Associate artists, engineers and ensembles

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Resident artists

Engineers and physical scientists in residence at NOVARS

Associates, collaborators and visitors


About the scheme:

The aim of the Engineers in Residence Scheme at the NOVARS Research Centre is to procure the advancement of existing areas of research by inviting engineers and physical scientists around the world to collaborate hands-on-projects.

Typically, the Engineer in Residence would be associated with a Research Assemblage Group at NOVARS.

The number of visits per semester will depend on individual agreements and Research Assemblage needs.

Tangible outcomes:

The Engineer in Residence scheme will produce short-term tangible outcomes in the form of workshops with researchers, participation in Research Assemblage meetings and seminar/talk presentations. Mid and long term expected outcomes are to lead the advancement of research to:

  • Publish new collaborative work (in hybrid areas or music, engineering and physical sciences).
  • Design of funding applications to pursue postdoctoral fellowships, leadership fellowships, career acceleration fellowships; research at the interface between scientific and artistic disciplines.
  • Create networks between composers and the scientific community.

Performers in residence or in association

About the scheme:

The aim of the Performers in Residence Scheme at the NOVARS Research Centre is to procure the advancement of research in performative areas by inviting performers and instrumental practitioners to discuss, workshop, collaborate and perform new works created by electro-acoustic composers at the NOVARS Research Centre.

Performance is not only understood as 'practice involving acoustic instruments' (combined or not with electronics), but also as 'sound diffusion' of acousmatic works across multiple speakers (in surround sound) and includes areas of live coding (one may argue that this is real-time composition) and real-time improvisation with electronics and visual media.

This scheme also aims to reinforce relationships within Music and Drama at Manchester, in areas of composition (both instrumental, vocal and electroacoustic) and to create an awareness in the undergraduate music programme about the potential of combining conventional instruments with computer music technologies.

  • Trio Atem
  • Mantis and Psappa collaboration
  • The Noise Upstairs
  • PDP Spain (Locative Audio)

Associate researchers, project networks and project collaborators

  • Delia Derbyshire Archive coordination and consulting
  • Dr David Butler [Screen Studies, Drama] 
  • Mark Ayres [Television composer and former BBC Radiophonic Workshop] collaborators

Visual Anthropology:

  • Dr Andrew Irving [Director of the Granada Centre for Visual Antropology]
  • Dr Rupert Cox [Visual Antropology]

Locative Audio Software Development:

  • Enrique Tomas []
  • Horacio Dieguez []
  • - [developed at NOVARS by Ignacio Pecino]

Locative Audio Network 2013:

  • Avignon: Dr Sylvie Marchand - France - MigAA, European School of Visual Arts in Poitiers/ Angoulême
  • Tempere: Prof Ari Koivumäki - University of Tampere, Finland
  • Ghent: Geert Vermeire - Milena principle. Ghent, Belgium
  • Volos: Nicolás Remy - Volos, Grecia
  • Grenoble: Julien McOisans - CRESSON Institute, University of Grenoble, France
  • Enrique Tomas. Interface Culture Programme at Kunstuniversität Linz [Austria]
  • Malaga: Prof. Luis Alfonso Torres Mancilla - Conservatorio Superior de Malaga, Spain
  • Oxford: James Percival, Oxford University PhD [former MusM at NOVARS]
  • Virginia: Dr Ivica Ico Bukvic - Virginia Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts & Tech [ICAT]
  • Hanoi: Dr Joshua Kopecek, Mathias Rossignol, ?inh Lê Vân and Trí Minh
  • Valencia: Miguel Molina, Deco Nascimento
  • Gerson Beltran: Profesor Asociado de Análisis Geográfico Regional. Facultad de Geografía e Historia de la Universitat de València
  • José Nácher Escriche - Profesor de Economía Aplicada. Universidad de Valencia
  • Verónica Perales y Fred Adam - Transnational Temps / GPS Museum, Murcia
  • Clara Boj y Diego Diaz - Profesora de la Universidad de Murcia / profesor de la Universitat Jaume I, Castellon
  • Jürgen Schöpf - Phonogrammarchiv- Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Wien / Viena
  • Peter Bosch, Simone Simons - Bosch & Simons Musical Machines
  • Ruben Garcia - Biólogo, artista sonoro y comisario independiente
  • Moisés Mañas [UPV - Master in interactive media director - Valencia]

M4M- Music 4 Media Network:

  • University of Porto 
  • New York University (NYU)
  • University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)
  • Sonic Arts Research Center (SARC)
  • The University of Manchester (NOVARS)
  • University of Sussex (UK)
  • Utrecht School Of The Arts (The Netherlands)

NESS project (standing for Next Generation Sound Synthesis):

NESS Project Personnel:

  • Stefan Bilbao - Project PI
  • Paul Graham - Software Architect 
  • Alan Gray - Project Adviser/Reviewer

NESS: Collaborators:

  • Ricardo Climent - Composer - NOVARS- University of Manchester. 
  • Gordon Delap- Composer - National University of Ireland Maynooth.
  • Iain McCurdy - Composer - Independent composer (Berlin / Belfast)
  • Lauri Savioja - Professor of Computer Science at the Aalto University of Technology.
  • Cyril Touzé - Maître de Conference at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées in Palaiseau, France.
  • Vesa Välimäki - Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Aalto University of Technology.

External Collaborators and other Related Institutions:

  • Technical University of Berlin - Elektronische Studio 
  • Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts [LICA], University of Lancaster, UK 
  • Mexican Embassy in London, UK 
  • CMMAS, Morelia - Mexico
  • Royal Northern Collegue of Music and Drama, Manchester, UK 
  • University of Huddersfield, UK 
  • Goethe Institute Manchester, UK 
  • FutureEverything Festival, Manchester, UK 
  • Green Room, Manchester, UK 
  • Sonic Arts EXPO, UK
  • Laboratorio KLEM- Vasc Country, Spain
  • SMC - Sound and Music Confernce 
  • Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast 
  • National University of Ireland, Dublin - Maynooth
  • Madlab - Manchester

Musicology / Ethnomusicology:

  • Dr Laura Tunbridge [Music Analysis and Critical Theory] 
  • Prof David Fanning [Nielsen, Shostakovich, Soviet Music] 
  • Dr Caroline Bithell [Ethnomusicology/ World Music and Arts Administration]

S.LOW Projekt Network:

  • Nastia Eliseeva [environmental artist] Russia 
  • Jonathan Reus [digital artist] Amsterdam
  • Jaana Kokko [Visual Artist] Helsinki
  • Kristina Frei [Photographer, Designer] Berlin
  • Akitoshi Honda [Institute for Algorhythmics], Japan
  • Suk-Jun Kim [Composer] Korea
  • Irene Pfeffer [Art Historian] Kazakhstan
  • Cristina Martin Lara [Visual Artist] Spain
  • Dawn Weleski [Visual artist] Pittsburgh
  • Iain McCurdy [Composer] Northern Ireland
  • Sunshine Wong [Curator] Hong Kong 
  • Shintaro Miyazaki [Inst. 4 Algorhythmics], Japan
  • Teresa Foley (Artist) Pittsburgh, USA
  • Andre Bartetzki [Music & Media], Berlin
  • Ima Pico [Visual Artist] UK
  • Egle Oddo [Visual Artist] Helsinki
  • Andreas Roman [Visual Art], Spain
  • Gail Ritchie [Visual Artist], Northern Ireland
  • Gareth Williams [Composer] Scotland
  • Ricardo Climent [Composer, Digital Media] UK/Berlin
  • Michael T. Chinen [Audio/software], Hawaii
  • Cristina Ghetti [visual arts] Argentina
  • Gordon Delap [Composition], Ireland
  • Thomas Bjelkeborn [Composer/Digital Music] Sweden
  • Michael Larsson [Video/ Photographer], Sweden
  • Patrick Sanan [Composer/Mathematician] USA
  • Carolina Loyola Garcia [Artist], Pittsburgh, USA/ Chile
  • Elena Bellantoni [Visual Artist] Italy/Berlin
  • Sam Salem [Composer, Digital Media] UK
  • Stefan Bilbao [Physical Scientist] Canada/Edinburgh
  • Elaine Kelly [Musicologist] Ireland/Edinburgh
  • Marco Giani [Music and Video] Italy/Berlin
  • Hendrik Purwins [Scientist] - Barcelona/Berlin
  • Sergio Zavattieri [visual artist] Italy
  • MeM music (Michele Braga, Enrico Fiocco)- Italy
  • dj Ein volk/Julian Bonequi- France/Mexico
  • Kunstraum Richard Sorge - Berlin

Academic visitors and invitees

Each academic year, NOVARS receives a number of distinguished academics and performers from around the world, who presented lecturers, concerts, seminars or workshops in the Electroacoustic Field:

Academic year 2013-14 (September 2013- September 2014)

  • Julio d'Escriván (UK)
  • Steve Symons (OWL project), UK
  • Francis Dhomont (France / Canada)
  • Daniel Barreiro (Brazil)
  • Marij van Gorkom (The Netherlands)
  • Rajmil Fischman - (UK/Peru)
  • Viktor Zeidner -DJ "Slim Vic"- (Sweden)
  • Gordon Delap - (Ireland) / Stefan Bilbao (Canada)
  • Trevor Wishart (UK)

Academic year 2012-13 (September 2012- September 2013)

  • Barry Truax (Canada)
  • Andrew Lewis(UK)
  • John Young (UK)
  • Jean-François Denis (Canada)
  • Miquel Bernat (Portugal/Spain)
  • Jose Manuel Lopez Lopez
  • Andrew Irving (UK)
  • Roberto Becerra (Mexico)
  • Andreas Weixler (Austria) and Se-Lien Chuang (Taiwan)
  • Oded Ben-Tal (UK)
  • Diana Salazar (Scotland)
  • Jonty Harrison (UK)

Academic year 2011-12 (September 2011- September 2012)

  • Mathias Fuchs (Postdam, Salford)
  • Julio d'Escrivan (Cambridge)
  • Andrew Dolphin (Leeds)
  • Felipe Otondo (Lancaster)
  • Adam Parkinson/Atau Tanaka
  • Frauke Behrendt (Brighton)
  • Iain Herrington/Roddy Hawkins (Cambridge, Leeds)
  • Enrique Tomas (Linz)
  • Horacio González (Galicia)
  • Atau Takana (Japan/UK)
  • Hans Tutschku (Harvard)
  • Chikashi Miyama (Japan)
  • Conrad Marshall (flute) / Richard Casey (piano)
  • Iain Hetherington (Sony Cambridge)
  • Diana Salazar (Kingston, London)
  • Julio d'Escrivan (Cambridge)
  • Jonty Harrison (Birmingham)

Academic year 2010-11 (September 2010- September 2011)

  • Darren Copeland and Ben Thigpen
  • Enrique Tomas (NoTours)
  • Prof. David Eagle - University of Calgary
  • Suk Jun Kim- Korean Composer
  • H.E.L.L.O. Orchestra (Liverpool Hope)
  • The Noise Upstairs: Rodrigo Constanzo, Richard Knight, Dave Birchall, Ben Cottrell, Herve Perez, Simon Prince
  • Gavin Osborn (Flute), Paul Michael Labelle (guitar)
  • Psappha (play MANTIS)
  • Darragh Morgan - Distinguished Violin Player - London
  • Prof. Andy Lewis - University of Bangor
  • Suk-Jun-Kim - South Korea- Matinee presentation
  • Helmut Lemke - Germany Salford University, UK
  • Prof. Simon Emmerson - de Montfort University
  • Prof. Adrian Moore - University of Sheffield
  • Dr. Paul Wilson - SARC Belfast
  • Dr. Scott Wilson (University of Birmingham)
  • Dominique Bassal: Empreintes DIGITALes - Canada
  • Composer Federico Schumacher - Chile
  • Jef Chippewa - CEC - Canada / Berlin

Academic year 2009-10 (September 2009- September 2010)

  • Prof. Takayuki Rai- DIPS workshop (Digital Image Processing with Sound) - Lancaster, UK
  • Prof. Denis Smalley (UK/New Zealand)
  • Composer Theodore Lotis (Greece)
  • Composer Hiromi Ishii - Germany
  • Amanda Belantara - Video Artist and Documentary Filmmaker - Manchester
  • Francisco Dillon - Cello performer, Italy
  • Composer Kumiko Omura (Germany)
  • Jean François Denis (empreintes DIGITALes)
  • Composer Thomas Bjelkeborn - (Sweden) MANTIS Festival Spring 2009
  • Viktor Eriksson- Director of IDKA (Sweden)
  • Andreas Mniestris - University of Corfu
  • Philip Marks - Manchester - freelance Percussionist
  • Dr Adam Melvin - Ulster University
  • Composer Camilo Salazar - London
  • Alexandros Kontogeorgakopoulos - Cardiff School of Art & Design
  • Gavin Osborn (Trio atem)
  • Nina Whiteman (trio atem)

Academic year 2008-09 (September 2008- September 2009)

  • Prof. Joao Pedro Oliveira - (Portugal) Commissioned work for the MANTIS FESTIVAL
  • Dr Pippa Murphy - (UK) Freelance composer (residency)
  • Prof. Barry Truax - MANTIS Spring FESTIVAL 2009
  • Composer Thomas Bjelkeborn - (Sweden) Residency and participation at MANTIS
  • Composer Annette Vande Gorne - (Belgique) - Spatialisation Workshop
  • Dr Iain McCurdy - (Belfast) Freelance Composer- Sound installation
  • Composer Jonas Valfridsson - (Sweeden) - Performance of violin duet with electronics
  • Dr Stefan Bilbao - (Canada/UK)- Workshop on Physical Models using Matlab
  • Patrick Sanan - (USA) - Workshop on DSP and MAtlab
  • Dr Felipe Otondo - (Chile/UK) - acousmatic work presentation
  • Engineer Sukandar Kartadinata - (Germany) - Schneiders Buero, Berlin - Workshop II.
  • Composer Camilo Salazar - (Colombia) - Delia Derbyshire project associate
  • Engineer Alexandro Kontogeorgakopoulos - (Greece) - Technical visit

Academic year 2007-08 (September 2007- September 2008)

  • Prof. Gerald Bennett - Keynote speaker and concert
  • Hon. Prof. Francis Dhomont - University of Montreal (now freelance) - Seminar and workshop
  • Dr Esther Lamneck - NYU- New York University - Commissioned concert
  • Dr Elizabeth McNutt - University of North Texas - Commissioned concert
  • Dr Andrew May - University of North Texas - US Tornado Project
  • Gilles Gobeil - Montreal, Commissioned concert
  • Prof. Patrick Gaydecki - School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UoM.
  • Ludger Brümmer - ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, Commissioned concert
  • Prof. Jonty Harrison - University Birmingham, UK, Commissioned concert
  • Orm Finnendhal - Electronic Studio of the Musikochschule Freiburg
  • Luis Antunes Pena - Lisbon, Essen
  • Uli Aumüller - Inpetto-film Produktion, Berlin
  • Associate Prof. Cort Lippe - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • Sukandar Kartadinata - Schneiders Buero, Berlin
  • Luo Chao-yun - Pipa Player, Taiwan
  • Prof. Joao Pedro Oliveira - University of Aveiro, Portugal. Artist in Residence, July
  • Chen Wai-kai - Tai-chi improviser, Taiwan
  • Dr Eric Lyon - US Tornado Project and Danels Electronic
  • Gilles Gobert - Danels Electronic
  • Prof. Joe Bergin - Director of Research at SAHC, University of Manchester

Academic year 2006-07 (September 2006 - September 2007)

  • Hon. Prof. Francis Dhomont - University of Montreal (now freelance) - Seminar and workshop
  • Dr Stefan Bilbao - University of Edinburgh, UK - Seminar and workshop
  • Dr Gordon Delap - National University of Ireland, Maynooth - Seminar and workshop
  • Dr Rodrigo Sigal - CMMAS Research Centre, Morelia, Mexico - Lecture
  • Dr Edson Zampronha - São Paulo State University, Brazil - Seminar
  • Dr Neal Farwell - University of Bristol, UK - Seminar
  • Associate Prof. Paul Rudy - University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music, USA - Seminar
  • Dr Ricardo dal Farra - University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina and Hexagram, Montreal, Hexagram, (Interuniversity consortium in Canada) - Seminar