ferment - from elaborate, immersive multichannel and audiovisual environments, expressions of artificial intelligence and transmedia narratives to hardware hacking.

How might we make sense of this multiplicity of creative endeavours? What are the tensions and synergies we feel amongst the creative approaches of practitioners and between the insights of theorists and critics? What, if anything, might we sense is our relationship with the ideals and cultural products of the past?

Convergence 2019 proposes that we consider these issues from the perspectives of complexity and simplicity. Can we conceive ever more elaborate designs and complex ways to divine meaning in music, or should we find in the plethora of possibilities a path that leads to a more immediate clarity, even simplicity? And how, as curators of our artistic fate, might we expect 21st century audiences to respond?

Convergence aims to bring together many of the diverse strands of music made with new technologies and to celebrate these alongside some traditional practices.  In 2019 we will also be working with the Darbar Fringe Festival to bring high quality traditional and experimental Indian music projects to the conference.

Keynote speaker and guest composer for Convergence 2019 will be eminent composer/researcher Curtis Roads. Dr. Roads' presence at Convergence is made possible by the kind support of the US Embassy and the British Association of American Studies.

For more information: convergence[at] 

• 2018-19

Interfaces Festival

Wednesday May 29th to Tuesday June 4th 2019

The Interfaces Festival brings sound art installations and audiovisual artwork to venues across Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, including Phoenix Leicester, CURVE theatre, Leicester, LCB Depot and The Exchange Bar. 

The festival provokes both eye and ear. Exploring ‘visual music’ – the artistic magic that can occur when image is shaped and formed like music – it offers two screenings of audiovisual artwork from around the world and two hands-on workshops from leading artists. Meanwhile, a fantastic range of sound art installations explore and celebrate sound in relation to space, place, image and sculpture.

The festival is organised by Music, Technology & Innovation, De Montfort University within the framework of the EU Interfaces Network Project, with the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. The project focuses on ‘new music for new audiences’, aiming to inspire more people of all ages and demographics to experience contemporary music and sound art.


Workshop: Collaborative Animated Light Graffiti with Urban Projections
Wed May 29, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mobile light projections from the workshop will be shown in the city, starting around 10:00 pm.
Location: Phoenix Conference Rooms
Price: Free, but space is limited. Online reservation at Phoenix required. Phoenix listing:
In this community workshop, participants will learn how to use special software on iPads to craft collaborative animations with music. A selection of the workshop pieces will then be displayed around Leicester at night with a custom ‘light cycle’ portable high-definition projection system.

Screening: Visible Bits, Audible Bytes
Fri 31 May, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Phoenix Screen 1
Reservations via Phoenix recommended.
Phoenix listing: 
Visible Bits, Audible Bytes shows how artists and musicians from around the world are using new technologies to animate imaginative audiovisual worlds. Going beyond the bounds of traditional narrative, abstract flows of image and sound invite wonder and contemplation.With the support of the EU Interfaces project, Visible Bits, Audible Bytes has commissioned award-winning Montréal video artist and composer Myriam Boucher to premiere a new work at Phoenix as part of the screening.

Installation: Myriam Boucher – Empty Spaces
Fri 31 May, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Sat 1 Jun, 11am – 7pm
Location: Phoenix Screen Room
Phoenix listing:
Myriam Boucher’s Empty Spaces is a video and sound-based installation that acts as a companion or ‘prelude’ to her audiovisual composition by the same name, which will be premiering in this year’s Visible Bits, Audible Bytes. The installation explores the genesis of her project: the village where she grew up – concerning the source of the desire to run away, to escape from reality.

Artist Talks
Fri May 31, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 
Location: Phoenix Conference Rooms
A selection of artists involved in the Interfaces Leicester project will discuss their work.

Installation: Sam Underwood – Heed
Fri May 31 – Tue 4 Jun
Time: starting evening of May 31, open all day thereafter
Location: Phoenix 
Phoenix listing:
For this installation, sound artist and musical instrument designer Sam Underwood is placing a series of sonic devices in and around Phoenix. A variation on his long-term Sonic Graffiti project, Sam has chosen to reflect on our current divisions. Each piece encourages close listening and quiet reflection as an antidote to the bombast that seems so commonplace at this time.

Screening: Punto y Raya Festival Retrospective
Sat 1 Jun, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Phoenix Screen 2
Reservations via Phoenix recommended
Phoenix listing:
Spain’s Punto y Raya fosters Audiovisual Arts in their purest state: form, colour, motion and sound – no representation. Its mission is to recapture the spirit of Cinéma Pure and Absolute Film formulated by the European avant-garde in the 1920s, consolidating this unique artform lying at the intersection between Art and Media. This screening presentation by festival co-founder Nöel Palazzo offers a review of the festival’s 12-year trajectory, focusing on contemporary works and the many diverse techniques the artists have explored and developed.

Workshop: VJ Workshop with Myriam Boucher
Sat 1 Jun, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 
Location: Phoenix Conference Rooms
Reservations via Phoenix required
Phoenix listing:
Participants can bring their own laptop computer with the Resolume demo installed, or can use computers provided at the workshop.This workshop is an opportunity to learn VJ technique – the emerging art of live performance of visual projections with music – hands-on from an award-winning artist who is master in both visuals and music production. Montréal-based video and sound artist Myriam Boucher will teach aspects of her approach to live performance with Resolume software, with special attention to questions of how to work with musical structures and to create organic visual textures and transformations.

Installations from DMU Music and Audio Technology
LCB Depot installations start Thu 30 May 1:00 pm
All other installations start Fri 31 May, 1:00 pm
All finish 4 June, 5:00 pm
Curve Theatre:
Peter Batchelor, Contraption
Rob Chafer, Innermost
Danny Ingram, Balloon Bridge
Francesc Marti, Speech 2
John Richards, Death and the Shell
Stewart Worthy, Tungsten Ghost
Exchange Bar:
Donggyu Lee, Window ≠ Wall 
LCB Depot: 
Davide Baldazzi, Molekules 
Bruno Iglesias, Frame of Phase

John Cage ONE8 with 108

Tuesday May 14th 2019, 7pm, The Gallery

Welcome to a very special concert at The Gallery DMU,  featuring some very special interpretations based around seminal experimental works by John Cage and David Tudor, performed by a large-scale ensemble playing a remarkable array of experimental resources!

John Cage: One8 with 108 for solo cello and ‘orchestra’.
Dirty Electronics Ensemble: Tone Forest, a response to David Tudor's 'Rain Forest' and 'Tone Burst'.

Audrey Riley (cello) with John Richards and the Dirty Electronics Ensemble - plus guests, including Bret Battey, Simon Atkinson & James Andean.

Oddity, Myoptik & more

Wednesday March 20th 2019, 7pm, PACE1


For tonight's concert we're mixing it up a bit, with works and performances from the broader field of electronic music, including drum'n'bass, dark ambient, and EDM - always with a twist...

Artists include:
Oddity / Connor Snape
Myoptik / Rich Wilkes
James West
...& more!

Music from the USSS: Adrian Moore & Adam Stanović

Wednesday March 6th 2019, 7pm, PACE1

MTI is very proud to host a concert of works by two of Acousmatic Music's leading lights: Adrian Moore and Adam Stanović, of the University of Sheffield Sound Studios, in a joint concert of their acousmatic works!

Sure to be a phenomenal evening of incredible sound - not to be missed!!

1pm in Clephan 0.19
Moore & Stanović talk: "Fixing, Fracturing, Fragmenting: approaches to composition and performance in acousmatic music".

John Young: To the Red Sky

Wednesday February 27th 2019, 2pm/3pm/4pm, PACE2

Part of Cultural eXchanges Festival 2019

The recorded memories of twenty First World War veterans are reheard in a sound installation evoking images of life, death, despair and hope in the trenches. Composer John Young (DMU) has sourced the recordings from the Imperial War Museum’s oral history archive and woven them into an immersive soundscape creating a journey through some of the events of the First World War. The stories, told by men and women who lived through the war, were all recorded later in life and offer personal and moving insights into key moments of their wartime lives in this ‘cinema for the ear’ experience.

Zubin Kanga - Piano Ex Machina

Wednesday February 13th 2019, 7pm, PACE1

'Piano Ex Machina' is the latest major international touring project by ‘cyborg pianist’ Zubin Kanga. Building on his major ‘Dark Twin’ (2015) and ‘Cyborg Pianist’ (2016) international tours, this project combines cutting edge multimedia technology and piano virtuosity, with ground-breaking new work exploring sci-fi concepts, motion capture, artificial intelligence (AI), internet culture, interactive video and film history.

'Silver Screens, Black Mirrors' explores screen culture and our obsessive and sometimes toxic relationships to visual media including film, the internet and television series.

The New Generation

Wednesday January 30th 2019, 7pm, PACE1

An evening  of works by some of our latest undergraduates - absolutely hot off the presses and fresh out of the oven!! Come hear the latest and greatest of the new generation.

Sweet Anticipation

Wednesday January 16th 2019, 7pm, PACE1

Join us for our first concert of 2019 - a very special evening, featuring some of the latest work from the MTI! Come hear what our professors and lecturers have been up to... Featuring new works by John Young, Leigh Landy, James Andean, Rick Nance and Neal Spowage.

IN SITU – European Sounds in Space

Thursday December 13th to Saturday December 15th 2018

'IN SITU' presents 3 site-specific sound environments (commissions) that will take place at Leicester’s historic Magazine Gateway and at St. Nicholas Church (the oldest in Leicester) from the 13th to the 15th of December. 

Artists include liminal, composer & visual artist Kathy Hinde, and sound artist Joseph Young.

The event will open with artists' talks on on Thursday 13th December 2-3pm at De Montfort University's PACE building (Richmond Street), followed by a visit to the installations.

Thursday 13 December: 3pm - 6pm
Friday 14 December: Noon - 6pm
Saturday 15 December: Noon - 5pm

The Magazine, Vaughan Way, Leicester
St Nicholas Church, St Nicholas Walk, Leicester


Liminal is a partnership between architect Frances Crow and sound artist and composer David Prior. Their work focuses on exploring the relationship between sound, listening and the environment. For In Situ, liminal continues a long-term project in which they explore different aspects of bells and their relationship to culture. Here, they have worked with members of St Nicholas Church, Leicester, to explore the dual role bells have played in defining territory and interceding between humans and God. 

Composer and visual artist Kathy Hinde has prepared a multi-channel piece using the Buddhist bell that hangs on the first floor of the Magazine.

Sound artist Joseph Young has been recording in the Battle of Bosworth field and is building an immersive sound journey from field recordings, spoken word and music, to be presented on the top floor of The Magazine.


The activity is organised in the framework of the Interfaces Network, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

'IN SITU' is a De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)-led collaboration with IRCAM (Pompidou Centre, Paris), involving the creation of site-specific artistic environments celebrating special historic architecture, providing unique sonic experiences at historical locations.
The project aims to create an intrinsic relation between a physical place, building or location and a musical work for electronics or electronics and instruments.This project offers composers venues outside the traditional concert hall and the possibility of getting in touch with listeners outside the sphere of the traditional philharmonic milieu. 

Some of the important issues for this project are: How does the music inhabit an architectural design? How do the sonic qualities of the work reveal the characteristics of a newly created or existing space? How does the social characterisation of space inform listening? 
More than mere acoustics, architectural venues incorporate a wide range of historical, cultural, and even political messages. In an ideal pairing, the venue complements the performance and enhances the event for the benefit of the audience; likewise, an informed selection of repertoire can draw attention to the setting in which it is performed. 

Within the whole duration of the Interfaces Network project, 6 historic and interesting architectural sites will resonate with contemporary music across Europe.

Gabriella Smart - 'The Colonial Piano'

Wednesday December 5th 2018, 7pm, PACE1

Australian pianist Gabriella Smart presents a concert of works for piano & live electronics, inspired by the historical narratives of seven colonial pianos that still exist in various locations across Australia today, offering a rich and complex perspective of Australia’s colonial history.

Featuring the premiere of 'Piano Ring', the most recent work by MTI's Professor Simon Emmerson! As well as works by Cat Hope (AUS), Luke Harrald (AUS), Jon Rose (AUS/UK), Elena Kats Chernin (AUS/RUSS), and Konstantin Koukias (AUS/NL).

1pm in the MTIRL (Clephan 0.19)
Artist's talk


Wednesday November 21st 2018, 6pm, PACE1

***Note the early start time: 6pm!!***

Join us for a very special evening of sound & image, presenting the results of a very exciting project in which all of our 1st & 2nd year students have worked together preparing live performances to accompany classic works of experimental film!

Georges Méliès: 'Le voyage dans la lune'/'Trip to the Moon' (1902)
Man Ray: 'Emak-Bakia' (1926)
Walter Ruttmann: 'Lichtspiel' (1921-25)
Henri Chomette: 'Jeux des reflets et de la vitesse'/'Play of refections and speed' (1925)
Paul Strand & Charles Sheeler: 'Manhatta' (1921)

Marc Ainger & Ann Stimson

Wednesday November 7th 2018, 7pm, PACE1

A concert by very special guests Ann Stimson (flute) and Marc Ainger (composer and laptop performer), presenting an exciting programme that includes live electronics, acousmatic works, video, and more!

Including works by John Croft, Pierre Jodlowski, Diana Soh & Marc Ainger.

Works from the New Zealand School of Music

Wednesday October 24th 2018, 8pm, PACE1
(Note the late start time: 8pm!)

Join us for an evening of electroacoustic works - including multichannel compositions, audiovisual works, and more - from the New Zealand School of Music, with the composers joining us in virtual form from the other side of the planet!

Works by Matt Lambourn, Thomas Voyce, Paul Dunham, Jack Woodbury, Grayson Cooke & Dugal McKinnon.

austraLYSIS: Torbjörn Hultmark & Roger Dean

Wednesday October 17th 2018, 7pm, PACE1

Join us for the opening event of our 2018-19 concert series: a concert by very special guests Torbjörn Hultmark & Roger Dean!

Two international leaders in their fields present a performance featuring music for soprano trombone and piano in the context of electroacoustic sound, and real-time image.

A special feature of this programme is performance-interaction with computational deep learning, used here for music and generation and for timbral transformation.

International Conference: Bringing New Music to New Audiences

Friday September 21st - Sunday September 23rd 2018

‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ International Conference
Music, Technology & Innovation – Institute for Sonic Creativity
De Montfort University, Leicester UK 
21-23 September 2018

‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ is a three-day international conference which is intended to bring together community artists and other musicians, educators, animateurs, specialists within music and other cultural organisations, government policy representatives and representatives from cross-cultural projects who are involved with initiatives related to the conference title. Of course, project participants, non-academics and others are most welcome.

By ‘new music’ what is meant is original innovative works of music, including the sonic arts, which largely reside outside of the commercial sector. The goal is to share and debate different forms of good practice relating to how new music can be used as the means of engaging with new communities and ways through which new music can reach underrepresented communities. 

The conference will focus on a selection of community arts and pedagogical initiatives related to participation and community-action. It will offer diverse workshops and performances and introduce conference participants to a wide range of programmes within this area. Subjects will include, but not be limited to: 

• Educational initiatives

• Working with community organisations

• The musical equivalent of public art 

• Interculturalism

• Ways of effectively and robustly measuring/evaluating impact and research projects regarding the above.

This conference forms part of the ‘Interfaces’ Creative European project. It is related to the ‘Bringing New Music to New Audiences’ resource site – currently under construction and to be announced shortly – which is to offer information regarding good practice in outreach initiatives around the globe. All interested parties are welcome to send their work to that hub at any time once made available. 

Invited speakers will include Susanna Eastburn, currently Chief Executive of Sound and Music (UK). 

Conference fees will be: £60 / £30 (students and those on a lower income) for all three days, £25 / £12.50 for one day.

• 2017-18

Degree Show Concert

Friday June 15th 2018, 7pm, PACE Building

Works & performances by some of our marvellous graduating students, as part of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)'s Faculty of Technology 2018 Degree Show!

NOTE: Installations run from 18:00; Concert begins 19:00

Including works & performances by: Robert Chafer, Chloe Harrison, Danny Keigher, Ben Middle, Matt Rogerson, Harry Smith, Emma Sykes

Fallen & Locked Groove

Wednesday June 6th 2018, 7pm, PACE Studio 1

For our final concert of the season, we are very pleased to present works and performances by a few of our extraordinary post-graduate students - featuring audiovisuals, dance, turntables, cello, and more!!

**Please note that this concert includes explicit content, as well as flashing lights.**

'Piece for Cello and Locked Groove'
Audrey Riley: cello
James Kelly: turntables

Marinos Giannoukakis: concept, a/v programming
Maria Lappa: choreography
Maria Sarof: performer

Mark Wastell / The Seen

Wednesday May 30th 2018, 7pm, PACE Studio 1

Performers: Lee Boyd Allatson, James Andean, Robert Chafer, Rick Nance, John Richards, Matt Rogerson, Harry Smith, Neal Spowage, Sam Topley, Mark Wastell

Mark Wastell has been organising larger formations of musicians, collectively known as THE SEEN, since the early 2000’s, using predominantly improvised material with occasional instructions or themes distributed to individual musicians just prior to performance. No formation has ever been repeated; THE SEEN never stays static. 

“With The Seen, everything is up for grabs. Even the act of listening – so sacrosanct in the world of improvisation – becomes problematized, for in such a tapestry of sound and silence how can one process what’s happening at any one moment? Yet this impossibility of total response provides opportunities to form clusters within the whole, that break apart and reform in different configurations as things develop. For listeners, too, there are possibilities for moments of both detailed focus and wider-scale immersion.” (Paul Margree)

Mark Wastell has been active as a musician since 1995, making his initial concerts with the trio IST featuring Rhodri Davies and Simon H. Fell. He has performed and recorded extensively and his diverse resume includes collaborations with the likes of Derek Bailey, John Butcher, Evan Parker, Lasse Marhaug, John Tilbury, Mattin, Mark Sanders, Tony Conrad, Tim Barnes, Bernhard Günter, Keith Rowe, John Zorn, Peter Kowald, Joachim Nordwall, Otomo Yoshihide, Burkhard Beins, Paul Dunmall, David Toop, Alan Wilkinson, Max Eastley, Hugh Davies, Julie Tippetts, Alan Skidmore, Clive Bell, Arild Andersen and David Sylvian. Mark also runs the Confront Recordings record label.

'Special Events'

Friday May 25th 2018, 7pm, PACE Studio 1

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2017-18 concert series presents:


Performances of works by John Cage, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff

Performers: Audrey Riley, Andrew Zolinsky, James Woodrow, James Andean and Simon Atkinson
with Sally Doughty (dance)

Including Earle Brown's 'Special Events' for cello and piano, John Cage's 'Four6' and solo works for piano and electric guitar.

Postgraduate Concert

Wednesday May 9th 2018, 7pm, PACE Building

An evening of works & performances by some of our fine postgraduate students, plus some special guests... including:
Sam Topley
Maya Verlaak
Luigi Marino
...& special guest Leigh Landy!

Telematic Hacking - 2nd Exposition

Wednesday April 6th 2018, 7pm, PACE Building
Location: the Net/UK/Athens

PACE Building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
19:00 (GMT)
Free entry

Onassis Cultural Centre – Upper Stage 
21:00 (GMT +2) | Free entry

Artists include:
Network Ensemble, Tim Shaw, Aram Bartholl, Dirty Electronics, Tim Ward, Yiannis Kotsonis, Robert Chafer


The event will be streamed to the Interfaces YouTube channel and shown ‘live’ to an audience at the Upper Stage of the Onassis Cultural Centre.

A group of leading artists exploring the materiality of the Net meet in a telematic room. Over a series of meetings a new work emerges. Tools and hardware hacks to sound the network will be investigated. The devising will be ‘televised’ online and the telepresent audience will be invited to make their own ‘instrument’ for performance. The telematic meetings will coalesce in exposition events at a set time and physical location.

Telematic hacking initiative is in partnership with Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre of De Montfort University and the Οnassis Cultural Centre Athens in the framework of the Interfaces Network project supported by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

Bret Battey Semicentennial Concert

Wednesday April 11th 2018, 7pm, PACE Studio 1

A retrospective of the groundbreaking audiovisual work of MTI's Professor of Audio-visual Composition, Bret Battey.

Bret's sound and image compositions, which involve custom-programmed video and sound algorithms, have achieved widespread international recognition, including prizes and honours from the Austria's Prix Ars Electronica, France's Bourges Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique, Spain's Punto y Raya Festival and MuVi4, Abstracta Cinema of Rome, Amsterdam Film eXperience and the Texas Fresh Minds Festival.

cMatrix12 (2004/2009)
Autarkeia Aggregatum (2005)
Luna Series:
   i) Mercurius (2007)
   ii) Lacus Temporis (2008)
   iii) Sinus Aestum (2009)
Clonal Colonies:
   i) Fresh Runners (2011)
   ii) Soft Strata (2011)
Estuaries Series:
   Estuaries I (2016)
   Estuaries II (2017)
   Estuaries III (2017)

Audrey Riley - Cage, Wolff, Feldman & more

Wednesday March 21st 2018, 6pm, Trinity House Chapel

A concert by MTI postgrad Audrey Riley, presenting works by composers affiliated with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Works by Kosugi, Kondo, Cage, Feldman, Wolff.

Performers: Audrey Riley, James Woodrow, James Andean, Simon Atkinson.

DMUtalks: Generative Audio-visual Composition: Dialoguing with Complex Systems - An inaugural lecture by Professor Bret Battey

Wednesday March 14th 2018, 5:30pm, Hugh Aston Building 0.08

In this lecture Professor Battey will describe aspects of his multidisciplinary approach to creating audio-visual compositions. He applies algorithmic means to humanistic ends - seeking to create complex but coherent audio-visual flows, which he links to a Buddhist sense of impermanence. This involves a process of coding and dialoguing with unpredictable algorithms to discover and develop new artistic potentials.

The talk will include discussion of his new OptiNelder visual-effect system, which involves animating the processes of Nelder-Mead optimization (used by mathematicians to find solutions to complex, multi-variable problems that cannot be addressed by solving equations). He will also discuss his Nodewebba software, which networks iterative-function pattern generators to give rise to emergent musical or visual behaviours. The talk will also serve as a prelude to his 50th-birthday retrospective concert in PACE 1 on April 11.

The evening will begin with refreshments from 5.30pm, with the talk beginning at 6.00pm. A drinks reception and canapés will be available following the lecture.

MTI presents: Postgraduate Concert

Wednesday March 7th 2018, 7pm, PACE Building

Works & performances by some of our wonderful postgraduate students & more - including Francesc Martí, Virginie Viel, Simon Emmerson, & Miles Hunt.

MTI presents: Thomas Gorbach

Wednesday February 21st 2018, 7:30pm, PACE Building

Thomas Gorbach is the founder of Austria's first concert series dedicated to acousmatic music. With this project-The Acousmatic Project-he researched intensively for 10 years in order to build a multichannel loudspeaker orchestra, now called The Vienna Acousmonium. 

Two festivals are organized every year, presenting international artists working on computer-generated sounds and multichannel live diffusion. In Leicester Thomas Gorbach will talk about the development of his diffusion technique called Ephemer Dynamic-Motion Soundsculptures and will project his latest works in concert alongside pieces by his colleagues Caroline Profanter and Martina Claussen.

Thomas Gorbach: Viola Sylvestris (stereo, 2015, 16'42'')

Caroline Profanter: Issue (stereo, 2014, 7'24")

Thomas Gorbach: Four Variations with Ribbed Sounds (stereo, 2014, 9'32")

Martina Claussen: Lisa (stereo, 10'00")

Thomas Gorbach: Inside-Out in Lines and Curves (stereo, 2017, 14'39")


Visible Bits, Audible Bytes 2018

Friday March 2nd 2018, 6pm, Phoenix, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, Screen 2

The 9th annual Visible Bits Audible Bytes screening brings more genre defying audio-visual art to our cinema screens. From the ecstatic to the sublime, from the chaotic to the calmed: see how artists and musicians around the world are using new technologies to animate imaginative audio-visual worlds. Going beyond the bounds of traditional narrative, abstract flows of image and sound invite wonder and contemplation. Curated by Prof Bret Battey of DMU's Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre.

This is a free event but booking is essential.

A Glorious Gallimaufry

Wednesday January 31st 2018, 7pm, PACE Building

Our second concert of 2018 offers a wonderfully eclectic mix - from 'live score' string quartet, to turntablism and soundscapes, to dance with electronic noise sculptures!!

Ligeti Quartet
Neal Spowage & Danai Pappa

Amazing stuff, and sure to be a wild night - don't miss it!!

IVW: Something Completely Different - An Evening Of Experimental Music

Thursday February 1st 2018, 8pm - The Shed, 5 Yeoman Street, Leicester

Prepare to experience innovative and exciting forms of live music from artists that smash the boundaries of modern music and make their own rules. Step outside of your comfort zone and sample the wonderful weirdness of the underground experimental scene and be inspired by the sound of something completely different to your usual recycled indie pop band. If you are musically and artistically curious, this is not an evening to miss. 

Something Completely Different is a monthly event, taking place on the first Thursday of every month, that provides a stage and a networking platform for the vibrant experimental music and performance art scene. Each month features a hand picked artist from the experimental world, as well as an open stage for artists to showcase their performances and collaborations.

Performing on February 1st are:


Dirty Electronics Ensemble

Tom Carnell and Matt Rogerson

1,000,000,000,000 'o' Clock

This event is £4 advance (+fees), £5 on the door. Doors are 8pm.

Age restriction: 14+, under 16s with an adult.

Irvine Arditti/Music of Today

Wednesday February 7th 2018, 5:30pm, The Gallery, De Montfort University

Escape for an hour and enjoy a performance of fresh new music presented in The Gallery at DMU.

Opening the programme, Salvatore Sciarrino's 'Sei Capricci' for solo violin is a modern counterpart to Paganini's devilishly difficult études. This is followed by MTI postgrad Susanne Grunewald's 'Golden Turtle', a captivating piece for cello, electronics and visuals that tells the story of a magical sword after the Vietnamese King's final battle against the Chinese Ming Dynasty in 1428. Closing the concert, MTI Prof. Simon Emmerson's 'Stringscape' for violin and electronics; a mosaic of sounds reminiscent of Berg, Webern and Ligeti.

Irvine Arditti violin
Karen Stephenson cello

This concert is part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's Music of Today series.

Workshop - Irvine Arditti & Simon Emmerson

Wednesday January 24th 2018, 3pm, PACE Building

Renowned violinist Irvine Arditti and Professor Simon Emmerson present a unique insight into electroacoustic music and particularly writing for orchestral instruments and live electronics. Beginning with an open rehearsal and presentation of Emmerson’s 'Stringscape' (for solo violin and live electronics); Irvine Arditti will present a unique insight into violin techniques for new music that he has played throughout his revolutionary career, looking at the Sciarrino 'Sei Capricci' he will be performing at a concert on February 7th.

Philharmonia Orchestra with DMU - ‘Music of Today’:

As part of DMU's ground-breaking partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra, we will be hosting a unique workshop and concert as part of the Orchestra's contemporary 'Music of Today' series in collaboration with DMU's Music Technology and Innovation Department. The concert will be from 17:30-18:30, Wednesday 7th February 2018, in the DMU Gallery. Entry free, but booking advisable.

Undergraduate Concert

Wednesday January 17th 2018, 7pm, PACE Building

For our first concert of 2018 we are excited to present an evening of works by some of our wonderful undergraduates - absolutely hot off the presses and fresh out of the oven!! Come hear the latest and greatest of the new generation.

Works by:
Ben Casey
Ricki Dhindsa
Alex Fielder
Becky Gray
Tom Keenan
Donggyu Lee
Ben Ludford-Brooks
Francis O’Halloran
Callum O’Rourke
Jonas Schwarzwimmer
Connor Snape
Robert Taylor
Matt Watts

MTI presents: Telematic Hacking

Wednesday November 29th 2017, 7pm, PACE Building


A group of leading artists exploring the materiality of the Net meet in a telematic room. Over a series of meetings a new work emerges. Tools and hardware hacks to sound the network will be investigated. The devising will be ‘televised’ online and the telepresent audience will be invited to make their own ‘instrument’ for performance. The telematic meetings will coalesce in exposition events at a set time and physical location.

Location: the Net/UK/Athens

Exposition I (opening event): 29 November
PACE Building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
19:00 (GMT)
Free entry

Artists include:

Network Ensemble
Tim Shaw
Aram Bartholl
Dirty Electronics

Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens
Tim Ward
Yiannis Kotsonis
Orestis Plakias

Telematic hacking initiative is in partnership with Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre of De Montfort University and the Οnassis Cultural Centre Athens in the framework of the Interfaces Network project supported by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

DMU will contribute to the telematics arts initiative focusing on hacking, as a particularly appropriate means of telematic performance. Many sounds from hacked instruments have unique characteristics and behaviours and do not operate in the same manner as traditional instruments. Such issues as latency in networked performance will not be seen as a detriment, but instead as part of the material nature of the Net that offers unique possibilities for making music together. DMU will work with hackers, cyber security experts and artists facilitating international collaborative works and coordinate a number of telematics events and expositions which can be seen as a live stream or later on a YouTube channel. The basic concept here is to, for example, legally hack internet routers so that they are able to sonify the movement of data across the Internet. International partners in New Zealand, China and throughout Europe will work on this project alongside the other Interfaces partners such as OCC in Greece.

The impact of this initiative may not be primarily in the large number of users within a finite amount of time, but instead, enabling the creation of a new, technology-driven form of community-based music making crossing age groups, levels of ability and cultural background possible and most importantly bringing together people from all around Europe. The community of interest will grow well beyond the end of the project’s duration.

Will Dutta - bloom LIVE

Wednesday November 8th 2017, 7pm, PACE Building

Five years since the release of the highly acclaimed Parergon (Just Music, 2012), Will Dutta’s new studio album, bloom, sees him reunite with electronic legends Plaid (Warp), Max de Wardener and Manuel Poletti to create exceptionally vivid and sumptuous piano-led compositions.

In bloom LIVE, he casts his unique curatorial eye to reimagine the piano recital. The fluid performance of his music is shaped by temporary connections with club culture, minimalism and more. Luminous visuals and striking stage design results in a compelling, technologically advanced show of untempered colour.

‘One of the most deeply rejuvenating musical experiences we’ve come across’ Noisey

MTI presents: Curating Music - workshop

Wednesday November 8th 2017, Noon, MTIRL (Clephan Building 0.19)

This workshop introduces the role of curator in contemporary music practice; exploring strategies to drive audience engagement, at a time where opportunity for DIY activity is amplified through online plaforms and a vibrant live scene.

Theoretical models and case studies are examined and learning is supported through practical tasks. By the end of the session you will have developed an understanding of the curator and explored strategies and initiatives for developing your own creative practice.

Also stick around for the concert MTI presents: Will Dutta - bloom LIVE, at 7pm.

The Next Wave

Wednesday November 1st 2017, 7pm, PACE Building

"Allow us to introduce ourselves": The second concert of our 2017-18 concert season is an evening of works by some of our brand-new 1st year students! Come and hear what the next wave has to offer.

Works and performances by:
Nicole Cannonier
Ben Casey
Rickinder Dhindsa
Leon Ferguson
Jake Knocker
Jonas Schwarzwimmer
Robert Taylor
VJ Thorpe
Matthew Watts

Opening Concert

Wednesday October 11th 2017, 7pm, PACE Building

For our first concert of the 2017-18 concert series, we offer works and performances by some of our many fine students of recent years, from first-year undergrads to top post-grads, across a range of styles.

Works and performances by:
Robert Chafer
Jim Frize
Paul Keene
Francis O'Halloran
Harry Smith
Sam Topley

• 2016-17

Electro-Cricket Workshop

Thursday July 27th 2017, 12pm – 3pm, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester

Workshop for ages 8+, organised by MTI as part of the Interfaces project, co-funded by the EU's Creative Europe project! 

Make complex beats, rhythms, pops, clicks and chirps with the Electro-Cricket, a DIY musical instrument! Work together and build an orchestra of ‘relay-based oscillators’ then use everyday objects to amplify and change the sound of your instrument.

Free, drop in – no booking required. Please be aware that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. There may be a short wait at busy times.

Garth Paine

Wednesday June 28th 2017, 7pm, PACE Building

A very special concert by electroacoustic composer and former MTI member Garth Paine, currently professor of Digital Sound and Interactive Media at the School of Arts Media and Engineering and Digital Culture program at Arizona State University.

Art & Sound Symposium

Friday & Saturday June 23rd-24th 2017

MTI's annual Art & Sound symposium takes place Friday June 23rd & Saturday June 24th 2017! Lots of great talks, installations, performances, & more.

Art & Sound is a series of symposia funded by De Montfort University, Leicester, with a special focus on initiating discussion across disciplines and art forms, and between academics and practitioners. It aims each time to take a new theme and open up discourse amongst a greater number of the arts, welcoming contributions from both the digital and fine arts.

MTI presents: Postgraduate Concert

Wednesday June 14th 2017, 7pm, PACE Building

A concert of works and performances by some of MTI's many fine postgraduate students, including a fond farewell performance from our most recent doctor...

Works, performances & installations by Steve Jones, Louise Rossiter, Virginie Viel, & Visa Kuoppala


Wednesday June 14th 2017, 4:30pm, Trinity Chapel

World première. Composed in 2016, Terra is a concert for cello solo by Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta, dedicated to the great cellist Audrey Riley. The composition, in three movements, is based on deep ocean topographic design and on sounds from the centre of planet Earth. It is a look at our small spaceship Earth, which should be performed everywhere.

More information at

The New York School - Brown, Feldman, Wolff

Monday June 5th 2017, 7pm, PACE Building

Audrey Riley, cello
James Woodrow, guitar
Andrew Zolinsky, piano
Gregory Warren Wilson, violin
Sally Doughty, dance
Craig Vear, sound processing

Earle Brown, a major force in contemporary music and a leading composer of the American avant-garde since the 1950s, was associated with the experimental composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Christian Wolff who, with Brown, came to be known as the New York School.

MTI research student and cellist Audrey Riley is investigating the performance practices of the musicians and composers of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. In February this year, together with colleague James Woodrow (guitar), a performance was given in Trinity Chapel at DMU of extracts from works by composers of the New York School, associated with the MCDC: Earle Brown, Christian Wolff and Morton Feldman. Audrey has gained funding from the Earle Brown Music Foundation to now present this full concert of these works.

James Woodrow is a member of the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, guitarist for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Richard Alston Dance Company. They are joined by pianist Andrew Zolinsky, professor of piano at the Royal College of Music, and violinist Gregory Warren Wilson, violinist with the contemporary Rambert Dance Company.

Christian Wolff: Micro Exercises (2006)
Morton Feldman: Intersection IV (1953)
Christian Wolff: Moving Spaces (2002)
Morton Feldman: Durations (1961)
Earle Brown: From Folio and Four Systems (1952-1954)

Many thanks to the Earle Brown Music Foundation for their generous support of this project.


Wednesday May 3rd 2017, 7pm, PACE Building

For our last concert of our main 2016-17 concert series, MTI is very excited to present a concert by German instrumental/electroacoustic/experimental group TRIONYS.

Doubly excited, in fact, as the concert will include MTI Professor of Composition John Young's newest work, 'Spectral Domains', for piano, violin, percussion & electroacoustics!! Not to be missed!

Exuberantly experimental, TRIONYS break the boundaries between experimental rock, jazz and the avant-garde in a restless pursuit of new music.

Rainer Bürck, keyboards & electronics
Günter Marx, violin & electronics
Martin Bürck, gongs, percussion & electronics

John Young: Spectral Domains (piano, violin, percussion & electroacoustics)
Günter Marx: Ingviosyn (violin & electroacoustics)
Rainer Bürck: Alleluja (acousmatic)
Rainer Bürck: STRINGendo (violin & electroacoustics)
TRIONYS: Protuberanzen (piano, violin, percussion & electroacoustics)

Michal Rataj

Wednesday April 5th 2017, 7pm, PACE Building

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.


MTI goes EMC2

Friday March 24th 2017, 7:30pm, PACE Building

MTI is proud to participate in the EMC2 Festival & Conference: 'Remember the Experimental Music Catalogue', with this very special MTI concert. 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, Thomas Iliffe, Audrey Riley, Visa Kuoppala, Chris Hobbs, Sam Topley, Simon Emmerson, Rick Nance, & more!

Postgraduate Concert

Wednesday March 22nd 2017, 7pm, PACE Building

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

Experimental Turntablism (J. Kelly & R. Curgenven)

Wednesday March 15th 2017, 7:30pm, Sue Townsend Theatre, 16 Upper Brown Street, Leicester

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, 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

Thieke/Marino duo

Thursday March 16th 2017, 7pm, PACE Building

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.

Sonic Spaces - Mantis & MVG

Wednesday March 8th 2017, 7pm, PACE Building

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, 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.

Visible Bits, Audible Bytes 2017

Friday March 3rd 2017, 6pm, Phoenix, 4 Midland Street, Leicester

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 year¹s 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.


Tuesday & Wednesday February 28th/March 1st 2017

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.

Audrey Riley with James Woodrow - Performance/talk: Work In Progress 

Wednesday February 15th 2017, Trinity House Chapel, The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY

***NOTE early start time, 4pm, and venue: Trinity House Chapel***

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

Vibez Project 

Wednesday February 1st 2017, 7pm PACE Building

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.

MTI celebrates 50 Years of John Richards

Wednesday, January 18th 2017, PACE Building

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.

Yan Jun Provocation 

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

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

“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

Yan Jun

Wednesday December 7th 2016, 7pm, PACE Building

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!

Postgraduate Concert

Wednesday November 30th 2016, 7pm, PACE Building

An evening of performances by MTI postgraduates.

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

Undergraduate Concert

Wednesday November 23rd 2016, PACE building

Featuring performances by students of 'Sound in Space', 'Performing With Technology', 'Composing With Technology', and 'Creating With Technology'! Sound diffusion, improvisation, feedback, and lots more...

Concert: Barrier Project workshop students

Friday November 11th, 7pm, PACE studio 1

A concert by students of the Barrier Project workshop, hosted by MTI guests Ann Rosén & Sten-Olof Hellström. Knitted sensors and textile controllers that bend, stretch and twist the acoustic room as they conjure up strange new sound worlds - should be fascinating! Performers include Evaldas Jonaitis, Ben Middle, Amit Patel, Emma Sykes, Sam Topley, & David Tucker.

Ann Rosén & Sten-Olof Hellström

Wednesday November 9th, 2016, 7 pm, PACE building

A performance by the Swedish duo of two sound-artists and composers, Ann Rosén and Sten-Olof Hellström. A concert with knitted sensors and textile controllers that bend, stretch and twist the acoustic room as they conjure up strange new sound worlds!

MTI student night @ Music Cafe

Tuesday November 8th, 7pm, at the Music Cafe (23A New Park Street, Leicester UK)

It's a great line-up - organised by students, performed by students, for students:

Denis Smalley

Wednesday, October 26th, 7pm, DMU PACE building.

MTI is very pleased to present a concert by renowned electroacoustic composer Denis Smalley, presenting some of his most recent works!! Very exciting - not to be missed!

EMERGENCE - Kyma International Sound Symposium 2016

7-10 September 2016

International Sound artists converge in Leicester for lectures, live performances, discussions, and the unexpected.

Emergence — it’s that elusive, inexplicable, seemingly magical moment that can occur when two or more people come together to work on a project, discuss an idea or play music together.  At some point a “third voice” may emerge, a result or an idea that no one could have predicted and that no individual could have come up working in isolation.

Emergence will be the unifying theme this September when Craig Vear, Professor of Digital Performance (music) and head of the Performance Research Group along with Simon Smith, former technician for the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre (MTIRC), now with Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge, welcome an international line-up of sound artists, educators, and live performers to the campus of De Montfort University for the Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS2016) 7-10 September 2016.

Unique features of this intensive, idea-packed event are to include an improvised conduction performance by the Emergent Ensemble; a 3-D sound immersion lecture/concert in De Montfort University's 20+ speaker DOME; a 3-D film with a live sound track; workshops on ecosystemic composition; collaborations across international and disciplinary borders; and a celebratory club concert featuring live digital and acoustic instruments, vocals and analogue synthesis. 

Crossing Borders

The sub-theme of KISS2016 is “crossing borders”, in both the national and disciplinary sense.  Artists, educators, professional performers, sound designers, and researchers from Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the USA will be in Leicester to share their expertise through talks, demonstrations, and live performances.

Spanning a wide range of backgrounds, from academics to sound engineers to professional performers, improvisers and students, the participants share a common language — the Kyma software is used by Hollywood sound designers and professional game audio developers, as well as by avant-garde and experimental composers and sound artists, improvisers, live acoustic performers, and forward-thinking club DJs to create live, interactive performance environments using sound.

Franz Danksagmüller, professor of organ and improvisation at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck Germany commented on the wide range of backgrounds: "The participants represent the whole universe of music making: producers, composers, performers, scientists, sound designer, academics, beginners and experts. Being able to talk to everybody, asking questions to everybody and making all the contacts is invaluable!"

Changing lives

Conferences are essential points of contact and connection for working professionals, but at times they have an even greater impact on students.  De Montfort PhD candidate Marinos Giannoukakis is organizing an ambitious international line-up of performers for concert of 3-D sound using the PACE-1 DOME system, and several other De Montfort students will get free access to the events in exchange for helping out at the registration desk, running tech for the concerts, and capturing the events on video, putting them in face-to-face contact with professionals working in their chosen field.

Olga Oseth credits the Kyma International Sound Symposium with her decision to pursue graduate studies in live digital performance at the University of Oregon.  "When I attended my first KISS conference, KISS 2012, at St Cloud State University as a student worker, one particular concert literally changed my life. At that point I realized that kind of interactive performance was even more fun than just a plain old piano performance. Also KISS conferences have the warmest, friendliest/family atmosphere compare to other conferences I have been to. Looking forward to KISS 2016!"

Explore the full program here:

Register now to immerse yourself in a creative environment that will inspire you for years to come!

Based on current registration levels, we are anticipating a record turn-out this year. So please be sure to reserve your spot by registering as soon as possible. Thanks!

• 2015-16

Research Seminar: Øyvind Brandtsegg, Trond Engum (NTNU, Trondheim, Norway)

Wednesday 8th June – 2.00-3.30pm – MTI Research Lab (Clephan 0.19)

Cross adaptive processing as musical intervention - Exploring radically new modes of musical interaction in live performance

The project explores cross-adaptive processing as a drastic intervention in the modes of communication between performing musicians. Digital audio analysis and processing techniques are used to enable features of one sound to inform the processing of another. This allows the actions of one performer to directly influence another performer’s sound, and doing so only by means of the acoustic signal produced by normal musical expression on the instrument. To enable the cross adaptive processing methods, a number of software tools for this kind of musical performance will be developed. Sessions documentation, reflections, software and other material will be available as posts to the project blog.

The project is run by the Norwegian University of Technology and Science, Music Technology, Trondheim. We are proud to collaborate with our strong partners at De Montfort University, Maynooth University, Queen Mary University of London and University of California San Diego. Our project is strongly based in practical experimentation with said techniques, and for this we rely on collaboration with a range of finely selected performers. Project leader is professor Øyvind Brandtsegg. [SE - 24.05]

Postgraduate Concert: Jones & Rodgers, Waite, van Gorkom

Wednesday May 11th 2016, 7pm, PACE Building

MTI's final post-grad concert of the year!

With works and performances by:

Steve Jones & Sally Rodgers

Marij van Gorkom

Si Waite

***Note: There will be an MTI end-of-year outing after the concert; stay tuned for more info...***

MTI Student Artworks

6 May - 19 May, 2016, see below for locations in Leicester

There are several events over the next few weeks from second, third and postgraduate students to share their work from the year. Please do come along to support them. There are some really great things going on!

Friday 6 May

The Back of Beyond, Steve Green, a 32 channel installation

.** PACE Studio 2, 1-4pm **

Monday 9 May

The Water Garden, Sam Jones, an installation in Trinity gardens: Sam superimposes an artificial sonic ecosystem over the real one

** The Herb Garden, Trinity House, 1.00-4.00pm **

Terry’s Arcade, Paul Keene, an interactive 30-channel installation where audience members control Terry Riley’s In C

** PACE Studio 1, 1.00-4.00pm **

In Unison, James Eade, a calming installation for the mid-assessment period, responding to tweets offering encouragement to exam students.

** Hugh Aston foyer, 11.00am-4.00pm **

Black/Blank/Loaded, Altea Alessandrini, Dimitri Ellinas, Giorgos Mizithras, Georgios Stavridis-Kotsikonas, an installation exploring projected light

** PACE Studio 2, 1.00-4.00pm **

Tuesday 10 May

Presentation of Performing with Technology Projects (more details to follow)

Wednesday 11 May

Postgraduate Symposium, A series of presentations by current postgraduates about their work

** MTIRC (CL0.17), 1.00-c.4.00pm **

Postgraduate Concert, Works by postgraduate composers

** PACE Studio 1, 7.00pm **

Thursday 12 May

Concert: Sound in Space Performances, Sunk, Altea Alessandrini; The Guest Speaker Feedback Choir, Matt Rogerson; Feedback for Eight Channels, Gary Cox

** PACE 1, 2.00-4.00pm **

Friday 13 May

Sound, Space & Movement, Bethany Edwards, a dance and diffusion performance

** PACE Studio 1, 1.00pm**

Healing Sounds of the Seven Chakras, Calum Vaughan, a light and sound installation exploring the seven chakras of Buddhism

** PACE Studio 2, 1.00-4.00pm **

Monday 16 May

Playground Triptych, Ryan Tsang, a triple installation to explore playfully.

** PACE Studio 2, 1.00-4.00pm **

Tuesday 17 May

Concert of Final Performance Projects

PACE Studio 1 12.00-13:30: Jonny Royall; Jake Acton; Joe Willis  

15:00 Ryan Tsang (sound/perf walk - on campus)

Campus Centre, the Venue - DSU:16:00: Humzah Loane - live Hip-Hop with the use of only vocals and instruments.

The Venue (Centre Campus Building)

Thursday 19 May

Presentation of Performing with Technology Projects

14:00, PACE Studio 1

Sound Nursery

Wednesday May 4th 2016, 4pm, PACE building

MTI is very proud to present some of the excellent work of our current undergraduates, including acousmatic works, audiovisuals, and installations.

Works by Georgios Mizithras, Altea Alessandrini, Georgios Stavridis-Kotsikonas, Dimitrios Aatos Ellinas, and more...


April 27, 2016, 7 pm, PACE building

Carla Rees, flute and Michael Oliva, electronics

Curated by Katharine Norman and rarescale

A real treat: a performance by rarescale/Carla Rees - one of the most exciting contemporary performers out there - in a programme of works for flute, electronics, tape, and video, curated with the great Katharine Norman - including a world premiere from Norman herself!

Sungji Hong: SHINE (2015)

Katharine Norman: A walk I do (2016) *World premiere*

Georgia Rodgers: Three tuba studies (2014)

Simon Emmerson: Spirit of ‘76 (1976)

Michael Oliva: Apparition and Release (2005)

Spaces and Singularities - curated by Kevin Dahan

Wednesday, April 13, 7 PM, PACE building

Welcome to an evening of electroacoustic music, curated by MTI's Kevin Dahan. Including the world premiere of new work from Dahan, as well as works by two of the grand masters of electroacoustic music: Horacio Vaggione's 'Mécanique des fluides' (2014) and John Chowning's 'Stria' (1977).

Cage, Feldman, Wolff

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 6pm, Trinity House Chapel, DMU, The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY

Audrey Riley, cello & James Woodrow, electric guitar

Come hear some extraordinary works from the New York School, all too rarely heard in Leicester:

John Cage: Sonata for Two Voices (1933)

Morton Feldman: Two Instruments (1962)

Christian Wolff: Two Players (1996)

John Cage: One 8 for cello solo (1991)

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime - Music by Landy, Emmerson, Andean

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 7 pm, PACE Building

'From the Ridiculous to the Sublime' will present works by two of MTI's most esteemed members, and by the most recent addition to the MTI team, including primarily premiere and UK premiere performances.

Leigh Landy: Quadlibet (premiere)

James Andean: Déchirure (UK premiere)

Simon Emmerson: Memory Machine (concert premiere)

James Andean: Hyvät matkustajat

Simon Emmerson: Aeolian (UK premiere)

Performers:Danni Spooner, Joey Mottershead, Kat Pattison, Leigh Landy, Simon Emmerson, James Andean

DMUsic! Live @ The Music Cafe

March 3rd, 2016, 6pm - 11pm, The Music Cafe (Leicester)

As part of DMU's Enhancement Week, MTI Students present a self-curated concert at a prestigious Leicester Music Venue!

Come and join the Music Technology and Innovation/Performance team for a night full of free entertainment! MTI students told us that they wanted more opportunities to showcase their work, and we listened! Students will be taking over The Music Cafe in Leicester, complete with DJs, bands, singers, and much more.

Expect the unexpected.

Visual Bits, Audible Bytes  2016

Wednesday 17th February 2016, 6:30PM, Phoenix Cinema

The seventh annual Visible Bits, Audible Bytes brings stunning, genre-breaking works of audiovisual art to Phoenix.

Stimulate the eye and the ear with contemporary fusions of new and old technologies: from computer-animated tessellation patterns driven by music, hacked analogue video circuits pulsing to stuttering electronica beats, hand-painted films complementing intimate digital soundscapes, and abstract particle-systems forming ambient vision-sound worlds.

The screening presents new digital aesthetics from around the globe, including China, Canada, Holland, Israel and the USA, including works by: Asher Arnon, Mark Pilkington, Eli Stine, Emptyset + Clayton Welham and Sam Williams, Raven Kwok + Karmafields, Johan Rijpma, Oerd, Inés Wickmann + Francis Dhomont, Jean Piché, Louise Harris

Finland Past and Future: Jukka Hautamäki, Electromagnetic Workshop Students, & Electroacoustic Music from Finland

Wednesday 3rd February 2016, 7 pm, PACE Building

A mix of strange bedfellows, representing some complementary and contradictory trends in Finnish electroacoustic music. Including a performance by Jukka Hautamäki, Finland's leading proponent of hands-on, circuit-based live electronics; MTI students of the Electromagnetic Scanner Workshop, led by Hautamäki; and some recent highlights of the Finnish acousmatic scene, presented by James Andean.

Media artist Jukka Hautamäki (b. 1971 in Oulu), lives and works in London, UK. Hautamäki works with found materials, electronics, sound, light and video. Hautamäki's sound performances are microscopic studies into electronic sound. He has performed widely in Europe and North America, and he has held interactive sound art and electronics workshops in Finland (HelSE, MUU, Aalto University, Mansedanse), Germany, Poland and Estonia. 

Student performers:

Altea Alessandrini, Robert Chafer, Ellinas Dimitrios-Aatos, Giorgos Mizithras, Georgios Stavridis-Kotsikonas, Sam Topley, Ryan Tsang, Mungo Zhangruibo

A Visit from the Demolition Project - Soundwalk & Workshop

Soundwalk: Tuesday 26 Jan 2016, 6PM Commencing from Campus Centre, De Montfort University
Talk & Workshop: Wednesday 27 Jan 2016, 2:30PM, MTIRL, 0.19 Clephan Building

Following a highly engaging talk at last year's Art & Sound Symposium, participants 'The Demolition Project' are visiting Leicester to undertake an exploratory soundwalk tonight (26/01/16), followed by a workshop (27/01/16) whereby participants demolish local areas of the city by cutting from a map – providing a strong rationale as they go. All are welcome!
The Demolition Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Alisa Oleva and Debbie Kent that makes work reimagining cities through walking, map-making and participation. Becoming increasingly interested in using sound, The Demolition Project will take participants around Leicester on a soundwalk, later providing the opportunity to demolish it artistically.
They will also deliver a talk about their work on Wednesday 27/1 in CL0.19.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own recording devices to capture sounds throughout the soundwalk!

META-4 – Sound Chimeras, 20/1

Wednesday 20 January 2016, 7 pm, PACE Building

Welcome to the first Music, Technology and Innovation concert of 2016! 

Live electronics, improvisation, feedback, audiovisuals, and more. With works and performances by some of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU)'s many talented MTI undergraduates, including:

1 - Harry Smith: 'Salvaged Space'
2 - Tim Baker - Microphone Feedback Extension
3 - Silo - Free ImprovisationDepository of musical events yet to be realized
George Stavridis - Percussion, Electronics Brendan Smith - Electric GuitarGeorge Mizithras - No-input mixer, LaptopJulie Reboul - Piano 
4 - Calum Vaughan: Modulations and Mechanisms

Poulomi Desai & Anat Ben-David,

2 December, 2015, 7pm, PACE Studio 1

Poulomi Desai is best known for her large-scale sound and photography installations that interrogate the politics of identity, listening and perception. Inspired by her post-punk theatre background, her tools are image-based, textual, performative and acoustic, traversing boundaries of physical location and structures of presentation. Her current pre-occupation investigates sacrilegious sound and vision through the machinations of her prepared, modified sitar, electronics, sirens, VLF and radio soundscapes, and slide projections, performing on the noise and free improviser scenes.

Recent performances and installations include, Fort Process, Clandestino, Colour Out Space, Supernormal festivals and appearances at Cafe Oto. Commissions and exhibitions include, The Serpentine Gallery, The Photographers Gallery, The Science Museum, INIVA, The Queens Museum (USA), The Oxford Gallery (India), Futuresonic UK and Souzouzukan 9001 Japan. Her work has been published in four books, Red Threads, Different, Terrorist Assemblages and Out of Place. She runs Usurp Art, an experimental tactical media artist-led space where she has curated over 100 exhibitions and events. "Her irreverent aim is to shatter the contours of these fixed notions of sexual, national, cultural, personal, political and diasporic identities" - Professor Stuart Hall Different Pub.Phaidon. 

Poulomi Desai will be joined by Dushume.

Anat Ben-David is a London based artist and composer. Her primary interest lies in the relationship between different elements occurring in an event where text, sound and digital image are mediated through improvisation and performance. She has recently completed a PhD at Kingston University researching how an artwork that includes different mediums and different systems within it can be underpinned by foundational concepts for the work to be considered a coherent whole – the OpeRaArt. Anat’s OpEraArt exists as a multiple visual and sonic expressions presented as gallery video and photographic installation, as well as a live performance comprising of songs and sound pieces assembled into a music album.

Since 2003, she has been a member of the group Chicks On Speed and has also been a member of Art Rules Crew. She has produced many solo works and albums and has had exhibitions and performances at many leading international venues and galleries including: Tate Britain, ICA, London, MoMA New York, Migros Museum, Zurich and the Pompidou Centre, Paris.

“Anat is a wonderful performer… part Laibach, a dash of Einsturzende Neubauten, add a touch of Marlene Dietrich and Doris Day, marinate it in a freezer with Busby Berkeley, Pina Bausch and Valie Export, et voila! That's what the image of her shows at that time... it's accurate, believe me. As for me trying to squeeze my tiny ego into a portrait by Rankin, well, the results speak for themselves. If in any doubt, please call 999 and ask for the fire service.” Douglass Gordon (Destroy Rankin project for youth music 2009)

Maya Verlaak, Manolis Manousakis and Neal Spowage

18 Nov, 2015, 7pm, PACE Studio 1

Maya Verlaak will perform two works for small group that explore the characteristics and limitations of musical instruments as a departure point for generating compositional material and structures. Because of this working method, her pieces are bound to particular performers and instruments. This necessitates rewriting the piece when it is taken up by different performers, forcing her to re-evaluate the connection between her musical concepts and their means of execution.

Neal Spowage presents some short video art pieces including New Track of Unknown Terra I & II: an audio visual filmed performance demonstrating the Beast sculptural instrument in an industrial landscape.

Manolis Manousakis will present video/dance work Soma with Sania Stribakou (dance) and Panagiotis Goubouros (video) and also short fixed media compositions from Soundscapes Landscapes: Birds, Banana Church, and Sygrou Av.

Note: There will also be seminar presentations by Maya Verlaak, Manolis Manousakis and Neal Spowage from 1.00 in the MTIRL, Clephan Building, DMU (all welcome).

Concert: MTI Mix 1 

Wednesday 14th October, 2015, PACE Building

Pre-concert installation (PACE 2, Doors: 6.15pm)

Paul Keene & Garry Cox – Kinectivity (a Kinect-driven interactive installation depicting an immersive forest sound environment).

Concert (PACE 1, 7pm)

Leigh Landy - Xūn (Old/New) (13’), 8-channel

Steve Green - Iridescence (8’30), stereo

Virginie Viel (Collectif Séneçon) - Path (15’)

Neal Spowage - Dis-comforting (1’16), AV stereo

Neal Spowage - New Track Of Unknown Terra II (6’21), AV stereo

Louise Rossiter - Rift (c.8’), stereo   

Grace Dior - Viva Voce (4’17), stereo

John Young - Brink (13’27), 10.1