CeReNeM Postgraduate Newsletter [November 2015]

This newsletter features the recent achievements from our PhD composition students at the Centre of Research in New Music (CeReNeM) at the University of Huddersfield.

Last week, Professor Peter Ablinger (University of Huddersfield) and Professor Winfried Ritsch (Institut für Elektronishe Musik und Akustik, Graz) brought their computer-controlled/robotic piano ‘RHEA’, famed for Ablinger’s ‘Speaking Piano’ project, to the UK to work with CeReNeM postgraduates.

A brief online documentary was made by filmmaker Angela Guyton, which allows you to see inside both the processes and products of these workshops and RHEA’s week-long residency at CeReNeM.

See the video here:

Contributors to this month’s newsletter are from: Pia Palme, Lawrence Dunn, Ben Potts, Clara Maïda, Sebastien Lavoie, Tadej Droljc and Diego Castro Magas.

News From Our Composers:

Pia Palme

Pia Palme’s new work for four voices, MORDACIOUS LIPS, TO DUST was premiered by the ensemble EXAUDI at The Warehouse, London, on 17th October 2015. The work was part of an initiative by ‘Sound and Music’ called ‘Profile’ – An artist development programme: http://www.soundandmusic.org/resources/opportunities/2014/call-portfolio-exaudi

Link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/960684940660147/

An interview with project mentor Laurence Crane about her piece can be found here:

In October, Pia was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Artist Award in Music 2015 of the Austrian republic, in recognition of her overall compositional work and with special mentioning of her experimental requiem BARE BRANCHES from 2012 (from festivals Wienmodern and e_may).

Recent performances include a commission for ensemble including a wind-machine and text VOM RAUSCH IM SCHWARM which was premiered by ensemble Reconsil, and the collaborative performance Punctuated sound, patterned on silence, which was shown at Echoraum Vienna and Festival VLNA Bratislava (plus Austrian Cultural Forum).

More details can be found here: http://www.vlna.sk/vlna-nazivo-2015/

Pia developed the piece with vocalist Claudia Cervenca, Margarethe Mayerhofer-Lischka (double bass) and the German accordion-player Anja Kreysing. The artists work around the theme of punctuation, following a concept which Pia developed in spring of 2015. She uses punchcard rolls, as knitting machines, to look closely at compositional structures of patterning and singularities, in the context of her investigations into internal and external noise. Pia first implemented this theme for a commission for Ute Wassermann in March 2015.

In Pia’s lecture-performance at Goldsmith’s in June, she also talked about punctuation and explained her phenomenology of composing. Close-ups of punched patterns and projections of punchcard rolls are featured in a video:

Further details of the work:


Pia’s work is now also featured in the British Library Collection, see under NEW VOICES 2015:


Lawrence Dunn

Lawrence Dunn presented a paper at the 15th International Conference “Principles of Music Composing Phenomenon of Melody” at the Lithuanian Composers’ Union, on 14-16 October 2015. His talk was entitled “Melody in Experimental Music: An Excursion” and was a discussion on Harry Partch, Christian Wolff, Martin Arnold, Cassandra Miller, Laurence Crane and Rytis Mazulis.

Further details of the conference:

Click to access MKP%202015_programos%20lankstinukas.pdf

Ben Potts

Ben Potts created an installation and presented a paper for the INTIME 2015 conference at Coventry University on 24-25 October 2015. The conference was titled: ‘Landscapes and Environments: Experimentation and Transformation in Sound and Music’

Further details:


Clara Maïda

Clara Maïda will be giving a lecture and a concert at the International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research called “The Dark precursor” November 9-11, 2015, at the ORPHEUS INSTITUUT, Ghent-Belgium.

The lecture will be on November 10, 2015, at 16:30 and is entitled: “For A Nanomusic – ’Sound Desiring Machines’ and Multiple Time”

The concert will be on November 10, 2015, at 18:45 and the piece is entitled DOPPELKLÄNGER – for solo prepared and amplified piano  (commissioned by the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the DAAD, 2008) with pianist Jan Michiels.

DE BIJLOKE MUSIC CENTRE – KRAAKUIS: http://www.debijloke.be/concerts/outlandish

Sebastien Lavoie

Sebastien has been invited to present his work in Portugal at the festival Dias de Música Electroacústica. He also was selected to perform during the last Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research (CMMR) symposium in Plymouth. Recently, he attended “LOOP”; a summit for music maker organized by Ableton in Berlin, Germany. He is now looking forward for his next presentation for one of his piece at the Festival MANCA in Nice, France.

Tadej Droljc

Tadej Droljc presented his work at the Earzoom/#MTF Central festival on 18th-21st September 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He  presented his tool called Stringvencer which is a physically based graphical sequencer that alters temporal relations in pre-made musical sequences. The grid on which musical events are attached is a soft body that can topologically morph or disintegrate. It allows user to morph between free and metric paradigms. The development is still in progress.

See the video demonstration here:

Tadej is also exhibiting a neuro-bio feedback loop based interactive installation called ‘Synergy’ at the gallery Kapelica in Ljubljana and at the festival Kunigunda in Velenje.

“Synergy is a neural machine prototype for intra-brain communication. Users are able to reprogram their brain via brain-computer interface. Synergy’s audiovisual object reflects the user’s brainwave activity as well as their interaction with their partner in the machine. Synergy as neural machine invites the users to become present in the ‘here and now’, as this is the only way they are able to control it via neuroheadsets that measure their brain electrical activity – EEG. In the neurochamber the users connect to the machine as a neural impulse generator and ignite an infinite neuro-bio-feedback loop that can reprogram our neuroplastic brains by experiencing and controlling two responsive audiovisual objects in a virtual 3D space. Audiovisual convergence or divergence reflect synchrony or asynchrony of brain waves generated by two users, through which they learn and develop their synergetic potential, their ability for cooperation and harmonization, which is essential in the evolutionary pressure of current geopolitical situation.”

Concept, programming, visualisation and sound design by Tadej Droljc.

See further details here: http://kersnikova.org/synergy/

Diego Castro Magas


October 20, 2015 – Guest seminar in the Contemporary Music Research Centre at the University of York. Rymer Auditorium, 4pm.


November 9-11, 2015 – Paper/performance in DARE 2015 (Dark Precursor: International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research) on Aaron Cassidy’s The Pleats of Matter, alongside the composer.


November 17-23, 2015 – World premiere of Pedro Alvarez: New Forms of Asymmetry (2015), for guitar and ensemble, as part of Ensemble Interface UK-tour: Manchester, Leeds, London and Huddersfield.



November 20/23, 2015 – Performances with Ensemble Anomaly (alongside Alex Ward, guitar) in hcmf//2015: Derek Bailey’s realization of Stockhausen’s Plus-Minus for two guitarists and four electric guitars and world premieres of Bailey’s solo guitar pieces.



New CD for Huddersfield Contemporary Records (HCR) and launch concert at hcmf//2015

Thanks to the support of HCR and the Researcher Development Fund from the University of Huddersfield, Diego recorded last summer a solo guitar CD including pieces by Matthew Sergeant, Bryn Harrison, Michael Finnissy, James Dillon, Brian Ferneyhough and Wieland Hoban.

There will be a launch concert at hcmf//2015: http://hcmf.co.uk/event/show/520


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