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SARC researchers win numerous awards at NIME 2020

SARC researchers past and present received awards at the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), the leading conference in the field of new musical instrument design and performance, held online 21st-25th July.

The 'Best Music Award’ went to Adam Pultz Melbye and Halldor A Ulfarsson for a performance on the Feedback-Actuated Augmented Bass (FAAB).” Adam is a current SARC PhD student and professional musician.

The 'Best Paper Award’ went to Lauren Hayes and Adnan Marquez-Borbon for 'Nuanced and Interrelated Mediations and Exigencies (NIME): Addressing the Prevailing Political and Epistemological Crises’. Adnan is a former SARC PhD student and Research Fellow who is currently a professor at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California.

The 'Best Workshop Award’ went to Kristina Andersen, Pete BennettJohn Bowers, Giacomo Lepri, Andrew McPherson, Tom Mudd, Antonella Nonnis, Paul Stapleton and Sam Topley for '10,000 Musical Instruments for a Semi-connected World’. Pete is a former SARC PhD student who is now a lecturer at University of Bristol. John is Professor of Creative Digital Practice at Newcastle University and is currently a visiting professor at SARC. Paul is currently Professor of Music at SARC.

The 'Accessibility Award’ went to Patricia Alessandrini, Freida Abtan, Sophia Alexandersson, Peter Larsson for 'Mondgewächse: a Collaborative Methodology for Audiovisual Mappings in Inclusive Instrument Design’. Patricia is a former SARC PhD student who is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Stanford University.

Paul Stapleton commented that it is remarkable that SARC researchers (past and present) are so well represented in these awards considering that there are 127 papers in the proceedings this year and many performances, installations and workshops across the five days of the conference, all of which passed through a rigorous process of peer review.