Cenatus panel at FutureEverything, 13 May 2010


The Cenatus team has been carrying out extensive research to investigate the link between digital environments and music, particularly in the relationship between the growth of the ‘digital culture’ and production and consumption of music.
The upcoming ‘Future Everything’ festival on May 2010 in Manchester provides the ideal occasion to present the findings of our work. Academics, experts and practitioners will contribute to a prestigious panel on Thursday 13 May, hosted by our directors Matt Spendlove and Andi Studer, and introduced by David Rogerson of Sound And Music.

Panellists include:

Alex McLean, PhD candidate in Arts and Computational Technology at Goldsmiths Digital Studios, researching embodied approaches to text-based music including vocable synthesis and within live coding. He is a programmer/musician performing as one third of the live coding band slub, making electronic music through handmade dynamic programming environments.

John Matthias, award winning musician and composer, and deputy director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research at the University of Plymouth, UK. He is currently developing new instruments and compositional processes relating to sonic events and spiking neurons.

Rachel Baker, artist exploring Internet and Internet radio, particularly concerned with contemporary marketing techniques and how data is gathered, surveyed, distributed and controlled. Since 2003 she has worked at the Arts Council of England as Media Arts Officer for London, supporting artists and organisations working with moving image and new media, and is now the Digital Opportunity Programme Manager at the Arts Council’s National Office.

Thorsten Sideboard has been working at Last.fm for the last 4 years, managing their extensive digital music catalogue, and is also head of Highpoint Lowlife records. An early adopter of digital distribution, he has witnessed first hand the changes which digitization has brought to the music industry, and been a keen proponent of the potential to producers, consumers and labels alike.

The present research is part of the development programme for the upcoming sixth edition of the Netaudio Festival, due to take place in London in Spring 2011 and produced by Cenatus CIC.

The Future of Music at Future Everything, Manchester, Thursday 13 May, 4 PM


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