The Art of Noises

On Thu­­rsday 29 November, the Faculty’s EMPRES (Electronic Music Practice RESearch) group and Modern Art Oxford present the second in their concert series The Art of Noises.

EMPRES will take over the Modern Art Oxford galleries to present a series of innovative performances and installations that explore the boundaries between music, sound and technology.

This time, we are fortunate to welcome the legendary BBC Radiophonic Workshop to stage a practice focused electronic music masterclass, plus hold discussion on everything from the avant-garde works of Delia Derbyshire and Daphne Oram, to the Dr Who theme tune!

As a response to the Radiophonic Workshop being in Oxford, the Young Women’s Music Project are collaborating with EMPRES and TORCH on a series of workshops for local female electronic music producers leading up to the event. The YWMP is an educational charity based in Oxford, which provides an inclusive and supportive space for young women aged 14-21 to make music together, learn new skills, express themselves, and grow in confidence.

They will be taking inspiration from the techniques and materials of pioneer electronic music composer, Delia Derbyshire; original member of the Radiophonic Workshop, to produce new music and a performance on the night.

Also, that evening, St John’s sound artist in residence Signe Lidén is producing a site-specific installation entitled Field Modulations.  Signe has been working with our students to create a piece inspired by David Tudor’s Rainforest IV. As an artist she is interested in how places and their histories resonate; in memory, through narratives and various materials.

There will be performances from the EMPRES Synth Ensemble, graduate composers Nicholas Moroz, Jonathan Packham, and Matt Collins, and Wythamscapes –an innovative installation and live performance based on sounds and ambience recorded overnight in the iconic woodland, as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations, featuring our own Professor Eric Clarke.


Date: Thursday 29thNovember 2018; Doors: 6pm

Venue: Modern Art Oxford

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