Lasse Thoresen, Erik Nyström, Gary Kendall, Ambrose Seddon and Peiman Khosravi
PhD research students Peiman Khosravi, Erik Nyström and Ambrose Seddon recently presented papers at EMS12 – the Electroacoustic Music Studies Network Conference – hosted by the Royal College of Music and Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm, in June.
In his paper ‘Spectral Spatiality in the Acousmatic Listening Experience: the emergence of autonomous spectromorphological entities’ Peiman dealt with the manner in which the ontological notions of source and sound can become perceptually blurred in more abstract acousmatic contexts, giving rise to the experience of sound-shapes as visuo-spatial ‘entities’. The presentation then discussed the physiological basis of the correlation between the perception of spatial elevation and spectral frequency-range, which gives rise to the experience of ‘spectral space’ as the domain populated by autonomous sonic entities.
Erik presented a set of aesthetic principles for critical phases in textural organisation, and the roles of structure and disorder in electroacoustic music, in his paper, ‘Thermal Crises: Aesthetic Potentials of Texture in the Entropic Continuum.’
Ambrose’s paper, entitled ‘Sound Material Correspondence and Temporal Relationships in Acousmatic Composition: Proposing a Taxonomy of Recurrent Phenomena,’ discussed ways to consider acousmatic musical works in terms of the constituent sound materials and the different kinds of correspondences perceived among them.
Centre for Music Studies composition student Alice Jeffreys has been selected for the London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub programme: a flexible space for composers to explore, collaborate and experiment. Soundhub offers selected composers access to vital resources and a supportive environment in which to try out new ideas or develop existing work. The composers have unprecedented access to LSO rehearsals and concerts, as well as use of LSO St Lukes, workshops with LSO players, and attendance at presentations by industry organisations. The first full year of Soundhub will begin in September 2012, during which time Alice will explore the relationship between environmental soundscapes and an acoustic soundworld, as well as the relationship between movement and sound.
MA Composing for Moving Images student William Robinson has created a game app for the iPhone entitled Teething which is now available to download. The retro game uses blocky graphics and ‘chiptunes’ sounds to reference nostalgic 1980s arcade games. The game features a tooth that is attacked by falling sweets in the manner of Space Invaders. Getting hit by the sugary foes causes the tooth to dissolve, but toothpaste ‘power ups’ will restore health.