Music and Space: An RMA Study Day

Saturday 28 October 2017: 9.00-16.30

University of Manchester, Manchester – Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama – Room G16

A Research Students’ Study Day

Keynote: Jonty Harrison (University of Birmingham)

What do we mean when we talk about space in music? This study day aims to bring together composers, musicologists and practitioners from all areas of music to explore the concept of space in music. The programme covers a wide range of topics from 18th century glees and public houses to Björk, via a range of electroacoustic music related topics.

Participants can combine the study day with the MANTIS electroacoustic music festival in the evening of 28 October and 29 October. The keynote speaker Jonty Harrison will present his new work during one of the MANTIS concerts on 28 October.


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN. Registration will entitle you to a free lunch and refreshments. Registration is free. Register by 14 October.

Email Núria Bonet ( to register with the following information:

Name, Affiliation, RMA Member (Y/N), Dietary needs, Accessibility needs


Programme: 9.00-16.30, followed by MANTIS concerts at 18.00 and 19.30

8.40-9: Registration

9-10.30: Session 1

Epameinondas Fassianos (University of Manchester): Portfolio of compositions on the theme of Greece

Mark Dyer (Royal Northern College of Music)House remains beautiful: invoking the ruins of a heritage site through composition

Samuel Cleeve (Birmingham City University): ‘Mutual Coordinates’: Virtual space and performative intimacy in Björk’s ‘stonemilker’


10.50-12.30: Session 2

Micah Anna Neale (Royal Holloway): Space, Society and Song: Privacy and Performance in the Eighteenth-Century London Public House

Silvia Rosani (Goldsmiths, University of London): Space mapping through sonic islands of intimacy

Nicholas Rheubottom (King’s College London): Caging the Beast: Sublime Objects in the Imagined Space of the Late-Eighteenth-Century Glees


1.10-2.40: Session 3

Ben Lunn (Lietuvos Muzikos ir Teatro Akademija): A space to listen: the music of Ramunas Motiekatis

Derck Littel and Ronnie Deelen (Royal College of Art): Performance (Audification of electro-magnetic fields)

Virginie Viel (De Montfort University): Intertwining visual sensibilities and musical domains in the composition of acousmatic music


3-4.30: Session 4 and Keynote Speaker

Simon Smith (Anglia Ruskin University / Hear This Space): Qualities of Spatial engagement within Acousmatic music

Keynote Speaker: Jonty Harrison (University of Birmingham)
Jonty Harrison is a prolific electroacoustic composer and the founder of BEAST (Birmignham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre). He has received numerous prizes (Bourges International Electroacoustic Awards; Prix Ars Electronica, Linz; Musica Nova, Prague; the Lloyds Bank National Composers’ Award; the PRS Prize; an Arts Council Composition Bursary; a Leverhulme Research Grant and AHRB/AHRC Research Grants) and commissions (Ina-GRM, Paris; GMEB, Bourges; the International Computer Music Association; MAFILM/Magyar Rádió, Budapest; Electroacoustic Wales/University of Bangor; IRCAM/Ensemble InterContemporain, Paris; BBC; Sonorities Festival, Belfast; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Fine Arts Brass Ensemble; Singcircle; Thürmchen Ensemble; John Harle; Harry Sparnaay; and Jos Zwaanenburg).