Foof is 8.1 channel composition that derives its sonic content from analog synthesisers and redundant technologies. The piece was composed at Thought Universe Studio, Manchester and finally completed at Lancaster University.
The piece was shortlisted by Jonty Harrison, Dennis Smalley and José Rafael Subía Valdez for the conDiT-Akousmatikon electroacoustic concert in Agentina. The piece was selected down to the last three from more than 50 pieces from around the world.
Title: Interactive Sound Mapping and Metadata in 3D Virtual Environments.
Dr Ricardo Climent, The University of Manchester [MUSIC]. Director of Composition and the NOVARS Research Centre
Dr. Ricardo Climent was invited to talk with music students at Lancaster University.
His lectured raised an awareness to the primacy of the ear to question visual dominance. Multi-sensory listening questions the materialism of the ‘acousmatic’ tradition. Can a visual medium reflect a listening experience using multi-sensory navigation through real and virtual environments? How can a sense of place directly affect the way we structure sound typologies? These questions are at the very core of his research into sound and image at the University of Manchester.
Ricardo Climent bio
My research focuses on the articulation of structure and form in music composition and interactive media. The architecture of my musical works often employs mosaic-size sonic materials, which I have exposed across a wide range of outcomes. For example I have been involved in the creation of a number of collaborative projects, such as: The Microbial Ensemble, (sound installation performing microbes, with Dr Quan Gan); The Carxofa Electric Band (a children’s project with vegetables and Electronics with iain McCurdy); The Tornado-Project (a cross-atlantic set of works for flute, clarinet and computer for American wind virtuosi Esther Lamneck (clarinet) and Elizabeth McNutt (flute)); Drosophila Tour (a dance-theatre work of a blind fly with KLEM and Idoia Zabaleta); Hồ- a sonic expedition to Viet nam, (a 3D interactive interface project for planetariums), project manager for S.LOW Projekt, (a large scale cross-disciplinary project in Berlin) and for LocativeAudio (.org), a project about sound, people and cities using smartphones, in partnership with NoTours, escoitar and Institutions in UK and abroad and timbila.org
(started by maestro percussionist Miquel Bernat).In areas of academic service, since 2006 I serve as director of the NOVARS Research Centre, University of Manchester in UK and I previously held a lecturing position at SARC, (Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast). I have also served as resident composer and researcher at the JOGV Orchestra in Spain; Conservatorio of Morelia in Mexico, at Sonology – Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo), the LEA labs, at the Conservatorio of Valencia, the Cushendall Tower – In you we trust – in Northern Ireland, at CARA- Celebrating Arts in rural Areas which is an Irish cross-border initiative, at N.K. Berlin and at the Push Festival in Sweden.In terms of education, prior to completing a PhD in Electroacoustic Music Composition and a Master of Arts in the same area (both at The Queen’s University of Belfast), I obtained a five-year degree in Economics at University of Valencia, Spain and another one by FUFAP, Alcala de Henares. webs:Weblinks –electro-acoustic.com
– Projects compilation
In October 2013, I was lucky enough to take part in the 5x5x15 Electronic Media Project at DIEM (Danish Institue of Electronic Music) at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus, Denmark. The project commissioned five visual artist’s to collaborate with five composers currently studying at DIEM. I worked with Sebastian Edin a Swedish composer on composing a new audio-visual piece.
Prior to my visit to Aarhus, I created a sculpture from paper clips, plaster and formica (see pictures). The form was initially sketched-out using pen and paper, the resulting image eventually began to resemble that of a human body. The final sculpture using a modular design of objects that were inserted and positioned symmetrically onto a paneled surface. During the experience of hand-crafting the sculpture I became aware of the material differences of the physical properties, this knowledge is later translated into the digital domain. Once completed, the sculpture was filmed, photographed and then digitally transformed into a screen-based version.
Symmetry became a reoccurring spatial aspect in the convergence of real and virtual media. The dynamic malleability of the audio-visual medium reveals perceptual differences between consonance and dissonance. Composing music in this way becomes a translation of seemingly different modalities into a mutually comprehensible form.
The senses translate each other without any need of interpreter, and are mutually comprehensible without the intervention of any idea.
Merleau-Ponty, (1994) Maurice Phenomenology of Perception, London. pp. 234-235.
The result of the collaboration was Mesh and was premiered to the public in the chamber music hall at the Concert Hall Aarhus on the 5th November, 2013.
Had a fantastic time visiting ARS Electronica and the Anton Bruckner PrivatunUniverstat in Linz, Austria 13th – 16th October, 2013. I was there to screen my audio-visual composition Birth at ‘Deep Space’ within the ARS Electronica building. The venue features a ultra-high-definition imagery projection system in 16×9-meter format combined with a multi-channel sound system. The architectural design of the space, coupled with the latest audio-visual technologies, provides a unique platform to screen immersive audio-visual works.
During my visit, I presented a lecture, ‘Audio-Visual: A Sense of Language’ which focuses on the theoretical and practical concerns of the composition Birth. My NOVARS colleagues from NOVARS, Professor David Berezan and Constantin Popp, PhD candidate presented additional discussions on ‘An Overview of NOVARS Research’ and ‘Multi-Channel Stem Composition’.
The trip was made possible through a personal invitation from Professor Andreas Weixler of the Anton Bruckner University. A big thank you must also go to his partner Seh-Lien Chuang and the technical team for their support on the day of the concert.
Birth accepted into the International Computer Music Conference 2013 (ICMC) Perth, Australia. The piece will be screened in the Acousmatic Concert Program 1, between 1 – 2pm on the 12th August 2013.
Invited speaker for the opening of ‘In The Mix HackSpace Weekend’ at Madlab, Manchester 07/06/13. Presented and debated compositional strategies of Turing – Morphogenesis 5.1 (2012). An acousmatic piece that conveys the propagation of sound entities perceptually anchored through the continued presence of their energetic characteristics within a multi-channel environment. Commissioned by the Department of Computer Science, the University of Manchester for the Turing 100 conference. The concept was inspired by Turing, Alan M., ‘The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis’, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, ccxxxvii (1952), 37-72.