News Archive 2013
Justice Minister David Ford has congratulated Creative Arts student Alison Metoudi on winning third prize in a photography competition
Alison Metoudi, a Creative Arts student has been congratulated by Justice Minister David Ford for winning third prize in a cross border Justice and Equality photography competition, aimed at raising awareness of human trafficking.
“I would like to pay particular tribute to Alison Metoudi who is studying for a Masters degree in Film and Visual Studies at Queen’s who won third prize in the photography competition. Alison’s photograph is a powerful illustration of the suffering and distress associated with human trafficking.”
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DEL Studentship available for PhD in Distributed Impact Simulation for Sound Design | 21-1-13
The University seeks applicants for a DEL-funded interdisciplinary PhD project in the area of numerical methods for sound synthesis and sound design. Details regarding the studentship can be found at:
Deadline for Submission of Applications: 15 February 2013
For any further enquiries please contact Dr Maarten van Walstijn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Creative Arts PhD Studentships Announced 14-1-2013
The School is pleased to announce a total of FIVE studentships in 2013. This includes one award for an international student, one strategic scholarship and three DEL studentships which are available to national and EU applicants for the 2013-2014 academic year.
This will be allocated to the strongest candidate applying for postgraduate study in any area within the School
Strategic Scholarship Award:
Interactive Documentary Design - the Prisons Memory Archive. Contact email@example.com for further information see (www.prisonsmemoryarchive.com)
In addition, there will be up to three additional studentships available for research in any of the following areas:
Sonic Arts (including creative practice in performance and composition)
Drama (including practice-based research)
Film (including practice-based research)
Musicology and Instrumental Composition
Anyone wishing to be considered for one of these awards should submit their PhD application so that it reaches us by 4pm, 21st February 2013. Applications should be made on line, via the Queen's Postgraduate Applications Portal (https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/user/u_login.php)
Contacts for PhD Study:
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MA Bursaries for the School of Creative Arts
The School of Creative Arts has published news of eight £3,000 bursaries for its Masters degree programmes. Funding is available to those applicants who wish to study in 2013-14. In order to be considered, applications must take place before 4pm, 30 April 2013. For more information visit the school funding pages.
To apply, click here
SoCA Masters Student Wins Overall Vocal Championship
Susan Graham, a Masters student from the School of Creative Arts, has won the Northern Ireland Singer award and the Overall Vocal Championship at Ballymena music featival this year. Susan had this to say to us:
"It was a great honour for me to win the Northern Ireland Singer and Overall Vocal Champion awards at Ballymena Festival this year. There are always many very accomplished singers competing at Ballymena and although it is ultimately a competition, the atmosphere is always friendly and supportive. I owe many thanks to my teacher Jenny Bourke and my accompanist Emma Gibbins, whose guidance and support have played a significant role in my recent success."
Paid Internships in the Arts in NI - applications open
The Thomas Devlin Fund Bursaries 2013
The Thomas Devlin Fund Bursaries scheme for 2013 is now open.
This year’s theme is music and will offer awards of up to £1500 to young people between the age of 15 and 19, in order to enhance their talent.
Applicants should demonstrate:
· Need for genuine financial assistance
· Prospect for development of their potential
· How the award will make a difference to the individual and to others in their community.
Application forms can be downloaded from: http://www.communityfoundationni.org/Grants/Thomas-Devlin-Fund
Closing date for completed applications is 5pm on 17th June 2013
For more information, please contact Barbara Woods on firstname.lastname@example.org
Book launch for Music, Sound and Space
Dr Gascia Ouzounian, Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts, will speak at Oxford University on 14 March in support of the publication of Music Sound and Space: Transformations of Private and Public Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2013). The collection is edited by Georgina Born, Professor of Music and Anthropology at the University of Oxford, and chair of the international research programme 'Music, Digitisation, Mediation: Towards Interdisciplinary Music Studies'.
Music, Sound and Space is described as 'the first collection to integrate research from musicology and sound studies on music and sound as they mediate everyday life'. Dr Ouzounian's chapter, 'Sound Installation Art: From Spatial Poetics to Politics, Aesthetics to Ethics', examines the emergence and development of sound installation art since the 1950s, specifically looking at how sonic art works have changed in relation to evolving concepts of space and spatiality.
For more about Music, Sound and Space please visit: http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521764247#contributors
Teaching Assistants required for 2013-14
The School of Creative Arts wishes to engage the services of a number of Teaching Assistants to help in the delivery of modules on the BA Film, BA Drama, BMus and BSc Music Technology and Sonic Arts pathways during the academic year 2013-14.
The minimum requirement for someone wishing to act as a Teaching Assistant is a second-class undergraduate degree in the relevant subject (or equivalent) and previous experience of undergraduate teaching in that subject is desirable. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity then please complete the application form and return it to the School of Creative Arts by 5.00pm on 07 July 2013. Late applications will not be accepted. Those who have previously acted as Teaching Assistants in the School must also complete and return the form if they wish to be considered for opportunities in the academic year 2013-14.
The School will contact successful applicants with details of module teaching being offered. Those who are not selected for teaching assistance in 2013-14, but who meet the minimum requirement, will have their forms retained should future opportunities arise. Those who do not meet the minimum requirement will be informed that they cannot be considered for any opportunities. Please note that in the allocation of teaching assistance duties, priority may be given to full-time PhD students in the School who are entering the second year of their studies.
Teaching Assistants will be paid at the rate of £34 per hour: this hourly rate includes marking support, where required. Those who are offered teaching opportunities will be expected to undertake a short training course in October 2013.
Modules for which teaching assistance may be required include:
BSc Music Technology and Sonic Arts
MTE1001 Sound Synthesis
MTE1015 Virtual Studio
MTE1007 Data-Flow Programming for Music
MTE1009 Studio Techniques
MTE1022 Composition (Sonic Arts)
MTE2003 Advanced Sound Synthesis
MTE2004 Electroacoustic Composition I
MTE2007 Text-Based Programming for Music
MTE2009 Recording Techniques 1
MTE2012 Interactive Sensing Systems
MTE2015 Sound Design
MTE3003 Electroacoustic Composition II
MTE3009 Recording Technologies
MTE3013 Designing Musical Interactions
MUS1001 Musics of the World
MUS1013 Fundamental Harmony 1
MUS1014 Fundamental Harmony 2
MUS1041 Repertory A: (Classical and Romantic)
MUS1042 Repertory B: (Western Music 1890-2000)
MUS2015 Classical Analysis
MUS3028 Opera in England
MUS2041 Repertory C: (Western Music Medieval to 1750)
MUS3065 Orchestral Studies
MUS3054 Experimental Music
BA Film Studies
FLM1001 Introduction to Film Studies 1
FLM1002 Introduction to Film Studies 2
FLM2001 Hollywood Cinema 1
FLM2013 World Cinemas
FLM2014 Film & Sound: History and Theory
FLM2026 British Cinema: Nation, Identity & Industry
FLM3024 Film and Music: Theory and Criticism
FLM3027 Postcolonial Cinemas
BA Drama Studies
DRA1001 Drama 1 – Performance Analysis
DRA1002 Drama 2 – Classical Theatre
DRA1003 Introduction to Practical Theatre 1
DRA1004 Making Theatre 1
DRA2001 Drama 3 – Renaissance to Romanticism
DRA2002 Drama 4 – Modernist Theatre
DRA2003 Theatre Skills
DRA2004 Making Theatre 2
DRA3001 Drama 5 – Post-Modern Performance
DRA3005 Advanced Theatre Practice
DRA3006 Advanced Theatre Practice II
DRA3013 Shakespeare in Performance
SCA1001 Transitional Study Skills
SCA2043 Writing about the Creative Arts
To apply, please complete the application form below . The completed form, together with a recent CV should be returned in electronic or hard copy to:Mr Kirk ShillidaySchool ManagerSchool of Creative ArtsSonic Arts Research CentreQueen’s University BelfastBT7 1NN
Further Information: For further information, please email Kirk Shilliday email@example.com or telephone on 028 9097 4843.
Convocation Studentship 2013
This Studentship was established in 2010 by Convocation, Queen's University Belfast to promote the involvement of Convocation in the University and to strengthen ties between the graduate body and Convocation. One studentship, tenable for one year, will be awarded to a maximum value of £2,000 and will normally be awarded annually to one student. The award is not automatically renewable however a student may reapply in consecutive years.
Click here for more information and how to apply
25/9/2013 - OPENINGS IN PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP TUITION AT QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST
Autumn 2013 Events Brochure Released
The brochure for Autumn events 2013 is now available to download and view on our website. There is a packed programme of performances, screenings, demonstrations and talks on offer, covering every aspect of the School's work in Music, Drama, Film and Sonic Arts.
Some highlighted events include our quartet-in-residence, the Royal Quartet and seminar and concert by Chris Watson whose television work includes many programmes in the David Attenborough 'Life' series. Also, we will be presenting a special event by Danish artist Jacob Kierkgaard with his ‘Recomposing the City’ event series and at the end of October (28 Oct - 3 Nov) we demonstrate the talent of the retrospective of scholar, poet, playwright, and music critic Stuart Parker.
CXNI Project Development Support: £2,500
CXNI is a creative knowledge exchange initiative run by the University of Ulster (Professor Karen Fleming) and Queen's University Belfast (Professor Michael Alcorn), supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The following call invites proposals for new creative knowledge exchange projects.
CXNI Project Development Support: £2,500
Proposal Deadline: 5pm, 16 January 2014
Recipients Announced: Early February
Projects Completed: 5pm, 30 May 2014CXNI invites proposals for new creative knowledge exchange projects in Northern Ireland. Projects must be a collaboration between any individual or group of individuals at a third-level institution (students and faculty eligible), and any individual or group of individuals working in industry (as a solo practitioner, micro business, or other organization).CXNI intends to stimulate new projects, either implemented in full or as proof of concept. Collaborations already in full development will not be eligible under this scheme. Preference may be given to solo and micro practitioners, and/or to projects which consider issues relating to disadvantaged communities in Northern Ireland.CXNI will offer successful applicants a bursary of £2,500, administrative support from the CXNI team, and support from the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast such as use of institutional facilities for the purposes of this project, subject to agreement. As part of this scheme, successful participants are required to participate in further CXNI research.To apply, please submit a 500-word proposal signed by all parties involved, a project budget, and where appropriate, examples of relevant creative work by 5pm on 16 January 2014 via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com.
Queen’s and the Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland
In Dublin of October 4th 2013 President Michael D. Higgins launched The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland at an event attended by hundreds of people spanning the diverse gamut of Irish music. This two-volume work, published by University College Dublin Press, was edited by Professors Barra Boydell and Harry White, assisted by a team of subject editors and dozens of contributors. The contribution of Queen’s University to musical culture is summarised in an excellent subject article by QUB Lecturer in Musicology Aidan Thomson. The Encyclopaedia also contains an article on QUB’s Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music. However, a closer read of these comprehensive volumes reveals that the contribution of the University to Irish musical culture cannot be summarised adequately in two entries. The list of contributors from the University, and the number musicians, composers, and scholars who have been affiliated with the University who are the subject of articles in the Encyclopaedia, is truly impressive and is a cause for celebration.
Among the contributors/editorial advisors from current QUB faculty are Ann Buckley (Research Fellow, English) Martin Dowling (Lecturer, Irish Traditional Music) Maria McHale (Teaching Assistant, Musicology) Suzel Ana Reily (Reader, Ethnomusicology), Jan Smaczny (Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music), Aidan J. Thomson (Lecturer, Musicology) and Yo Tomita (Professor of Musicology).
Contributions from former students include Elise Crean (PhD, Musicology), Alison Dunlop (PhD, Musicology), Roy Johnston (PhD Musicology), Ian Mills (PhD Musicology), Michael Lee (PhD Musicology) Gordon Ramsey (PhD Ethnomusicology), Adrian Scahill (MA Musicology), Ruth Stanley (PhD Musicology), and Fintan Vallely (MA Ethnomusicology)
Subject articles about past and present faculty include Michael Alcorn (Professor of Composition), John Blacking (Professor of Ethnomusicology), Ciaran Carson (Professor of Poetry), Anthony Carver (Senior Lecturer in Musicology), Ricardo Climent, (Lecturer in Music Technology), Philip Cranmer (Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music), Donald Davison (University Organist and Head of Department of Statistics), Martin Dowling (Lecturer, Irish Traditional Music), David Greer (Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music) Piers Hellawell (Professor of Composition), Ivor Keys (Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music), Sarah McCleave (Lecturer, Musicology), Michael McGuffin (Performance Tutor), Simon Mawhinney (Lecturer in Composition), Kevin O’Connell (Lecturer in Music), Fiona Palmer (Senior Lecturer in Music), Jan Smaczny (Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music), Aidan J. Thomson (Lecturer, Musicology), Yo Tomita (Professor of Musicology), Kevin Volans (Composer in Residence), Raymond Warren (Professor of Composition), Paul Wilson (Senior Lecturer in Composition), and Ian Woodfield (Professor of Musicology).
Subject articles about current and former students of the University include Elaine Agnew, Harry Grindle, Philip Hammond, Robbie Hannan, Fionnuala and Úna Hunt, Elaine Kelly, Deirdre Mackay, Joe McKee, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, and Jim Samson.
Applications are currently being taken for PhD scholarships at the school. Please see the postgraduate funding page for all scholarships available.
The scholarships are funded mainly under the 2014-15 AHRC Studentship Competition through the Northern Bridge Partnership:
Northern Bridge is an exciting new collaboration between Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen’s University Belfast and their partners: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; BBC Northern Ireland; Belfast City Council; Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure NI; Durham Cathedral; National Media Museum; New Writing North; Newcastle City Council; Sage Gateshead; Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books; The Bowes Museum; Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums; and Wordsworth Trust. Its object is to deliver outstanding postgraduate education in the arts and humanities.
Part of a national network of Doctoral Training Partnerships, Northern Bridge has secured an award of £11.2m from the Arts and Humanities Research Council along with funding of £9m from our three universities. This combined investment will allow us to award more than 250 fully- funded doctoral studentships as well as some master’s studentships over five years from 2014.
We now invite top-calibre applicants to apply for admission to Northern Bridge in October 2014. More than fifty fully-funded doctoral studentships and some master’s studentships are currently available across the full range of arts and humanities subjects. Students will receive exceptional supervision by academic staff researching at the cutting edge of their disciplines, benefit from internationalised research environments that promote interdisciplinarity, and be provided with research training and career development of the highest quality. In addition, they will be able to draw upon our strong relationships with our partners.
For further information on how to apply see
The deadline for applications is 5pm on 17th February 2014.
May Turtle Award
Applications are now being taken for the May Turtle Award - a scholarship upto the value of £1000 to fund further study of Music at a place approved by the Head of the School of Creative Arts.
The Scholarship is tenable by the following graduates of the Queen's University of Belfast:
- (a) Bachelors of Music
- (b) Bachelors of Arts who have taken Music as one of the subjects of their final examination and
- (c) Bachelors of Science (Music Technology)
Closing date: 13 June 2013
Click here for more information
TWO FEBRUARY PREMIERES
Professor of Composition Piers Hellawell had two world premieres of new work in February: the first, atria for cello and piano, was commissioned by the BMS for their International Festival of Chamber Music, which takes place in association with the School of Creative Arts, and was premiered by star British brother musicians Paul Watkins (cello) and Huw Watkins (piano), on 21st February. Then, on 28th February, Paul Watkins took up his baton to conduct the world premiere of Hellawell's Syzygy in Örebro, Sweden. For this concerto for brass quintet and orchestra, its commissioners, the famous Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Stockholm Chamber Brass, joined forces; the concert was recorded by Swedish Radio. The virtuoso brass ensemble asked Hellawell to undertake this major collaboration back in 2006, after premiering his earlier quintet here in SARC’s Sonic Lab during the 2006 Belfast Festival at Queen’s.
MA in Arts Management
The School of Creative Arts in collaboration with the School of Management proposes to introduce a new MA, entitled . This pathway will take advantage of the strong existing links between Drama, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Music and Visual Arts courses and Belfast’s wider cultural sector. Click here for more information
European Success for Belfast Student
Second year film student from Queen’s University, Amy Moore has been selected to represent QFT and the UK in the Europa Cinema “27 Times Cinema” event at the prestigious Venice Film Festival which takes place from 28 August - 7thSeptember 2013. QFT is one of 27 cinemas from across the European Union states to be selected to send a young movie goer to spend ten days at the Festival watching the “Venice Days” selection and share opinions and ideas.
Following a tough selection process Amy was the one successful candidate selected from the UK and she is looking forward to the experience, “This is such an incredible opportunity. I am a true cinephile and watch between eight and ten movies a week. To have the chance to attend one of the best Film Festivals in the world and also to be part of a team of reviewers from all over Europe is extremely exciting. This will be a great introduction for me to the real world of film as I think about my future career as a film-maker”
Commenting on Amy’s success is Professor of Film Studies at Queen’s University, Cahal McLaughlin “We are immensely proud that Amy will be representing the University, QFT and Northern Ireland at this event. It is a great achievement to be selected and we know that Amy will do us proud. Queen’s University boasts the unique combination of a strong School of Creative Arts and Northern Ireland’s leading cultural cinema – QFT. Working together with QFT we are able to offer these unique opportunities to our students and Amy has grasped this opportunity with both hands.”
Susan Picken, Head of QFT recognises how important opportunities like this can be, “To have the chance to attend such a prestigious Film Festival in this way at the start of your career is priceless. The experience and the networking opportunities that this presents are not to be taken for granted and I know that Amy will make the most of every moment.”
Amy departs on 28th August and will be keeping everyone updated on her progress via the Europa Cinemas Blog.
Further information from: Marion Campbell/07814 944020
Scholarship Opportunity for PhD students - The Innovation Academy
What is the Innovation Academy?
The Innovation Academy is a joint venture between Queen’s University Belfast, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. The Academy offers PhD students an opportunity to embrace new, innovative ways of thinking through the completion of a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The purpose of this certificate is to transform some of the brightest scholars in these institutions into energetic and resourceful entrepreneurial thinkers.
The modules focus on problem-based learning within multi-disciplinary teams. We also encourage students to engage in a real-life challenge facing an organisation, for which they are asked to propose an innovative solution.
The certificate is comprised of several modules, covering topics such as Opportunity Generation and Recognition, Financing Your New Venture and Creative Thinking and Innovation.
Queen’s developed and hosted its first module of the Innovation Academy, entitled Leadership Development, in January 2013. The module took place in Riddel Hall and was facilitated by the Leadership Institute. You can find out more about the Leadership Development module in this Queen’s Now article.
2013 Joint Annual Meeting of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and the International Council for Traditional Music
From 4 to 7 April the School of Creative Arts will host the 2013 Joint Annual Meeting of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and the International Council for Traditional Music (Ireland Chapter). The conference theme is ‘Ethnomusicology in the Digital Age’, aimed at challenging delegate to reflect on how the digital revolution is affecting the ways music is conceptualised, constructed and used both by individuals and groups. Alongside the Keynote Address, to be delivered by Professor Leslie Gay (University of Tennessee), the conference will engage delegates in over one hundred papers, posters, documentary films and a Keynote Panel. For further information, see the conference website at http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/2013BFE-ICTMIrelandConference/.
Queen’s and Belfast combine to boost city’s cultural engagement
A major new initiative to boost Belfast’s cultural engagement with the public has been launched through the combining of two existing programmes at Queen’s University and Belfast City Council.
The very popular Literary Belfast project and Belfast Soundwalks will combine to enhance cultural engagement with citizens and tourists alike. In a unique twist this new initiative will engage the public through novel ways of disseminating creative writing and sonic arts associated with the city.
The Literary Belfast project (http://www.literarybelfast.org/) already showcases the city’s exciting literary scene through an interactive website and locative media app developed in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s. While Belfast Soundwalks, led by Professor Pedro Rebelo from the Queen’s Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), provides an open platform for communities and visitors to explore the city through sound. (www.belfastsoundmap.org)
Lord Mayor Alderman Gavin Robinson said: "Belfast City Council is delighted to partner Queen's University in this important Creative Arts initiative. This is an exciting opportunity that will undoubtedly lead to a better visitor experience, not only for tourists to the city but also those who live in the city. This initiative builds upon past collaborations between the city council and Queen's and emphasises the importance of ‘town and gown’ working together for the common good of Belfast."
Commenting on the new collaboration Professor Rebelo said: “This is a major cultural boost for the city at a time when it needs it most and as we approach the beginning of the main tourist season. Through the appointment of Dr Sarah Bass, a recent SARC graduate, we will develop an effective strategy for delivering new content in association with the Belfast City Council’s Cultural Strategy and tourism priorities of building cultural tourism, developing tourism products, supporting the evening economy and delivering an authentic European city experience.”
This exciting new project has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the newly created Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, at Queen’s, directed by Professor John Thompson alongside consortium partners for BGP2, Newcastle University (through Cultural and Heritage Studies) and Durham University (through Durham Book Festival).
An Interview with Eric Lyon « Cycling 74
Dr Eric Lyon, a lecturer from the Sonic Arts Research Centre talks to Cycling 74 about his new book, Designing Audio Objects for Max/MSP and Pd. The book is a practical guide to implementing synthesis and signal processing techniques using the popular software Max and Pd.
Marilynn Richtarik Lecture and Book Launch
In conjunction with the School of English and Oxford University Press, the School of Creative Arts were pleased to host the launch of Professor Marilynn Richtarik's (Georgia State University) new book 'Stewart Parker: A Life'. The lecture and book launch took place in the Brian Friel Theatre on Wednesday 21st November 2012.
Listen again to the lecture:
SARC PhD composers win top prizes at the SHUT UP AND LISTEN! AWARD 2011
Cormac Crawley and Christopher Haworth, two composers working in electroacoustic music at the Sonic Arts Research Centre secured two out of the three prizes in this international competition. The selection process was anonymous and the jury was composed of Belma Bešlic-Gál (Composer/Pianist. Co-Curator of shut up and listen! 2011), Wolfgang Seierl (Composer/Visual Artist. Founder of the Mittersill Composers' Forum, and of ein klang records, Austria) and Germán Toro-Pérez (Composer. Head of the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, Zurich University of the Arts).
Cormac Crawley (IE): 'Port of Call'
Port of Call: The port, as an interface, offers access from land to water, from water to land, north to south and east to west. It is the beating heart of many cities, towns and villages. With a broad band of sound such as the roaring of the ocean our ears often play tricks with us. We may imagine sounds; plucked from its vast spectrum of frequencies.The piece offers a chronological description of how the port has had an ongoing effect on the lives around it. Also presented is the effect that those around the port have had on this once tranquil soundscape; previously only disturbed by nature itself. A montage of sounds emerge from the ocean and develop from natural and harmonious to unnatural and sometimes dissonant depicting human interference and pollution of the soundscape. The struggle between human and environment is portrayed as a sway of events throughout the piece; natural and unnatural.
Christopher Haworth (UK): 'Correlation Number One'
Christopher Haworth's work explores psychoacoustic phenomena and perceptual idiosyncrasies to call into question common assumptions and received ideas about listening and sonic experience. His recent piece, entitled 'Correlation Number One', uses high frequency tones to generate 'distortion-product otoacoustic emissions' (DPOAEs) in the listener's ears. This means that, in effect, the ear itself becomes an instrument, which the tones coming out of the speakers 'perform' in certain ways to produce sound. What you hear is thus totally subjective, creating a paradoxical situation in which the listener listens to himself listening.
Patchblocks - A KickStarter Project by Sebastian Heinz
Sebastian Heinz, a PhD student at SARC will soon be releasing his KickStarter project, Patchblocks. Sebastian, based on his research at SARC, has created fantastic user friendly programmable synth modules that can be used in all sorts of ways to create music and sound. See the KickStarter video below for a demonstration.
Sebastian hopes to hold a Patchblocks release event at SARC. More details to follow.