22 - 26 February 2017
@ The University of Huddersfield

Electric Spring is an annual festival of sonic exploration. The five-day programme of concerts, talks and workshops brings together some of today's leading strands in label-defying electronic music. The festival is curated by the academic staff of the Music Department of the University of Huddersfield.

Free admission for all concerts
Concerts at 19:30 in Phipps Hall, Creative Arts Building,
The University of Huddersfield


22/02 (Wed): Alex McLean (UK)
23/02 (Thur): Mark Lyken/Emma Dove (UK)
24/02 (Fri): Beatriz Ferreyra (AR/FR)
25/02 (Sat): Dave Smith (UK)
26/02 (Sun): Richard Scott (UK)

Installation: Stewart Worthy (UK)
Plus Opening Acts, Workshops, Talks, and MSP Power Users' Symposium


Full Program

22/02 (Wed)

pre-concert talk with the artist

Alex McLean (UK)
Opening act: Tadej Droljc (SI)

Alex McLean will present his latest multichannel live coding performance with TidalCycles, drawing on 17 years experience of writing code to make music to dance to. Tadej Droljc's non-hierarchical audiovisual tangle is based on cross-fertilisation between sound, visuals and time that draws from the legacy of “post-glitch-3D mesh” art.
23/02 (Thur)

sound projection workshop

pre-concert talk with the artists

Mirror Lands -
A Mark Lyken | Emma Dove film (UK)

opening act 1: Graminoids -
Demelza Kooij (NL) |
Lars Koens (NL)

opening act 2: Mill Study No.1 - Geoff Cox (UK) | Keith Marley (UK)

An evening of daring documentary audiovisuals, in partnership with the international symposium "Sound and Music in Documentary Film". Mirror Lands is an absorbing and dreamlike portrait of The Black Isle, an ever-changing peninsula in the Highlands of Scotland supporting a delicate balance between nature, industry and rural life. Graminoids gives a sensory portrait of grass waving in the wind. In Mill Study No.1, sound and image combine to evoke both the everyday and surreal aspects of the environment of a working textile mill in Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire.

24/02 (Fri)

screening #2 , part of the smdf

keynote performance of Andrew Kötting, part of the smdf

pre-concert talk with the artist

Beatriz Ferreyra (AR/FR)
opening act: Frédéric Dufeu (FR)

Beatriz Ferreyra presents a programme of some of her stereo and multichannel acousmatic music from 1978 to 2016. Frédéric Dufeu will present the world premiere of a new work for fixed media.

Late night:
The hyperactive curatorial duet BaconJam prepares for us an evening of experimental sets, with Embla Quickbeam (UK), Lee Patterson (UK), Phil Maguire (UK) and Marlo Eggplant (US)
25/02 (Sat)

Saturday afternoon: MSP Powerusers Symposium
An afternoon with four keynote speakers opening patches and techno-aesthetic discussions.

pre-concert talk with the artist

Dave Smith (UK)
opening act: Solomiya Moroz (UA/CA) / Marko Ivic (VE/HR)

London-based drummer Dave Smith invites us to an electro-acoustic sonic exploration where arrhythmic meets deep groove, metallic tones meet supercharged echoes. Expect high energy and low drones. Just before, pianist Marko Ivic will perform Solomiya Moroz's Simulacra Studies for absent piano.

Late night:
Nomadic interactive arts research platform LIBAT (CZ) will host an ongoing open atelier with participation from University of Huddersfield Postgraduate Music Students, culminating in a special event during which the installation will be open and operating with occasional performances occurring in, at, on, or around the installed works(s).
26/02 (Sun)

Sunday afternoon: Modular Meets Electric Spring 2017
For the third year, Ben Wilson aka DivKid curated an afternoon of open sharing of modular synthesisers, intertwined with short performances.

pre-concert talk with the artist

Richard Scott (UK)
opening act: Elias Merino (ES)

Performing on Modular Synthesizer and EMS synthesizers Richard Scott will play music from his recent album Several Circles (Cusp Editions) and a new piece composed especially for Electric Spring. Elias Merino will present a short set of his latest fixed media pieces.



Alex McLean

Alex McLean has been active across the digital arts since the year 2000, developing a creative approach to computer programming, including live coding music. Alex co-founded the TOPLAP and Algorave movements, and has collaborated widely including as part of Slub, Canute, aalleexx, and xynaaxmue. He completed his PhD thesis on Programming Languages for the Arts at Goldsmiths, during which time he initiated the popular and free/open source live coding language TidalCycles, connecting code and music to create a rich approach to pattern making. Alex is based in Sheffield UK, and works as part of the research institute in the Deutsches Museum in Munich, using live coding techniques to explore the ancient thought processes of textile weavers, for the European project PENELOPE . He releases his solo music as Yaxu on the Computer Club label, including the EP Peak Cut and album Spicule. He curates the annual Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, bringing together code and machines in the performing arts.

Dave Smith

Dave Smith is best known for his work with Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, traditional Sabar drumming from The Gambia and Afro-Blues group Juju. As co-founder of Loop Collective Dave is part of some of the most adventurous, and accessible, musical projects in the UK including Cloudmakers Trio, Outhouse, MA and Splice. As co-leader of Outhouse Ruhabi, featuring five Gambian Sabar drummers, and Sabar dance driven Dakar/London band Fofoulah, he is the man behind the most fruitful collision of West African drum music and European jazz yet to surface.

Emma Dove

Emma Dove is a documentary and artist filmmaker. In her work she is interested in exploring the narratives of life that tend to go unnoticed in the general day to day. Originally from the Black Isle, she studied Film & Media at the University of Stirling. Her graduation film, On Another Note, won Best Factual Programme at the Royal Television Society Scotland Student Awards, 2012. Recent film Mirror Lands, a collaboration with Mark Lyken, won the Award for Creativity at IFFEST Documentary Art Festival, Bucharest, 2014. Emma produces and directs her own films and regularly collaborates with other artists, filmmakers and academics.


Mark Lyken

Mark Lyken is a filmmaker and sound artist based in rural Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. He creates observational film, musical and sound works, performances and installations that have been presented nationally and internationally including Brazil, India, Mexico, Italy, Poland, Romania, Sweden and widely across the UK. His recent work explores relationships to place and the interplay between nature, industry and culture. Mark is a Cryptic Associate with recent musical releases on Important Records, Time Released Sound & Broken20.


Beatriz Ferreyra

Worked at O.R.T.F. (French National Television), as a member of the Group of Musical Researches (G.R.M), under the leadership of Pierre Schaeffer (1963-70), contributed to Pierre Schaeffer’s book « Traité des Objets Musicaux » (1966), participated to the records realisation from « Solfège de l’Objet Sonore » by Pierre Schaeffer (1967). Since 1970 she is a freelance composer. In 1975, Ferreyra is a member of the « Collège des Compositors » created by the G.M.E.B. Since 1967 she had commissions for concerts, festivals, film’s and TV music, theatre, video, write articles and gives seminaries and lectures, and had prizes till 1975. In 2014 she was elected as an Honour Member of the CIME/ICEM.


Richard Scott

Richard Scott is a modular synthesizer player and electroacoustic composer performing with Axel Doerner, Jon Rose, Thomas Lehn, Audrey Chen, Clive Bell, Richard Barrett, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Shelley Hirsch, David Ross, Michael Vorfeld, Frank Gratkowski and his own Lightning Ensemble. He was introduced to free improvisation in the 1980s by John Stevens, studied saxophone with Elton Dean and Steve Lacy, and electroacoustic composition with David Berezan and Ricardo Climent. He has released many albums, for example with Grutronic and Evan Parker for PSI records, his solo double LP, Several Circles, and an album with Twinkle3 and Sidsel Endreson. In recent years he co-founded several concert series in Berlin: Basic Electricty, AUXXX, Klangkeller and Sound Anatomy and has his own Sound Anatomy weblabel imprint.


Tadej Droljc

Tadej Droljc is an interdisciplinary artist who works in the field of electronic music, audiovisual composition, sound for picture and intermedia art. His work mainly consists of composing, sound design, sound visualisation, image sonification, programming musical and audiovisual instruments and effects or designing and programming systems for interactive installations. At the moment he is focusing on non-hierarchical audiovisual composition based on real-time audiovisual objects where the lines between mentioned segments of production are completely blurred. His audiovisual research is being funded by Slovenian Ministry of Culture and University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) where he was awarded Dennis Smalley scholarship for electronic music and where he’s currently pursuing a doctorate.


Demelza Kooij

Demelza Kooij is a filmmaker and lecturer in filmmaking at Liverpool John Moores University. She presented her work worldwide in film festivals, art galleries, and conferences. After finishing an MA in Philosophy she pursued her love for film and completed an MA in Documentary Filmmaking. Flora and fauna form an integral part of the visual narrative of her films and are subtle instigators of philosophical considerations, whilst maintaining a sensory and aesthetic charm.


Lars Koens

Lars Koens is a sound and moving image artist. His films and installations have been exhibited internationally at major festivals and venues. He has an interest in musical canons and contributed a new form, which has also found visual counterparts. In 2014 he received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. His theoretical work has been published in refereed journals. He lives and works in Liverpool, UK.


Solomiya Moroz

Solomiya Moroz is a Canadian/Ukrainian artist based in the UK, pursuing a PhD in music composition at the University of Huddersfield. Moroz is interested in the hybrid forms of sound in mixed and acoustic music and its ways of production. Her work tends to progress towards the expansion of the project specific mediums and the role of the musician within them. She has participated in Takt Berlin Artists residency, Omi International Musicians residency in New York, and Banff Centre Creative residency. In addition she has performed and presented her music in Canada, US, and Europe. Her projects have been supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et Culture.


Geoffrey Cox

Geoffrey Cox is a lecturer in Music and composer of acoustic and electronic music with a focus on its application to documentary film. This has resulted in a number of solo and collaborative film projects with Keith Marley, most recently A Film About Nice (Marley and Cox 2010) and Tree People (Cox, 2014). The soundtrack to A Film About Nice won Best Sound Design / Editing at The Maverick Movie Awards 2012. He has published articles in The Soundtrack, The New Soundtrack and Contemporary Music Review on the contextual underpinning of his work.

Keith Marley

Keith Marley is a documentary filmmaker and lecturer in Film and Media Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. His particular interests include the 'City Symphony' filmmakers such as Dziga Vertov, Jean Vigo and Joris Ivens and his research is concerned with the development of innovative representational strategies within documentary filmmaking. His particular focus on the signifying capabilities of diegetic sound in documentary practice is key to his practical exploration of the ‘art of fact’.

Marko Ivic

Marko Ivic is a Venezuelan born pianist who has obtained Master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy from University of Zagreb, Croatia as well as a Master’s in Live Electronics from Conservatory of Amsterdam (2016). Since 2013, he has cultivated an interest in interdisciplinary performances and electroacoustic music, which led to the recording of ​From Within, a live electronics and piano album in collaboration with Croatian DJ Sergej Snooze. After moving to the Netherlands, he has taken part in several music theatre productions such as​Not Only Futurists by Jerzy Bjelski, which was awarded the 1st Prize at the Amsterdam Fringe festival in 2015, and Solomiya Moroz's ​Short Wave Apocalypse or the Box, featured in the Amsterdam Fringe festival selection for 2016.

Elías Merino

Elías Merino (b. 1985) is a sonic practitioner and composer based in the UK. Currently his work is based the exploration of computer-generated sound. Merino is interested in different approaches related with sound and new media art, such object- oriented sound in installation, time, or posthumanities. Combining his personal activity, Elías is involved in collaborative projects and different aesthetics within unusual electronic music. Elías presents his work in sound compositions and installations, which are exhibited, released, performed and diffused in the US, UK, Spain, Latinamerica, Italy, Sweden, Poland or The Netherlands. He recently published his latest work in Leerraum and currently is working in his next studio album, which will be released in the imprint Room40. Nowadays Elías Merino is a PhD researcher in Computer Music at University of Huddersfield.


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please contact Prof Pierre Alexandre Tremblay - p.a.tremblay@hud.ac.uk

All concerts are free and held in the Creative Arts Building at The University of Huddersfield.

University of Huddersfield,
West Yorkshire,
HD1 3DH,
United Kingdom

Free tickets are available on the door. If you would like to pre-book your place please contact: livemusic@hud.ac.uk