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Perhaps not with the most well-known artists, but certainly one of the nicest sound art festivals in The Netherlands, at a beautiful spot and in an interesting building: the PNEM Sound Art Festival in Uden.

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Special references: great improv performance by the French cello player, Soizic Lebrat; the presence of the grand old man of Dutch sound art, Willem de Ridder, and the accessible “In-formed Music” by Alan Courtis for 15 players and piles of newspapers.

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We all saw the historical landing of Rosetta’s Philae on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko; we saw the pictures. But how does he sound? Here you can listen to him.

The European Space Agency (ESA) was surprised by the comet’s sound, inaudible for human ears as it has a frequency of 40 to 50 milihertz. What you can hear are vibrations from the magnetic field of the comet, here amplified by factor 10,000. The sound is probably caused by neutrons (particles without electric charge) coming from the comet which acquires negative or positive charge in space (a process called ionization).

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In October 2014 I gave a lecture at the University of Sao Paolo (Brazil) about research in and through the arts, with an emphasis on its methodological aspects. Here you can find an integral registration of this talk.

Sussex

The School of Media, Film and Music (MFM) at the University of Sussex is pleased to invite applications to study for a PhD.

We offer expert supervision in the following areas:

As a member of CHASE, the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, MFM is able to offer a number of studentships to well-qualified candidates. CHASE is the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts in Southeast England, a partnership of 7 institutions (Sussex, UEA, Kent, Goldsmiths, Essex, the Courtauld Institute and the Open University). £17m has been awarded to provide doctoral training and to promote excellence in research, including the funding of 75 scholarships this year.

Successful applicants to MFM will be eligible to compete for these studentships.  For UK students, these awards cover both fees and maintenance and for EU residents awards are on a fees only basis. MFM has an outstanding record in research, and  is currently home to over 90 research students who contribute actively to our lively interdisciplinary research culture. Our students have a good track record in attracting funding.

  • If you would like to visit the campus and talk to faculty, please come to our Postgraduate Open Evening on 3rd December: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/visitus/pg/phdevenings
  • or get in touch with the School’s Director of Doctoral Studies, Dr. Kate Lacey, who is happy to answer any questions about our doctoral programmes and the application process:k.lacey@sussex.ac.uk

The deadline for applications (including all supporting information such as references, etc.) is January 14th 2015. You are encouraged to contact the School as soon as possible to start the application process.

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The airline is pairing its meals with specific tracks, as a study says this can enhance the flavors

British Airways is due to start matching its in-flight meals with specific music tracks in order to counteract the fact that a person’s ability to taste is reduced by 30% while in the air. These pairings are based on a study that suggests some tunes can influence your taste buds, and they aim to help bring out the flavor of the food.

The airline’s new “Sound Bite” menu will be available on the “Rock and Pop” audio channel on long-haul flights from November. This 13-track playlist features music that has been carefully selected to go with each item on the menu, with the intention of enhancing the in-flight meal experience.

A study conducted by Professor Charles Spence and his team at Oxford University in the UK suggests that certain music can influence a person’s taste buds. This has been labelled ‘Sonic Seasoning’, with specific tracks seemingly able to make food seem up to 10% more sweet or salty.

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British Airways’ chef Mark Tazzioli adds that the findings of this study to his list of considerations (which also included taste being altered at altitude) in order to create the new special edition menu. The “Sound Bite” playlist includes Scottish artist Paolo Nutini’s “Scream (Funk My Life Up)” to go with the Scottish salmon starter, Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars” for a classic British main meal, Madonna’s “Ray of Light” for desserts, and “Nessun Dorma” by Placido Domingo to go with a cup of coffee.

The reasoning behind these tracks being selected were that Scottish musicians enhance the providence of Scottish foods, British music should be paired with British food, high tones boost the sweet flavors of puddings, and a tenor’s low tones suit the bitterness of coffee. Professor Spence comments:

In the coming months and years we are going to see far more interest in the matching of music and soundscape to what we eat and drink. I think that it is a really exciting and innovative development to see British Airways taking the first steps in this direction.

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Composer Nic Collins just released his Pea Soup To Go, an open access version of his venerable feedback composition, Pea Soup. Pea Soup To Go is a free streaming audio web application that generates an ever-changing domestic sound art installation on any computer.

Premiered in 1974, Pea Soup creates a self-stabilizing feedback network of microphones and speakers that tunes itself to the architectural acoustics of the space and responds to events—instrumental performances, ambient sounds, human movement, even air currents—with swooping flights of sound. Pea Soup To Go mines decades of performances, including contributions by numerous guest musicians, from around the globe to produce a similarly dreamy soundscape that slowly shifts from key to key as the app shuffles and cross-fades from one recorded space to another.

Pea Soup To Go is being launched on October 24, 2014 — the 40th anniversary of the first performance of Pea Soup.

Point your browser to http://www.nicolascollins.com/peasouptogo/.  Auto-shuffle plays endless variations unattended, or click the arrows to jump to the next track.  Click “Info” for performance details.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Galerie Maio Mazzoli, Berlin, Germany

No tolerance for silence?

Charles Morrow Production and the Faithful! Festival invite you to submit your stereo recordings of John Cage’s flagship composition 4’33” to the David Tudor Memorial 4’33” Competition. Any score edition, instrumentation, or recording location is welcome.

Twelve finalists will featured in MorrowSound installations at Galerie Mario Mazzoli in Berlin and at the Ear Up! Gallery in New York in November 2014. MorrowSound is a state-of-the-art immersive sound environment whose unique approach to vertical movement will transport listeners to the environments in which the performances were recorded.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a one-time cash award of 4,33€ and be announced at the Galerie Mario Mazzoli opening on 16 November.

To submit, please send the following items to fourthirtythree@morrowsound.com

• First and last name
• Postal address, phone number, and email address
• Time, date, and location of the recording
• Name of the recordist, if different from the applicant
• A stereo .wav or .aiff file (preferably 48kHz, 24-bit) OR a download link via wetransfer, soundcloud, or private website
• Please do NOT send mp3s or Dropbox invitations

Deadline for submission: 7 November 2014.

For more information please visit

Charles Morrow Productions
http://www.cmorrow.com/
http://vimeo.com/50825294

John Cage Trust
http://www.johncage.org/about.html

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The Fifth Biennial International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music(MCM2015) will be held on 22-25 June-2015  at Queen Mary University of London in the United Kingdom. MCM is the flagship conference of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music, whose official publication is the Journal of Mathematics and Music.

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from around the world who adopt mathematical and/or computational approaches to address any aspect of music theory, music analysis, composition and performance. MCM aims to provide a dedicated platform for the communication and exchange of ideas amongst researchers in mathematics, informatics, music theory, composition, musicology, and related disciplines.

We welcome submissions on any topic relating to mathematics and/or computation and music, including (but not limited to):

  • Mathematical and computational models of and/or approaches to
    • musicology, music theory and analysis, composition
    • musical performance and improvisation
    • the perception and cognition of any aspect of musical structure
    • music and emotion
    • musical learning and education
    • musical interaction and gestures
  • Logical, philosophical and methodological aspects of mathematics and computation in music
  • The history of mathematics and computation in music
  • Applications of mathematical music theory and computational tools for musicians, musicologists and others who work with music

We invite submissions of the following types:

  • Long papers (10-12 pages in the Springer LNCS style) to be presented orally
  • Short papers (4-6 pages in the Springer LNCS style) to be presented as posters
  • Panel discussions
  • Workshops and tutorials

Accepted papers will be published by Springer in an edited volume in the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science, as were the proceedings of previous MCM conferences. For further details on the submissions guidelines for each of these types please checkout the “Submission” site.

The deadline for all types of submission is : Friday 9 January 2015.

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End of September, beginning of October I will be doing several “things” in Brazil, first at the Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) and then at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP). At the UFG I will give a keynote lecture on Artistic Research, conduct a 3-day course on improvisation, and participate in a round table discussion on the role, position, and function of music in contemporary society. At the USP I will chair a seminar on improvisation, complexity and singularity and a seminar on methodologies of Artistic Research. Besides I will join the Orquestra Errante both as a pianist and as a conductor.

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