TENOR | 2016

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Second International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation

27-29 May 2016
Hosted by Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and the University of Cambridge

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This second International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation is dedicated to issues in theoretical and applied research and development in Music Notation and Representation, with a focus on computer tools and applications, music creation and cognition.

Until very recently, the support provided by computer music developers and practitioners to the field of symbolic notation has remained fairly conventional. However, recent developments indicate that the field of tools for musical notation is now moving towards new forms of representation. Moreover, musical notation, transcription, sonic visualisation, and musical representation are often associated with the fields of musical analysis, ethnology, and acoustics. The aim of this conference is to explore all recent mutations of notation and representation in all domains of music.

This year, the call was extended to include cognition as well as ontological issues of performance practice arising from the use of traditional and/or graphical notation systems in live electronics.

Elaine Chew

Keynote Speakers

Elaine Chew is Professor of Digital Media at Queen Mary University of London, where she is affiliated with the Centre for Digital Music and co-Leads its Cognition, Creativity & Expression research theme. A classically trained pianist and operations researcher, she uses mathematical and computational models and scientific visualisation to represent, analyse, and explain aspects of musicianship, including musical prosody and structure, cognition, and interaction. She also works with composers to create and premiere new compositions, and designs and performs in concert-conversations that probe the nature of music making and listening.

Jonathan Impett

Jonathan Impett’s professional and research activities cover many aspects of contemporary musical practice, as trumpet player, composer and theorist. In the field of historical performance, he is a long-standing member of both The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. He is also a member of the experimental chamber ensemble Apartment House. As a soloist he has given premieres of works by composers including Scelsi, Berio, Harvey and Finnissy. He directed the live electronic chamber ensemble Metanoia, and was awarded a Prix Ars Electronica for his development of the metatrumpet. His compositions have been broadcast throughout Europe; a new CD will be released by Attacca in 2015. As an improviser he has played with musicians as divers as Paul Dunmall and Amit Chaudhuri.
Work in the space between composition and improvisation has led to continuous research in the areas of interactive systems and interfaces. The current ‘active sound space’ project uses ALife populations of wave models to create interactive works combining aspects of composition and sound art. A monograph on the music of Luigi Nono will be published by Ashgate in 2016, and Jonathan is currently working on a project considering the nature of the contemporary musical object, ‘The work without content’. Having been Head of Music at the University of East Anglia, he is now Associate Professor at Middlesex University, London, and Director of Research at the Orpheus Instituut, Ghent – a major centre for artistic research.


Papers sessions and keynote will take place at LAB 006, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge

Workshops will take place at Centre for Music and Science, Cambridge University Faculty of Music, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Walking from Anglia Ruskin to West Road takes about 30 minutes.