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QMUL, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Centre for Digital Music Seminar Series

Seminar by:
Núria Bonet (Researcher/Composer, University of Plymouth)

Date/time: Friday 20th of March, 14h00-15h00

Location: Graduate Centre - Room 203
Number 18 on Campus map:

Open to students, staff, alumni, public; all welcome. Admission is FREE, no pre-booking required.

Title: Sonification: A Composer's Point of View

Abstract: Sonification is the process of data transmission with non-speech audio. While finding increasing acceptance as a scientific method, particularly where a visual representation of data is inadequate, it is still often derided as a ‘gimmick’. Composers have also shown growing interest in sonification as a compositional method. Both in science and in music, the criticism towards this method relates to poor aesthetics and gratuitous applications. My PhD portfolio used sonification as a musical methodology questioning the compositional intent, purpose, musical value and creative processes of a sonification composer. I argue for a more focused use of the method in musical applications in an effort to progress from 'hype' method to 'killer application'.

Nuria Bonet is a composer and researcher based at the University of Plymouth. After studies in music, electroacoustic composition and acoustics at the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh, she completed a PhD Computer Music at the University of Plymouth under the supervision of Prof Eduardo Miranda and Dr Alexis Kirke. Nuria's PhD project looked at the use of sonification of compositional method. She also has research interests in organology and Catalan instruments in particular. Her research has been mentioned on BBC Radio 3, BBC Spotlight, Nature Physics, Physics World and Radio 100,7%, Catalunya Radio, Catalunya Musica and L'Avenç. Her current lottery-funded project, Back to Music, is developing new technologies and repertoire for disabled musicians.

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