check OUR PROGRAMMES AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Funding application deadlines normally take place between January and February. Please ensure that you have plenty of time to write your proposal and discuss it, obtain letters of recommendation and transcripts when necessary.

Project Highlights

MANTIS system

Large Scale multi-channel system for sound diffusion created by David Berezan and customised or extended by postgraduate students at NOVARS

Game-Audio

Research strand started in 2008-09 by Ricardo Climent utilising game-engines, such as Blender, Unity3D, CryEngine and Unreal Engine 4 for composition purposes

Locativeaudio.org

Collaborative Project between NOVARS, NoTours and Escoitar, featuring large scale network projects. PG outcomes include novel software, such as sonicmaps.org

Postgraduate's Leadership

Our Postgraduate students hold prominent positions in UK and abroad and publish internationally on peer-reviewed academic conferences.


Tornado Project

Inspired by the image of winds and wood flying through the air, Ricardo Climent and Paul Wilson conceived is as a set of commissioned works for flute, clarinet and computer-generated sound, to be performed by American wind virtuosi Esther Lamneck (clarinet) and Elizabeth McNutt (flute).

sines and squares

Sines-Squares.org

“Sines & Squares” is one of UK's first festivals and concert series celebrating the recent resurgence of analogue and modular synthesizers. It will feature some of the most renown UK and international performers, composers, lecturers and designers working with Buchla, Serge, Eurorack, Hordijk and EMS modular systems.

SonicMaps.org

SonicMaps is a Locative Audio (GPS AudioTour) platform and complete solution for sound geolocation created by a PhD Student at NOVARS as a compositional tool for his portfolio, which has gone beyond it to reach new creative goals

Distractfold Ensemble

Started by Postgraduate students at University of Manchester, Distractfold Ensemble has achieved international recognition in only a few years. Distractfold is a young and exciting ensemble that is establishing themselves as a strong, fresh, and daring voice in the UK music community.

NOVARS RESEARCH

ABOUT US

Studio 1 at NOVARS

Pictured above Studio 1 at NOVARS (31 channels of surround sound - genelec-)


NOVARS is a Research Centre started at University of Manchester in March 2007 with specialisms in areas of Electroacoustic Composition, Performance and Sound-Art. Current research strands include game-audio, Space in large multichannel systems and Interactive Art. The Centre is capitalising the success of Music at the University of Manchester with the expansion of its existing research programme in Electroacoustic Composition with a new £2.2 million investment in a cutting-edge new studio infrastructure.

NOVARS is named to reference and celebrate the seminal work by Francis Dhomont (Novars). In his own words 'a reversed version of Ars Nova' - New Art, New Science. We are grateful for his permission to use his title.

Staff and postgraduate student research areas range from acousmatic composition to machine musicianship, sound spatialisation, sound and architectonic spaces, performance practice, live interactive systems and cross-disciplinary projects.