News from the Sonic Arts Network

Expo Manchester 2006

Victoria Baths

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.


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 Concert Halls (Martin Harris Centre), 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.

No Petting, No Running, No Bombing on Sunday 25th June (12:00 – 17:30), is an event in which Sonic Arts Network will take 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, the Turkish baths will be filled with experimental noise and a man will drown his computer.


On both Saturday and Sunday night, Expo moves to the Roadhouse (21:30 Saturday, 19:30 Sunday) for mashed up club nights of hardcore sonic treats ranging from the beautiful to the bizarre. These events feature a showcase from broken electronica label Tripel presenting Ascoltare and Um, plus a rare performance from the reclusive sampler group Quartet Electronische - who emerge 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


Dreams of Tall Buildings

The observer music monthly will be featuring a piece on d0tb on June 12th 2006. They will be performing, with SPUNK and Joseph Byrd at this years Expo Festival, Manchester on Saturday evening.

Expo Scarborough

A video of Trevor Wishart's Beach Singularity, performed at last year's Expo festival in Scarborough can be found here:



Mailart Sonata

In the summer of 2005, artist and composer J:me invited 20 mail-artists to contribute to a Mailart Sonata. Everyone was sent a blank piece of music manuscript paper and invited to add to the page in any way. The option was given to use the blank side of the page. The website holds the results of this project.

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.

24 May
Chamber Music @ Cargo
Cargo, London EC2

This 3rd installment of Chamber Music celebrates the imminent release of nonclassical recording's 2nd CD & 12": GéNIA John Richards Suite for Piano & Electronics . Performance uses electronic sounds that are generated by feedback loops & come out a small speaker placed inside the piano.

25 May
Sounding the Word
The Old Market Hall Digital Media & Art Centre, Shrewsbury

Young people in North Shropshire worked alongside writer and poet Simon Fletcher, musician George Beasley and digital media artist Spencer Whalen, to create soundscapes driven by the spoken word.
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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.

26 - 29 May
The Long Weekend
Tate Modern, Bankside, London

Tate Modern presents a festival of live events.
During the day, Tate Modern will be the venue for performance events like the One Pound Turbo Market, Joan Miró's Puppets, John Cage's Musicircus and the restaging of a revolutionary dance piece by Trisha Brown. There will be late-night performances, including Ryoji Ikeda, Alva nNoto and Robert Henke.

27 May
Sound Seance
Mary Ward Centre, London

4 people sit at a table summoning sounds with their hands. This performance marks the end of the course in Max/Msp and group improvisation with live electronics.

27 May
Monatronic Live
Dragon Bar, Berry Street, Liverpool

Monatronic host the Sound Network launch party. A host of Monatronic artists are joined by Global Goon and some local favorites. SoundNetwork is a network developed to sustain, advocate and support sound based art practice in the North West of England and beyond.

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

Latest installment of the Sound Junction Series from 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.

2 June - 5 June
Middlesex University BA Sonic Arts Show
Atlantis Gallery (basement), Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1

Installations presented by Graduates of the BA in Sonic Arts at Middlesex University. Performances will take place on Sunday June 4 from 6.00 to 10.00 at: The Vibe Bar (almost opposite the gallery).

19-21 June
Body, Environment and Human Sound Making
Sound and Anthropology Conference
St Andrews University, Scotland

This conference is the result of a collaborative project between the Social Anthropology Department, St Andrews and the Sound Arts and Design department, LCC, University of the Arts, London. The project has involved collaboration and dialogue between sound artists and anthropologists, covering subjects such as the soundscape, acoustic ecology, poetics, language, as well as postgraduate training in methodologies and skills. Session topics include Human Sound and Environment; Human Sound Interaction; Sound, Silence and the Built Environment; Oral History and Archives and Sound Exchange-Moving Sound: Representation and Methodology.

2 - 3 June
VIVID, 140 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham
Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre and the University of Birmingham New Music Ensemble present two days of music combining instruments, video, electroacoustics and interactive systems. Including works by visiting composer Michael Alcorn (Ireland), Michael Gordon, Steve Reich, Adrian Moore, Martin Clarke, Helena Gough, Daniel Barreiro, Alex Harker, Tom Littlewood, Joe Hyde, Scott Wilson and others.

24-30 July
SuperCollider Symposium
Music Department, University of Birmingham

Presentations, concerts, and composer/developer meetings and both beginner and advanced courses in SuperCollider during the week, with James McCartney as keynote speaker and a host of SuperCollider gurus, composers and adventurers.

5 October
The Boardwalk, Sheffield

PSYCHIC TV return to the UK for a limited number of special events as part of a Europe and USA tour. Headed by artist, musician and cultural engineer Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle; Coum Transmissions; Thee Majesty, inventor of 'industrial and 'rave' genres),


Two Readerships/Professorships in Composition at Huddersfield

Vacancy Ref 9557
Professor of Composition (Group Research Leader Music)
Salary - Grade 10: £47685 - £62007


Vacancy Ref 9558
Subject And Research Leader in Music Technology (Title of Reader/
Professor Available for Suitably Qualified Candidates).
Salary - Grade 9: £39935 - £46296

We are looking for two creative individuals to join a thriving and expanding team teaching Music at Huddersfield. We seek to enhance our international reputation in new music, for which the University boasts some of the best facilities in Britain. The Department is establishing a Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM), is home to the renowned Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and is due to move into a new, purpose-built facility during 2007, including state of the art facilities for computer and acoustic music.

Those appointed will contribute with imagination and innovation to the Department s wide-ranging curriculum, teaching composition and/or music technology. Expertise in composing for film, contemporary musicology, music and the moving image, music and the media, the music business and/or popular music may be an advantage. You will be expected to take a significant leadership role. The Professor of Composition will lead that module area contributing to the management of the Departmental research strategy, the Subject and Research Leader for Music Technology will lead undergraduate teaching in music technology and popular music and make a strong contribution to the research effort in that area.

Both appointees will be expected to contribute at an international level the maintenance and development of the Department's high standing in research (rated 5 in RAE 2001).

If you would like to discuss the posts informally, please contact John Bryan at or on 01484 472749.

We would particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities who are under represented in the University.

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.

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 Assistance

Cornerhouse and Sonic Arts Network are seeking artists and students of sonic art to assist in the staging and presentation of Staalplaat Soundsystem's The Ultrasound of Therapy.

Inspired by the ancient French hospital 'La Salle des Malades" the installation mimics a clinical environment. First visitors details are taken, then they will be admitted to a cubicle, complete with hospital bed, where artist 'doctors' and 'nurses' will treat their 'patients' with personalised sound therapies, ranging from relaxing, and energising to slightly disturbing. In addition to the individual therapeutic sounds, an overall acoustic is created for the whole space, unifying it into one immersive sound installation. This sound will be transmitted to radios mounted in the space, speakers in the room and to special bass shakers mounted under the beds.

The installation will be launched at Cornerhouse on the 23 June to coincide with the launch of SAN Expo festival (23 June - 26 June). It will then run until the 30th July.

Cornerhouse and Sonic Arts Network are calling for volunteers to act as 'doctors' and 'nurses' during the installation's run.

Volunteers will be 'trained' during the Expo festival by members of Staalplaat Sound System.

This is a rare opportunity to be involved in the staging of the UK debut of The Ultrasound of Therapy, an installation which is sure to make a huge impact as part of Cornerhouse and SAN's international exhibition of sonic art.

Please reply to for more information

Call for Papers

Audio Mostly - A Conference on Sound in Games

In Piteå, Sweden on October 11-12, 2006 hosted by the Interactive Institute Sonic Studio

The Audio Mostly Conference provides a venue to explore the untapped potential of audio as content driver in game contexts, and aims to help open up this area of thinking by bringing together game designers, audio experts, content creators, and technology and behavioural researchers. Through this forum, varied experts may discuss developments and new potentials for audio gaming in health and fitness, education, industrial training, etc., and sonic solutions to development challenges in low resolutions scenarios or environments where screens are unavailable. The aim is to both describe and push the boundaries of what sound can do to sustain game play and interactivity.

We ask researchers, game designers, composers, interaction designers, audio engineers and game developers interested in sharing their results, perspectives and insight to a multidisciplinary audience to submit abstracts of 200-450 words for paper or poster submissions before June 18, 2006. Please specify if your abstract is for a paper or a poster.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by July 1, 2006. Final submissions are due on August 20, 2006.

Areas of Interest (including but not limited to):
Games designed around audio and sound
Sound in games for low resolution applications
Mobile games/Interactivity using sound in mobile platforms
Scoring in games
Surround sound in games
Sound design for games
Audio in Serious Games

Perspectives (including but not limited to):
Game development/design
Sound design
Computer/Human Interfaces
Menu Navigation, Choice Selection and other Feedback Functions
Mobile platform development
Music Scoring, Music Editing
Interactive Music
Serious Games
Perception Psychology
Audio Engineering
Novel Uses of Sound in Interactive Applications

Important dates:
Deadline for abstract submission - June 18
Notification of acceptances - July 1
Final paper submission - August 20
Deadline for registration - September 10
Conference - October 11-12

For more information, please visit the Interactive Institute Sonic Studio website or contact us at

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.

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: