Externally funded projects at MTI2
Sensing the Forest [2023-2025]
Sensing the Forest pursues raising awareness and understanding of forest environmental data and how they relate to climate change, in partnership with Forest Research and Forestry England. The project is led by Anna Xambo (now at Queen Mary University London), with MTI's Peter Batchelor as a co-investigator. It is funded by the UKRI Arts and Humanities Research Council. For more information, see the project website.
EARS: 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 was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Unesco and it forms part of Unesco’s Digi-Arts Programme.
EMS: The Electroacoustic Music Studies Network
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.
Organised Sound Journal
MTI hosts the journal Organised Sound: an International Journal of Music Technology (Cambridge University Press). Prof Leigh Landy is the Editor.
Interfaces is an EU Culture project within the Creative Europe scheme, running 2016-2019. It is hosted by the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens and involves nine partners, including the Europen University Cyprus, IRCAM (France), ZKM (Germany), CREMAC (Romania), Q-O2 (Belgium), Ictus(Belgium), and The Klangforum Wien (Austria). Its motto is 'bringing new music to new audiences'. The MTIRC is leading ten actions and participating in others, including DIY music making, making music with sounds (see the EARS 2 project below), telematic hacking, sound installations, site-specific multimedia works and visual music.
With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
EARS 2 + Compose with Sounds [2011-2013]
The EARS 2 pedagogical project and its associated project Compose with Sounds offers 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 2 offers a complete curriculum focusing on listening (repertoire), understanding of relevant concepts and making (composing) the music of sounds. It offers various forms of navigation so that users can follow their teacher’s or their own programme of discovery. The Compose with Sounds (CwS) project developed the creative software for EARS 2 called Compose with Sounds. This intuitive software includes a host of manipulation, generation and sequencing tools for inexperienced users. CwS was 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 involved 18 schools in the six countries and the project culminated in concerts and teachers’ workshops in all six countries in early 2013.
Further EARS22 development and Phase 2 of Compose with Sounds are part of the EU Culture Interfaces project.
New Multimedia Tools for Electroacoustic Music Analysis [2010-2013]
This three-year research project, made possible by an award of just under £300,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), developed an analysis software package and an analytical toolbox relevant to the breadth of electroacoustic genres. This drew together existing methods, engaged the latest interactive and hypermedia tools, and applied them to a range of works to compare their strengths and weaknesses. This aimed to illuminate both the procedures and the works. We sought to 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 was 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 resulted in a newly developed software application ('E-Analyse' derived from Pierre Couprie's 'iAnalyse'), the book Widening the Horizon of Electroacoustic Music Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 2016) , and a web site, 'eOrema', containing articles and example analyses.
Expanding the Horizon of Electroacoustic Music Analysis
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eOrema Web Site
Philharmonia Orchestra: The Sound Exchange [2002-2003]
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 School of Computer and Informatics Science.