AK/DK (Graham Sowerby and Ed Chivers) use acoustic drums and a myriad of synthesizers to create complex and evolving music with layers of arpeggios, crashing drums and searing electronic sounds. Their largely improvised live shows are juxtaposed by more delicate compositions and commissions for theatre, film and installations.

Seznec, Yann


Yann Seznec is a musician and artist living in Edinburgh. His work focuses on interaction and physical sound. He works as a solo performer, as acoustic duo The Seznec Bros, and with internationally renowned musicians including Matthew Herbert. Seznec's work has been shown / performed at venues including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Chapter Cardiff, Royal Opera House, AND, MIT Media Lab, CCA Glasgow, Berghain Berlin, Liquid Rooms Tokyo and Mediamatic Amsterdam.

Seznec is founder of Lucky Frame, a company specializing in fun, intuitive musical software. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, receiving an MSc in Sound Design.

Beste, Sam


Sam Beste is a musician, composer and producer from London, in demand as a pianist since his teens. At 16 he declined an offer to study at the Royal Academy of Music, instead taking up the opportunity to tour with Amy Winehouse, whom he played with until her untimely death in 2011. His career as a pianist has taken him around the globe performing in some of the world's most prestigious venues and festivals with the likes of Tom Jones and Carleen Anderson. Since 2010 Beste’s time has been predominantly devoted to his band Hejira, with whom he collectively composes, arranges, produces and performs. Hejira's debut album was co-produced by Matthew Herbert and released on Herbert's Accidental Records imprint in October 2013. In addition to Hejira, Beste has also been working extensively with Herbert on the electronic pioneer's own releases, recording and co-writing on his latest solo records One Pig and The End of Silence, and collaboratively composing the soundtrack to a film score and the iPhone game Pentapuzzle. Sam Beste is a visiting piano tutor at Goldsmith's College, London, after graduating from the institution himself in 2009 with a BA in Popular Music Studies.

Fernandez, Jose Miguel

Jose Miguel
Fernández’ works have been performed in various countries and contemporary music festivals in Europe, the Americas and Asia at CNSMD of Lyon, Journées Grame, Biennale Musique en Scène of Lyon, Espace de Projection at l’Ircam, Paris, Festival Archipel of Geneva, Wasserspeicher Berlin, University of Lanus Buenos Aires, Festival de Musica Chilena Santiago, Fabbrica Europa Florence, EMS Shanghai, Imatronic ZKM at Karlsruhe... by ensembles like Ensemble Atelier XX, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, Ensemble Unitedberlin, Ensemble Vortex, trio de Bubar... And collaborates with soloists like Claude Delangle, Thirry Miroglio, Roméo Monteiro, Nicolas Crosse, Michel Michalakakos and others.

Sound Intermedia

Sound Intermedia

Sound Intermedia - alias Ian Dearden and David Sheppard - is dedicated to realising visionary new art works through live performance and cutting-edge technology. Their trail-blazing initiatives and artistic collaborations continually push past the accepted boundaries of composition, sound design, live sound, music technology and interactive multimedia.

Internationally respected both as composers and performers, they collaborate with many of the world's most influential artists and organizations.

Norman, Katharine

Katharine is an independent artist and scholar, previously an academic, with posts at Dartington College of Arts, Sheffield University, Goldsmiths and City University London and elsewhere. She received her first degrees from the University of Bristol and a PhD in composition (instrumental and computer) at Princeton, where she studied with Paul Lansky and others. Her published writings on sound and music include Sounding Art (Eight Literary Excursions through Electronic Music) (Ashgate, 2004), and many chapters and essays on sound, most of which are also available online. Recent writings on sound and music include chapters on aspects of soundscape, listening and everyday experience for Cambridge University Press, Routledge and Ashgate (all forthcoming 2014/15).

Ficarra, Evelyn

Evelyn Ficarra is a composer and sound artist. Her work finds expression across a range of forms including music theatre, multi media, installation, dance, film and the concert hall. Throughout her career she has enjoyed collaborative work with choreographers, directors, filmmakers, and visual artists. Even in their ‘purest’ forms – say, a solo piano piece – her musical ideas are often co-mingled with, or germinated from, other materials (words, images, sounds) which inform the development and shape of the music and leave their traces in it. In that sense, her work is interdisciplinary at its core. In another sense, she is thoroughly single minded – she stubbornly hears all sounds as music, understands all time based structures (films, dance, theatre) as music, looks at all objects as potential sound sources (music.)

Casserley, Lawrence


Lawrence Casserley (born UK, 1941) has devoted his professional career to real time electroacoustic music, and to the idea that live sound processing can be an instrument in its own right. In 1967 he became one of the first students in a new class in Electronic Music taught by Tristram Cary. Subsequently he became Cary's teaching assistant, then Professor-in-Charge of Studios and Adviser for Electroacoustic Music before taking early retirement in 1995 to pursue his performing career.

He is best known for his work in free improvised music, and has devised a special computer processing instrument for this work. He has worked with many of the finest improvisers, particularly Evan Parker, and is a key member of the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. Casserley's instrumental approach to live computer sound processing is the hallmark of his work; the Signal Processing Instrument allows him to use physical gestures to control the processing and to direct the morphology of the sounds. This is the culmination of forty years of experience in the performance of live electronic music. He also works as a soloist, processing sounds from voice, percussion and self-made instruments. CDs have been released by ECM, Konnex, Leo Records, Psi, Sargasso and Touch.

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