CeReNeM Journal

CeReNeM Journal is an annual platform for CeReNeM’s postgraduate community to present research in composition, performance, new music studies, music technology, improvisation, sonic arts, and software development. Articles, interviews and scores are made freely available in an online format.

CeReNeM Journal Issue Seven, 2019 [Call For Proposals]
Performing Stuff: Human-Entity Interactions in Contemporary Artistic Practice

Editor: Colin Frank, U1767479@pgr.hud.ac.uk

With our wide and continually growing instrumentarium, where any accessible material can be used towards creative ends, contemporary performance practice and performers’ identities are stretching in many directions. We co-create meaning along with things; their particular properties augment our creative process and output. What we use, and how we use it, opens up alternate potentialities for experiencing this world. However, with this expansion of materials contemporary performance faces other challenges. Virtuosity is questioned as performers move frequently between instruments, live-performance alters as virtual platforms proliferate, and actions need ethical consideration as material consumption impacts our global environment. Considering monumental social-cultural shifts are presently occurring, how is contemporary performance dialoguing with the non-human world? What practices are arising from the materials we engage? What meanings are emerging as we form relationships with stuff?

This call for proposals searches for artistic-researchers engaging with varied materials or mediums to discuss their work theoretically and/or through practice-based means. This edition aims to question human-object and human-entity interaction, and consider how we both shape and are shaped by our environments. Considering practice is perpetually in flux, this edition wants to capture a snapshot of ideas, relations, actions, and responses practitioners witness and enact in the world today. It encourages unconventional approaches to the journal format, including co-authorship, autoethnographic accounts, A/V media as research, or otherwise.

Please send a proposal of about 300 words to Colin Frank at U1767479@pgr.hud.ac.uk by February 1st, 2020. He is happy to discuss your application ahead of time. If you want to contribute to this publication in other ways feel free to contact him. Because the journal is a student-run initiative, contributors in post-graduate study or towards the beginning of their career are especially welcome. Editing will occur throughout the process such that you can achieve your best work. Looking forwards to hearing from you!


Proposals due: 1 February 2020
Notification of selection: 15 February 2020
Submissions due: June 2020
Publication: September 2020



CeReNeM Journal Issue Six, July 2017 Download PDF

Editor: Lawrence Dunn

Issue 6 of the CeReNeM Post-Graduate Journal contains articles about and from composers and performers across the UK, Europe and USA engaged with practice-led research. This issue focuses on the work of Christian Wolff, Michael Finnissy, Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion, Mira Benjamin, and Mark So.



CeReNeM Journal Issue Five, May 2015

Editor: David Pocknee

The fifth issue of the CeReNeM Journal is an online interactive website, written, edited and designed by our postgraduates. PhD composer David Pocknee, artist Ana Lemnaru and fellow colleagues have created an innovative and beautiful platform to showcase recent research in music. This issues journal covers touch, cartography, topology, nuns, pornography, synaesthesia, membranes, desire, exploded instruments, Beethoven’s piano usage, slow-motion performance, piano destruction, Australia, Big Data and trumpets.


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CeReNeM Journal Issue Four, March 2014
Editor: Dr Pedro Alvarez
Issue 4 contains articles from composers and performers across the UK, Europe and USA engaged with practice-led research. A strong thread emerges of analysis and discussion through transversal thinking across domains of conceptual representation, inscription and the performative act.



CeReNeM Journal Issue Three, November 2012 Download PDF

Editor: Dr Richard Glover

The third issue of the CeReNeM journal contains five articles which discuss various aspects of the temporal experience of recent contemporary music, from the viewpoints of the performer, the listener and the composer. Discussions of spatiotemporality, microtimings, temporal verticality and cyclic repetition result from a diverse range of scholarly activity, but which all reside in ongoing explorations of how we control, interpret and experience temporality in music.



CeReNeM Journal Issue Two, March 2011 Download PDF

Editor: Robert Dahm

Issue Two contains articles by postgraduate composers from across the UK and internationally which examine the landscape of early career opportunities provided by summer schools, festivals and symposia and their role as a stimulus for exchange, critical reflection and training for composers and performers today.



CeReNeM Journal Issue One, February 2010 Download PDF

Editors: Robert Dahm & Ray Evanoff

CeReNeM Journal Issue 1 Robert Dahm and Ray Evanoff, editors. Issue One comprises interviews, articles and scores with a focus on intersections between postgraduate research and the 2009 Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music.

Issue 1 has been reprinted (previously issue 3)  as the new online, open access, peer-reviewed journal and resources hub Divergence Press. www.divergencepress.com



CeReNeM Journal is primarily a forum for postgraduate researchers at the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Research in New Music. Articles, interviews and scores are made freely available in an online format. See Guidelines for Submission for more information.