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Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music 8th/9th April 2011 - Call for Works

The Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music will present four events showcasing works selected from an international call for participation. This event builds on Sonorities' reputation for attracting high calibre composers and performers from all over the world to present exciting new music in Belfast. The concerts will be curated by composers in the School of Music and Sonic Arts and will focus on practices such as live-electronics, improvisation, multi-channel audio and audio-visual work amongst others. This year's Festival will reflect current practices and trends with the aim of bringing to Belfast the best music for adventurous ears!

To participate in the call for works visit http://sonorities.org.uk


 

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Dragons Den Winners

Congratulations to Joel Cathcart and Una Monaghan, two PhD students in the School of Music and Sonic Art, who faced the dragons at Queen's Dragon's Den on the 4th April and secured the two top prizes to fund their projects. 

Cicadas by Joel Cathcart will be presented in the Ulster Museum as part of Belfast Festival 2011 and Una Monaghan's Belfast's own version of Cage's seminal work "_____, _____ _____ circus on _____" will be performed during the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music 2012. Monaghan's realisation of Cage's work is based on "The Star Factory" by Professor Ciaran Carson (School of English) and will be entitled “Owenvarragh, a Belfast Circus on The Star Factory”.

 

Queen's Dragon's Den is sponsored by Banco Santander and has since 2007 made innovative projects a reality by inviting student to develop and idea, a business plan and a pitch to the Dragons. 


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Muse & Filmtrap premier

SARC's MUSE research group and Belfast's Filmtrap have been collaberating to create an exciting new type of cinema experience...

http://www.unsound-the-film.com/

 

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SARC in Australia

The Sonic Arts Research Centre is pleased to announce a series of showcase events in Australia taking place in Melbourne and Sydney between the 12th and 18th November 2011. The events include concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre and University of Technology Sydney, seminars at the University of Melbourne and RMIT. The programme showcases recent research and creative practice from doctoral students and staff at SARC, as well as collaborative work with Australian artists and researchers. 

Melbourne Recital Centre - Sonic Arts Research Centre Concert 1

12 Nov 2011, 20:00

  • Florian Hollerweger - Programming SoX - live coding
  • Manuela Meier - refract.ed - multichannel electroacoustic work
  • Patricia Alessandrini - menus morceaux par un autre moi réunis (Mauricio Carrasco - guitar)
  • Andrew Dolphin - Phase Transitions
  • Pedro Rebelo - Cipher (Manuela Meier - Accordion, Pedro Rebelo - Piano)

 

University of Melbourne Interaction Design Lab Seminar

14 Nov 2011, 14:00 - 17:00

  • Pedro Rebelo - Current Research at SARC
  • Patricia Alessandrini/Mauricio Carrasco - Examples of real-time physical modelling of strings, with live performance demonstration
  • Florian Hollerweger  - The Revolution is Hear! Sound Art, the Everyday and Aural Awareness.
  • Pedro Rebelo - Distributing Creativity

 

Melbourne Recital Centre - Sonic Arts Research Centre Concert 2

15 Nov 2011, 18:30

  • Pedro Rebelo - Netrooms (specific performance time - first piece)
  • John D'Arcy - News Feed
  • David Chisholm - Excerpt #1 from The Experiment, Mauricio Carrasco, guitar
  • David Chisholm - Excerpt #2 from The Experiment, Emmanuel Bernardoux, video
  • Paul Wilson - The Tuning Machine (stereo tape 10')
  • Patricia Alessandrini - Mismoded - trio with electronics and video

 

University of Technology Sydney - Seminar

18-Nov-11

Pedro Rebelo - Cipher (Pedro Rebelo - Piano)

 

Melbourne SOFITEL - SARC Showcase - 12-16-Nov-11

Listening Room

  • John D'Arcy - A Period of Consequences
  • Gerard Gormley - Testure
  • Gary Kendall - Ikaro
  • Pedro Rebelo - Instrument of Dissection
  • Michael Alcorn - Resonant Air

 

Video Showreel

  • John D'Arcy - Emily Brown is now single
  • Andrew Dolphin - Dioxide Dissolves
  • Pedro Rebelo/Brian Cullen - Illusion of Control
  • Brian Cullen - Thrice Removed
  • Justin Yang - Webworks
 
Acknowledgements:
Emmanuel Bernardoux, visual arts
Emmanuel Bernardoux's participation is made possible by grants from the Institut français and the City Council of La Rochelle. 
 

 



 

 

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BIG EARS sonic art for public ears
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 8 funded Studentships available !

 

The Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen's University Belfast is calling for applications from doctoral students across the UK (at any stage of their research) with a music/sonic arts/performance background, in particular from those researchers with an interest in new technologies.

 

?BIG EARS sonic art for public ears' is an AHRC funded initiative and runs from 8 - 11 March 2012 with the aim of delivering training in communication skills, public engagement and hands-on experience for researchers to link with audiences facilitated by Northern Ireland's leading children's arts organisation and the Belfast Children's Festival.

 

PhD researchers will work closely with local children and will showcase the outcomes that were designed during the course. The showcase will be a public event on the 11th March 2012 to be staged at SARC, a cutting-edge space, geared towards new technological developments. 

 

Candidates are required to submit a 500-word statement, two references and apply online through www.somasa.qub.ac.uk/~BigEars/index2.html

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2011.

 

Contact: Dr. Franziska Schroeder f.schroeder@qub.ac.uk 


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Sounds of the City



Sounds of the City is a community project and exhibition commissioned by the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) and led by artists from the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen’s University Belfast. 

The project explores the relationship between sound and community, uncovering the sounds of everyday life and the ever-changing Belfast soundscape. 

Over four months, the SARC artists worked with two intergenerational groups in Belfast to capture the unique sonic qualities of our city’s places, events and stories. 

The project has been brought to life via five sound installations that you can hear throughout the MAC.  The installations explore daily life in Belfast from our industrial heritage, to the local family home through identity and memory.  The exhibition is shaped by past and present experiences of workshop participants from Dee Street Community Centre in East Belfast and Tar Isteach in North Belfast.  

SOUNDS OF THE CITY was created by Pedro Rebelo, Rui Chaves, Matilde Meireles and Aonghus McEvoy.

 

Dates: 20th April 2012 – 19th June 2012

For more information visit www.soundsofthecity.info


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Lectureship at SARC



Lectureship at the Sonic Arts Research Centre
 
The Sonic Arts Research Centre is looking to appoint a full time, permanent member of academic staff with a background in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Computer Science.  This position is an opportunity to contribute to the interdisciplinary research team at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, School of Creative Arts, Queen's University Belfast.
 
The aim of this post is to produce high-quality research and publications and to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the area of research expertise and other technical areas across the curriculum. Relevant fields of research expertise include digital signal processing for audio, digital music processing, spatial audio, performance technologies, HCI, software design, recording and production. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development of links between the arts and the sciences in the context of the creative industries.
 
The postholder will be based at the Sonic Arts Research Centre and will contribute to the curriculum of the BSc Music Technology and Sonic Arts, the MA Sonic Arts and will be involved in PhD supervision.
 
Informal enquires can be directed to Mr Chris Corrigan (c.corrigan@qub.ac.uk). For more information and job details please visit https://knock.qub.ac.uk/itrent_web_rec_docs/job_desc/12_102102.pdf
 
To apply online click here 


Closing Date: Monday 9 July 2012
 
Sonic Arts Research Centre
School of Creative Arts
Queen's University Belfast
http://www.sarc.qub.ac.uk

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SARC is Artist in Residence at the MAC

The Sonic Arts Research Centre is proud to be the first Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) "Artist in Residency". The MAC opened in April 2012 and is Belfast's brand new arts venue. The world class building in Belfast's Cathedral Quartet will be home to all kinds of exhibitions, blockbuster performance, experimental works and endless goingson...

The Artist in Residency programme includes four groups from SARC who will be working at the MAC for two weeks at a time and presenting work publically in the form of workshops and performance during four weekends between May and June 2012.

Residency Schedule:

Inside/Out
John D'Arcy and Rob Bentall
5 and 6 May 2012
Performance times 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Stories of the City: Sailortown
Isobel Anderson and Fionnuala Fagan
19 and 20 May 2012
Performance times 1-2pm and 5-6pm

Making Visuals Sound
Emily Robertson and Franziska Schroeder
2 and 3 June 2012
Workshop times: 11am-12:30pm and 2-3.30pm

Amalgam: Collaborative techniques within Co-operative Spaces
Aidan Deery, Michael Dzjaparidze, Robin Renwick
16 and 17 June
Worlshop times 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm

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SARC PhD student secures funding for 'PatchBlocks' project


SARC PhD student Sebastian Heinz secures funding for the establishment of Mindflood LTD and the development of the PatchBlocks through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Creative Industries Innovation Fund. 

The product PatchBlocks has been developed as a research project at the Sonic Arts Research Centre during the last two years. It takes advantage of the flexibility and customisability of software, while taking the form of a physical device. Its design and interaction theory is based in the field of Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs), a new research area that has gained popularity throughout recent years. The product encourages collabora- tion in a shared physical space, as well as a shared virtual space. This collaboration centres on the sharing, inspiring and developing of creative content within a community. The launch of PatchBlocks is planned for early 2013. 

Sebastian Heinz is a researcher from Stuttgart, Germany. After he graduated with a BA in Multimedia Arts, he worked for 2 years as a cross-media publishing, and content management system developer in the German advertising industry. He then decided to devote himself to more artistic and creative applications of computer systems, and obtained his Masters degree in Design for Interactive Media at the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts in London. There he explored his interest in software and hardware systems for musical expression, which then led to his PhD studies at SARC. Currently Sebastian is working on micro-controller based Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs) for collaborative music making – a fusion between the versatility of software and tangibility of hardware.

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SARC PhD student secures funding for 'PatchBlocks' project


SARC PhD student Sebastian Heinz secures funding for the establishment of Mindflood LTD and the development of the PatchBlocks through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Creative Industries Innovation Fund. 

The product PatchBlocks has been developed as a research project at the Sonic Arts Research Centre during the last two years. It takes advantage of the flexibility and customisability of software, while taking the form of a physical device. Its design and interaction theory is based in the field of Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs), a new research area that has gained popularity throughout recent years. The product encourages collabora- tion in a shared physical space, as well as a shared virtual space. This collaboration centres on the sharing, inspiring and developing of creative content within a community. The launch of PatchBlocks is planned for early 2013. 

Sebastian Heinz is a researcher from Stuttgart, Germany. After he graduated with a BA in Multimedia Arts, he worked for 2 years as a cross-media publishing, and content management system developer in the German advertising industry. He then decided to devote himself to more artistic and creative applications of computer systems, and obtained his Masters degree in Design for Interactive Media at the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts in London. There he explored his interest in software and hardware systems for musical expression, which then led to his PhD studies at SARC. Currently Sebastian is working on micro-controller based Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs) for collaborative music making – a fusion between the versatility of software and tangibility of hardware.

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