Electric Spring
20–24 February 2019
University of Huddersfield

Electric Spring is an annual festival of sonic exploration of cutting-edge practice in electronic music. The five-day programme of concerts, installations and symposia brings together a collection of people from diverse musical backgrounds to share their knowledge and perform music. The festival is curated by the Music and Music Technology staff of the University of Huddersfield.

Free admission for all concerts and workshops
Concerts at 19:30 in Phipps Hall, Richard Steinitz Building.




















Line-Up

20/02 (Wed): Benjamin Thigpen (USA/BE)
21/02 (Thur): Lauren Sarah Hayes (UK/USA)
22/02 (Fri): Electric Indigo (AUT)
23/02 (Sat) exclusiveOr (USA)

Installations

Installation by Andie Brown (Wed-Thurs)
Installation by Stewart Worthy (Fri-Sat)

Workshops

• Yorkshire Sound Women Network Workshops with Electric Indigo (Friday 10–12) and Lauren Sarah Hayes (Friday 2–4)
• Lauren Sarah Hayes guest lecture, Creative Coding Lab Symposium (Friday 4:30)
• Creative Coding Lab Symposium (Saturday 10-5)
• Modular Meets (Sunday 12-5)

Huddersfield Professional Development Programme for Female Composers of Electronic Music

• Presented by hcmf// in partnership with CeReNeM and Electric Spring HISS Diffusion Workshop and Open Rehearsals (Thursday 10-5)
• Launch Reception at Temporary Contemporary Gallery (Thursday 5-7)

Full Program


20/02 (Wed)
7:30PM - Phipps Hall
Benjamin Thigpen (USA/FR)
opening act: Jorge Boehringer (USA)

Returning to Electric Spring following his standout performances with duo Rust in 2013, Benjamin Thigpen presents acousmatic work from his recent release Flux on Empreintes DIGITALes, plus new work presented for the first time in the UK.
21/02 (Thur)
7:30PM - Phipps Hall
Lauren Sarah Hayes (UK/USA)
opening act: Brice Catherin (FR) & Philip Thomas (UK)

Lauren Sarah Hayes presents her unique brand of improvised avant-pop utilising bespoke hybrid analogue/digital controllers.

22/02 (Fri)
7:30PM - Phipps Hall
Electric Indigo (AUT)
opening act: Stella Baraklianou (GRC/UK) & musician Katelyn Clark (CAN)

Widely known for her work as a DJ and electronic dance music producer and as the founder of the female:pressure network, Electric Indigo presents a new multichannel audiovisual work for the Huddersfield Immersive Sound System.

23/02 (Sat)
7:30PM - Phipps Hall
exclusiveOr
opening act: James Bradbury

The lithe, supple, sonic explorations of exclusiveOr (Jeff Snyder, analog synthesizer; Sam Pluta, laptop) weave an aggressive and fluid web of sound through live improvisation and interaction between modular synth and modular laptop code.

24/02 (Sun)
12:00 PM - CAB Atrium
Modular Meets

Enjoy an afternoon of modular geeking-out. In the Atrium of the Creative Arts Building, come and share your love for all things pluggable, hackable and circuit bent. This event is run by Ben Wilson from 12:00 - 5:00PM in the afternoon.

Artists

Benjamin Thigpen

Born in the United States, with degrees in English Literature, Comparative Literature and “Esthetics, Technologies and Artistic Creations,” Benjamin Thigpen immigrated to Paris at the age of 31. After six years at IRCAM (Paris) and seven at the Conservatory of Cuneo (Italy), he currently teaches computer music and (psycho)acoustics at Arts2 (Mons, Belgium), while also working as a freelance programmer and musician. He makes music for loudspeakers: electroacoustic works (composed on electromagnitic support); pieces for live computer performance; interactive music for computer and acoustic instrument(s); computer improvisation. His music is concerned with issues of energy, density, complexity, movement, simultaneity and violence, and he often works extensively with space as a primary compositional parameter. He thinks that music does not exist in time but rather creates it, and considers that music is not the art of sound but the art of the transcendence of sound.

Lauren Hayes

Lauren Sarah Hayes is a Scottish musician and sound artist who builds and performs with hybrid analogue/digital instruments. She is a “positively ferocious improvisor” (Cycling ‘74), her music refusing to sit nicely between free improv, experimental pop, techno, and noise. Over the last decade she has developed and honed a deliberately challenging and unpredictable performance system that explores the relationships between bodies, sound, environments, and technology. The Wire described her most recent album MANIPULATION (pan y rosas discos) as “skittering melodies and clip-clopping rhythms suggesting a mischievous intelligence emerging from this web of wires”. She is a member of the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Electric Indigo

Electric Indigo, DJ, composer, musician, has performed in 38 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. She represents an intelligent and distinguished interpretation of techno and electronic music. Her DJ-sets are characterized by a wide variety with a clarity of vision and a depth that comes from a deep understanding of the music and the art of DJing. As a composer and musician, she creates music for concert spaces, clubs, sound installations and occasionally for stage plays and short films. In her compositions and live performances, she emphasizes the spatial-temporal placement of subtly elaborated sounds and structures, often generated from speech recordings. Electric Indigo shuttles between Vienna and Berlin.

Jeff Snyder / exclusiveOr

Jeff Snyder is a composer, improviser and instrument-designer living in Princeton, New Jersey, and active in the New York City area. As founder and lead designer of Snyderphonics, Jeff designs and builds unusual electronic musical instruments. His creations include the Manta, which is played by over 150 musicians around the world. Jeff is a member of experimental electronic duo exclusiveOr, avant jazz group The Federico Ughi Quartet, improvisatory noise trio The Mizries, and laptop ensemble Sideband. In 2009, Jeff co-founded an experimental music record label, Carrier Records , which continues to release strange and exciting experimental music. In 2011, he received a doctorate with distinction in Music Composition from Columbia University. He currently is the Director of Electronic Music at Princeton University, and the Director of PLOrk , the Princeton Laptop Orchestra.

Sam Pluta / exclusiveOr

Sam Pluta is a composer, improviser, and sound artist specializing in the use of the laptop as a performance instrument. As a composer, Pluta combines electronic soundscapes with acoustic instruments in compositions ranging from solo instrumental works to pieces for ensemble with electronics to compositions for large ensemble and orchestra. He has written for numerous ensembles including Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire, Mivos Quartet, and International Contemporary Ensemble, and he has recently received commissions from the Lucerne Festival, the Fromm Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, and Arts Brookfield. He is a member of multiple composition and improvisation-based ensembles, including a longstanding collaborative history with both Wet Ink Ensemble and the Peter Evans Quintet. He has toured Europe and the USA with these various groups and performed at major festivals and venues, such as the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, the Moers and Donaueschingen Festivals in Germany, Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and The Vortex in London. Pluta is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Chicago, where he is director of the CHIME Studio and co-director of Contempo, the University's new music ensemble in the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition.

Jorge Boehringer

Jorge Boehringer is an interdisiciplinary artist, composer, performer and researcher currently based in Huddersfield, UK. Boehringer channels his eclectic and experimental practice into installation works, ensemble music, performances, texts, and visual artwork that explore attention, instability, process, and the texture and apprehension of temporality, environments and everyday life. Boehringer performs regularly as Core of the Coalman, a solo performance project in continuous development that he refers to as an open sketchbook, in the duo Kneeling Coats, with composer and musician Eleanor Cully, and in numerous other configurations. He has recently completed a PhD at the University of Huddersfield, supervised by Bryn Harrison, and previously studied in the Center for Centemporary Music at Mills College in Oakland, California with Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran, and Fred Frith. Recently, he and artist-musician Chris Ruffoni have launched the collective curatorial effort New Weird Huddersfield (NWH), a project aiming to psychologically increase the local noise floor through the production of events in the alluvial flow between Manchester and Leeds.

Brice Catherin

Brice Catherin (born 16 October 1981 in Brussels, Belgium) is a French composer and cellist. He studied at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland) with professor Marc Jaermann, where he completed his diploma in 2004. At the same time, he studied composition at the Haute École de Musique of Geneva with professors Michael Jarrell, Luis Naón and Éric Daubresse. He received his diploma in 2005. As a composer, Catherin has written more than 80 instrumental works with and without electronics. As an improviser, he is known for engineering the concept of "improvisation laboratories", which refers to performances of constrained improvisations.

Philip Thomas

Philip Thomas specialises in performing new and experimental music, including both notated and improvised music. He is particularly drawn to the experimental music of John Cage, Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff, and composers who broadly work within a post-Cageian aesthetic. He has commissioned new works from a number of British composers whose ideas, language and aesthetic have been informed in some ways by the aforementioned American composers, such as Stephen Chase, Laurence Crane, Richard Emsley, Christopher Fox, Bryn Harrison, John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Michael Parsons, and James Saunders. Philip is a pianist with leading experimental music group Apartment House, with whom he has performed in festivals across the UK and Europe. He has also performed with the Quatuor Bozzini, and in duos with Mark Knoop, Ian Pace and John Tilbury (piano duet and two pianos) and James Saunders (electronics). He joined the staff team at the University of Huddersfield in 2005, and became Professor of Performance in 2015. Philip is part of the Directorate of CeReNeM, the University’s Centre for Research in New Music.

Stella Baraklianou

Stella Baraklianou (GR/UK) is a visual artist and academic, working primarily with photography and digital image making and installation. Her practice has expanded into exploring materials and processes and working with cross-disciplinary methods. She calls this a methodology of ‘reversibles:’ from digital to material and vice-versa. She has taken part in national and international exhibitions, most notably “Photography is Magic” at the Aperture Foundation, in New York, curated by Charlotte Cotton (July – August 2016). Alongside exhibitions, she has participated in a list of international residencies, most recently the St. Petersburg International Artists Residency, St. Petersburg, Russia and Banff Centre for Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada. She is currently Senior Lecturer within Art, Design and Architecture at Huddersfield.

James Bradbury

James Bradbury is an Australian composer who is originally from Perth, WA. Bradbury enjoys creating musical systems that vivify the behaviours of computers and machines, at times involving other musicians in this process. One of his primary interests is to embrace the complexity and non-human nature of modern computing as an integral feature of his work's aesthetic. The systems he creates often assume a role that is more than just that of a facilitator, tending toward a type of composer in and of itself. This intersection of the system and his own intentions is a rich territory of exploration in which new ideas are discovered, proliferated and developed in novel ways. James is currently a PhD student under the supervision of Alex Harker and Steven Jan at the University of Huddersfield. .

Andie Brown

Andie Brown is a musician, artist, maker and researcher who began her music career as a bass player during her teens. In 2007 Andie began performing and recording as a solo artist under the name These Feathers Have Plumes. Over the last decade, Andie has been experimenting with glass and electronics, creating what she has termed an “augmented glass harp”. Andie has performed extensively including at Colour Out of Space and Full of Noises Festivals and at venues such as Cafe OTO, Union Chapel and the De La Warr Pavilion. She has also taken part in ensemble works with Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides at Tate Britain and at White Cube Gallery for Christian Marclay conducted by Steve Beresford. Elsewhere, Andie has enjoyed collaborating with a diverse range of artists including Sophie Cooper, Joincey, Kelly Jayne Jones, Dale Cornish and Phil Julian but most often with artist and vocalist Sharon Gal. Since 2016 Andie has also been working with sound installation and film; in 2017, Andie was nominated for the PRSF Oram Awards and began a practiced based PhD at the University of Huddersfield. Andie is also a co-Director at Yorkshire Sound Women Network.

Stewart Worthy

Stewart is currently Subject Leader for Music and Music Technology in the department of Music and Drama. He began work at the university in 1999 as technician and part-time hourly paid lecturer shortly after graduating with a first class honours degree in Music. His interest in music began as a percussionist but later spread to other areas including composition, music technology, sound installation, live production and HE practice.

Katelyn Clark

Katelyn Clark (CA) is a musician who specialises in historical and experimental work on early keyboard instruments. She has concertised extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, performing in Canada, Spain, Austria, UK, and Brazil. An active commissioner of new Canadian works for the harpsichord, Katelyn has premiered over 100 solo and chamber pieces including recent compositions by Linda Catlin Smith, Tawnie Olson and Anna Pidgorna. She has taken part in international residencies including Banff Centre for Arts, Alberta, Canada and has been the recipient of various scholarships and travel grants from Canada Council for the Arts and Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Her album of John Field’s Russian pianoforte works was released in 2018.

Creative Coding Lab Symposium

This year Electric Spring hosts the second Creative Coding Lab Symposium. Those who have attended the Max/MSP Power Users’ Symposium in the past will recognise the format of four guest speakers taking about creative work with audio programming, but in this new incarnation we’ve broadened the remit to encompass a wider range of languages and practices. This new name is taken from the recently formed Creative Coding Lab here at the University of Huddersfield.

The afternoon is an opportunity for practitioners in creative coding to share and discuss both their technical approaches and their artistic thinking, as well as the way they link the two together. Each of the four guest speakers will talk for around 45 mins to an hour, about their practice with the opportunity for attendees to ask questions after each talk.

The symposium will be held from 12-5 on Saturday, 23rd February, in RSG/01 in the Creative Arts Building. The setting will be relatively informal. Light refreshments will be provided.

Want to get in touch?

For any questions about the promotion of the events,
please contact:
electric.spring@hud.ac.uk
The Electric Spring organising committee apologises that we cannot reply to unsolicited concert/project proposals.

University of Huddersfield
Richard Steinitz Building
Queensgate
Huddersfield HD1 3DH
United Kingdom

Admission to all concerts, installations, and the CCL Symposium is free of charge.