News from the Sonic Arts Network

Expo Manchester 2006

Sonic Arts Network and University of Manchester bring the Expo festival to Manchester for a weekend packed with over twenty free events including concerts, installations, performances, exhibitions, happenings, workshops, gigs, conferences and DJ sets. Expo is the hub and playground of the UK’s experimental music and sound art scene, featuring very special guests from around the world. This year’s Expo festival is a sonic exploration of the inner, outer and public spaces of Manchester.

Staalplaat Soundsystem Helmut Lemke

Expo kicks off at Cornerhouse on Friday 23rd June (18:00 – 20:00) with the launch event for three solo sound exhibitions that run until 30th July. Staalplaat Soundsystem's extreme and immersive sound installation The Ultrasound of Therapy gives visitors the chance to experience a unique personal sensory experience. Strapped to a hospital bed, ‘patients’ are subjected to personalised sound therapies. Helmut Lemke invites you to create your own sound piece in his new work ‘KLANGELN VIII’, which transforms fishing rods into intriguing instruments. Bob Levene will explore playful and humourous concepts in a jointly commissioned audiovisual installation - ‘The Space Between: Experiments for Speakers’.

On Saturday 24th June (20:00 – 20:45) at The University of Manchester Music Halls, a day of concerts culminates in an ultra-rare appearance of Fluxus maverick Joseph Byrd. The founder of legendary band The United States of America, where he presents White Elephant; his first graphic score for almost 40 years, performed by all-girl Norwegian electro-improv group SPUNK and sound art activists Dreams of Tall Buildings.

Gala Pool, Victoria Baths Changing Cubicles

No Petting, No Running, No Bombing on Sunday 25th June (12:00 – 17:30), when Sonic Arts Network takes over Manchester’s vast and historic Victoria Baths, winner of the first series of BBC’s Restoration, with a specially curated programme of sound installation, sonic intervention and performance. Headliners The Owl Project will blend the historic craft of wood turning with hectic glitch electronica. Drop-in and get involved in events taking place throughout the day. Artists will perform in the derelict and empty swimming pools, Turkish baths will be replaced with experimental noise and a man will drown his computer.

The Owl Project's Sound Lathe in performance

On both Saturday and Sunday night, Expo moves to the Roadhouse (21:30 – Late) for mashed up club nights of hardcore sonic treats ranging from the beautiful to the bizarre. Featuring a showcase from broken electronica label Tripel presenting Ascoltare and Um, plus a rare performance from the reclusive sampler group Quartet Electronische - emerging from the tweed soaked academic sabbatical of their own imaginations to disrespectfully rip up the sounds of Manchester.

All Expo events are free and everyone is welcome to be part of this unique sonic exploration of Manchester’s public spaces. For more information, including a full programme, accommodation and travel information, visit


3-20 May
Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London

Festival covering gigs, exhibitions, theatre and more. Featuring the Bohman Brothers, curating an evening of improvised and experimental music and the launch of new record label, musicBrut, which will give a platform to musicians who work on the margins of musical culture. Also included is Audioshaker - a tactile container that will capture, shake up and pour out sounds and Sonic History by Joe Bell, an aural account of the life and times of the BAC building in its many historical incarnations.

5 - 27 May
Various, London

Pulse 2006 aims to promote the best of Central European culture from Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. The festival features a varied selection of artists performing jazz, world, alternative, dance and classical music.

8-29 May
John Wynne: 215 Unwanted Speakers
Hull Art Lab, 53 Humber Street, Hull

Sound artist John Wynne will make use of 215 discarded (but working) hi-fi speakers he has collected in London and Berlin to create a site-specific installation at Hull Art Lab.

9 May
..things visible and invisible..
Performance Area, Department of Music, City University, London
City University present their 28th Electroacoustic Concert Series and explore all things video and acousmatic. Featuring Gordon Delap and Antonin de Bemels, Laurie Radford, Louis Dufort and Natasha Barrett.

12 May
The Listening Project
Slade Research Centre, Woburn

An experimental sound art project curated by Yuu Takehisa and Dale Berning, centring around ideas of listening to place and space in sound. Experimental musicians and sound artists Tetsuya Umeda, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Duncan Whitley and Dale Berning have been invited to do a 10-day residency followed by a live event of performance, improv, and playback of field recordings.

19 May
Percussion and Electronics
Rymer Auditorium, University of York

Music for solo percussion and electronics and featuring works by Phillip Glass, Vinko Globokar, Simon Hall, Damien Harron and premières of pieces by Ed Bennett and Felipe Otondo.

25 May
Someone says something
The Red Rose Club, Seven Sisters Rd, London

A night of improv music with Rhodri Davies, Joe Williamson, Stefano Tedesco, Eddie Prevost, John Butcher, Tim Hodgkinson, Elio Martusciello, Alessandro Olla, David Toop and Phil Durrant. for bookings

26 May
Random Function
Watershed, Bristol

An evening of experimental sound, Random Function is a monthly open and informal event. Performing at this month's event is Andy Keep plus the Behaviour Laptop Orchestra which features over 20 musicians and Students on the MA in Creative Music Technology of Bath Spa University will perform their self-made music with self-made code (MaxMSP) and/or self-made instruments.

27 & 28 May
Sound Junction IV
The University Of Sheffield Drama Studio, Sheffield

Latest installment of the Sound Junction Series rom the University of Sheffield Sound Studios. Featuring Chetan Pancholi, James Cross, Simon Mulvaney and Adrian Moore plus special guests Pete Stollery and Schaefferian pioneer Beatriz Ferreyra.

22 June
Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton

Music for piano and electroacoustics with a watery theme, including three world premieres of piano works by Edward Cowie - 24 Preludes Book 1 accompanied by Cowie's paintings projected overhead Northampton-based composers Lisa Reim (Pebbles) and Tom Williams (Rip Tide), plus Aurora Borealis for piano and electronic sounds by Philip Mead.

8-16 July
9 public concerts during the Stockhausen Courses (concerts)
Sülztalhalle, Kuerten, Germany

In 9 concerts which take place in the Sülztalhalle in Kuerten, 41 Stockhausen works will be performed including 2 world premières and 2 German premières. In all concerts Stockhausen will be the sound projectionist.

20-23 July
Futuresonic 2006
Various, Manchester

The 2006 festival takes place over three days traversing music and the arts, involving multiple spaces. It takes in headline gigs, breaks musical acts, maps the city and ships in artists and musicians from around the World.


Middle Aged Canadian Man

The Hut Project is a collaborative art collective based in London. We are currently developing an ongoing radio project to be initiated at the Atlantis Gallery, Brick Lane, London at the end of the month (May). The project involves the broadcast of a message on FM radio. We are hoping to procure the voice of a middle aged Canadian to present this message. We have all the necessary equipment to make a recording and will be able to visit a willing participant at a location (London based) and time that suits them.

So, if you are a middle aged Canadian and are willing to participate in our project please contact

Music In Hospitals: Concerts Administrator

based in Walton on Thames, Surrey.

The charity arranges over 4,000 live concerts a year presented by professional musicians in healthcare centres across the UK. Good computer and admin skills essential, music degree and experience in musical/medical worlds an advantage.

Salary: £22,000. Interviews 13 June 2020 Tel: 01932 252809

Email cv by 22 May

Freelance Digital Music and Video Production Tutors Required

Connections Communications Centre promotes social inclusion and cultural diversity through the delivery of media training and education programmes. It is currently delivering:

* Creative activities to young people who are not in employment, education or training. Activities are delivered through partnerships with schools, youth clubs and community groups. Young people are supported to produce music, videos and news items which are then screened on Urban Cre8or TV.

We are currently expanding our database of freelance tutors. If you are interested please send a CV to Please note that all applicants will need to complete an enhanced police check.

Introduction to Max/MSP

You will learn the basics in designing and developing interactive performance pieces and/or multi-media installations using Max/MSP audio processing software from Cycling 74. Max/MSP can be used in dynamic and elaborate ways not possible with traditional software (i.e. sequencing and notation programs).

Who it's aimed at
The course is designed for composers and musicians who are already working in computer / electroacoustic music but have little or no prior experience of using Max/MSP. The focus will be on the creative compositional applications of Max/MSP. The subject matter will range from a comprehensive grounding in the fundamental operations of the system through to key techniques and strategies that can be used to aid the design of musically creative patches.

Course Prerequisites
Computer literacy is assumed, as is some experience of working in digital audio.

Course structure
This introductory course which has a maximum of 8 participants, will be taught through a combination of lectures and practical work over four weekend days from 12pm to 5pm.

You are welcome to bring along your own laptop computers to use on the course if you wish.

This course will run on consecutive Sundays for four weeks, beginning on 14th May 2006 from 12pm 5pm

Course dates: 14th, 21st, 28th May and 4th June 2006
Fees: £225 (£175 Concessions)
Venue: Lighthouse, 9-12 Middle Street, Brighton

Research Fellow in Neuroscience of Music

Salary: £19340 to £21640 pa Research Fellow Scale

University of Plymouth
School of Computing, Communications and Electronics
Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research

Applications are invited for a two-year (24 months) Research Fellow post in the Faculty of Technology at the University of Plymouth, UK, commencing on 01 July 2006, or soon thereafter.

This post is part of a project aimed at the development of models and tools for the application of probabilistic machine learning techniques to the analysis of music and brain imaging data on music cognition, to be developed in collaboration with University College London, Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology (Germany) and Johannes Kepler University of Linz (Austria).

Candidates for this post are expected to have experience with brain imaging data collection (EEG and/or fMRI), preparation and analysis. An interdisciplinary background linking cognitive science or neuroscience with music, and a PhD on an allied discipline, are highly desirable. More information about this project and computer music research at the University of Plymouth can be found at:

Further particulars and an application form are available from Personnel and Development, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA, UK
(, e-mail:, Tel: +44 (0) 1752 232168).

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Eduardo R Miranda on e-mail (Please do make an enquiry if you are not sure whether you'd qualify.)


Call for Submissions ICMC 2006 Late Night Concerts Proposals

ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) in collaboration with ffmup (free form mash-up) is seeking proposals for performances on the late-night ICMC concerts, which will take place as part of the 2006 festival this November 6-11 in New Orleans. In keeping with the theme of this year's conference, "Multidimensionality," we plan to represent a diverse range of approaches and practices in electronic/computer/electro-acoustic music, encompassing improvisation, ambient, noise, experimental electronica, and other forms of live music/sound art. Solo or group sets between 15 and 45 minutes, involving a developed live performance aesthetic are encouraged. These concerts will occur in the evening in a casual, but quiet listening environment, adjacent to a bar. The venue will include a multichannel sound system and video projection. Submit by mail (UPS/ FedEx/DHL or the like! DO NOT USE USPS as regular mail service will likely be delayed due to the situation here in New Orleans!) to:

Tae Hong Park (ICMC Late Night Concert)
102 Dixon Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

Deadline: June 6, 2020 (Arrival Date not Postmark Date)
Notification: June 19, 2020

You must register submissions online at, please go to "Call for Participation." Packages should include an unmarked CD or DVD with only your submission ID acquired from web registration) on the label (details are listed on webpage). Other materials, including description/instrumentation of performance, synopses, program notes, and other pertinent non- biographical information should be included, but otherwise the package should by anonymous. You can submit 1 piece and there are no submission fees.

Contact: Sam Pluta (Late Night Concert Chair)

Call for Participation

SEAMUS Electroacoustic Music Month, 2006

Theme: Celebrating a Global Community of Electroacoustic Music

Focus: Raising International Awareness of Electroacoustic Music

Sponsor an event, organize a concert, create workshops, host a conference or festival and register your events at:

Register by July 1st, 2006 and be included on the SEAMUS EA Month poster which is distributed internationally in September.

Be a presence in the vital global community of Electroacoustic Music.

Anyone can register their event, regardless of affiliation.

Call for Contributed Sounds A Collaborative Soundscape
Web: is proud to announce the launch of an online, collaborative soundscape project dedicated to field recording and phonography. On this site, you can BOOK a sonic transit through a wide range of different locations recorded from around the world, or you can SEARCH the database for specific sounds by keyword, artist, country or location. If you are a phonographer, you can also contribute your recordings for others to enjoy. The Creative Commons Attribution license encourages the sharing and reuse of all sounds on this website.

The basis of lies in the international Phonography community. Phonography is the art of recording sounds from the environment around us, with an emphasis on the unintentional sounds which often go unnoticed in our daily lives. The phonographers who
collect and share their work here have interests ranging from recordings of natural or urban environments to improvised situations and soundwalks to the resonance of solid objects or the Earth's atmosphere.

If you would like to join SoundTransit, please send an email with the following information:

Subject: Join SoundTransit
Body: Short description of the sounds you would like to contribute, and a link to your webpage, bio or other personal information. is a joint production of Sara Kolster, Derek Holzer, Marc Boon and the international Phonography community, with support from De Waag Society for Old and New Media and the Digital Pioneers. Thanks also go out to Gerard van Dongen, Yannick Dauby, Menno van den Bergh, Carsten Stabenow and the Garage Festival for their help and encouragement.

Call for Submissions Disappearing Soundmarks CD

We invite listeners in the UK and Ireland to submit audio recordings of endangered sounds that are special to you, your community or your locality.

For example, an endangered sound might be associated with a cultural event or a natural habitat that is declining or under threat.

The recordings should not exceed 5 minutes and should be submitted on an audio CD. Please ensure that you hold all rights to the material.

Please include your name, the location of the sound, the date and time of the recording and accompanying notes (250 words max.) describing the physical environment, why it is of value to you and what are the reasons for the sound becoming endangered.

Please send submissions to:
Earshot Submissions
c/o Dr John Levack Drever
Music Department, Goldsmiths College,
University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW, London, ENGLAND

ZKM s International Competition for Electroacoustic Music

Deadline June 15, 2020
Short Cuts: Beauty

The World New Music Festival of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) is an international forum for the latest artistic projects and technologies in the field of new music. In 2006 the festival bears the title »Grenzenlos/ Without Borders«. It will take place from July 14 till 30, in Stuttgart, Germany. »Grenzenlos« will focus on the unlimited possibilities of communication in today's globalized world, namely cross-cultural dialogue and world-wide communication through new media. The German institution for new music Musik der Jahrhunderte is organising the festival in collaboration with the German Society of Contemporary Music and several national and international partners such as the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany. For »Grenzenlos«, the ZKM is putting on an international competition in electroacoustic music entitled »Short Cuts: Beauty«. More information about »Grenzenlos« on: