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Musician and researcher Simon Emmerson will deliver a keynote address at WAAPA

Thursday, 20 October 2016


With support from WAAPA and the ECU Silver Jubilee Visiting Professor grant, prominent electroacoustic musician and researcher Simon Emmerson will deliver a keynote address as part of his visit to WAAPA.

Presenter: Simon Emmerson

Title: Does liveness in music (made with technology) matter anymore?

Biography: Simon Emmerson is Professor of Music, Technology and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester. Commissions include IMEB (Bourges), GRM (Paris) and Inventionen (Berlin) festivals; Darragh Morgan, Philip Mead, the Sond-Arte Ensemble (Lisbon). Recordings of his works are available from Sargasso. Writings include The Language of Electroacoustic Music (Macmillan, 1986), Music, Electronic Media and Culture (Ashgate, 2000), Living Electronic Music (Ashgate, 2007), and recently, editor and contributor with Leigh Landy, Expanding the Horizon of Electroacoustic Music Analysis (CUP 2016). He was founder Secretary of EMAS (The Electroacoustic Music Association of Great Britain) in 1979 and a Trustee of its successor organisation ‘Sound and Music’ 2008-2013. In 2009-2010 he was DAAD Edgar Varese Visiting Professor at the TU, Berlin. Keynote addresses: ACMC 2011 (Auckland), ICMC 2011 (Huddersfield), Music Science Technology 2012 (São Paulo), WOCMAT 2012 (Taiwan), Audiomostly 2014 (Aalborg), AHEM 2016 (London).

Abstract: Over the years I have changed my view on what we listen out for when we play music with technology. First we have ‘causality’ – how do I know what caused the sound coming out of a loudspeaker – was it you (really)? and what do I mean by ‘cause’? did you hit something or think something? But wait – that’s not the only reason we make music… an agent (I’m not sure what) responds to me – is this response ‘meaningful’? and does it matter if that agent is not ‘living’ even when we might describe it as ‘live’?

Event details

Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Time: 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus, WAAPA Music Auditorium
Cost: Free, light refreshments to follow in the WAAPA Courtyard
RSVP: Please RSVP to Sally Hyslop by Friday, 11 November


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