intermediale Konzert und Vortagsreihe
14. - 15. Oktober 2013

Sonic Intermedia

ist eine internationale Konzert- und Vortragsreihe initiert von den KomponistInnen und MedienkünstlerInnen Andreas Weixler und Se-Lien Chuang  mit dem künstlerischen Leiter des AEC Gerfried Stocker um zeitgenössischer intermedialer Computermusik ein Präsentationsformat in Linz zu geben, das Einblick gibt in die Arbeit von hochkarätigen KomponistInnen, ForscherInnen, MedienkünstlerInnen und MusikerInnen.
Die Gäste bei SonicIntermedia 2013 sind NOVARS Manchester, UK und die britische elektrokaustische Komponistin Manuella Blackburn.


is a Research Centre started in March 2007 with specialisms in areas of Electroacoustic Composition, Performance and Sound-Art. NOVARS is named to reference and celebrate the seminal work by Francis Dhomont (Novars). In his own words 'a reversed version of Ars Nova' - New Art, New Science. We are grateful for his permission to use his title. Staff and postgraduate student research areas range from acousmatic composition to machine musicianship, sound spatialisation, sound and architectonic spaces, performance practice, live interactive systems and cross-disciplinary projects. In Education areas, NOVARS is supporting and reinforcing an existing well-integrated music pathway both at Postgraduate and Undergraduate levels, merging areas of electroacoustic composition, instrumental composition and music theater, including experimental and contemporary performance practice.

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intermediales KONZERT

14. Oktober 2013

Ars Electronica Center, Linz - DeepSpace

Werke von und mit

David Berezan, Manuella Blackburn, Constantin Popp, Claudia Larcher,
Mark Pilkington, Andreas Weixler und Se-Lien Chuang

Elektroakustische, intermediale Kompositionen, audiovisuelle Echtzeitprozesse, Video- und Medienkomposition

FLYER concert


CMS invited lecture series
David Berezan
New Research from MANTIS and the NOVARS Research Centre, University of Manchester UK

Anton Bruckner Privat Universität - kleiner Saal
Wildbergstrasse 18
DIE 15. Oktober 2013,  um
10:00 Uhr

Constantin Popp

Mehrkanalige Aufführungs- und Kompositionsstrategien akusmatischer Musik: Zwei Fallstudien

CMS - Lehrstudio, Sandgasse 14
DIE 15. Oktober 2013,  um 15.00 Uhr

Mark Pilkington

Audio-Visual Composition - A Sense of Language

über die audiovisuelle Arbeit "Birth"
CMS - Lehrstudio, Sandgasse 14
DIE 15. Oktober 2013,  um 16.30 Uhr

FLYER lectures


David Berezan

After completing a BA in History (1988) at the University of Calgary, a Diploma in Composition (1996) at Grant MacEwan College (Edmonton) and a MMus in Composition (2000) at the University of Calgary, David Berezan moved to the UK and completed a PhD in Electroacoustic Composition (2003) at the University of Birmingham (UK). In 2012 he was appointed Professor in Electroacoustic Music Composition at the University of Manchester, where he has acted, since 2003, as Director of the Electroacoustic Music Studios and MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound).
Since 2000 he has primarily composed acousmatic music, though he has also composed and performed solo and ensemble live-electronics works. He has been awarded in the Music Viva (Portugal, 2012), Bourges (France, 2002), Luigi Russolo (Italy, 2002), Radio Magyar (Hungary, 2001), São Paulo (Brazil, 2003, ’05), L’espace du son (Belgium, 2002) and JTTP (Canada, 2000) competitions. He has worked in residence in the studios of the University of Calgary (Canada, 2011), University of Montreal (Canada, 2011), CMMAS (Mexico, 2011), EMS (Sweden, 2011, 12), VICC (Sweden, 2011, 12), The Banff Centre of the Arts (Canada, 2000, 07), ZKM’s Institut für Musik und Akustik (Germany, 2007), GRM (France, 2007), IMEB (France, 2007), ESB (Switzerland, 2005), and Tamagawa University (Japan, 2007).

Thumbs (2011) [8-channels]
Thumbs uses a single plucked sound from a Balinese thumb piano as its primary sound source, subjected to transformations of pitch and grain, and explored in multi-channel space. I aimed to reduce the variety of sound-types and materials used in the work as much as possible, while still creating an engaging and evolving soundworld. A number of spoken expressions that include 'thumb' came to mind during the composition of the piece (rule-of-thumb, all-thumbs, thumbing through, thumbs-up/down, under thumb). These acted, at some level, as informers upon the work.
Thumbs was realized in the electroacoustic music studios of CMMAS (Morelia, Mexico), University of Calgary and University of Montreal, and premiered August 12, 2011, Places for our ears to go… — Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, Wychwood Theatre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

Foto by Milapfest

Manuella Blackburn

is an electroacoustic music composer who specializes in acousmatic music creation. However, she also has composed for instruments and electronics, laptop ensemble improvisations, and music for dance.
She studied music at The University of Manchester (England, UK), followed by a Masters in Electroacoustic Composition with David Berezan. She became a member of Manchester Theatre in Sound (MANTIS) in 2006 and completed a PhD at The University of Manchester with Ricardo Climent in 2010.
Manuella Blackburn has worked in residence in the studios of Miso Music (Lisbon, Portugal), EMS (Stockholm, Sweden), Atlantic Centre for the Arts (Florida, USA), and Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo, Japan).
Her music has been performed at concerts, festivals, conferences and gallery exhibitions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the USA.
Manuella Blackburn has received a number of international awards and prizes for her acousmatic music including: Grand Prize in the Digital Art Awards (Fujisawa, Japan, 2007), First Prize in the 7th and 10th Concurso Internacional de Composição Electroacústica Música Viva (Lisbon, Portugal, 2006, ’09), 3rd Prize in the Diffusion Competition (Ireland, 2008), Public Prize in the Concurso Internacional de Composição Eletroacústica (CEMJKO, Brazil, 2007) and Honorary Mentions in the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS) competition (Morelia, Mexico, 2008) and in the Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo (CIMESP ’07, Brazil).
She is currently a lecturer in Music at Liverpool Hope University (England, UK).

Foto by Sten Meiin
electroacoustic composition

Javaari is the term given to the bridge of the sitar where the melodic and sympathetic strings run and create the sound. The bridge is made traditionally of Deer horn and is made in a certain shape, width, and length, while the surface is flat with slight semi-circle bend. The term also refers to the unique buzzing tone produced by the sitar. This piece explores these fascinating timbres originating from this instrument and pays particular attention to the beautiful pitch bends that arch over and under like vocal melismas. The work is structured into four episodes, each exploring a different intensity of explicit cultural sound use – often the sitar material is in the fore and sometimes it recedes or pokes through intermittently.  
This acousmatic work is the first in a series of pieces composed in collaboration with Milapfest (The UK’s leading Indian Arts Charitable Trust) based at Liverpool Hope University. The yearlong project aims to examine the translation and transference of cultural sound to electroacoustic music and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Many thanks go to Roopa Panesar (Sitar), Kousic Sen (Tabla), Raaheel Husain (Sitar), Kiruthika Nadarajah (Violin), Senthan Nadarajah (Mridangam) Kaviraj Singh (Santoor), Upneet Singh (Tabla) and Rohan Kapadia (Tabla).

videostill: Claudia Larcher

Constantin Popp

born in Berlin 1980, studied electroacoustic composition at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar with Robin Minard and at the University of Manchester with David Berezan. The German Academic Exchange Agency (DAAD), the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Victor Sayer fund his PhD research at the University of Manchester, UK.

He collaborated, among others, with Andreas Bick, laborgras, Jan Wagner, Johannes Mayr, Robin Minard and Markus Wintersberger, doing works for dance, film, radio and stage. Furthermore commissions were received from "pèlerinages Kunstfest Weimar", the "Deutscher Musikrat" and Swiss Radio DRS2. He worked at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universtity Jena, Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar, the ETH Zürich, HfK Bremen, Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg and the University of Manchester. He has been giving workshops in SuperCollider, live-electronics and electroacoustic composition. Since 2007 he's been also engaging in improv with live-electronics, performing, for example, with Antoni Beksiak (Touring Sounds), David Berezan, Ludger Hennig, laborgras and Hervé Perez in various places throughout Europe.

Claudia Larcher,
born 1979 in Bregenz, studied sculpture, multimedia and intermedia art at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Since 2005, she participates in exhibitions in Austria and abroad in the fields of video animation, installation and LiveVideoPerformance.

Foto:  Malgorzata Cnota

empty rooms

The Novars studio’s quiet soundscape served as the initial (emotional) starting point of “empty rooms”. Because the studios are sonically highly insulated, sounds from outside of the studio are almost fully blocked and previously unheard sounds suddenly creep into the user’s perception: The quiet transformer hums of the various electronics in the studios become audible, as well as the occasional chattering of other studio users behind doors or the slight distant rumble of passing trucks. But all those sounds occur on very, very low sound level, contrasting highly with the loud soundscapes of Manchester with it’s raving city centre and bar’s. In a way, both sonic states encroach the listener’s personal space equally: Both force him/her into the Now, pushing him/her out of the state of pure observation, either through silence as he/she becomes aware of his own overloaded senses, or through being overwhelmed by a massive wall of sound. “Empty rooms” aims to recreate this change in perception from observation to active part-taking and delicate blend of spaces bleeding into other spaces. It harnesses the physicality and power of encroaching the listener’s personal space through interlocked recordings of unpopulated spaces, mechanised spaces and overwhelming noise.

Video: Claudia Larcher,
Audio: Constantin Popp

video still: Mark Pilkington

Mark Iain Pilkington

is a composer and performer of electroacoustic music. 
PhD 'Portfolio of Original Compositions’ (2009-2012), University of Manchester UK. 
MA in Electroacoustic Composition (2003/04), University of Huddersfield UK.
 He composes for solo instruments and ensembles, electronics and instruments, solo electronics, collaborative interdisciplinary work and acousmatic music. Research areas audio-visual music, installation and live performance.  From 2009, he became a member of MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound).
Awards and Commissions :
- Morphogenesis 5.1 - Turing 100 Conference, Manchester UK (2012)
- Bathing in Sound and Light - Installation RNCM (2011)
- 'A Tribute to Nam June Paik' - FACT and TATE Liverpool (2010)
-PUSH Festival - IDKA - Sweden (2009).
- ACE Summer Intensive Electroacoustic Workshop at the Centre de Création Musicale Iannis Xenakis (CCMIX) in Paris, France (2005).
- 'Audio/Visual' composition at the BETA conference at FACT Liverpool (2005)
As the recording artist Thought Universe, his music is published by  - Thought Universe Music (UK), Skam (UK), Sonic World Service (UK), Mainline (DK), DalRiada (UK) and Recordcamp (USA). He has performed in the UK, Europe and the USA.  With radio broadcasts around Europe via the EBU.
Freelance lecturer /educator.
Mark also runs his own audio-visual label called ‘TUM'

Foto: Glenn Boulter

Birth (2011)
Duration 10'18

Birth is a kinetic film that combines computer geometrical forms and electroacoustic sounds.  Investigating the abstract morphologies that lay within the integration of audio-visual media by searching for correspondences between musical and pictorial harmony.  By ultising a palette of organic and architectonic audio-visual media, Birth forms correspondences within and beyond the screen.  The metamorphosises of form, through kinesthetic intervention, are consolidated in virtual spatial-temporal landscape.  The audio-visual entities that exist there rapidily change, avoiding resolution to encourage intensity through the apparent motion of materials.

Birth is inspired by the early avant-garde film makers such as Oskar Fischinger Motion Painting (1947), Viking Eggeling Diagonal Symphony (1925), Hans Richter Rhythmus 21 (1921) and the unique animation style of Yoshinira Kanada, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984).

Sound materials recorded at a variety of geographical locations, Tenerife, Spain and Manchester, UK :
- Rocks fall into a 'barranco', Tenerife, Spain.
- Shouts and handclaps in a deserted underground car park, Tenerife, Spain
- Parrots and other exotic bird calls, Tenerife, Spain.
- Long distance irrigation pipe, Tenerife, Spain.
- Inner city traffic, Manchester, UK. 
- Synthetics sounds produced at Thought Universe Studio, Manchester, UK


Tressenstein, Steiermark (© Se-Lien Chuang)

Andreas Weixler
Virtuoso Chances - return home 
multichannel ambience music
interactive sound file player
composition:  Andreas Weixler @ Novars residency 2013
video: Se-Lien Chuang, Atelier Avant Austria

  Indischer Ozean, West Australien (© Se-Lien Chuang)

Se-Lien Chuang
Impromptu for Yang-Chin
electroacoustic music

composition: Se-Lien Chuang @ Novars residency 2013
video: Se-Lien Chuang, Atelier Avant Austria

Foto: Andreas Weixler

Se-Lien Chuang
composer, pianist and media artist, 1965 born in Taiwan, since 1991 residence in Austria.
The artistic and compositional emphases range from contemporary instrumental composition/improvisation, computer music to audiovisual interactivity.
Studies in composition (Beat Furrer), music and media technology (Karlheinz Essl), piano/recorder, electro-acoustic music in Austria.
International productions, research stays and lectures as well as numerous representations of compositions in Europe, Asia, North- and South America: Salzburger Festspiele, ICMC Perth/Ljubljana/Huddersfield/NYC/Belfast/Copenhagen, NYCEMF NYC, SICMF Seoul, NIME New York, ISEA Singapore/Nagoya, IAMAS Japan, Ars Electronica Linz, SONORITIES Festival Belfast, Electronic Music Festival Basel, Ultraschall Festival für Neue Musik Berlin, Wien Modern, Sumida Triphony Hall Tokio, National Theater Concert Hall Taipeh, Computermusik Festival Montreal, European Electroacoustic Music Brussels, NICE Amsterdam, SIBGRAPI Video Festival Gramado-RS, among others.
Since 1996 jointly with Andreas Weixler running Atelier Avant Austria, of which the key aspects are in the developments of audiovisual interactive systems and audio/visual realtime/non-realtime processing, computer music and algorithmic composition.

Foto: Se-Lien Chuang

Andreas Weixler
born 1963 in Graz, Austria, is a composer for contemporary instrumental composition, computer music and interactivity with an special emphasis on audiovisual realtime processes and interactive score. He studied contemporary composition at the University of Arts in Graz, Austria with Andrzej Dobrowolski, Younghi Pagh-Paan and diploma by Beat Furrer. His specialisation in computer music and his concepts of composition, improvisation and audiovisual interactivity lead to concerts, performances and lectures in Europe, Asia, North and South America. His concepts got selected for performances at the International Computer Music Conference ICMC 2013 Perth, 2012 Ljubljana, 2011 Huddersfield, 2010 New York, 2008 Belfast, NIME 2007 New York, also selected for a research paper presentation at ICMC 2013 Perth,  ISEA 2008 – the International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Singapore. among others.
Andreas Weixler is currently an associate university professor at Bruckner-University Linz, Austria and a lecturer at InterfaceCulture of the University of Arts in Linz and is also giving numerous international lectures in Austria, Germany, England, Northern-Ireland, USA, Japan, Taiwan, South-Corea a.o. 
He founded intermedia concert series as electronic access (Graz, Linz, Vienna and London), Sonic Intermedia (ars electronic center Linz) and Sound & Vision (Bruckner University Linz). In 1981 Andreas Weixler founded Atelier Avant Austria for contemporary composition and media arts and is running it since 1996 together with his partner Se-Lien Chuang in numerous international cooperations.

Foto: Gerald Wolf

Momentum Novars

collective improvisation with interactive audiovisual realtime processing

Se-Lien Chuang, Yang-Chin, interactive visuals *)
Andreas Weixler, realtime audio processing **)
David Berezan, computer sound source
Mark Pilkington,
'Sketch on Glass' ****)
Constantin Popp, realtime audio processing *****)

*) modular filter patch with audio driven realtime video processing in Max Msp Jitter by Se-Lien Chuang

**) SpectraSonic is a realtime audio software developed by Andreas Weixler, it consists of multichannel granular synthesis, spectral delay, controlled by virtuoso chances & machine musicianship

***) 8-channels  Max/MSP audio processing by David Berezan

****) 'Sketch on Glass' is an algorithm that abstracts musical information from cognitive and symbolic models.  The real-time sound processing environment allows for one single gestural movement to control several sound parameters at once in order to produce a complex sound treatment.  A combination of manual, dynamic and visual event driven input processes was mapped to sonic transform processes by Mark

*****)  live-patch in SuperCollider (PLib) by Constantin Popp

Foto: Florian Voggeneder, live at DeepSpace 2013

Initiative: Andreas Weixler, Se-Lien Chuang, Gerfried Stocker, David Berezan
Veranstaltungsbüro, Presse: Romana Gillesberger, Angelika Grabner (ABPU), Martin Hieslmair (AEC)
Audio+EDV Technik: Jörg Lehner (ABPU), Martin Edtmayr
DeepSpace Technik: Julia Leitner, Thomas Kollmann, Florian Wanninger (AEC)
CMS Musik- und Medien Studierende: Hassan Zanjirani Farahani (Realisation, Docu), Daniel Rikker


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