Three new calls from Sound and Music

Sound and Music have recently launched three new calls for composers, artists and organisations. Continue reading for more information.

ISCM World Music Days has launched a call for scores for the 2015 edition in Slovenia.  There are 15 categories for submission, ranging from solo instrumental to orchestral, choral to multimedia installations. The festival will take place 26th September to 1st October 2015.
Deadline: noon 29 September.

The Audience Development Incubator supports, advises and develops projects lead by artists, promoters, organisations and technologists to explore the future of making, marketing and listening to new music.
Deadline: noon 30 September.

The Francis Chagrin Awards support emerging composers meet the costs associated with creating new work.
Deadline: noon 14 October.


SOUNDkitchen – Armstrong & Mahtani

The third duo to perform at SOUNDkitchen Series #03 are SOUNDkitchen members Iain Armstrong & Annie Mahtani. This is a new permutation of the collective, performing as a duo for the first time earlier this year.

With backgrounds in studio composition SOUNDkitchen have been developing a performance practice that brings the techniques and aesthetics of acousmatic music into a live performance situation. On this occasion Mahtani and Armstrong, working with their respective sound libraries, will perform a structured improvisation mixing and manipulating their material in real time. They are both using Ableton Live as host software extended by Max For Live and MAX/MSP. An ongoing area of research is how the integration of software and hardware devices such as midi controllers and live audio input (e.g. via contact microphone) might enable greater gestural control, subtlety of expression and sonic complexity when making music with recorded sounds in a live context.

The music they make is representative of a shared interest in field recording and the integration of found sounds into an abstract musical discourse that is both immersive and evolving.

Here is  an excerpt of their performance at Klang! Elactroacoustique in Montpellier in June 2014:

Iain Armstrong is a composer and sound artist who works with recordings of the sound environment. He aims to expose the inherent musicality of this material through reduced listening, digital manipulation and the act of composition and performance.  Armstrong’s output spans acousmatic concert music, sound design for theatre and visual media, multi-channel sound installation and live electroacoustic performance.

Annie Mahtani is a Birmingham based composer and sound artist. Her music is created from recorded sound objects and field recordings which are then transformed, manipulated and restructured, exploring the juxtaposition of real, abstract and surreal sound worlds. Annie composes concert and installation works, collaborates with dance and theatre companies and performs live electroacoustic sets. Her work has been performed extensively internationally.


New Collaboration #03 – Mapp & Ramsay

SOUNDkitchen Series #03 includes the third of our New Collaborations that brings together bass player Chris Mapp and electronic musician Ben Ramsay. While both artists have performed at SOUNDkitchen in the past, this is the first time they have performed together as a duo. Solos from each artist will bookend a central section where both will improvise, with Mapp shaping Ramsay’s material and Ramsay processing Mapp’s sounds. We are looking forward to hearing the blend of Mapp’s manipulated bass improv with Ramsay’s electronic beats, textures and grainy noise.

Mapp is a bass player, improviser and composer.  As a bass player and improviser Chris has played with Paul Dunmall, Mark Sanders, Ken Vandermark, Steve Tromans, Tim Daisy, Dave Rempis and collaborated with Justin Wiggan of Dreams of Tall Buildings..  He uses electronics to manipulate the sound of his instrument, creating soundscapes and un-bass-like sound worlds. As a composer Chris uses found sounds and field recordings as inspiration and staring points, connecting them together with improvisation through graphic scores and traditional notation.

Ramsay graduated from Middlesex University, London, with a degree in Sonic Arts in 2001, and currently leads the Creative Music Technology degree programme at Staffordshire University in the West Midlands, UK. His research is centred around the relationships between acousmatic music and electronica and he recently completed a PhD on the topic. He is one half of the electronica duo Soundhacker and works on various other solo audio and AV projects.

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