News from the Sonic Arts Network

Sonic Postcards in Switzerland

The Verbier Festival and Academy 2006 in Switzerland recently invited Sonic Postcards to be part of its Discovery Education programme. It is the first technology-based education project to work with children in the festivals history.   

The Verbier Festival and Academy is an internationally renowned classical music festival that attracts concert goers and artists from all over the world.  Workshop leader Duncan Chapman worked with French and English speaking children to create 'postcards' from the unique environment of the festival. Music constantly pours from every corner of the town positioned high in the mountains and the Sonic Postcards created reflect the wealth of activity at the festival.

Visit to listen to the Swiss postcards and for more information.

Cut and Splice 2007 update

We are proud and excited to announce that next year's Cut and Splice festival will take place on April 28-29 at London's legendary Roundhouse.

The Saturday night programme will include performances of Gérard Grisey's Modulations and Pierre Boulez's epic masterpiece for 6 soloists, live
electronics and orchestra, Répons.

The rest of the emerging programme promises to be equally as unmissable so keep an eye on Diffusion for the latest news and members’ offers.




Until May 2007
(sound garden)
Forbury Gardens, Reading

New sound works for Forbury Gardens from seven contemporary artists. Regarded locally as "the jewel in Reading's crown", Forbury Gardens offers a unique environment in which to experience works of contemporary sound. Visitors will have the opportunity of experiencing the works through headsets whilst being guided through the recently restored Victorian gardens. Artists have been drawn from a range of backgrounds and commissioned works include contemporary music, spoken word, site recordings and digital sound. Commissioned artists include Duncan Chapman, Gavin Lombos, Melanie Pappenheim, Ergo Phizmiz, The Miller and McAfee Press, Chris Watson, and Eva Weinmayr.


NightJam is a music and photography project exploring the London night by Scanner with MCs and photographers from the New Horizon Youth Centre, the day centre for homeless young people in King's Cross.

12 August
Sound in Space
The Space, London, E14

Postgraduate students from Goldsmiths College present performances of their original and experimental compositional works. Featuring electro-acoustic tape music, exploring both stereo and multichannel surround sound, electronic manipulation of live instrumental performance and live interaction between dance, instrumental performance and computers.

15 August
Christopher Willits
Fleapit, London

Sprawl and No Signal present bay-area guitarist and multimedia artist Christopher Willits.

27 August
(sound walk)
Sedbergh, Cumbria

Afternoon sound walk in and around the Cumbrian town of Sedbergh (starting at Sedbergh Tourist Information Centre, 3pm) followed by a one-hour performance integrating natural and electronic sounds with poetry readings from ancient sacred texts and contemporary local writers.

13 September
Charterhouse bar, 38 Charterhouse St, London, EC1

Sprawl returns after a short break and features Jodi Cave, a sound artist and experimental musician from the UK, currently residing in Paris. Vanishing Breed, formally of 'they came from the stars (i saw them)' will perform a 'one man, one guitar, one loops machine' show taking inspiration from African Soukous, Maringa and Palm Wine music and Segue.

15-16 September
Candid Arts Centre and Electrowerkz, 3 & 7 Torrens Street, London EC1

Netaudio'06 is London's first festival dedicated to free Internet music. It celebrates the creative output of netlabel activists and musicians with talks, workshops, showcases and parties.

16 September
Sonic Art Meeting Group
Leeds, UK

A forum for composers to present their music, participate in free-form improv session, or simply come along to listen and discuss ideas.

17 September
Koko, Camden, London

Only UK date for US duo Drew Daniels and MC Schmidt following the release of their new album 'The Rose Has Teeth In the Mouth Of A Beast'.

18 September
The Canteen Media and Arts Centre, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Theremin player Pamelia Kurstin plays Barrow as part of her UK tour. She has appeared and recorded with David Byrne, Foetus, Cibo Matto, Bela Fleck, Matthew Sweet, various members of Polar Bear, Liam Noble, Otto Lechner, Barbez & loads of others. She's played everywhere from CBGB's to the Royal Festival Hall & this will be her first solo UK tour. She is currently working on a solo cd for John Zorn's Tzadik label.

28 September - 8 October
Phases: The Music of Steve Reich
Barbican, London

A festival celebrating Steve Reich's 70th birthday including free events, concerts, dance, lectures and more.


MA in Arts & Ecology

Dartington College of Arts in Devon is launching the UK's first taught MA in Arts & Ecology this September.

The groundbreaking course will provide a new and challenging academic vehicle by which emergent arts practices can develop in the context of contemporary approaches to ECOLOGY, INTERDISCIPLINARITY AND PLACE. It is innovative in terms of mode of delivery; its range of subject horizons; its development of fieldwork methodology in the context of contemporary arts practice; and - cumulatively - its eventual approach to collective inquiry.

Dartington College of Arts and its sister institution, Schumacher College, have parallel and overlapping interests in these terms, and the course will further develop the potential for greater engagement, within arts practice, in the highly contested ground of contemporary ecological thinking.

This quality of emergence is central to the MA, in terms both of creative practice and of the dynamic change in contemporary approaches to (e.g.) social, urban and natural or environmental ecology, or ecologies of mind.

The Award is primarily aimed at contemporary artists and artist/curators pursuing socially engaged and/or site/context-responsive practices. It takes advantage of the unique potential offered by the physical environment of the Dartington estate as a paradigm for ecological focus on other rural, urban or social environments, and of the College's established links with Schumacher College also located on the estate.

The MA has been designed for individuals who wish to pursue development of their activity through exploring knowledge, discourses, methodologies and philosophies conventionally associated with non-art disciplines (especially those of the sciences) as they are applied to ecology.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to apply please visit or contact course leader Alan Boldon at

Dartington College of Arts is one of very few specialist arts colleges in the world to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees through practice-led learning methods across contemporary arts practices. Collaborative approaches to learning through making, managing and curating contemporary arts, enables specialist knowledge and skills to contribute to a dynamic, experimental and committed community of artists - students and staff.

Schumacher College is an international centre of excellence for ecological studies, noted for the inspiration, quality and breadth of its teaching.

Dartington College of Arts and Schumacher College are based on the Dartington Estate near Totnes in South Devon, a place renowned for its focus on and experimentation in the fields of the arts, ecology and social justice.

Music Residency with Oakwood Junior School

Creative Partnerships Derby is looking for a team of up to 3 musicians who are experienced and confident both in their music specialism and music education in the primary setting. There will be a lead role for one of the musicians throughout the residency, which will run over the whole academic year Sept 06 - July 07.

Creative Partnerships works to give school children in areas throughout England the opportunity to develop their potential, their ambition, their creativity and imagination through sustainable partnerships with creative and cultural organisations, businesses and individuals.

Creative Partnerships Derby aims to:
* Inspire and build on the ambition of Derby and Derby's schools
* Develop Derby's confidence in creativity though inspiring partnerships
* Empower young people, school staff and creatives to influence the delivery of education

General Brief
Oakwood Junior School is a well maintained school set in the predominantly white residential area of Alvaston. Creativity is seen as key in developing the skills and confidence of both pupils and staff, and developing further innovative approaches to cross-curricular teaching and learning. We are looking for highly competent practitioners who can inspire staff and pupils and interpret the curriculum from a musical perspective. We want practitioners who can integrate into the school and become enthusiastic and pro-active members of the staff team, developing co-planning and co-delivery with teachers to ensure the long- term legacy of the residency. The residency will be based on musicians working in school for one day a week, with the initial focus on staff development through workshop time in the first term, followed by co-planning and delivery with teachers mainly within the KS2 curriculum.

Aims of the residency
* To develop the skills and confidence of staff in delivering the music curriculum, and interpreting the wider curriculum from a musical perspective
* To develop co-planning and co-delivery of the wider curriculum with staff
* To engage and inspire the pupils in a broad appreciation of music and its myriad applications
* To explore alternative approaches to teaching and learning for children who are considered to be borderline learners, and research how music can enhance their participation in learning.
* To support involvement of the whole school community, culminating in a day of performance towards the end of the residency

There will be opportunity for the team of musicians to observe classes and start to build positive relationships with staff and pupils. It is also important for the practitioners to work well as a team, with one practitioner taking the lead role during the whole length of the project.

Creative practitioners will be expected to work with school staff from the earliest stages of planning. You will be responsible to the Creative Partnerships Agent and the school's Creative Partnerships Coordinator.

Applicants need to be aware of the importance of working in partnership with the school throughout the project in order to support the development of the project to ensure the long-term sustainability of the learning.

Details and conditions
Dates: Must be available to work from September 2006 through to July 2007. Exact dates and days are still to be negotiated, but will be based on the team collectively covering the work in school for one day a week.

Practitioners will be responsible to the Creative Partnerships Agent and the school's Creative Partnership Coordinator.

Criteria for selection
We are looking for a lead practitioner who is experienced in their area of music, in music education and able to work collaboratively with other musicians, staff and pupils. Further practitioners need to be skilled in their own music field and able to work positively in an education setting, and across the junior school curriculum.

Creative Partnerships Derby pays £180 per day for delivery, planning and evaluation. Practitioners whose one-way travel exceeds 30 miles, will be offered a per round-trip travel contribution of £5.

Practitioners will be employed on a freelance basis. All practitioners will be expected to have enhanced disclosure for child protection and proof of public liability insurance before delivery commences.

How to apply
Please send a CV, with names and addresses of two referees, and examples of previous experience of working in educational settings and/or with children of relevant school age. Please also include a short statement (no longer than 2 sides of A4) about how you would approach the residency and why the qualities you would bring to the project make you a suitable applicant.

Creative Partnerships is committed to equal opportunities in recruitment and employment.

Closing date for applications: Friday August 26th 2006

Interview date: Thursday September 14th

Candidates invited for interview will be asked to prepare and lead a 20 minute workshop with children aged between 7 and 11, in school on 14th September, as part of the selection process.

For general enquiries call: 01332 204227

Please send your application to:
Creative Partnerships Derby
Oakwood Music Residency
Derby Dance Centre
19 Chapel Street
Derby, DE1 3GU
(Applications via email are accepted)

Course in Electronic Music at CCMIX

Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis
41, rue des Noyers, 93230 Romainville FRANCE

CCMIX is now offering its 8-Month Course in Electronic Music at a reduced rate. The all inclusive fee covers course tuition and housing at the new CCMIX complex in Paris:

6,175 euros or $7,738.95 USD

We are pleased to be able to offer our course with housing at the new CCMIX facility for under $1000 USD per month.

The course will take place from October 2006 - May 2007 in Paris, France. Faculty and guest lecturers include: Carla Scaletti, Jean-Claude Risset, Gerard Pape, Trevor Wishart, Sinan Bokesoy, Makis Solomos, William Setharis, Curtis Roads, Agostino di Scipio, Julien Bilodeau and Yiorgos Vassilandonakis.

Contact Randall Neal, Head of Pedagogy, for more information:


Alchemy: Opportunity for Artists

Initiating and facilitating artistic engagement at The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester 2006 to 2008

The Alchemy project is seeking expressions of interest from UK-based artists to work with The Manchester Museum's collections, staff and the multiple disciplines it supports, to develop avenues of research and to create new work. Four Alchemy Fellowships are available, we are open to applications from artists working in any media, from textiles to painting, performance to new media.

As a university museum with humanities and natural history collections we can support a breadth of ideas and issues, from anthropology to zoology. Alchemy will offer artists the opportunity to work with a collection of over 4million specimens and artefacts, to collaborate and consult with experts and to access cutting-edge research.

Fellowships are supported by the Alchemy Curator. A workspace will be available within the Museum.

Artist fee: £10,000 (including expenses)

Individual project budget: £5,000

Deadline for applications: Friday 25th August 2006

For more information contact Bryony Bond Alchemy Curator:

Or visit and follow the Fellowship link

SPNM: Concerts and Projects officer

[p/t, 1 year initial contract]

Salary pro rata £19,000

To concert manage spnm's performances for 2006/07 with musicians through the UK and project manage spnm's professional development schemes. Will suit an organised, out-going individual who has strong communication skills and enjoys working with artists.

For further information email or call 020 7407 1640 and speak to Katy Kirk. Deadline for applications 14th August, interviews 17th August.

spnm strives to be an equal opportunities employer.

SPNM: Marketing Officer

[2 days a week, 1 year initial contract]

Salary pro rata £20,000 - £22,000

To market spnm's performances for 2006/07 through the UK. Will suit an imaginative and meticulous marketer who is passionate about music and the contemporary arts.

For further information email or call 0207 407 1640 and speak to Katy Kirk.

Deadline for applications 14th August, interviews 17th August.

spnm strives to be an equal opportunities employer.

MRes in Sonic Art

New MRes in Sonic Art - at Hull University, Scarborough Campus, UK

(Scholarships available)

Course details:

Studio Facilities:

For enquiries about Scholarships - please contact Tim Howle

Call for Artists

Nov-Dec 2006 "Sound Of Musing" show: The Small Gallery @ Eyedrum is seeking artists who delve into the world of sound. Between November 11 and December 23, 2006, the Small Gallery will provide an intimate setting for visitors to get comfortable while listening to your sounds through headphones. Visitors will then be encouraged to record their thoughts on paper while listening to the work, hence the "musing". This sound show will be a multi-artist installation and is open to all sound artists whether you design digitally or capture clandestinely.

Artists are encouraged to submit more than one track. Please note, all submissions are considered final and will be presented as such.

Mail or drop off cds in paper or jewel tone case with title, artist's name and contact information clearly written on face of cd.

Deadline: September 11, 2006.

For more info:

The Sound of Musing
Small Gallery
c/o Eyedrum
290 MLK Jr Dr, suite 8
Atlanta, GA 30312

Call for Work

'EAR-plugged' Festival of Electroacoustic Music

EAR ( is organising 'EAR-plugged', a two-day festival of electroacoustic music in The Printing House, Trinity College Dublin, 20-21 October 2006. The festival will feature audio-visual works, tape music, live electronic music, mixed works and pieces selected from our 'Call for Works'.

EAR invites composers of any age or nationality to submit works for inclusion in the EAR-plugged festival programme. We are seeking works for 'tape' or live electronics with any combination of saxophone (alto, tenor or baritone), cello or double bass.

For festival details and submission guidelines, please see:

Fergal Dowling
'EAR-plugged' Festival Director

Live Algorithms for Music (LAM) Conference 2006
18th-19th December 2006 at Goldsmiths College, London, UK.

Live Algorithms are machine partners in real-time music performance. Autonomous, yet creative, these computer systems enhance human music making. LAM is an EPSRC sponsored research network - a statement of the LAM objectives can be found at

Plenary talk by Professor George Lewis, Columbia University

Contributions in the form of short papers and works for performance are invited.

Papers can address any aspect of the LAM agenda. Topics may include, but are not limited by, the following:

  • embodiment
  • human-computer interface
  • natural algorithms (evolutionary, neural, swarms, cellular automata...)
  • unconventional computation
  • brain/computer interface
  • AI and philosophical foundations of interaction
  • machine consciousness
  • codification of performance
  • computational creativity
  • real time music analysis and synthesis

Accepted works will be performed in a special concert featuring George Lewis and friends

Please submit 500 word abstracts and/or proposals for performance to Tim Blackwell and Michael Young by October 27, 2006.

Notification: November 10, 2020

Call for Work

This is the first call for news and events for posting in the September-October WFAE Newlsetter <>. This monthly publication is a supplement to the biannual Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology. Its mission is to make available, in a timely manner, news, events, and announcements from the WFAE Board, WFAE Affiliates, and other sources.

Deadline: 20 August, 2006

Please send content material related to these sections:

  • Events Calendar: Updates on current world-wide events in acoustic-ecology
  • People and Projects: A section spotlighting the work of individuals around the world
  • Opportunities: Call for papers and projects
  • Sound Bites: Headlines from the world press related to sound issues
  • Resources: The latest in books, video, web, and other media

The WFAE Newsletter is an commercial free publication of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. Check out the current July-August edition of the Newsletter online at:

Post news material to: and include the complete who, what, where, when, and how plus contact information and related links.

Electronic Music Wanted

Swedish Radio Channel 2 and the program-slot Monitor (every Wednesday 21.00-22.00 CET and also every Thursday 12.30-13.30 CET - is looking for more electronic music for our weekly broadcast. We want electroacoustic music, field-recordings, glitch music, live-electronics, electronica, noise, sound-poetry, radio-art etc.

During Autumn 2006 we will also do several live-broadcasts with the possibility for sending in MP3s during broadcast or feeding us directly - over the web - with live-concerts/materials from elsewhere in the world.

Send material to;

Editor Erik Mikael Karlsson
Swedish Radio Ltd.
SE-21101 Malmoe

or if you have ideas on live-concerts/materials that could be live-broadcast by us, please contact me at;


+46 40 205532 (Office)
+46 70 3266848 (Mobile phone)

All the best,

Erik Mikael Karlsson
Editor - Swedish Radio Ltd
Chairman EBU Ars Acustica

Call for Work

Vocal Works & Utah Particle Opera Project present
Sacred Voice 2007
Interfaith Sacred Art Song Competition

Postmark deadline : January 15th, 2007

Eligibility : Open to all composers regardless of age, nationality, race, religion or creed.

About the competition : Sacred Voice 2007 is an interfaith sacred art song composition competition. Settings of sacred texts or poetry from any spiritual or religious tradition will be considered. There are two categories to which composers may submit scores:
1) Art Song (7 minutes or less in duration)
2) Song Cycle [or Extended Song] (8-15 minutes in duration)

Complete details may be found at or by


Deadline for receipt December 20, 2020 (5 PM, EST)

Western art music has existed for a relatively short time in Japan and it is only since the 1950's, countering Japan's rush to adopt all that is Western, that some composers, led by Yuasa (b.1929), Mayuzumi (1929-97), Takemitsu (1930-96), and Ichiyanagi (b.1933), began to move away from stylistic modeling of nineteenth-century European forms and twentieth-century dodecaphony towards a more individualistic approach. Concerned with reflecting philosophical and musical elements from their own culture, they began to discover and develop their own music. The music of these artists reflects a new global confluence of multiple cultures - a powerful cross-fertilisation of aesthetics and musical characteristics from both East and West. The music is reflective of a variety of aspects of contemporary Japanese and Western societies, while at the same time deeply rooted in a traditional culture that has evolved over many years.

UMBC will host a three-day symposium of performances, lecture-recitals, panel discussions, and paper presentations on topics that concern Japanese music from the widest possible range of disciplines and expertise. A performance and roundtable is also being planned at the Freer Gallery (National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institute) in Washington, DC.

Three composers of international stature from Japan will participate in the symposium. They represent a generation born after 1960 - composers who were pupils of Yuasa, Miyoshi, Ikebe, Noda, and Kondo. Hiroyuki Itoh, a winner of international composition prizes in Europe and Japan (including the prestigious Akutagawa Award), has been commissioned and has had work performed by major ensembles including the New Japan Philharmonic, the Nieuw Ensemble, and the Arditti Quartet; Hiroyuki Yamamoto, whose works have been performed at Forum '91 (Montreal), Gaudeamus Music Week '94 (Holland), and ISCM World Music Days (2000 in Luxembourg and 2001 in Yokohama), has received prizes for his work, including the Japan Music Competition, Toru Takemitsu Composition Award, and Akutagawa Award; and Shirotomo Aizawa; thewinner of an Ataka Prize, and composition prize from the National Theater in Japan. He has studied composition in Tokyo, Berlin, and Vienna, and conducting with Seiji Ozawa, among others.

Performances during the symposium will include a broad range of works for different genres (solo instrument, chamber music, choral, traditional instruments) by a number of composers, including premieres of works by Itoh, Yamamoto, and Aizawa. The performers for these concerts will include faculty and students of the UMBC Department of Music, and guest musicians from the Baltimore/Washington DC area and other international new music centers.

This symposium is the sixth in a series of events since 1992 to address Japanese and other Asian musics, organised by Tanosaki and Richards. Visit the websites of the other five to view programs, abstracts, papers, and lecture transcriptions Music of Japan Today 2003 (; Asian Music in America: A Confluence of Two Worlds (; and Music of Japan Today: Tradition and Innovation I (1992), II (1994), and III (1997) (


**Call for Paper proposals -

In addition to topics that address cross-fertilization of aesthetics and musical characteristics (Japan and other ), and the music and ideas of the featured composers, the Committee is especially interested in paper proposals that address the roles/functions of sound (music) in Japanese culture. See the Music of Japan 2007 website for further information.

**Call for Lecture/Recitals

30 minutes. CD of performance and short abstract (200 words).

**Call for Scores -

Composers of any nationality are invited to submit a score(s) for a performance at Music of Japan Today 2007. Submitted music should have some connection to the theme of the symposium (tradition and innovation in music of Japan): this connection could be the use of traditional Japanese music and/or aesthetic principles; or/and the nationality of the composer (Japanese,Japanese-American, etc.). Recordings are also welcomed as supplemental material, if available.

1) scores should be written for any combination of the following players:

flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute
clarinet/bass clarinet

2) scores must be accompanied by a one-paragraph description of how the music is connected to the theme of the symposium

3) all submitted scores will be retained in the Japanese music library in the UMBC Music Department

**Call for Computer/Tape music

For a concert of Japanese composers please submit recording, program notes, and short composer bio

**Competition for Performers-

The review committee welcomes a CD submission by performers for a performance of a work by a Japanese composer. See the Music of Japan 2007 website for further information. A list of works by the featured composers can be found at the websites below:

Hiroyuki Itoh -
Hiroyuki Yamamoto -
Shirotomo Aizawa (to be posted in late August on the Music of Japan 2007 website)

All submissions should be sent to the Directors:

Dr. Kazuko Tanosaki & Professor E. Michael Richards
Department of Music
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

phone 410-455-3064
fax 410-455-1181


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This survey is part of an academic research project focusing on the correlation between an individual's personality and their interest in electronic music. Do people who are interested in electronic music over represent particular personality types when compared to the general population? And furthermore, are there statistically significant personality variations across the different sub genres within electronic music? Ultimately, the aim of this study is to find out who the individuals that constitute a larger electronic music community are, and what makes them special.