Monday, 27 March 2017

MTI presents: Michal Rataj

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Wednesday April 5th 2017, 7pm, PACE

MTI is proud to present a concert by Czech composer Michal Rataj, of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague!

The concert will feature recent works for tape, live electronics, piano, & objects.

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

Thursday, 23 March 2017

MTI presents: MTI goes EMC2

MTI is proud to participate in the EMC2 Festival & Conference: 'Remember the Experimental Music Catalogue', with this very special MTI concert:

MTI goes EMC2
Friday March 24th 2017, 7:30 pm, PACE

MTI staff, students, colleagues and friends, past and present, will explore some of the many connections and relationships we have developed and enjoyed with experimental music over the years.

Works and/or performances by Leigh Landy, John Richards, James Andean, Neal Spowage, Maya Verlaak, Thomas Iliffe, Audrey Riley, Visa Kuoppala, Chris Hobbs, Sam Topley, Rick Nance, & Oliver Farrow.

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7:30pm

Note: concert is free to DMU students & staff, and to conference participants; other interested concert-goers will be expected to pay the conference fee. More info here:

EMC2 Festival & Conference:²/

Friday, 17 March 2017

MTI presents: Postgraduate Concert

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Wednesday March 22nd 2017, 7pm, PACE building

A concert of works and performances by some of MTI's many fine postgraduate students, including:

Maya Verlaak
Audrey Riley
Si Waite
Jim Frize
Susanne Grunewald

...& more!

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

Thursday, 16 March 2017

MTI presents: Thieke/Marino duo

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17#LoveInternational concert series presents:

Thursday March 16th, 2017
7pm, PACE

Michael Thieke – clarinets
Luigi Marino – zarb, bowed cymbals, objects

The duo Thieke/Marino is an improv group that started in Berlin in 2016. Drawing from a reductionist aesthetic, the dialogue between the two musicians develops from the most unusual and hidden details of sound. Metal resonances and air columns set in vibration inside a clarinet, sounds barely audible emerge from the background to take a predominant role, gradually showing all their potential and unexpected paths to convey intuitive decision making.

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

Friday, 10 March 2017

MTI presents: Experimental Turntablism - James Kelly + Robert Curgenven

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Experimental Turntablism: James Kelly + Robert Curgenven
Wednesday March 15th, 7pm
Sue Townsend Theatre, 16 Upper Brown Street, Leicester

MTI PhD candidate James Kelly is presenting a concert at the Sue Townsend Theatre (old Phoenix). This will be an audio visual show with a headline performance from Australian composer Robert Curgenven.

Further Details:

Robert Curgenven: Speculative Pataphysics

Three turntables, custom-made oscillators, 1930s acetates, custom-cut dubplates and a whole lot of bass - polyrhythmic phasing in light and sound brings your whole body and the surrounding space into a face-melting physical constellation. Projections powered directly by the sound use Edwin Land's (inventor of Polaroid sunglasses and Polaroid photography) work with colour shadows to create a head-wrecking synaesthetic experience with the spontaneous production of colours and patterns which may or may not be there. Warning: flickering lights, loud sounds, strong low frequency pressure.

Robert Curgenven is an Australian artist living in Cork, Ireland who sculpts air with sound. His work uses sound as a physical field of perception to encourage us to consider our physical experience of sound through our bodies, the space they inhabit and also the psychological shaping of time and duration by the auditory. For him sound is weather and his work entreats us to feel and hear air. His live performances, installations and album releases span pipe organ through to feedback, immersive resonances via turntables and custom-made vinyl, as well as carefully detailed field recordings from remote areas in Australia where he lived for many years. The Wire surmises that “behind the music lurk such [disparate] presences as Alvin Lucier, King Tubby, Murray Schafer and Eliane Radigue.”

From beginnings 35 years ago as a classically trained organist the past ten years have seen him release work on labels such as LINE, The Tapeworm, Winds Measure and his own Recorded Fields Editions. Curgenven has performed extensively across Australia and Europe, including Maerzmusik festival (Berlin), TodaysArt festival (Den Haag), Ultrahang Festival (Budapest), Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), Cork Film Festival, Lausanne Underground Film/Music Festival, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art (Gdansk), Leipzig Gallery for Cont. Art, Northern Territory Centre for Cont. Art (Darwin) as well as residencies in Milan (O’), Venice (Forte Marghera), Rotterdam (Worm), Berlin (Transit Lounge) and Alice Springs (Art/Land/Culture). He has presented sound, audiovisual and sculptural work in group exhibitions for Transmediale (Berlin), 10 Years of Microsound (Diapason Gallery, New York), National Film & Sound Archive (Australia) and galleries throughout Australia & Europe including National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) and a solo exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun (Poland).

James Kelly

As a turntablist for the last 15 years, James Kelly's music explores the remixing of vinyl using DJ scratch techniques for the creation of new music. The project presented at the Sue Townsend Theatre takes his compositional approach in new directions by utilising a disc cutting lathe - a machine which is traditionally used in the manufacture of records. The mechanism and limitations of the lathe itself are used as an artistic tool to shape the music. The performance is created using three turntables to mix music which Kelly has cut to vinyl using a range of experimental disc cutting techniques that alter the timbre of sound recordings. Part performance, part exhibition, the work is presented is an audio visual performance in collaboration with The Lab Visuals. Live video feeds are mixed together making the compositional process accessible to the audience.

In 2009 Kelly was selected by UK Young Artists to represent the UK at the Young Artists Biennale in Skoje, Macedonia. Other notable performances include; Tate Modern, Modern Art Oxford, New Art Exchange, Nottingham and The Avenue Gallery, Northampton.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

MTI presents: Sonic Spaces - Mantis & MVG

The De Montfort University Music, Technology & Innovation 2016-17 #LoveInternational concert series presents:

Sonic Spaces - MANTIS & MVG
Wednesday March 8th 2017, 7pm, PACE

This project represents an exploration and discovery of sonic spaces with the bass clarinet center stage. Each piece takes its own shape and occupies a unique place in sonic space. Engage personally and emotionally in its sounds, but also understand the objective acoustic nature of each work. The sole aim is to create a point of departure, in order to provide and generate dialogue, discussion, and a way forward towards refinement and reinvention.
MVG presents works from her latest program ‘SS:ARs’ in which composers from NOVARS, the electroacoustic music department at the University of Manchester, & Mantis Manchester, bring you the cutting edge of research in the creation of electroacoustic sounds and music.

Music by Haruka Hirayama, Julián Ávila, Richard Scott, Falk Morawitz, Rosalía Soria, and Ricardo Climent

PACE building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
Start time 7pm
Free entry

Thursday, 2 March 2017

MTI presents: Visible Bits, Audible Bytes 2017

MTI proudly presents the grand finale of our Enhancement Week 2017:

Friday March 3rd 2017, 6pm
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street Leicester

The eighth annual Visible Bits, Audible Bytes brings stunning, genre-breaking audiovisual art to Phoenix. Stimulate the eye and the ear with fusions of new and old technologies that redefine the potentials of contemporary audiovisual art.

This year's event will include works by guest artist Bob Coburn (University of the Pacific, California), whose audiovisual productions reflect his passion for Japanese traditional music and arts. The programme will also feature works by Miriam Boucher (Canada), Line Katcho (France), Diego Capoccitti (Italy), Matthew Schoen (Canada/Holland), Raven Kwok/Karma Fields (China/USA), and Bret Battey (USA/UK).

Presented by DMU’s Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre.

Image credit: Raven Kwok / Karma Fields, 'Sweat'

Friday @ MTI Enhancement Week: Music Industry Info Share

An exciting opportunity for Music Tech students, as part of MTI Enhancement Week:
'Music Industry Info Share’, Friday March 3rd 10:00-4:30, The Venue - DETAILS:
10am Morning session signup;
10:30am - 12noon
Room A - Tony Platt - Production & mix clinic.…
Room B - Mark Cousins - Sound for picture in advertising.…
1:30pm Afternoon session signup;
Room A(B) - Industry insight Q&A
Alumni Guests:
Tom Bacon, Ioana Barbu, Thomas Dodds, Antony James
Industry Guests:
Tony Platt & Mark Cousins…
Room A & B - Refreshments and networking. Prize draw for work experience/shadowing days.
All attendees will be entered to a prize draw to win:
Day work placements at:
- Bauer Media Recording Studios located in London.
Exciting opportunity to assist alumna Ioana Barbu producing and engineering sessions for varied station outputs.
- BBC Music Research and Development in London.
Exciting opportunity to assist alumnus Tom Dodds in developing/testing new online mixing tools and see the workings behind Six Music.
- Travel expenses will be covered by the University.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Thursday @ MTI Enhancement Week: Three masterclasses

Thursday March 2nd @ MTI's Enhancement Week events: three exciting masterclasses!


- Petros Galanakis: Composition/Production of Psychedelic Trance Masterclass, 10am-1pm, Queens 1.33


- Bob Coburn: Audiovisual Masterclass, 2-5pm, Clephan 00.16

- Tim Hall: Electric Guitar Recording Masterclass, 2pm-5pm, Queens 1.29a-c.

...And, don't forget to attend the MOBILISE! concert, tonight (Wednesday) 7pm in PACE!