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Voices III

Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 2008
Friday 22 – Sunday 24 February 2008

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Festival Directors:
Simon Ible, Director of Music, University of Plymouth
Eduardo R Miranda, Professor of Computer Music, University of Plymouth

The three day festival includes performances, lectures, installations, workshops of contemporary acoustic, electroacoustic, film, jazz, improvisation and vocal experimentation. It showcases computer music research and new creative developments at the University of Plymouth as well as promoting performers and composers from around the UK and Europe.

Composers and writers in attendance include:
BEAST (Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre), Jonty Harrison, Karen Street, Karen Wimhurst, Eduardo R Miranda, John Matthias, Mike McInerney. Sam Richards, Ten Tors Orchestra, Kate Westbrook, Mike Westbrook, Jem Finer, Nick Ryan, The Village Band, Stan Willis, Gary Bayley, Sam Smith, Mike Brewer, Catherine Laws, David Prior, Dominic Murcott, Lola Perrin, Jane Grant, Nick Roope, Adrian Corker, Phaedra Stancer, Paul Ramsay, Dan and Matt Smith, Mike Lawson-Smith, Paul Ramsa, David Hilton, Polly Macpherson, Joao Martins, Alexis Kirke, Leandro Costalonga, Hilary Mullaney, Andrew Brouse, Marcelo Gimenes, Andy Tweed, Guto Nobrega

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Friday 22 February


Festival Launch Free event
The Gallery, Roland Levinksy Building, University of Plymouth


Film Free event
Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Sound and Film

Dominic Murcott The Hangman Frames, Trumpet Noel Langley
David Prior and Larry Lynch On what it might mean to be spinning, Voice John Hall
Lola Perrin Venezia, Piano Lola Perrin
Alexis Kirke and Lola Perrin Repertoire of the Community, Piano Lola Perrin


Concert - Tickets £12 (Students FREE)
Theatre 1, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Mike Westbrook and The Village Band

Mike Brewer - trumpet 
Kate Westbrook - tenor horn/voice
Stan Willis - alto saxophone  
Gary Bayley - tenor saxophone
Sam Smith - trombone
Mike Westbrook - euphonium

English Soup (2008) premiere
or ‘The Battle of the Classic Trifle’
Text by Kate Westbrook
Music by Mike Westbrook
commissioned by the Bollwater Project

Waxeywork Show (2007)
Text by Kate Westbrook  Music by Mike Westbrook

Internationally acclaimed composer/performers Mike and Kate Westbrook, now based in the South West, are joined by four leading Devonian musicians, to form The Village Band. The sextet made its debut at the beginning of 2006, has toured UK Festivals, Arts Centres and Jazz Clubs, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has released its first album ‘Waxeywork Show’ on the Jazzprint label.
“Waxeywork Show is a phenomenal experience as the smouldering vocals of Kate Westbrook duet with edgy acoustic brass, interleaving musical images of the internet and a brash 19th century fairground, - a potent combination.” Clare Blake

Saturday 23 February


Lecture Free event
Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Music Composition as Applied Research
Eduardo R Miranda (Professor of Computer Music, University of Plymouth)

Eduardo Reck Miranda is head of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research. His research considers how and why people create, perform and listen to music. His methodology is predominantly based upon computational modelling and creative practice. He is a regional editor of Organised Sound (CUP) and member of the editorial boards of Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press) and Contemporary Music Review (Routledge). His latest book, "Evolutionary Computer Music", was published by Springer-Verlag in 2007.


Lecture Free event
Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

The making of ‘In times of flood’ and ‘Floodlines’
Karen Wimhurst (Peninsula Arts Composer-in-residence 2007/8)

Karen Wimhurst's work first came to prominence as the composer in association with the award winning theatre company Communicado. Since then she has been commissioned by festivals and ensembles throughout Britain with performances by the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Grimethorpe Brass Band, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Vocem and Solid Strings among others. Eclectic in nature, her own distinctive music manifests diverse traditional and jazz influences alongside a strong grounding in contemporary classical music.


Film Free event
Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Sound and Film

Jane Grant - Nothing is Further
Jem Finer - Filming Sound


Lecture Free event
Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Introducing BEAST
Jonty Harrison

Jonty Harrison (born 1952) studied at the University of York. He worked at the National Theatre, London before joining the Music Department at Birmingham in 1980, where he is now Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music and Director of the Electroacoustic Music Studios and BEAST. He was a Board member of Sonic Arts Network for many years.

He has won several composition awards (Bourges; Prix Ars Electronica; Musica Nova, Prague) and been commissioned by leading studios and performers (Ina-GRM; GMEB; ICMA; MAFILM/Magyar Rádió; IRCAM/Ensemble InterContemporain; BBC;). His music is available on empreintes DIGITALes (Montréal) and on several other labels.


Concert Free event
Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre)

Eduardo Miranda - Tiergarten (2007),
Mario Verandi - Comme un Jeu des Images (2006),
Trevor Wishart - Angel (2006)

Pippa MurphyCaspian Retreat (2002)
Elainie Lillios - Dreams in the Desert (2001)
Daniel Barreiro - Maresia (2005)
Andrew Lewis - Cable Bay (1999)
Jonty Harrison - Undertow (2007)

The composers associated with the University of Birmingham's electroacoustic music studios operate a comprehensive and unique sound diffusion system specifically designed for the performance of electroacoustic music. The BEAST system uses up to thirty channels of loudspeakers, separately amplified and arranged in pairs, each pair having characteristics which make them appropriate for a particular position or function.

7.30pm- 10:30pm:

Concert Free event organized by members of ICCMR and University of Plymouth (Exmouth)
Café, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

About Time, part 1(1997)

Performers: a selection of students from all three years of the University of Plymouth BA (Hons) Music degree programme

About Time was premiered at The Plough Theatre, Torrington, by a large ensemble under the direction of Fank Denyer. In a full performance each of the four pages is played for the same length of time. This performance will only use page 1, played for 40 minutes.

Sam Richards is an improviser, composer, writer, folklorist and part time lecturer for Plymouth University, specialising in various aspects of music, Popular Culture and American Studies. He has performed throughout Britain, also in North America, France, Holland and the Czech Republic. His own music has been played in the Southwest and in London


A series of short performances by members of the University’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research. The theme of 'Interface' is twofold: bringing together traditional musicians with technology; and bringing together music-lovers with the latest cutting edge techniques in performance and composition. Performances include a musician performing with their brainwaves, drum music produced live by an artificial group of rhythmic robots, and a jazz pianist improvising in tandem with an intelligent computer piano improviser.

Perfomers include:
Marcelo Gimenes
Joao Martins
Alexis Kirke (with Lola Perrin and Gutos Nobrega)
Leandro Costalonga
Hilary Mullaney
Andrew Brouse

The Southside Café will be open throughout the evening. Come and enjoy accessible but exciting music with a coffee or glass of wine.

Sunday 24 February

10.00am-12 noon:

Workshop Free event
Scott Building, Room 105, University of Plymouth

From Words to Music
Dr Catherine Laws, Lecturer in Music, Dartington College of Arts

This will be a practical exploration of some of the myriad connections between music and language. The workshop will also include an investigation of some recent work by composers, songwriters and sound artists, and an opportunity to experiment with some new technology for transforming vocal sound.

No previous experience or specialist skills necessary: open to all.


Film Free event
Immersive Vision Theatre, The Planetarium, University of Plymouth

Dome Fugue v1.0

This work has been specially commissioned to celebrate the re-birth of the William Day Planetarium. This pre-launch rendering of the ‘Dome Fugue v1.0’ will be performed using a cutting edge spatialised sound system and accompanied by immersive generative visualisations.

 ‘Dome Fugue v1.0’ has been composited by i-DAT, researchers in the Nascent Art & Technology Research Group and The Immersive Vision Theatre ‘Domies’. The piece lasts 23 minutes 56.0409053 seconds, a scaled down sidereal period (a single rotation of the Earth relative to the stars).
The newly developed Immersive Vision Theatre was brought to life by the Experiential Learning CETL (Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning) under the direction of Dr Ruth Weaver. The future management lies with the Centre for Creative Design and Technology, a cross faculty, Arts & Technology initiative and a transdisciplinary catalyst for innovation to influence the evolution of new creative design practices and strategies.

The Dome has seating for 35 people.



Film Free event
Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

Sound and Film

Nick Ryan and Nick Roope Wave
Adrian Corker and 9 ½ Short visual pieces
Phaedra Stancer Placebo
Paul Ramsay  Parallel Music eTude 23
Dan and Matt Smith Audible reflections in time
Mike Lawson-Smith and Paul Ramsay Films for Music
David Hilton To be titled
Polly Macpherson To be titled



Concert - Tickets £10 (Students FREE)
Ten Tors Orchestra
Simon Ible -conductor
Karen Street -piano accordion
Andy Tweed -saxophone

Eduardo Miranda 'Sacra Conversazione’ Opus 3 (2008) for string orchestra, percussion and electronics (premiere)
Karen Wimhurst ‘Floodlines’ (2008) for string orchestra (premiere)
Karen Wimhurst ‘In times of Flood’ (2001) for piano accordion, strings and percussion
Karen Street ‘Lizard’ (2008), for piano, accordian and saxophone (premiere)
Karen Street ‘For the children’ (2001) arranged for Saxophone and accordion
Jonathan Taylor ‘Baka’ arranged by Karen Street (2007) for saxophone and accordion

Karen Street studied music at Bath University, Welsh College of Music and Drama and Guildhall School of Music. As a composer Karen specializes in writing music for the saxophone, from solos to large ensembles, many of which are published by Boosey & Hawkes, June Emerson and Saxtet Publications. Her composition for solo accordion "In the Ballroom with the Rope" took first prize at the London Accordion Festival, Composition Competition, 2001.

The Ten Tors Orchestra is the resident ensemble of Peninsula Arts. The orchestra has established a reputation for contemporary music performance as well as its programmes of traditional classical repertoire.



Festival Party Free event
Café, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth                       

Live jazz improvisation and European folk from Karen Wimhust (clarinet) and Karen Street (accordion)

For more information contact and tickets:

Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth,
Roland Levinsky Building,
Drake Circus,
Plymouth PL4 8AA
Tel: 01752 238684

Or at the door

Past Events

Voices II
Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Weekend
Friday 23, Saturday 24, Sunday 25, Monday 26 February 2007

Voices I
Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Weekend
Friday 24, Saturday 25& Sunday 26 February 2006

Contemporary Music Weekend
Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Weekend
Performance, Technology and Research
Friday 25, Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 February 2005
A weekend of research and new creative developments
at the Computer Music Research Lab University of Plymouth.



John Matthias

Eduardo Reck Miranda

Mike Mclnerney

Simon Ible

Mario Verandi

Jonty Harrison

Sam Richards

Karen Wimhurst

Mike Westbrook

Kate Westbrook

Catherine Laws

Karen Street