CeReNeM Postgraduate Newsletter [August 2017]

This newsletter is a platform for PhD music students at the Centre of Research in New Music (CeReNeM), University of Huddersfield, to share their recent music activities and upcoming work.

2017 has been a busy year for CeReNeM’s graduate composer cohort, with the research centre hosting a wide range of performers and ensembles, including Garth Knox (viola) [GBR/FR], the duo of Aisha Orazbayeva (violin) [GBR/KAZ] & Joseph Houston (piano) [GBR/GER], Juliet Fraser (soprano) [GBN], Line Upon Line Percussion [USA], and the Quasar Saxophone Quartet [CAN], and guest lecturers including Michael Winter, Tim Rutherford-Johnson, Judy Dunaway, Sam Pluta, Jennifer Walshe, Ann Cleare, and Miller Puckette.

Contributors to this month’s newsletter are Lawrence Dunn, Solomiya Moroz, Jorge Boehringer, Linda Jankowska, Pia Palme, Tadej Droljc, Oli Larkin, and Abel Paúl. Their activities have spanned an exciting range of international festivals, commissions, and performances with major venues, ensembles, and presenters, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Quatuor Bozzini (Quebec), Wien Modern (Austria), BBC Radio 3, Darmstadt (Germany), hcmf//, Mixtur Festival (Spain), Café OTO, MADATAC (Spain), and Ars Electronica (Austria) as well as significant academic conferences in the USA, Finland, Germany, and the UK.

PhD Scholarship Recipients

We are excited to announce the recipients of our 2017 PhD Scholarship call:

Hakan UlusThe Jonathan Harvey Scholarship in Composition will be held by Hakan Ulus, a German-Turkish composer. Hakan has studied composition with Ernst Helmuth Flammer, Adriana Hölszky, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf and Tristan Murail at the Mozarteum University Salzburg (B.A. 2013, M.A. 2015), at the HMT Leipzig (Erasmus), and Contemporary Music at the HfMDK Frankfurt (International Ensemble Modern Academy, M.M. 2016). He has also completed studies in musicology at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.

Hakan has won several stipends (e.g. Berlin-stipend 2017 of the Academy of Arts Berlin, Artist-in-Residence Istanbul 2017 of the Art-Foundation NRW Germany, International Ensemble Modern Academy 2015/16, DRK International Composers Residency Singapore 2015, Harvard Composition Institute Residency 2014, I-Park Foundation Residency 2015, Turkish Cultural Foundation 2014, Arbeitsstipendium Salzburg 2014, EMAS 2014) and prizes (impuls Competition 2017, Recherche Competition) and has received commissions from impuls Festival 2019, Ensemble Francaix of the ANAM 2017, IEMA 2016, City of Munich 2014, and Ensemblia Festival 2013.

His works are performed by many renowned ensembles, including Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Aventure, Talea Ensemble, IEMA-Ensemble and Ensemble mise-en at international festivals of contemporary music (e.g. Salzburg Biennale, Klangspuren Schwaz, KlangNetz Dresden,  ZKM Karlsruhe, ManiFeste Academy Paris). His writings have been published by Musik & Ästhetik, MusikTexte and Wolke Verlag. Currently he is Artist-in-Residence in the Istanbul-Studio of the Art-Foundation NRW, Germany.

James Simmons Portrait and Wedding PhotographyThe Denis Smalley Scholarship in Electronic Music will be held by James Bradbury. James has recently completed his Master of Music qualification with supervision from Dr. Chris Tonkin at the University of Western Australia. He  follows a practice-based research approach and performs electronic music involving highly autonomous or interactive elements. James has won awards from the University of Western Australia, including the Callaway Medal and the Edith Cowan Prize in Music for the most outstanding undergraduate and highest ranked undergraduate student in music, respectively. James was also the 2016 Schenberg Fellow, an position that allowed him to travel to Europe to study at IRCAM, Paris, as part of the ‘Manifeste’ festival and with Dr. Kerry Hagan at the University of Limerick, Ireland. In 2017 he released recordings and Max/MSP patches from one of his systems, Biomimicry, as a digital product, which culminated in its first live performance with experimental West Australian vocalist, Sage Pbbbt.

Sophie FetokakiThe Duncan Druce Scholarship in Performance will be held by Sophie Fetokaki. Sophie has studied a variety of creative disciplines, including singing, acting, dance, literature, composition, and the music of oral traditions. She has studied at the Conservatoire of Amsterdam, City University London, University of Amsterdam, City Literary Institute, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

As a singer she has worked with Reinbert de Leeuw, Etienne Siebens, Arnold Marinissen, Alfredo Bernadini; with Asko/Schönberg and the L.A. Philharmonic in Louis Andriessen’s Theatre of the World with the Dutch National Opera; at Radio Kootwijk, Theater Carré, Bimhuis, Melkweg (Netherlands) and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (USA).

As a director and dramaturge she has worked with Ensemble Himeros at the Utrecht Early Music Festival, and at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival with her own performance art quartet Knot Applicable. 

As a curator she works regularly on her interdisciplinary performing arts series DoorKruising (AFK funded), in which she explores performativity, embodiment, the boundaries between art forms, and the translation of concept into performance. 

Lawrence Dunn

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Lawrence recently finished making a piece for Juliet Fraser, entitled While we are both, a collaboration with poet Caitlin Doherty premiered in Huddersfield in February. Further performances were given in Chicago in April and again in London in late June.

He has also recently been working with Quatuor Bozzini in Montreal as part of their Composers’ Kitchen programme, with a new string quartet to be premiered in Aberdeen in October as part of the Sound festival. (Additionally, an arrangement of the Star-spangled Banner for string quartet was recently performed at the London concert series 840.)

In May, Lawrence’s orchestra piece Ambling, waking was premiered by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov at the Tectonics festival, Glasgow. It will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, June 3. Lawrence also presented a paper at the Performing Indeterminacy conference in Leeds at the end of June. 

In early July, Lawrence will be working with American violinist Sarah Saviet on a new solo violin piece as part of an Aldeburgh residency. Later in the year, Sarah will be performing Claribel, a piece for violin and piano written for Aisha Orazbayeva and Joseph Houston. New composition projects are also planned with the flautist Carla Rees, and the New York-based ensemble Loadbang. 

Solomiya Moroz

Solomiya_Leonia_TorontoSolomiya has had a number of creative projects over the past few months. In early May her piece On Fragments had its Canadian premiere, performed by the Quasar Sax Quartet in Montreal. Later this same month, Solomiya participated as flutist and composer in Keys, Wind and Strings Festival in Toronto and Montreal (May 24-26) with Thin Edge New Music Collective and Olivia Steimel, accordion premiering works of Canadian composers.

In June Solomiya attended the Klingt Gut! symposium in Hamburg, Germany, where she presented her paper Simulacra Studies and Composition with Gesture:

 

In this paper I discuss my process in composition with gesture while demonstrating examples from Simulacra Studies and from my recent work. In Simulacra Studies, I explored the drama of a missing piano interface while embodying physically the act of playing without the instrument itself. The piece is concerned with gestuality as a result of the instrumental behaviour where personal qualities are juxtaposed with the embodied capabilities of the performer. There is a video component to the piece which initially establishes real-time correlation with the performer, only to become amplified, disjoined and broken into other narratives as the piece progresses. Thus the physical gestural behaviour becomes magnified with mediatized video experiences of the pianist as a person playing with images of himself on himself as one does with gender, sexuality, power, fragility, superficiality, banality, etc.

Jorge Boehringer

Jorge_Boehringer_Scout_Institute_Electronic_Percussion_photo_Anna_BaštýřováComposer/performer Jorge Boehringer joined University of Huddersfield students Stef Connor, Xueyang Fang, Leah Stuttard, and Professor Rupert Till for a journey to New York City to present papers at the Sounds of Prehistory and Antiquity conference at City University of New York’s Center for Music Iconography.  Jorge gave a talk -slated to be published later this year – about how some of Yorkshire’s local stone age artworks might be viewed as antecedents for contemporary sculptural and sound art practices. He also performed Son of a Waterbull, a piece for wood blocks and electronic tones, at both the conference and later in the week at a concert held in Brooklyn at the Sunview Luncheonette.  The program for this concert also included his solo works Unnatural Isle and Spectral Lama.

Jorge has also recently returned from Prague where he and CeReNuM alumna Eleanor Cully were the invited artists for a workshop and exhibition hosted by Prague College.  The exhibition, CyberSpace#2017, presented the results of a weeklong workshop researching new conceptual and technical bridges within experimental media art practice, network installations, kinetic sculpture, ambisonic and binaural sound, and music.

While in Prague, Cully and Boehringer also premiered their new musical duo Kneeling Coats at the Prague Headphone Festival.  They also presented several solo and ensemble works alongside composer Ian Mikyska and the ensemble Margaretova Citrony, at a concert in the theatre of the Scout Institute on the Old Town Square in Prague.

Jorge performed pieces for viola and electronics on Sunday July 2 at Wharf Chambers in Leeds under his solo-pseudonym Core of the Coalman, alongside American percussion and guitar duo 75 Dollar Bill, and Leeds-based New Wave of Hysterical Mania, Guttersnipe.

Photo courtesy of Anna Baštýřová.

Linda Jankowska

SALEM - Linda _ Emma RIn 2016/17 Linda was primarily busy co-curating and co-producing the Cut and Splice Festival in Manchester. Cut & Splice is as an acclaimed international festival of sound art and experimental music presented by Sound and Music and BBC Radio 3. Performances and artist interviews are broadcast on Radio 3’s flagship contemporary music show, Hear and Now.

The Festival happened in the North for the first time since its inception and welcomed an array of international artists such as Hanna Hartman, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, and Christina Kubisch. It focused on the idea of digital  presence, omnipresence and ambiguity. Distractfold Ensemble presented a carefully selected range of mixed media, electroacoustic, sound art and music theatre works making for a two-day feast of focused listening.

Earlier in August 2016 together with Distractfold Ensemble she returned to Darmstadt to present two programmes of music at the Central station and co- curated a CD featuring remixes and reworking based on the festival’s 70-year archives. Interested in extended performance practice she challenged herself to learn the percussion part for Michael Pisaro’s Concentric Rings in Magnetic Levitation.

In April 2017 together with Distractfold Ensemble she was in residence at Stanford University. Linda also performed at hcmf//, Rainy Days in Luxembourg and Kammer Klang at Café OTO. 

Photo courtesy of Dimitri Djuric.

Pia Palme

C0A5166Last November, Pia Palme’s VOM RAUSCH IM SCHWARM III, a work for ensemble and wind-machine, was premiered by ensemble Kontrapunkte at the Wiener Musikverein during Wien Modern, Vienna’s biggest and oldest festival of contemporary music. In the same month, Pia Palme received the Ernst-Krenek-Preis for contemporary composition, a biennially awarded prize from the City of Vienna. Recently, Pia Palme held a series of performance-lectures, a format she uses to merge vocality, instrumental performance (with her Kueng contrabass recorder), electronics, video, and more theoretical explorations. Performances were held in academic contexts at the Vienna University of Applied Arts, at the 16th annual congress of the GMTH in Hanover, Germany, and at the Vocality/Instrumentality symposium at the University of Huddersfield, but also at Vienna’s renowned jazz club Porgy&Bess.

In spring 2017, Pia Palme finished her thesis The Noise of Mind: A Feminist Practice in Composition under Prof. Liza Lim and Prof. Monty Adkins; she is currently working on a number of commissions (for the Manchester-based trio ATEM, festivals Klangspuren Tirol, BTzM Austria, and Wien Modern) to be premiered in fall 2017. A number or experimental performances complete Pia Palme’s activities, including a performance with German vocal artist Ute Wassermann and double bass player Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka at the V:NM festival for experimental music in Graz. 

Tadej Droljc

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After almost two years of developing various tools, techniques and compositional strategies Tadej Droljc finally finished his 23 minutes long audiovisual piece entitled Capillaries Capillaries that represents the core of his PhD portfolio. The piece was performed at Electric Spring Festival in Huddersfield (UK),MADATAC 08 festival in Madrid (ES), Radeon Amsterdam (NL) and Sajeta Festival in Tolmin (SI), and received some very positive critiques in Tempo, 5 against 4, and Radio Student. The first movement, which also exists as a self standing work entitled Capillaries, won a Most Promising Video Artist Award at the MADATAC 08 festival in Madrid. The full version (Capillaries Capillaries) is currently in the final selection (top 5 in its category) for a Lumen’s Meural Student Prize. 

Tadej will be performing at several upcoming festivals, including Kamfest (15.8., Kamnik, SI) and Ars Electronica (7.9., Linz, AT). 

Oli Larkin

Creative coding lab PhD student Oli Larkin is researching abstract sound synthesis techniques for spatial audio platforms. In June he presented some of the experimental software he has been developing at the annual Sounds in Space symposium at The University of Derby on a 3D with-height ambisonic sound system comprising 28 speakers. The event was live streamed on YouTube in a binaural format so remote listeners could hear the 3D sound via headphones.

In July he was selected to take part in the Sound and Music Computing (SMC) summer school and conference at Aalto University in Helsinki, which featured four days of lectures from world experts on acoustics and signal processing. Later in the year, Oli is scheduled to present a poster at the Roli Audio Developers conference in London.

Abel Paúl

Abel’s work Room & Elbow was awarded the SGAE Young Composer’s Prize (one of Spain’s most important composition prizes) in November last year, while his work Nombre y Vacío, commissioned by Vertixe Sonora Ensemble, was premiered in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) last December. More recently, Abel’s work Mano y Mente, a commission of the Mixtur Festival, was premiered last March in Barcelona. 

 

CeReNeM Postgraduate Newsletter [May 2016]

This newsletter is a platform for PhD music students at the Centre of Research in New Music (CeReNeM), University of Huddersfield, to share their recent music activities and upcoming work.

A special mention this month goes to Hali Santamas who recently passed his PhD. Hali primarily works with digital sound and still image, evoking memory through affective atmospheres. The maximal aesthetics of Idris Khan, Swans, Mark Rothko and Tim Hecker are key influences on his creative output which is characterised by its layered, processed and abstracted use of recorded time. His most recent creative and theoretical works explore the conceptual space and queer possibilities that arise from the temporal friction between digital sound and still image. See more at Hali’s website: http://hali.io

Elías Merino

http://www.eliasmerino.comeliasmedialab

Recent:

Elías has recently released an album entitled ‘initial suppressions’ (limited signed edition 1 copy) on renowned record label Leerraum. The album will be presented on the 22th of May in multichannel, in a [ ] leerraum showcase with Zimoun, Richard Garet, D’incise, Janiv Oron, Yuzo Kako and Colliding Fields. Organised by CT::SWaM. New York City. https://www.facebook.com/events/241302709578278/

Elías also performed alongside Tomoko Sauvage at FUSE artspace (Bradford, UK) http://www.wearefuse.co/project/106/tomoko-sauvage-elas-merino/ – And performed at Medialab-Prado (Madrid, Spain) http://medialab-prado.es/article/encuentros-avlab-abril-mayo-y-junio

Upcoming performances include:

May: ‘Study #04 for Indivisible Streams’ a one speaker eliaswfs1sound installation at Sound and Sculpture Conference (Huddersfield, UK).  More info: https://soundandsculpture.wordpress.com/schedule/

May-June: ‘Hypergradients’ (in collaboration with the visual artist Esstro9) is a 2 channel audio + 2 channel video installation as a part of the exhibition ‘Estado_Abstracto’ (Guadalajara, Mexico).

June: A 10 day funded artistic residency as guest composer at EMS Elektronmusikstudion. (Stockholm, Sweden) http://www.elektronmusikstudion.se/news/2016/637-elias-merino-ems-15-25-june-2016

July: ‘The Nothing, Seeking answers: Indivisible Streams.’ A one speaker sound installation at Cafe OTO. (London, UK.), see website: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/the-nothing-seeking-answers-indivisible-streams/

September: A 10 days funded artistic residency at Game of Life in the Wavefield Synthesis system (The Hague, The Netherlands).

Eva Sjuve

http://www.moolab.net/

04-isea-main7Eva has been invited to present a research paper, “Noise in the Clouds”, at International Computer Music Conference, ICMC16 in Utrecht, 12th – 16th September 2016

Eva will also be presenting the paper, “Noise in the System: Noise in the Clouds” at International Symposium of Electronic Arts, ISEA16 in Hong Kong, 16th – 22th May 2016. http://isea2016.isea-international.org/

A recent article in the University of Huddersfield news talks about Eva Sjuve’s work at ISEA as well as another of our PhD researchers, Jung In Jung.

https://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2016/april/fourrepresentuniatmajorhongkongelectronicartsconference.php

Rodrigo Constanzo

http://www.rodrigoconstanzo.com

Rodrigo recently performed at the Borealis festival in Norway. See info: http://www.borealisfestival.no/2016/en/

 

 

Here is a blurb about the performance from the website:

Rodrigo Constanzo is all about playing some pieces for you.
He wants to play you some loud pieces, with flashing lights. As well as some quieter pieces, that are charged with a simple stillness.
Constanzo plans on using the following: a drum (maybe even a drumset), some tuning forks, an old computer hard drive, a variety of metal objects and sticks and some digitally controlled lights.
At some point in the middle you may find him singing quietly to himself. He is alone on stage, so no one will hear him.
It is unlikely that he will travel through time tomorrow (/yesterday?), but do not worry. It is (/was) all worth it.

Photos from the performance/space.

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Pablo Vergara

https://soundcloud.com/pablo-vergara-composer

Pablo will be participating in the summer festival “Composit 2016” ( http://composit.org/ ), in Rieti, Italy, where his piece “Ohne” will be workshopped and performed by the MDI Ensemble ( http://www.mdiensemble.com/en ), among other activities such as colloquiums, concerts and lessons.

Clara Maïda

http://www.claramaida.com

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPast Events:

1)  April 8-10, 2016: TRINITY COLLEGE Dublin, Ireland

International Conference “DELEUZE + ART – Multiplicities / Thresholds / Potentialities

Clara MAÏDA – Lecture – April 9, 2016: “From a Formless Ground to a Restless Sound – Virtual/Actual/Musical: Degrees of Power and Diagrams of Matter”

https://deleuzeart.wordpress.com/about-2/location-2/

2) February 2016: Clara MAÏDA – Coming out of the article:

“Chocs et entrechocs, analyse et catalyse” (“Shocks and Knocks, Analysis and Catalysis ») in SUPERFLUX n° 8/9 (Review of Psychoanalysis, Editions L’Unebévue, Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis, Paris).

Acts of the colloquium MUSIC AND PSYCHOANALYSIS at IRCAM in January 2015: “Correspondances musiciennes et création musicale” (“Musicians’ Correspondences and Musical Creation”)

http://www.unebevue.org/l-unebevue-editeur/superflux

3) January 2016: Clara MAÏDA – Coming out of an interview with Christine FISCHER (artistic director of Eclat festival and Neue Vocalsolisten vocal ensemble) in the book published by the Kulturamt Stuttgart: “60. Kompositionspreis 2015 Stuttgart – Jubiläum 1955-2015”

http://www.delightdesign-komm.de/gestaltung/stuttgart-kulturamt-design-hardcover-buch-verpackung-kompositionspreis/#iLightbox[gallery733]/4

Next Events:

1) June 2016: RADIO FRANCE – Alla breve

Premiere and broadcasting of Web-wave for violin, viola, prepared harp and piano, and electronics (2nd part of the series Web-studies)

Commissioned by RADIO FRANCE-Alla breve.
Residency at ART ZOYD (Valenciennes-France) and CESARE (Reims-France). Laureate of the HORS LES MURS Programme of the Paris French Institute 2012.

2)  July 11-13, 2016: UNIVERSITY ROMA TRE, Italy

DELEUZE STUDIES CONFERENCE

Clara MAÏDA – Lecture: “Sound rhizomes – Virtuality and actualizations: music and its multiplicity of sound becomings”

http://www.deleuzeconference2016.org/

3) PROXIMA CENTAURI ENSEMBLE – Marie-Bernadette Charrier (saxophonist), Bordeaux-France

Commission of Later bluffer for solo saxophone and electronics

http://www.proximacentauri.fr/

David Pocknee & Michael Baldwin’s WEISSLICH concert series

Huddersfield PhD composers, Michael Baldwin and David Pocknee, and Bath Spa PhD composer Louis d’Heudieres have been busy running their nights of experimental music and performance art, WEISSLICH. 23 April saw them put on their 6th concert at Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton, London, which featured performances by themselves, Ben Jameson, Neil Luck, Solomiya Moroz and Mark Knoop, playing pieces by G Douglas Barrett, Carolyn Chen, Cathy van Eck, Ben Jameson, Neil Luck, and Solomiya Moroz.

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[Image: WEISSLICH’s Louis d’Heudieres, David Pocknee, and Michael Baldwin performing Carolyn Chen’s /Adagio/ at Hundred Years Gallery]

This was followed the next week on 30 April with their first concert in Manchester at Nexus Art Café, which featured works by G Douglas Barrett, Carolyn Chen, Eleanor Cully, Cathy van Eck, Louis d’Heudieres, Andy Ingamells, Solomiya Moroz, Maya Verlaak and Jennifer Walshe, and performances by Baldwin, Pocknee, d’Heudieres and Andy Ingamells, Solomiya Moroz, and Maya Verlaak.

The next WEISSLICH will be on 23 July back at Hundred Years Gallery. More information on the events and featured artists can be found at http://www.weisslich.com

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:

http://piapalme.at/works/patterns-to-punctuate_lecture/

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

http://britishmusiccollection.org.uk/composer/pia-palme

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:

http://www.muzikosantena.lt/uploads/images/blogas/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:

http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/research-events/2015/intime-2015/

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

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

http://www.cmrcyork.org/events/event/from-image-to-gesture-towards-a-gesture-based-model-of-performance-practice-in-recent-guitar-music/

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.

http://darkprecursor.org/programme/

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.

http://www.ensembleinterface.com/en/agenda/

http://hcmf.co.uk/event/show/509

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.

http://hcmf.co.uk/event/show/496

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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

 

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

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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.

http://www.manchesterjazz.com/artist/rodrigo-constanzo-dfscore/

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

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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.

http://www.sinfonicalaserena.cl/

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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.

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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).
http://doku-arts.de/2015/en/programme/2015/barbicania

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:

http://www.bekapartners.com/html/films.html

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)

CeReNeM Postgraduate Newsletter [April 2015]

As always there has been plenty of activity within the CeReNeM post-graduate community. While this newsletter only represents a part of what goes on at our University, it does show the depth and scope of the work produced here. Below you will find the details of the recent achievements as well as upcoming talks, performances, successful grants, installations, details of new compositions and collaborations in a range of diverse areas. Contributors to this month’s newsletter include: Pia Palme, Linda Jankowska, Clara Maïda, Diego Castro Magas, Jung In Jung, Jorge Boehringer, Eleanor Cully and Daniel Portelli (me!).

We also welcome the release of the fifth issue of the CeReNeM Journal edited by David Pocknee. Editors of submissions were done by David Pocknee, Beavan Flanagan & Braxton Sherouse, graphic & web design by Ana Lemnaru, with contributions from Michael Baldwin, Eleanor Cully, Beavan Flanagan, Alex Grimes, Phil Maguire, Pia Palme, David Pocknee and Daniel Portelli.

Link to Journal: cerenem.ricercata.org

News from Composers:

Pia Palme

In March, Ute Wassermann premiered her piece ‘Patterns to punctuate song, with darkness’ for voice, electronics and a scenic element, commissioned by the renowned festival Salzburg Biennale. The festival had a focus on vocality this year. The scenic element is a punchcard score, which she made during the compositional process. It defines action with a throat microphone which Ute is handling during the piece.

Pia has been working on a another work with EXAUDI and Laurence Crane as part of the Portfolio opportunity. Pia says she has enjoyed working with them and that the piece is evolving. The second rehearsal and workshop phase is in April, in London. Pia wrote: “I find it interesting to have so much time to work on something, to be able to put a sketch aside and then resume the compositional process, to be able to try out things before finalising the piece.”

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Linda Jankowska

“Its fleece electrostatic” video has been selected as a finalist of The Engine Room International Sound Art Competition and will be presented in the exhibition. The prize winners will be announced at the private view on the 11th of May. The public exhibition takes place at Morley Gallery, London, from 12 May – 12 June 2015.  For links to the video visit her website: http://lindajankowska.com/news/ – and for more information about The Engine Room see: http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/morley_gallery/whats_on/2473_morley_gallery_the_engine_room

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In May Linda will be going to Chicago to work on a project with Katherine Young. This trip was enabled by the Santander Student Mobility Scholarships available to support short study visits to other institutions, particularly those in the QS Top 500 or those in the Santander Global Universities Network – http://katherineyoung.info

Linda will also be giving a talk for the Composition Colloquium at Northwestern University, on the 26 May, along with Professor Aaron Cassidy who will give talk on 19 May.

Clara Maïda

Clara received a Berlin Senat Composition Grant, for her project Lostery, with Theo Nabicht, for contrabass clarinet, electronics and a visual installation. The composition and realization of the installation is by Clara Maïda.

A new performance of Clara’s work Doppelklänger will be performed on April 25th, 2015, for solo prepared and amplified piano Fabra&Coats – 22:00 – Piano: Lluïsa Espigolé at the Mistur Festival in Barcelona – http://mixturbcn.com/en/programacio-2015/ – Individual courses are available for young composers, with master classes for composition.

Clara will also be the guest professor of composition at Escola Superior De Musica De Catalunya, in Barcelona, 2nd semester of 2015 – http://www.esmuc.cat/

Diego Castro Magas

On the 20th February, 2015 Diego premiered Professor Aaron Cassidy’s The Pleats of Matter, for solo electric guitar at Electric Spring Festival in Huddersfield. 

Diego also gave a paper about Walter Benjamin’s concept of historical time in Brian Ferneyhough’s guitar music at the Orpheus Institute, Ghent, on February 25-26 2015.  The context of the seminar was: ‘The Making of Musical Time: Temporality in Musical Composition and Performance’. He also played Ferneyhough’s Kurze Schatten II for solo guitar. More info: http://www.orpheusinstituut.be/en/events/the-making-of-musical-time-temporality-in-musical-composition-and-performance

And on April 23rd, 2015 he gave a Lecture-recital in University of Leeds: On Brian Ferneyhough’s Kurze Schatten II and its ‘auratic’ quality in interpretation and performance – http://music.leeds.ac.uk/events/music-research-seminar-diego-castro/

Jung In Jung

Jung’s dance and sound collaboration ‘Thermospheric Station’ was selected to be part of xCoAx 2015 conference, titled: ‘Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X’ and will be held on the 25-26 June in Glasgow. Professor Monty Adkins will also be presenting an installation work. Below is some information about the conference:

“xCoAx is meant as a hub for the exchange of ideas and the discovery of interdisciplinary and international synergies, with the participation of a diverse confluence of computer scientists, media practitioners and theoreticians working on the frontiers of digital arts and culture. Our focus has always been on critical and stimulating intersections: between the computable and the uncomputable, the communicable and the incommunicable, the chaos of creativity and the rules of algorithms, the human and the machine, in a constant search for new directions in aesthetics” – http://xcoax.org/

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Jorge Boehringer

Jorge’s solo project (Core of the Coalman) continues to evolve and unfold with recent performances at Wharf Chambers in Leeds, and very special performance at Fuse Gallery in Bradford celebrating the opening of the exhibition Canvas, in which he performed a set of entirely new compositions for solo performance on a variety of electronic and acoustic instruments.

A small selection of recent drawings, sculptures and sound art works will be exhibited beginning May 4th in Huddersfield’s Unit 9 Gallery in the Market Walk Arcade.  This is part of a group show including other artists from the area, some of whom also attend CeReNem: Beaven Flanagan, David Pocknee, Eleanor Cully, Charlotte Cullen, Kashika Ashley Cooper, and Dex Hannon also will showcase recent work in this show. The exhibition, Discrete Positions, lasts until May 14.

This summer promises several concert appearances and the presentation of new works as a solo performer and in collaboration with others.  May 1st is the first concert of a new duo project with Eleanor Cully.  Festival Romance presents a songs about whales, warewolves and milkmen in a fictive folk tradition, and will open up a concert for Cathy Heyden, Roger Smal, and local electronic musician Daniel Thomas at the cavernous Todmorden Unitarian Church.  May 14th and 15h see Jorge performing solo in Manchester and Bristol, and then in June the following dates are confirmed for a concert tour featuring the Irish Band Woven Skull with whom Jorge is a frequent collaborator.  Jorge will perform on these dates both as a soloist and with Woven Skull.  Local musician Sofie Cooper will also perform on these concerts:
5th June – MANCHESTER, Fuel Cafe with Jon Collin
6th June – GLASGOW, The Old Hairdressers
7th June – EDINBURGH, Henry’s Cellar Bar
8th June – GATESHEAD, The Old Police House
10th June – NOTTINGHAM, Rammel Club, The Chameleon Arts Cafe
11th June – TODMORDEN, Golden Lion. Woven Skull “big band” supporting Eternal Tapestry
12th June – BRADFORD, Fuse Art Space

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Daniel Portelli

Daniel has been commissioned to write a new piece for an Edgar Varese honorary concert, where he will write for the same  instrumentation as Ionisation, to be performed in Barcelona in February 2016.

His recently completed choir and ensemble work Animal (2015) had its world premiere at the Samstag Museum in Adelaide, Australia on the 16th April, 2015.

Art and Performances in Huddersfield

Discrete Positions presents an assemblage of Huddersfield-based artists working across different media including sculpture, site-specific installation, painting, drawing, sound art and performance who have come together through the shared space of NYA’s Huddersfield studio to present their individual works within the context of a collective exhibition. In doing so they will generate reflective exchanges, beginning a conversation between different concepts and practices and initiating critical dialogue across Huddersfield’s rich spectrum of artistic activities.

Featuring: Kashika Ashley Cooper, Jorge Boehringer, Charlotte Cullen, Eleanor Cully, Beavan Flanagan, Dex Hannon and David Pocknee.

The opening day will feature a free lunch time concert from the London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists beginning at 1.30pm, on the 4th May. The LCO Soloists draws together principal players from the London Contemporary Orchestra for intimate performances of contemporary chamber music. This performance will feature string players Galya Bisengalieva, Mira Benjamin, Robert Ames and Gregor Riddell as soloists and together in a string quartet. The performance will explore an eclectic mix of sounds and styles to complement the Discrete Positions art exhibition – https://www.facebook.com/events/1402917240025077/1432547660395368/www.lcorchestra.co.uk

Exhibition Continues: Monday 4th May – Friday 15th May

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That’s all from this month’s newsletter.

CeReNeM Postgraduate Newsletter [January 2015]

Here are the recent updates from the University of Huddersfield’s CeReNeM postgraduate community:

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Kee Yong Chong

On 20 January Kee Yong had a mini portrait concert with Belgium excellent Hermes Ensemble at their new home “deSTudio” Het Kanaal (Wijnegem). (See images above and below)

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Score extracts by Kee Yong: IMG_201366045061149

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Latest events from Clara Maïda

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY – London, January 15, 2015, Centre for Contemporary Music Practice. My seminar / Presentation of the series  / SHEL(L)TER. IRCAM – Paris,  January 17, 2015, SUPERFLUX and / et ENTRETEMPS journals / Psychoanalysis and music / Colloquium “Musicians’ correspondences and musical creation”, My intervention: “Shocks and knocks, analysis and catalysis”.

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Motion Capture Research at Zurich University of the Arts – Seth Woods

Seth Woods will be presenting Motion Capture Research on Lachenmann’s Pression at a symposium on Gesture, HCI, Machine Learning at Zurich University of The Arts, Jan 26-28th, 2015.

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TEDx Conference in Costa Rica – Linda Jankowska

Linda Jankowska will be going to Costa Rica at the end of Feb to play at the TEDx conference, as a part of Mauricio Pauly’s talk. See link for details: http://tedxpuravida.org/?participante=linda-jankowska

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Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass – Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker premiered his recent brass band work ‘atrium phase’ at the Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass on Saturday 24 January performed by the Foden’s Band, conducted by Michael Fowles, alongside works by Edward Gregson, Andy Scott and Bramwell Tovey. The opportunity arose as a result of the work winning the Foden’s Band inaugural composition competition in September 2014.

Further information can be found on the RNCM website: http://www.rncm.ac.uk/festivals/rncm-festival-of-brass/ Screenshot 2015-02-03 20.11.35

CeReNeM Postgraduate Newsletter [September-October 2014]

PhD Student Basar Under Awarded ‘Best Music’ at the 51st Antalya Film Festival

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Basar Under has been awarded the Best Music Award at the 51st Antalya Film Festival for his music in the film ‘Song of My Mother’.

Basar speech on the night: ” I dedicate this award to the memory of my dear father whom I lost ten days ago, many thanks to jury and friends.”

The movie “song of my mother” was awarded for four categories:

best first movie (director: erol mintas)
best actor: feyyaz duman
best supporting actor: aziz capkurt
best music: basar under

 

 

 

 

 

The trailer to the award winning film:


The awards ceremony video can be found here: http://www.tvyo.com/altin-portakal/video/en-iyi-muzik-odulu

The movie was also awarded at the 20th International Sarajevo Film Festival for the best movie and best actor. Here you can find the info about the movie: http://ticketing.sff.ba/en/film.aspx?ID=3653&title=Song+of+My+Mother

Distractfold Ensemble awarded the Kranichstein Music Prize

DFE10Distractfold Ensemble has been awarded the Kranichstein Music Prize. They convinced the jury with their outstanding performance/work in terms of quality and impact.

Ashley Fure (Composition / USA) and the Ensemble Distractfold (Interpretation / UK) were awarded the 2014 Kranichstein Music Prize. The prize, founded in 1952, is awarded to one current composition and one interpretation presented at the International Summer Course for New Music, selected by an independent jury, comprising the music journalist Carolin Naujocks, the composer Hannes Seidl and the accordionist Eva Zöllner, as outstanding in quality and significance. In 2014 the prize sum is 6000 Euros, divided equally between the winners in the two categories Interpretation (ensemble or soloist) and Composition.

Upcoming performances by PhD student Diego Castro Magas

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Diego Castro is a performer from Chile. He is a classically trained guitarist, currently championing new repertoire in both classical and electric guitar.

Diego is a third year PhD student in Contemporary Performance under the supervision of Philip Thomas at CeReNeM (University of Huddersfield). Also, he is studying electric guitar under the guidance of Daryl Buckley.

Upcoming performances:

Website: www.diegocastromagas.com

Further performances next term:

  • January 26, talk and concert in Brunel
  • Jan/Feb TBC, talk, concert and workshop in Durham
  • February 20, Electric Spring Festival (premiere of Cassidy’s The Pleats of Matter for solo electric guitar)
  • March 19, lunchtime concert in Huddersfield alongside tracensemble

PhD composition student Daniel Portelli winner of the Winston Music ECF commission

Daniel photo guitarDaniel Portelli’s performance at Soundstreams Emerging Composers Forum in Adelaide on 4 November 2014 won him the Winston Music ECF commission of $1500 for his piano multimedia work, Mapping Australia (2014). Performed by Gabriella Smart, the concert was recorded to be broadcast on ABC Classic FM’s New Music Up Late program on 29 November at 10:30pm. He was also asked to write a new work for the Soundstream Collective.

Daniel recently represented Australia as the Young Composer Representative at the Asian Music Festival 2014 in Tokyo and Yokohama from 1-7 November 2014.