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MAXIS II: International Festival / Symposium of Sound and Experimental Music

aLTERNATIVE, Aesthetic and Technologic Issues Pertinent to Sound

10th – 13th April 2003, ICSRim, University of Leeds


Thursday 10th April 2003

18:00 – 20:00, CCCH Foyer, School of Music, University of Leeds.
Registration. Welcome and Wine Reception.

18:30 – 20:00, CCCH Foyer, School of Music, University of Leeds.
6×4 – Free Improvising Acoustic Guitar Quartet, featuring Neil Carver, Stephen Chase, John Jasnoch and Hervé Perez.

21:00 – 23.00, MAXIS PICOFEST at WARD 13 (basement), George Hotel, 69 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1.
CORE SONIC, Adrian Alvey – circuit Bent electronic instruments and manipulation of the core (the soldered bits!).
LO SCI-FI, Scott Hawkins – cut-up Vs cut out! Scott Hawkins presents live audio-visual machinations from out of this world and the next. Where puppetry meets sound art, meets Science Fiction, meets non-linear story telling.
ADHERENCE, Matt Butt – live music and virtual dance performance using projected imagery controlled via human and automatic interfaces responding to movement and acoustics in given space.

Friday 11th April 2003

08:30 – 09:00, CCCH Foyer, School of Music, University of Leeds.

09:00 – 10:30, Room G13 – Lecture Theatre 1, School of Music, University Of Leeds.
Paper Session 1 (Chair: Scott Hawkins)
Towards the English Earbook, Duncan Marshall
Postmodern geography of sound: place, non-place and ”genius loci” in conceptual music, Slavo Krekovic
Uh? The Sound of Thought, Scott Hawkins
Sound, Installations and Music, John Dack

10:30 – 11:00, BREAK

11:00 – 12:30, CCCH Concert Hall, School of Music, University Of Leeds.
Stereo Concert 1
Fermento Celeste – 08:13, J.G. Excudero
Winter Nocturne – ??:??, Mark Chambers
Extended Moment – 12:23, Peter Conegliano

INTERVAL – 10:00

Violin Suite – 07:48, Nick Collins
Rebar – 11:54, Robert Scott Thompson
Little Star – 12:00, Neil Webb
FlatWorm -2.5D – 10:00, Peter Lennox

12:30 – 13:30, LUNCHTIME

13:30 – 15:00, CCCH Concert Hall, School of Music, University Of Leeds.
BLACK SUN, BLOODY MOON 10:00, Coryn Smethurst and Duncan Marshall. Metal percussion, live electronics and tape music by Coryn Smethurst with visual stimulus provided by hand-made 35mm slides by Duncan Marshall.
EIGHTH NERVE (for prepared guitar, computer, and multi-channel sound system), Thomas Ciufo. Improvised, live performance piece that explores non-traditional playing techniques, physical treatments applied to the guitar, and sonic transformations provided by interactive computer-based digital signal processing.
INVITING THE BELL TO SOUND (for tibetan bowl, computer, and multi-channel sound system), Thomas Ciufo
13 VOLTS AND 1 CARROT – 10:00, Eva Sjuve

15:00 – 15:30, BREAK

15:30 – 17:00, Room G13 – Lecture Theatre 1, School of Music, University Of Leeds.
Paper Session 2 (Chair: Andrew Hugill)
Sound Capture and Real Time Composing in Inter-disciplinary Live Performance, Barry Edwards and Ben Jarlett
Evolutionary Form in a Network Composition, Andrew Hugill
Emonic Environment – Implementation Report, Paul Nemirovsky, Richard Watson and David Dickinson
Design Concepts and Control Strategies for Interactive Improvisational Music Systems, Thomas Ciufo

17:00 – 19:00, DINNER TIME

19:00 – 20:00, CCCH Concert Hall, School of Music, University Of Leeds.
BIKE WHEEL MUSIC – 15:00, Aldous Layman – improvisation with found objects, obsolete mechanical components and analogue electronics.
MASCHINENRAUM – 45:00, khmfn, Karl-Heinz Mauermann and Frank Niehusmann -audio-visual performance with video-feedback-loops and industrial noise music.

21:00 – 01:00, MAXIS PICOFEST at WARD 13 (basement), George Hotel, 69 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1.
HINTERLAND, Bocman – a myriad of sounds from life’s backwater exposed to the assembly through laptop, portable Theremin and CDs players.
ELEKTRONENGEHIRN, Malte Steiner – metainsrument concert featuring complex Max / MSP patches to generate sonic structures controlled by the player with a wind-controller.
ACOUSTIC MAGNETIC SCULPTED THEORIES, Subdivi5ion, Oliver Knight, Jamie Hughes and Tamlin Renwick

Saturday 12th April 2003

08:30 – 09:00, CCCH Foyer

09:00 – 10:30, Room G13 – Lecture Theatre 1
Paper Session 3 (Chair: John Dack)
Automatic Synchronisation Based On Beat Tracking, Ivan Bruno and Paolo Nesi
LEGO Music, Winslow Burleson – a Technology for Creation of Organ Sound, Lucy Comerford and Peter Comerford
In Transit or Realising one’s aesthetic when the technology finally catches up, Leigh Landy, Evelyn Jamieson and Kia Ng

10:30 – 11:00, BREAK

11:00 – 12:30, CCCH Concert Hall
Stereo Concert 2
Empty Piano – 07:57, Hervé Perez
Black Sun, Bloody Moon – 10:00 (stereo version), CRRS
Tongue – 13:47, John Young
Gwerz – 12:00, Elsa Justel
Erwin’s Playground – 9:12, Rajmil Fischman
Joyce’s Vision – 4:06, Robert Mackay
Hampshire Sounds…ok – 5:02, Charlotte White
Let’s Find Peace – 19:38, Matthew Marth

12:30 – 13:30, LUNCHTIME

13:30 – 14:00, Room G13 – Lecture Theatre 1
Convolution, Malte Steiner – lecture on a sound spatialisation and design method

14:00 – 14:30, B01 (basement)
Augmented Drum, Ian Symonds, Richard Sage and Kia Ng – Performers: Rick Kershaw and Richard Sage. Drum brushes with embeded sensors for additional functionalities and capabilities.

14:30 – 15:00, CCCH Foyer
In Transit – Leigh Landy, Evelyn Jamieson, Kia Ng, Garth Paine, Paul Godden. Dancers: Penny Caffrey, Holly MacArthur, Rachel Wynn. A collaboration of like-minded artists/scientists from a range of backgrounds to create performances where sounds, images, movement and drama are imaginatively combined. The work encompasses the ordinary, the extraordinary, discovery, enjoyment and humour. In Transit has been made possible with funding from Yorkshire Arts and support from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts as well as De Montfort and Leeds Universities.

15:00 – 15:30, BREAK

15:30 – 17:00, Room G13 – Lecture Theatre 1, School of Music, University Of Leeds.
Paper Session 4 (Chair: Leigh Landy)
Voulez-vous changer votre paradigme avec moi ce soir?, Leigh Landy – tongue-A Compositional Approach to Sound and (Non)sense, John Young
Big Bang and Beyond! Scott Hawkins
VJ Technology and Techniques, Douglas Nunn

17:00 – 19:00, DINNER TIME

19:00 – 20:00, Room G13 – Lecture Theatre 1, School of Music, University Of Leeds.
BLUE BLOODED SPICE – 08:00, Paolo Girol
MORAITO – 04:00, Paolo Girol
8 BITS OR LESS – 05:00, Patrick Lichty
WRISTFUL OF BITS – 05:00, Patrick Lichty
ANNIE CREEK – 02:06, Timothy Nohe
POLYGON SWAB – 05:00, Brown Sierra
ROAD SURFACE – 06:00, Brown Sierra
SEIZED – 08:00, Brown Sierra
LAMICTOGEN – 05:00, Brown Sierra

21:00 – 01:00, MAXIS PICOFEST at WARD 13 (basement), George Hotel, 69 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1.
OUTSIDER, Shawn Decker – an experimental hybrid electro-acoustic system using a fiddle and laptop.
THE DUO, Joe Hardy and Hervé Perez – electro-acoustic music and digital technology. With an organic flow, using spontaneity and the narrative movements of free improvisation, featuring guitar and laptop, the pieces transport the audience on a journey.
BROWN SIERRA, Paddy Collins and Pia Gambardella – using adapted electronics and alert sounds, test electronics, Dictaphones, Walkman, employing techniques such as cut ups inching to record and play back sounds during performances.
PARA-MUSICAL ENSEMBLE, Scott Hawkins and Richard Head – in this performance Scott will be using his self-styled Triple Sprung Guitar (TSG) in a rare flat-picking extravaganza.

Sunday 13th April 2003

05:00, SOUNDRISE, The Devils Arrow, Boroughbridge, Yorkshire.

10:00 – 10:30, Room G13 – Lecture Theatre 1
SPIRITUS –15:12, Lennart Westman (music) and Gunnar Jutelius (visual)
TRUCE – 21:00, Emmanuelle Waeckerle

10:30 – 11:00, BREAK

11:00 – 12:30, CCCH Concert Hall
Stereo Concert 3
And I think to Myself… – 21:26, Rajmil Fischman
Tilt – 12:00, Ewan Stefani
Inner Cities – 08:45, Diego Garro
Rain – 11:58 (4 Channel), Fergal Dowling
Platone’s Iterations – 5:30, Paolo Girol
Submarine – 9:00, Dale Perkins
3112 – 09:34, Franco Degrassi

12:30 – 13:30, LUNCHTIME

13:30 – 15:00, Room G13 – Lecture Theatre 1
Paper Session 5 (Chair: Paddy Collins / Kia Ng)
Responses to Silence, Paddy Collins
The Sound Box: an Acousmatic Approach to Sound Composition, Morten Breinbjerg
Aesthetics, Meaning and the Funneling Effect: Approaches to “K…”, an Electronic Opera, Momilani Ramstrum
Reconsidering the Instrument, Neil B. Rolnick

15:00 – 15:30, BREAK

15:30 – 17:00, CCCH Concert Hall
K…, Opera in 12 Scenes for singers; orchestra, and electronics in realtime, Prelude Composer: Philippe Manoury – 5:48, Momilani Ramstrum
THE SOUND BOX, Rasmus B. Lunding
NEIGHBOURHOOD EARS – 11:00, Neil B. Rolnick – laptop based real-time performance derived from daydream and rumination on sonic moments.
same ground, stirring under our feet – Homage to Foucault – 12:00, Mic Spencer, Richy Craig, Owen Sutton, Dom Halliday, Andy Bayly, Adam Longbottom, Achilleas Sourlas and Wendy Wang. A work for flute, violin, accordion and metal percussion instruments (including JCB digger bucket), 2 phonograms (i.e. vinyl record players) all with amplification, and video loop.
Thews and Sinews – 14:21, Matthew Marth

17:00 – 19:00, DINNER TIME

19:00 – 20:00, CCCH Concert Hall
NINTH (music for Viola & computer), Javier A. Garavaglia
WEAR THE MILKBOMB, Simon Orme and Gregg Ramsden – audio and Visual site recordings manipulated with redundant technology to reveal the musicality of the world and its environments. Featuring drones, loops and ethereal clatter.

21:00 – 22:30, MAXIS PICOFEST at WARD 13 (basement), George Hotel, 69 Great George Street, Leeds, LS1.
LAST SUPPER, New friends, old acquaintances and residual satiated elements gather for the final free-frequency frenzy.


FRIENDLY SURVEILLANCE, Linda Duvall. Application and development of visual coding system to provide a written equivalent to subjective experience of sounds, sights and smells. A process of sequentially annotating, in hieroglyphic form, any audio or visual event.

CRICKETS (Mezzanine and Stairwell), Thunderbolt, Catrin Jones and Zoe Riddell. A room filled with the sound of Crickets singing. Recordings played repeatedly from multiple portable cassette players which are hidden inside little white bags on the floor.

WHERE DOES OUR LOVE LIE? (Rehearsal Hall / B09) Sophie Brown. A sonic expanse and meeting point clash of the sound of the span of a love relationship through popular music.

STACCATO LIFE / DEATH (CCCH Basement / B10 on Stage Area), Ralf Nuhn. A sculptural collage made of eleven different household objects taken from the Kitchen and set into vibration by the plunger strokes of twelve electromagnets.

RING BEATS (Room B11 – Practice Room), Scott Hawkins. A continuation of his work involving the abstraction of sound and music from landscape and ancient megalithic sites. Ring Beats exploits a process involving linear drawing and the manufacture of hand-made vinyl disks as a means to store and reproduce the divined audio.

INNER VOICES (Room B12 – Practice Room), Emmanuelle Waeckerle. A hypnotic and abstract melody made of layered spoken words using four distinctively old and mismatched tape recorders.

APOLOGY (Room B13 – Practice Room), James Brown. A sequence of ten or more smoke alarms wired together and the test circuit soldered closed for continuous operation. Sharing a reduced power supply subtle anomalies in the consistency and pitch of the audible alarm are produced.

DEATH WATCH: THE WOODWORM PROBLEM (Room B23 – Practice Room), Scott Hawkins. Five years spent renovating his house! This sound work is a tribute to the boring insects and the destruction they cause, evidence found just beneath the visual surface on the day he took occupancy.

ROTATING MAGNETIC FIELDS (Room B24 – Practice Room), Brown Sierra. Suspended wire frames counter balance batteries, which power electric fans to cause a slow rotation of the structure. A buzzing sound is produced each time the fan passes over a corresponding electromagnetic pick-up mounted on the floor beneath. The speed and intensity of the effect varies as battery power is used up over a longer duration.

PAPERLESS OFFICE (Room B25 – Practice Room), Ed Carter and Tony Goddard. Redundant Technology Initiative (RTI) “It is easier to move towards a talentless office rather than a paperless office.” Audio-visual laptop installation looking into various unfulfilled prophecies of the role of IT in the workplace.

A SPACE TO THINK… (Room B26 – Practice Room), Pete Kelly. A contemplative space densely filled with spatially diffuse sound. Installation utilises ‘hybrid’ Ambisonic techniques.

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