Monday 2nd May
11:00 Talking Composers: Nic Collins SARC    
13:15 UEA Electric Orchestra SARC    
19:30 Miso Ensemble + Frances Lynch SARC    
22:00 Open Fader .4 SARC    
    Talking Composers: Nic Collins
    Low Brass/High Tech: some ideas about alternate controllers
    Venue: SARC
Admission : FREE
Nic Collins will demonstrate rev. 3.0 of his "trombone-propelled electronics": a Macintosh-based digital signal processing system controlled from, and playing back through, a trombone. Based on systems begun in the mid-1980s, this is an exceptionally "instrumental" computer music device, especially well-suited to interactive improvisation with performers of more traditional acoustic instruments. Nic Collin's appearance was made possible with the kind assistance of the Dean's Office of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago


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    UEA Electric Orchestra
    Venue: SARC
Admission : £6/£4
The School of Music at the University of East Anglia (Norwich), is home to an extraordinary community of composer/performers working with technology in ways which emphasise some common concerns: interactivity, feedback, interference, agency, gesture, embodiment, automata, emergence, re-use, complex/hierarchical/closed/open/dynamical systems, prosthesis, improvising machines, meta-instruments, interface design, human-computer interaction, disorder, inexpertise and marginal competence - without ever producing a 'house style'. This concert will include live/real-time work by the studio's director Simon Waters and Head of School Jonathan Impett, a collaboration with Nic Collins - one of the studio's frequent guests, real-time work from Cesar Villavicencio, John Bowers, Phil Archer, Nick Melia & Matt Rogalsky (remotely from Kingston, Ontario) and an eight channel tape work by Ed Kelly.

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    Miso Ensemble + Frances Lynch [World Premiere]
    Venue : SARC
Admission : £10/£6
Frances Lynch: voice
Paula Azguime: flute
Miguel Azguime: percussion
Perseu Mandillo: electronics and sound projection

After the success of last year's Sonorities event featuring sound poetry performance O Ar do Texto Opera a Forma do Som Interior, the ensemble returns with a program of composed and improvised music for percussion, flute, voice and electronics.

Miso Ensemble is a renowned Portuguese ensemble with a 20-year history of innovative approaches to music performance. In this event, the ensemble invites Frances Lynch to join Paula and Miguel Azguime's musical journey.
Supported by      
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      Open Fader .4
      Nic Collins - Pea Soup II (with Jonathan Impett)
      dis.playce - Das Ende von Amerika (The ending of America) [UK/Irish Premiere]
      David Berezan - Styal
      Shigeto Wada, Alex Sanders and James Dexter
    Venue : SARC
Admission : £6/£4
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A showcase of electronics, improvisation, lo-fi devices and specific acoustics from the US, Germany, UK and Japan.

In Pea Soup (Nic Collins and Jonathan Impett) the familiar, usually unwelcome shriek of feedback is diverted by a computer into unstable patterns of hollow tones, a site-specific raga born out of physics, which reflects the acoustical personality of the room as determined by its resonant frequencies and reverberation time. These architectural melodies can be influenced by moving in the space, making other sounds, or even by letting in a draft of cold air. Every hall has different acoustical properties, resulting in a different "key" and tempo.

The working method of "dis.playce" (Hannes Galette Seidl and Maximilian Marcoll) is "directed music": developing a certain concept for each concert, formal sections, and predefined sounds. The details are then improvised on this basis. The performance makes use of powerbooks and small electronic component parts (like piezos and spools). These parts are used to transduce electromagnetic fields (of cd-players, computers and other devices) into audible waves.

The programme also includes performances by Wada, Sanders, Dexter and David Berezan's Styal , an electroacoustic work celebrating the great iron waterwheel at the heart of the Quarry Bank Mill in Manchester.
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