Contemporary Music Festival 2019

The Contemporary Music Festival is organised in partnership with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) at the University of Plymouth. 

Now in its 14th year, this annual celebration of contemporary music has developed a national reputation for combining artistic creativity with scientific development, opening up new research opportunities and musical avenues that would not normally have been explored. 

Formerly known as the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, the event is directed by Eduardo Reck Miranda, Professor in Computer Music at the University of Plymouth and Director of ICCMR.

Acting as a showcase for composers at the University, those previously involved include Alexis Kirke, Duncan Williams, David Bessell, David Strang, Mike McInerney, and John Matthias.


The theme of the 2019 festival, MULTIVERSE proposes a weekend of musical interpretations of the quantum world. It will premiere a duet between a pianist and an Artificial Intelligence improviser, and a piece composed with a quantum computer. 

The BBC Singers will perform new compositions by ICCMR composers, including Lampedusa, a short opera inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest with musical renditions of particle collision data and a libretto in an otherworldly language invented by David J. Peterson. David is the author of the Dothraki language spoken in the TV series Game of Thrones

Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR)

ICCMR’s mission is to gain a better understanding of human biology and cognition from a musical perspective, and use this understanding to improve people’s lives. 

We are developing neuro-technology to control musical systems using brain signals, harnessing living organisms to build novel bio-electronic devices, building interactive intelligent systems for musical creativity and investigating how new types of computers may impact on the future of the music industry.


The composers involved in the Contemporary Music Festival 2019 include:

  • Eduardo R. Miranda, head of ICCMR and festival director 
  • Alexis Kirke, member of the University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research and is composer-in-residence for the University’s Marine Institute, award-winning composer and filmmaker
  • Marcelo Gimenes, composer and former Research Fellow at ICCMR
  • Núria Bonet, PhD student at ICCMR and composer of electroacoustic and instrumental music
  • Archer Endrich, composer
  • Richard Abbott, music publisher and composer
  • Linas Baltas, composer and Visiting Research Fellow at ICCMR.

Festival Director

Eduardo R Miranda

Eduardo R Miranda is Professor in Computer Music at the University of Plymouth and director of the celebrated Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research.

A classically trained composer and Artificial Intelligence scientist with an early involvement in electroacoustic and avant-garde pop music, Miranda’s distinctive work is informed by his unique background.

In addition to concert music, he has composed for theatre and contemporary dance. His latest album CD with two computer-aided symphonic works has just been released in Japan by Da Vinci Classics and is also available on Spotify. Both symphonies were recorded in Plymouth.

Word is...

  • A "Anyone complaining that classical music is boring clearly needs to take a trip to Plymouth." Sinfini Music
  • . "It's all highly experimental, but the work being done does have practical, real-world consequences." The Creators Project, Vice Media
  • A "The festival teems with compositional creativity." New Statesman
  • . "One of the UK’s most innovative festivals of contemporary music." The Sampler
  • A "Firmly establishing itself as an important platform in the UK for new music." Seen and Heard International
  • . "In every sense, a memorable weekend." The Telegraph