An Evening of Sonic Art and Interactive Performance over a Loudspeaker Orchestra
Monday 2nd June, PS2, 7:30pm, Free entry!
A collision of Greek Myths, Occupy London, and a cocktail of interactive mashing. Featuring work by guest composer Nikos Stavropoulos, and CMT PhD students Brett Gordon and Tariq Emam with soprano Anikó Tóth
Along with sound diffusion performances from Electronic Composition Students
Come along earlier for a guest lecture from
Nikos Stavroploulos, where he will talk about his
2pm, PS2. All Welcome!
Atropos 5.1 (2003) 11:00 - Nikos Stavroploulos
In Greek mythology, Atropos was one of the three Moirae (the Fates):
female deities who supervised fate rather than determining it. Atropos was
the fate who cut the thread or web of life. She was known as the
‘inflexible’ or ‘inevitable’ and cut this thread with the ‘abhorred
shears’. Although the title is not directly related to the content of the
work it was chosen to reflect compositional processes and their relation
to sound materials. Here, the direction of energy, and the movement and
positioning in time and in more general structural relationships, is
supervised and characterised by the intrinsic morphology of the sounds, as
opposed to being deterministically formulated. In this respect, the choice
of a Moira name metaphorically indicates the acousmatic processes involved in the work’s composition. Atropos is a highly abstract work and does not
refer to anything outside of itself. Original recordings are not traceable
in the work's sound world and although most of the material has been
synthetically generated it exhibits physicality in content, character and
behaviour. Atropos was composed at the University of Sheffield Sound
Studios during the winter of 2003. The work was awarded an honourable
mention at the Musica Viva 2004, 5th Electroacoustic Competition
Granatum ST (2011) 8:06 - Nikos Stavroploulos
The title of the work reflects the sound synthesis and treatment
techniques as well as the qualities of the sound textures employed here.
The events portrayed in this piece are fictitious, and any resemblance to
real events, past, present, or future, is entirely coincidental but highly
probable. The work was realised at the composer’s home studio in the fall
Elegeia (for Anna) for voice and tape (2013) 9:32
(with Aniko Toth) - Nikos Stavropoulos
ELEGEIA is a collaboration with soprano Aniko Toth and was inspired by,
and uses elements of, Greek Moiroloi (death lamentation) and folk
traditions, as well as Hungarian lamentation singing. The work also
utilises vocalisations that imitate and exaggerate the uncontainable
utterances that can occur during intense grieving. The lyrical element,
sung in Hungarian but derived from both traditions, relates to the
mourning of lovers or children. This work is dedicated to Anna (????), who
left early on the 14th of June 2013.
E.M.P. (2014) 10:00 - Brett Gordon
This composition utilises field recordings made using piezo microphones of household electric appliances such as an electric toothbrush, laptop computer, telephone and dishwasher. The relationships between the electromagnetic signals emitted by these appliances are examined closely then deconstructed both individually and in combination with each other, using Max patches written for the sounds controlled by both an iPhone and an iPad, and control surfaces such as Ableton Push and a Launchpad. The frequency and amplitude of each sound are woven together to form a soundscape that evolves in real-time. The result is a piece that develops and transforms while still retaining the organic quality of the original field recordings.
Occupy LSX (2012) 5:00 - Tariq Emam
Dreams of occupation. Occupy, a global movement that didn't move. St. Paul's (or London Stock Exchange) was amongst a couple of sites making up Occupy London. This piece complies a few visits I made to the camp in solidarity and captures the overload of political inspiration and sonic adulation: Occupy was about making sound, through speech, chant, and music. Occupy LSX was originally part of an EP of binaural field recordings.
Plus sound diffusion of a selection of short pieces from Emmanuel Chirikure, Jonny Mawson, and Will Tait.
Anikó Tóth (Soprano) Trained in Los Angeles, at Hungary’s Franz Liszt Music Academy and in the UK, Anikó has performed in LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Millennium Theatre of Budapest, and London’s Royal Albert Hall, as well as Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and The Sage @ Gateshead. Anikó created the roles of Ilona and Linda in contemporary operaFlight Paths, one of the curated strands of the 2012 Olympic celebrations. Shealso created Anna (soprano) and The Brides/Narrator (voiceover) in Stephen Kilpatrick’s music theatre/tape piece ‘The Night Bride’, performed in Vienna with Psappha Ensemble’s Tim Williams (cimbalom). Recently, Anikó performed contemporary dance and vocals in Stephen Davismoon’s new piece ‘deeper than all roses’, set to poetry by e.e. cummings. Performing with a variety of collaborators, from Meredith Monk to Manchester’s Hallé Choir, she has been broadcast on BBC Four, BBC Radio 3 & 4, PBS (USA), and Bartók Rádió (Hungary).
Nikos Stavropoulos was born in Athens in 1975. He studied Piano, harmony
and counterpoint at the National School of Music and Nakas conservatoire
in Greece. In 2000 he graduated from the Music Department of the
University of Wales, Bangor where the next year he was awarded an MMus in electroacoustic composition studying with Dr. Andrew Lewis. In 2005 he
completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield Sound Studios with Dr.
Adrian Moore specialising in tape composition in stereo and multi channel
formats, as well as music for video and live electronics. His works ranges
from instrumental to tape and mixed media. He has composed music for video and dance and his music has been awarded mentions and prizes at
international competitions (Bourges, 2000,2002, Metamorphose, Brussels
2002, SCRIME, Bordeaux 2003, Musica Miso, Potrugal, 2004, Metamorphose,
Brussels 2008, Punto de Encuentro Canarias International Electroacoustic
Composition Competition 2008.
Brett Gordon is a composer and performer primarily working in the field of Electroacoustic music. His interest in the application of live electronics and interactive controllers in his current work has led to the use of haptic control surfaces being integral to both his compositions and performances. He is also a member of Ref4mation, a laptop ensemble, featuring Tim Howle and Paul Dibley. He is currently researching his PhD (by composition) under supervision from Dr. Rob Mackay at the University of Hull. In August 2013 Brett was invited to perform at the International Computer Music Conference 2013 in Perth, Australia. In addition he has also performed at the RMA Research Students’ Conference, IFIMPaC and Audiograft among others.
Tariq Emam is researching towards a PhD in soundscape ecology at the University of Hull funded by their new research initiative. Alongside that he works as a freelance filmmaker and technician. Tariq also plays music in the form of percussion, noise, and (temporarily) HANG.