DREAM Symposium: Technology and Musical Thought

DREAM Symposium: Technology and Musical Thought

December 13th, 2011, 10:00-17:00
Room G22/26
Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

This one-day symposium is part of the DREAM project (Digital Re-appropriation of ElectroAcoustic Music) (http://dream.dei.unipd.it). The project is supported by a grant awarded from the European Union Culture Programme 2007-2013 (Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency). The lead institution is the University of Padua (Italy) under the direction of Dr. Federico Avanzini. The partner institutions are the University of Aalborg (Denmark) led by Dr. Stefania Serafin and the University of Middlesex (United Kingdom) led by Dr. John Dack.

The DREAM project’s aim is to investigate and re-create digitally the analogue equipment used during the 1950s in the Studio di Fonologia Musicale of the RAI studios, Milan. At the project’s conclusion in September 2012 a permanent exhibit will be installed at the Milan Museum of Musical Instruments in Castello Sforzesco. By means of interfaces designed by Dr Serafin’s team, visitors to the exhibition will be able to create new versions of the ‘open form’ work ‘Scambi’ realized in 1957 by the Belgian composer Henri Pousseur (1929-2009). The symposium at the Institute of Musical Research (www.music.sas.ac.uk) will contextualize the interaction between musical thought and technology as exemplified by the composers of the RAI studio and address the wider issue of how electronic technology – both analogue and digital – has influenced musical composition in the past and how it continues to inform how we ‘think’ musically today.

There will be six speakers :
Dr. Craig Ayrey (Goldsmiths College, University of London) – analyst, musicologist.
Prof. Clarence Barlow (University of California, Santa Barbara) – composer.
Prof. Marc Battier (Université Paris-Sorbonne) – musicologist.
Prof. Pascal Decroupet (Université de Nice) – musicologist.
Prof. Elena Ungeheuer (Universität Würzburg) – musicologist.
Dr. John Young (De Montfort University) – electroacoustic composer.

The symposium will be chaired by Dr. John Dack of the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University. Presentations will last 30 minutes including 10 minutes for discussion. An experimental ‘reacTable’ interface built by Robin Fencott (Queen Mary College, London) will also be on display to demonstrate how versons of ‘Scambi’ can be created in real-time.

The symposium includes a buffet lunch and is free for all participants. However, space is limited and those interested in attending should contact Dr. John Dack (j.dack@mdx.ac.uk) to reserve a place.