News from the Sonic Arts Network

SAN News

Sonic Arts Network will release the next installment of its critically acclaimed CD series in the coming weeks. Curated by writer and comedian, Stewart Lee the CD explores the Topography of Chance. It will feature artists, musicians and comedians including Evan Parker, Jem Finer, Arthur Smith, Jon Rose and Mark E Smith. More details of the release and launch event to follow shortly..

Web Crawl

SoundTransit is a collaborative, online community dedicated to field recording and phonography. In the "Book" section of the site, you can plan a sonic journey through various locations recorded around the world. Features work from UK artists such as Pete Stollery and Bill Thompson.

Have you ever wondered what a Crested Gibbon sounds like or what noise a Screaming Piha makes? Listen to some of the British Library's archive.

On a similar note, The Ocean Mammal Institute works to combat the problem of UNP (Underwater Noise Pollution). UNP is intense human-generated noise in the marine environment. It is caused by use of explosives, oceanographic experiments, geophysical research, underwater construction, ship traffic, intense active sonars and air guns used for seismic surveys for oil and related activities .There is grave concern that proliferation of these noise sources poses a significant threat to marine mammals, fish and other ocean wildlife.

CCPublisher allows you to tag your audio files with information about your license and upload Creative Commons-licensed audio work to the Internet Archive for free hosting. You can also add it to your own site!

Finally, if you enjoyed Sonic Arts Network's Interesting Results CD then you may enjoy diving into 'Singshot' - an "online singing community" that provides access to thousands of songs and allows you to record your own version of songs. Often painful but addictive listening.


26-28 September
66º33'07"S...AND ALL WAS WHITE
The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow

A performance and sound installation devised by Sari Lievonen (choreographer) and Diana Simpson (composer). Recreating the extreme environment of the Antarctic in the bowels of the Arches, this interactive performance installation uses live video tracking, dance and soundscape to examine the physical gestures of exploration first-hand.

27 September
(Live Art Event)
Joshua Brooks Bar, Charles Street, Manchester

An evening of live art, experimental sound performances and music. Subterfuge is a contemporary platform of live works, performed in an underground venue. Features Stav B,
Crypto Audiological Society, Drunken Chorus Theatre co, Hello Friends Theatre co and Hard Shoulder.

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.

On Tour Oct/Nov 2006
Photophonic Experiment
Various Venues

CMN present an evening of Electro-spectral Musical Phenomena featuring Pram, Blissbody and Project Dark. Features the tuned high voltage Spark-o-phone and the light receptive Photo-synth.

October 2, 9, 16
MANTIS in Motion: Live Radio
(Radio Programme)
FuseFM 87.9FM (Central Manchester)

Alexis Guneratne, Tullis Rennie and Simon Smith present MANTIS-in-motion once again.Four shows presenting the activities of the University studios. From acousmatic to electronica, soundscape to laptop improvisation, the show will feature interviews with resident MANTIS composers, discussions and dissections of key concepts of the field and a myriad of sonic delights.

12-15 October
(dance / installation)
Siobhan Davies Studios, 85 St George's Road, London

SeaUnSea, a collaboration between choreographer Carol Brown, architect Mette Ramsgard Thomsen and composer Alistair MacDonald, is an interactive installation for performers and audience in a constantly evolving audio and visual field. Set under the wave-like ceiling of the Siobhan Davies Studio, the movements of audience and performers impact on the environment. The event will run in cycles during which time visitors are invited to play in the installation, watch the performance, then once again inhabit the space.

13 - 15 October
Instal 06
The Arches, Glasgow, 235 Argyle Street

The latest instalment of this annual underground music festival is here again. Featuring Keiji Haino + Tony Conrad, The Bohman Brothers, Maryanne Amacher, Blood Stereo + Ludo Mich and many more. On Friday and Saturday night an extra stage will be built and feature young underground acts from Scotland and the UK.

14 October
Frieze: Haswell & Hecker
The Hippodrome, Leicester Square, London

Russell Haswell & Florian Hecker present the fourth multi channel electro-acoustic diffusion session of material generated on Iannis Xenakis' graphic-input 'UPIC Music Composing System'. Curated by Upset the Rhythm.

16 October
Christian Wolff in London
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London

A rare UK visit by American composer Christian Wolff. The concert will include UK and world premieres performed by the ensemble Apartment House, John Tilbury, Philip Thomas and others. Christian Wolff will participate as performer and give a pre-concert talk. Music by fellow American composers Charles Ives and Morton Feldman will also be included.

17 October & 19-22 October
Touch 25
Bedford Arms, London / Sightsonic, York

Two UK events to celebrate Touch's 25th anniversary. The first features Fennesz, CM von Hausswolff, Philip Jeck at the Bedford Arms, London with the other event at York's Sightsonic (19-22 October) and featuring Rosy Parlane, Philip Jeck and Fennesz (20 October), Ryoji Ikeda, Biosphere (21 October).

19-22 October
The Space of Sound
Théâtre Marni, Brussels

International festival of electroacoustic music featuring, amongst others, Jonty Harrison, Francis Dhomont, Philippe Mion and Hans Tutschku.

20 October
Disinformation: The Origin of Painting (installation)
Myatt's Fields Park, Camberwell

A live shadow, grafitti and electromagnetic sound installation, "The Origin of Painting" appears as part of the "Light It" festival - also featuring The Barefoot Company, Circus Space, Poulomi Desai, Sofie Layton, Mandinga Arts, Howard Matthew and Ali Zaidi.

Until 22 October
The Disabled Avant-Garde Today!
Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London

A collaborative exhibition by Katherine Araniello and Aaron Williamson, The Disabled Avant-Garde Today! pays homage to some of the formative and unexpected influences on Araniello and Williamson's 'disability art'. Presenting a number of new video works and also paintings, the exhibition will revisit the work of such practitioners as Leigh Bowery, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tom & Jerry, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Simon & Garfunkel, Martin Kippenberger and Busby Berkeley.

26 October
Naomi Kashiwagi: Gramophone DJ Set
Social Sciences Library, Central Library, Manchester

Naomi Kashiwagi performs a Gramaphone DJ set using 78rpm records and is a unique opportunity to hear music in the usually silent space. It will be performed as part of Manchester's In the City festival.

26-29 October
Liverpool City Centre

Four days of interventions, occurrences and happenings that punctuate the shifting landscape of the city centre. Liverpool Live will trace, re-examine, interrupt and ultimately re-energise the routes, buildings and landmarks of the changing city. Through performative walks, radio interventions, guided tours and sited performances the artists invite you to look again at Liverpool.

27-28 October
In Media Res
Dance Lab, Dance City, Newcastle Upon Tyne

A collaboration of multimedia and contemporary dance. The project is led by Ben Freeth (visual artist) and Nicole Vivien Watson (choreographer Surface Area Dance Theatre). Other artists involved are: Four contemporary dancers, Thomas Gregory Smith (electric violin) and Steve Legget (composer).

24-25 November
MANTIS: Francis Dhomont
The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester

On November 2nd, 2006, the composer Francis Dhomont will be 80 years old. To celebrate MANTIS welcomes Francis Dhomont for a special weekend of concerts. Other Birthday events are also planned including concerts in Brussels Montréal and Paris.



Senior Lecturer in Creative Music Technology

Department of Music

Salary: £33,465-£38,772 plus benefits
Closing Date: 3 Oct 2020

Combining an impressive understanding of emerging audio technologies with professional experience in their creative application, you'll have significant teaching experience in this subject area and a particular interest in interactive technologies and their interdisciplinary potential. Contributing to teaching whilst undertaking research and scholarly activity in support of student learning, you'll have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, demonstrable commitment to widening participation and experience in quality assurance and enhancement. Full details can be found at

Ref: 1447/09/16.


This full-time vacancy is open to candidates wishing to job share.

Please quote the relevant reference. CV's will not be considered.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applicants from all sections of the community.


Time Management & Delegation

Do you want to get things done, manage your own time and tasks, and delegate responsibility to your team members more effectively.

Due to high demand, MusicLeader London are pleased to be able to offer this course again for project managers and leaders of organisations working in music with children/young people.

Date: 2nd October 2006
Times: 10am-4pm
Location: London Bridge
Cost: Organisations £40, Freelancers £15

Includes lunch and refreshments

If you would like further details or book a place contact Louisa Fearnley or telephone 020 7378 1995. You can view details of all our training courses on the MusicLeader London web pages

The Kelman Group Workshops

2006 Exploring Improvisation and Creativity for all Performers

News & Projects

We're up to all kinds at the moment - a current collaboration with Scott Kelman and his group in Portland, working with animator Rozi Fuller, new workshop dates and an ongoing exploration with improviser Simon Bradley. More details can be found on our website -

Introduction Workshop Weekends

The workshop weekends are opportunities to explore kelmanworks for the
first time, refresh your knowledge of the basic principles or take yourself a bit further.

No previous experience necessary

Leeds - Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds - 30th September & 1st
October Bristol - Colstons School - 14th & 15th October Sheffield - Open
Performance Centre, Earl Street - 18th & 19th November

Prices per weekend - £50 (£330)

More details -

To book places on any of these workshops you can call us on 01484 851227, email us -, send a letter to 12 Victoria Road, Meltham, Holmfirth HD9 5NL or book online.

Castle Hill Oncology Department - Artist in Residence

ArtLink ExChange is seeking to recruit an Artist in Residence who will be part of an exciting capital build scheme at Castle Hill Hospital part of the NHS Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.

We are looking for an artist with a range of creative skills and experiences who will take the residency programme forward by responding to a brief and working closely with the Project Steering Group. The artist will make site-specific artworks relevant to the new buildings and work closely with the design team to develop creative interventions for the fixtures and fittings. The Artist will also deliver community workshops and liase with other artists and project partners.

The project is based in Hull and East Yorkshire and is open to Artists living in the UK.

Artists Fee is £12,500 (based on £25k pro rata) for 2.5 days per week for 12 months commencing November 2006. Materials & Development budget is £8,500 with potential of further funding.

For informal enquiries contact Victoria Bissett on number below or send a self addressed first class A5 envelope / or email to the address below for an application pack (files set in Microsoft Word).

ArtLink ExChange
Unit 3, Hull Business Centre
Guildhall Road
Hull, HU1 1HJ

Tel: 01482 345104
Fax: 01482 345028


CV's and supporting materials are welcomed but you must complete an ArtLink application form as well, otherwise your application will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 9th October 2006.

Interviews will be held on Monday 23rd October 2006.

Creative Soundscapes

by Maurice Ord Arts workshops - Autumn 2006 at Wise Thoughts

TEL: 0208 829 8911
gay wise arts workshops

We encourage gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender people from diverse cultures to drop-in and join the workshops - Please forward this information to anyone who's interested.

'Sexuality & Prejudices' is the central theme for this round of 'gaywise creative workshops' under the artistic direction of NIRANJAN KAMATKAR. The past four series of gaywise have been successful in profiling exciting issues and providing an opportunity to allow LGBT members to enjoy and express themselves through the arts & meet other people. Each two-day workshop is suitable for beginners as well as advanced level practitioners to explore further interests.

Creative Soundscapes - by Maurice Ord
Saturday 30 September (11 AM - 6 PM) & Sunday 1 October (12-5 PM)

This workshop aims to explore the variety of ways that sound can be used to create images, story and music. Using the body and voice as a point of departure, participants will work individually & as a group in order to explore the relationship between instruments both traditional and non-specific, such as domestic objects that will culminate in a final sharing to be recorded on video. Dress: Loose clothing

Workshop Facilitator Maurice Ord has worked professionally in theatre, film and television for over ten years. Recently he facilitated voice workshops at The Stepney Centre and Oasis. As well as being a professionally trained actor he is currently studying for his MA in Drama therapy at The Central School of Speech and Drama.


Sonic art and Group improvisation Course

The course takes place at the Mary Ward centre, a beautiful old building near Kings Cross in London, with an excellent Cafe. It occurs on 6 Saturdays ( 30 September - 25 November) from 1:30 till 5:00 pm. It costs £64 or £21 concs for the whole course.

This course allows musicians to explore ways of working together to make live electroacoustic music. Working in small groups, the course participants create various systems in which live improvisation can take place. Issues such as gesture mapping, group control, sound spatialisation and instrument/ interface design are explored.

The course uses a base of specialised Max/Msp programs, and an assortment of interfaces which can be customised during the course. Interfaces include the Icube, a blackboard sized touch sensitive screen, game controllers, keyboard, video. Hardware consists of 2 Macintosh laptops networked together using OSC and 4 loudspeakers.

There is discussion of other branches of sonic art - including Soundscape and Acousmatic. The emphasis in these discussions will be on issues of perception and communication.

Although this is not a course specifically about Max/Msp programming, it serves as a practical introduction. In the summer there is a course which is more specifically geared to Max/MSp.

Group improvisation

A key concept in group improvisation is mutual awareness and mutual engagement. In these classes this is the main priority, and helps to decide how instruments are designed, and the ways in which they generate sound.

A design currently being used is based on a Ouija board around which 4 performers sit. A video camera captures the hand movements of performers as they pass through individual and group areas, controlling a quadraphonic sound space.

This model will be elaborated and discussed in the classes. Also discussed will be the relation of this model to other electroacoustic genres such as acousmatic music, acoustic ecology, and instrumental music. The group instrument will be supplemented by smaller discrete individual instruments built by you during the course.

Booking can be made through the Mary Ward Centre:

The Mary Ward Centre
42 Queen Square
London WC1N 3AQ


Call for Submissions - Sound:Space Screen

South Hill Park Arts Centre is hosting the Sound:Space Symposium event on 20th January 2007. The day features talks and discussions examining contemporary artistic use of Sound in the environment, featuring Janek Schaefer, Kode9 & The Space Ape, Neil C. Smith, Radio Access Memory, Prof. Aaron Watson, Acoustic research of Megalithic monuments, Resonance FM, Open Source audio software, digital distribution systems.

Sound:Space Screen will present video documentation of spacial sound installations, audio and architecture projects, environmental sound interventions, during the whole day in our Cinema.

Artists are invited to send in submissions on DVD (PAL format) to contribute to this unique event. Please also include a description of your project and artist biography.

Deadline for submissions: Friday 1st December 2006
Send to: Martin Franklin, Digital Media Centre, South Hill Park, Bracknell RG12 7PA. UK

Tel: 01344 416261

Call for Proposals Electroacoustic Music Studies Network (EMS)

International Conference Series - 4th Conference 'EMS07' June 12-15 2007, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

"The EMS Network has been organised to fill an important gap in terms of electroacoustic music, namely focusing on the better understanding of the various manifestations of electroacoustic music. Areas related to the study of electroacoustic music range from the musicological to more interdisciplinary approaches, from studies concerning the impact of technology on musical creativity to the investigation of the ubiquitous nature of electroacoustic sounds today. The choice of the word, 'network' is of fundamental importance as one of our goals is to make relevant initiatives more widely available." (

EMS07 - Electroacoustic Music Studies - Conference Theme:

The 'languages' of electroacoustic music

Conference Committee
Marc BATTIER (MINT-OMF, Université de Paris-Sorbonne)
Simon EMMERSON (MTI, De Montfort University, UK)
Leigh LANDY (MTI, De Montfort University, UK)
Daniel TERUGGI (INA/GRM, Paris)

12-15 June, 2007 - De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

For full details visit:

Call for Papers

Sound in the Era of Mechanical Reproduction

November 2-3, 2007

Hagley Library, Wilmington, Delaware

For the conference, Sound in the Era of Mechanical Reproduction, the Centre for the History of Business, Technology and Society invites proposals for empirically based historical papers that analyse sound in commercial, technological, and legal environments since the late 19th century. The conference will take place November 2-3, 2007 at the Hagley Library in Wilmington, Delaware. Our principal interest is in papers that explore the integration of sound with the commercial practices of music, radio, film, and television, and the commercial engineering of sound in social environments such as shopping and the workplace. Proposals can consider the legal and cultural implications of innovations in technology and business practices, such as the impact on the political economy of sound and
notions of sound and sound-based products as property. We also encourage papers that explore sources of innovation in sound and music (especially from communities and/or business enterprises defined by ethnicity, race, or region), as well as those focusing on the transnational circulation of sound-related technologies and business practices.

Proposals should be no more than 500 words and accompanied by a short cv. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2007. The program committee includes David Suisman, Susan Strasser, Philip Scranton and Roger Horowitz. Travel support is available for those presenting papers at the conference. To submit a proposal or to obtain more information,
contact Carol Lockman, Hagley Museum and Library, PO Box 3630, Wilmington DE 19807, 302-658-2400, ext. 243; 302-655-3188 (fax);

Call for Performance Work

'In The Flesh' is a platform for experiments in performance in and around the Barbican Theatre Plymouth on the 17th, 18th and 19th of November 2006.

You have the opportunity to submit a piece of work for possible inclusion. Anyone who makes live performance work can submit something for consideration.

We are looking for:

experiments in live performance ; theatre, dance, live art, music, collaborations and other 'live' experiences. Polished or unpolished, finished or work in progress (min 3 max 30 mins, average 10-20 mins)

If you require further information and a submission form please contact;

Kevin Johnson
Artistic Project Manager
01752 242017

Leonardo Music Journal Call for Proposals

LMJ 17: My Favourite Things: The Joy of the Gizmo

If, as Marshall McLuhan so famously suggested, the medium is the message, then the gizmo must be the one-liner. From baroque violinists to laptoppers, sound artists have long fetishised the tools of their trade, the mere naming of which can provoke an instant reaction: Shout "LA-2A," "TR-808," "JTM45" or "Tube Screamer" in a room full of musicians, and you will notice the eyes brighten, the breath shorten and the anecdotes pour forth. But only to a point: Many a "secret weapon" is held close to the chest.

This is the chance to get that secret off your chest: LMJ 17 will address the significance of physical objects in music and sound art in a time of increasing emphasis on software and file exchange. We are soliciting papers (2,000--5,000 words) and briefer artist's statements (500-1,000 words) on the role of purchased or homemade instruments, effect boxes, pieces of studio gear, "bent" toys, self-built circuits, and so on, in your work as a composer, performer, artist, producer, recording engineer, etc. Wherever possible, please include photographs of your subjects (300 ppi TIFFs preferred).

Please submit a brief proposal by 23 October 2020 to Nicolas Collins at <>. Final texts and all materials (text, image, sound file) must be received by 2 January 2007. Contact Nicolas Collins with any questions.

Call for Works OPEN FADER @ Sonorities 2007

The Sonorities Festival in Belfast invites composers and artists working with sound to submit works to be presented during Sonorities 2007. We are especially interested in works that challenge or expand the current vocabulary and practice of digital audio performance and composition.

We encourage two types of submission (maximum of 1 work per category):

1. Live Performances

This includes laptop improv, VJ, audio-visual, live-electronics, sound poetry, circuit-bending, hacktivism. Please submit the work in a documentary format that reflects the nature of the performance (e.g. video on DVD, audio on CD, software for Mac/PC, photographs).

2. Fixed Media Works (from mono to a maximum of 24 channels)

This includes works for live diffusion, multi-channel works with predetermined spatial placement, and works with video. All submissions must be on DAT, audio CD, data CD-R or DA88. Submissions of multi-channel works on data CD-R must be accompanied by an audio CD containing a stereo reduction, along with diagrammatic instructions for mapping of mono audio sources to destination speakers, along with a ProTools session, MaxMSP or Pd patch to accomplish the mapping. Works with video must be on DVD.

Selected works will be featured in four special concerts during the festival. These events will take place in the Sonic Arts Research Centre Sonic Lab performance space. This unique environment for the performance of electroacoustic music includes facilities for sound projection in a full 3D environment through loudspeakers located above and below the audience area. The unique nature of the space makes it essential that selected artists attend the Festival to perform their pieces. The Sonic Lab allows diffusion to a maximum of 48 speakers. (Please see for more information.)

Please include a title and program notes as well as a short biography with the submission. Contact information should include a phone number, address, and an email address. A stamped, self-addressed envelope is required for the return of your materials. Materials that are not required to be returned will become part of SARC's media library and may be considered for future events.

Artists are expected to finance their participation. Sonorities will be able to provide letters of support, which can aid in seeking funding. Please include a title, program notes as well as a short biography with the submission. Contact information should include a phone number, address, and an email address.

Post works to:
Sonorities 2007
Sonic Arts Research Centre
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland

Eric Lyon (Artistic Director)

Important Dates:
Deadline for Submissions: 17th December 2006
Festival Dates: 21 April - 25 April 2021