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MUSIC: Contemporary Music Festival

 

Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2013
SENSING MEMORY

Thursday 21 – Sunday 24 February

Festival Directors:
Simon Ible, Director of Music, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University
Eduardo R. Miranda, Professor of Computer Music, Plymouth University

As well as creating a platform for music emerging from research, this year’s festival will explore the theme of memory as a virtual sixth sense - through inward journeys of the human brain and the pursuit of lost memories of childhood, forgotten ancestors and global connections.

Drawing on both classical and electronic music Sensing Memory will implement innovative research into computer music and engage with classic orchestral experiences to reveal new sound worlds to the audience. The theme of Sensing Memory is allied to a new four-year ICCMR research project being funded by EPSRC entitled Brain-Computer Interface for Monitoring and Inducing Affective States led by Prof Eduardo R Miranda and Dr Slawomir J. Nasuto at the University of Reading’s Cybernetics Research Group. This project aims to create an intelligent musical computer that can help someone adjust their emotions when they are depressed or stressed. The computer will play music, analysing the person’s brain activity as they do so, allowing it to select what sounds to generate based on how close the person is to feeling the way they want. This research will impact on the health and entertainment industries such as the gaming industry.

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THURSDAY 21 FEBRUARY

CogTalk Lecture:

Symphony of the Brain: Music and Construction of Reality

Prof. Dan Lloyds and Dr. Alexis Kirke 

Part of the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2013

Inside each of us, at every moment, a symphony plays. It is the symphony of consciousness, but at the same time it is the symphony of the brain. It plays on millions of instruments over millions of channels. 

In this special CogTalk session, for the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2013, Prof Dan Lloyds and Dr Alexis Kirke will consider questions such as: Can music be used as a metaphor to understand the brain? If so, how? Is reality a construction of the brain? Is music a metaphor to understand how the brain constructs reality? Might music be the next frontier of neuroscience research? What is the role of the arts in scientific research? 

Dan Lloyds is Brownell Professor of Philosophy at Trinity College in Connecticut, USA, and winner of the first New Perspectives in Functional Brain Imaging Research award. His ground-breaking theory of consciousness was introduced in his book “Radiant Cool”. More recently, he has collaborated with Eduardo Miranda and cognitive scientist Zoran Josipovic to decode and listen to the score of the mind, resulting in Miranda’s “Symphony of Minds Listening”, to be premiered by Ten Tors Orchestra on Sat 23 Feb at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival. 

Alexis Kirke is Research Fellow at Plymouth University, working in the EPSRC-funded BCMI-MidAS project. 

Free admission, all welcome.
Seating is limited so booking is essential

Date: Thursday 21 February
Venue: Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building
Time: 17:15
Enquiries: Peninsula Arts Box Office

01752 58 50 50
peninsula-arts@plymouth.ac.uk
17:15



FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY

Festival Launch & Reception

Date: Friday 22 February
Venue: Mezzanine, Roland Levinsky Building
Time: 19:00
Tickets: FREE admission



Theatre of Stolen Memory

Memoria Technica (2013) premiere

Sara Stowe, voice & harpsichord

Bergersen String Quartet

Mathew Slater — Memoria Technica (2013) premiere
Richard Norris — Mumbai Nights (2010)
Duncan Ward — Eugene Cruft's Radio (2009)

Date: Friday 22 February
Venue: Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building
Time: 20:00
Tickets: £10, £8 for Friends of Peninsula Arts,
£5 students & children

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SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY

Festival Talk and Book signing

Nick Coleman: The Train in the Night

Music had been an integral part of Nick Coleman’s life for as long as he could remember. But Sudden Neurosensory Hearing Loss changed that irrevocably. The Train in the Night is Coleman’s account of his struggle to restore his ability not only to hear but to think about and feel music again.

The Train in the Night is published by Jonathan Cape

Date: Saturday 23 February
Venue: Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building
Time: 11:00
Tickets: FREE Admission



Algoshorts Film Festival

Algoshorts micro-film festival is the world’s first public-facing festival of algorithmic film. Such movies can involve computer-generated scripting, editing, direction and soundtracks. Algoshorts includes short films by some of the best known innovators in the field, as well as premieres by up-and-coming directors. There will be two panel discussions involving some of the films’ directors.

Alexis Kirke — Many Worlds (2013) premiere
Daniel Jones — Prime Composition (2009)
Julian Palacz — Algorithmic Search for Love (2010)
Alexis Kirke — Many Worlds - Parallel Version (2013) premiere
Burnie Burns/Matt Hullum — The Strangerhood Eps 1 & 2 (2006)
Mogens Jacobsen — The Bridge (2003)
Anabela Costa — Landscape (2012)
Neil Rose & Shaun Lewin — Inventory of Witch (2013) premiere

Many Worlds is a short live-action film about a physics experiment that should never have been performed, directed by Alexis Kirke, whose soundtrack and story arc are generated subconsciously by the cinema audience. Selected audience members have biological signals monitored by a computer that digitally splices together a coherent movie in real-time based on detected emotions and pre-filmed segments.

Date: Saturday 23 February
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building
Time: 12:00 – 13:30 & 14:30 - 16:00
Tickets: FREE Admission



Workshop: transmission+interference

David Strang & Vincent Van Uffelen

transmission+interference is a collaborative investigation of D.I.Y / D.I.T methods for creating artworks utilizing hacked and appropriated materials. The focus is to use laser light and controlled movements of the various parts involved to generate visualizations as outcome source for sound / noise. Most of the used materials and musical instruments originate in group workshops and discussions where shared skills and knowledge influence the potential outcome of the project greatly.

To apply for participation in the workshop contact David Strang: david.strang@plymouth.ac.uk. Places are limited.

Date: Saturday 23 February
Venue: Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building
Time: 16:00 – 18:00 
Tickets: FREE Admission


Film: In Memory

This is the first screening of a 15 minute documentary film made by Tom Kelly that introduces Nick Ryan’s emotional and musical journey that led to the writing of his piece As above, so below and his search for real and anecdotal memories of his father in Kenya.

Date: Saturday 23 February
Venue: Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building
Time: 18:45 
Tickets: £6, £4 concessions

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Symphony of the Minds Listening

Ten Tors Orchestra

Simon Ible, conductor
Eduardo Reck Miranda — Symphony of Minds Listening (2013) premiere
Beethoven — 2nd Movement, Symphony No.7 (1812)
Nick Ryan — As above, so below Parts 1 & 2 (2012/2013) premiere
Nicholas — Grew Self Portrait No.1(2013) premiere

Eduardo R. Miranda’s Symphony of Minds Listening is a musical demonstration of how the brain constructs reality. The second movement of Beethoven¹s 7th symphony will be deconstructed to its essential elements, which in turn will be re-assembled for the original orchestral forces following to a method invented by the composer using fMRI brain scans from 3 people while they listened to the Beethoven's movement. The symphony draws from an ongoing collaboration with neurophilosopher Dan Lloyd and cognitive neuroscientist Zoran Josipovic at New York University. 

Ten Tors Orchestra will premiere Part 2 of Nick Ryan’s new work As above, so below for string orchestra. This is the second stage of Nick’s musical journey to Kenya in search of memories of a lost father. Part 1 was premiered by Ten Tors Orchestra on 22 September 2012 at St Andrew’s Minster Church, Plymouth.

Date: Saturday 23 February
Venue: Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building
Time: 19:30 
Tickets: £10, £8 Friends of Peninsula Arts & Ten Tors Orchestra
FREE admission students & children

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SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY

Will McNicol, guitar
Ignacio Brasa, piano

Will McNicol — As the Leaves Fall, By the Water, Those Snowy Hills, Come Ever Closer (2012) premiere
Ignacio Brasa — TransRemember (2013) premiere

As the leaves Fall, By the Water, Those Snowy Hills, Come Ever Closer is a suite of four solo guitar pieces by award-winning guitarist and composer Will McNicol describing the vast spectrum of emotion involved in dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. Loss of memory, in this case, being described through landscape, as the composer writes from the experience of having a father suffering from Alzheimer's.

TransRemember. “Memory can be more than your personal experience, it can also be the transference of the experiences of those who are close to you”. Ignacio Brasa’s works have been performed at festivals in Spain and the UK by specialist ensembles including Ossian, Chroma and Counterpoise.

Date: Sunday 24 February
Venue: Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre
Time: 14.00
Tickets: £6, FREE Friends of Peninsula Arts, students & children

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Performance: transmission+interference

David Strang & Vincent Van Uffelen

See Saturday 23 February for project information.

Date: Sunday 24 February
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building
Time: 17:00 
Tickets: FREE Admission




The Nameless

Steve Buckley, saxes
Sam Richards, keyboards
Pat Butterly, bass
Couch Tork, percussion

"The Nameless was the beginning of heaven and earth ..." Tao Te Ching. With roots in jazz, experimental music, and folklore, The Nameless takes audiences on improvised journeys to unpredictable musical spaces. Steve Buckley, saxes (Loose Tubes) and Sam Richards, keyboards (The Jazzlab, Half Moon Assemblage) are joined by Pat Butterly, bass and Coach York, percussion to form this new and exciting band.

Date: Sunday 24 February
Venue: Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building
Time: 19:00
Tickets: £6, FREE Friends of Peninsula Arts, students and children

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Festival Closing Party

with live music and refreshments

Date: Sunday 24 February
Venue: Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building
Time: 20:00
Tickets:

FREE event