CeReNeM Postgraduate Newsletter [August 2015]

This newsletter features the recent achievements from some of our PhD composition students at the Centre of Research in New Music (CeReNeM) at the University of Huddersfield. Contributors to this month’s newsletter are from: Rodrigo Contanzo, Eva Sjuve, Pablo Vergara, Michael Baldwin and Clara Maïda.

Rodrigo Constanzo


Composer and drummer Rodrigo Constanzo recently performed a concert at the Manchester Jazz Festival using his dfscore (dynamic networked score) system. The dfscore system is a creative tool for communicating commands to musicians through digital devices. Using graphic, visual or written cues, new music is created instantaneously by improvisers, simply following the instructions appearing on screen in front of them as they play.  Rodrigo performed with this system along with leading improvisers: Richard Craig flute, electronics, Sam Andreae tenor saxophone/electronics, Alex Harker and Anton Hunter guitars/ electronics, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay bass/electronics and Richard Knight electronics. There was also a world première of a work commissioned especially for mjf 2015 in collaboration with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.


Rodrigo has also develop a new piece of software based on a gaming controller which has gained some attention. It’s called the Cut Glove and it’s a live-sampling and processing patch that contains mappings based on video game mechanisms and metaphors. See more about the research that went into the project here: http://www.rodrigoconstanzo.com/2015/06/cut-glove/

And here is a performance video of the software in action:


Eva Sjuve

Eva will present her project Metopia at International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA) 2015, the theme is Disruption and will be held on August 13-18 in Vancouver, Canada – see more detail here: http://isea2015.org/

She has also been invited to participate in Mobile Audio Fest 2015 on November 19-22, in Aix-en-Provence, France. Mobile Audio Fest is a symposium run by the research group Locus Sonus, audio in art: http://locusonus.org/


Pablo Vergara


Pablo had a premiere of a piece in the city of La Serena, Chile on August 6. It was a commission for the woodwinds of the Symphonic Orchestra of La Serena, specifically for 2 flutes, bassoon and trombone. The work was performed as part of the orchestra’s concert season, alongside pieces by Villalobos and Stravinsky. The title of the piece is escritos diferidos.




Michael Baldwin 

Michael has recently undertaken a project of learning and devising performances of Charlie Sdraulig’s solo voice piece, few. He has written about his engagement with the piece, produced a video of few and conducted an interview with the composer, all of which can be found on the following page dedicated to the project’s documentation.

In July, Michael gave his second performance of Luke Nickel’s [factory] as part of WEISSLICH III at the Hundred Years Gallery in London. A video of his performance, along with a short description of the work and an interview with Hundred Years Gallery’s venue director Graham MacKeachan can be found here.

[Photo by Dimitri Djuric]

Upcoming activities include travel to Miami, Florida in September to participate in a series of concerts entitled Rock, Paper, Scissors, held at Audiotheque at Art Center South Florida in Miami Beach. The series is curated by composers Robert Blatt and Jorge Gomez Abrante and consists of three concerts highlighting the experimental music tradition’s predilection for utilizing unconventional instruments. Each concert (Rock ConcertPaper Concert and Scissors Concert ) will use the material in its title as a musical instrument. Michael has been commissioned to write a piece for Scissors Concert and will be participating as a performer in all three concerts.

In October, Michael returns to England to prepare for two performances of Beavan Flanagan’s solo voice piece no sweeter sound than my own name, written specifically for, and in collaboration with, Michael. Performances will take place as part of the INTIME 2015 symposium in Coventry (23rd October), and WEISSLICH IV at the Hundred Years Gallery in London (31st October). Ongoing developments can be found on the following page dedicated to the project’s documentation.


Clara Maïda

Below is Clara’s recent creative work in English and French:

Barbicania is film by / un film d’ila bêka & louise lemoîne
and will be presented at / est présenté à doku.arts, berlin
Clara Maïda’s piece holes and bones / ma pièce holes and bones
is included / est incluse
in the night section of this movie about the barbican (london).
Dans la section nocturne de ce film sur the barbican (londres).

Barbicania is a video diary of a month-long immersion in the life of the Barbican, From the top floors of the towers to the underground levels of the arts centre. An intimate and lively map of this brutalist masterpiece. First presented at the barbican, London, on October 23, 2014 Bêka partners:


Recording / enregistrement :
Accroche note ensemble, musica festival, Strasburg, 2002.
Ensemble accroche note, festival musica, strasbourg, 2002.
Commission / commande 
by the French ministry of culture / ministere de la culture & accroche note)