Network Music Festival

A hi-tech musical weekender // 26-28th September 2014

January 17, 2013
by shellyknotts
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More performers announced…

It’s time to announce some more acts who will be performing at Network Music Festival 2013! 

We’re happy to have invited 4 bands from the UK, Europe and USA to perform at the festival.

UK and Netherlands based audio-visual artists Alo Allik and Yota Morimoto will perform in our opening concert on Friday 22nd February.

In their performance the direct revelation of binary dynamics and rhythms of electronic circuits through custom-built sonic and visual models is expanded and contrasted with complex behavioral patterns of 3-dimensional artificial life and genetic programming algorithms. The audience can expect a challenging perceptual experience, simultaneously challenging, disorienting and yet familiar.

Live coding trio Slub will be performing in the late night concert on Saturday 23rd February.

With roots in UK electronica and tech culture, slub build their own software environments for creating music in realtime. Only custom composition and DSP software is used. Everything you hear is formed by human minds.

Slub project their screens so that the audience are able to appreciate their live software development process, which does not adhere to industry quality control standards. They communicate using OSC over UDP and eyebrow gestures. The output ranges from extra slow gabba, through intelligent ambient gabber to acid blues glitch.

 

 

On Sunday 24th February german laptop band PB_UP (powerbooks unplugged) will perform.

If the laptop is the modern equivalent of the folk guitar, then PB_UP is the first acoustic computer folk band. 6 networked laptops: that is, sound synthesis and real-time sound processing. The sound is played only via the computer speaker. The idea of the laptop as an autonomous musical instrument is consistently realised by PB_UP into a reality. The six musicians sit in the audience writing and modifying algorithms using only self-written software.

Finally distributed laptop quartet – based in the UK and USA – Glitch Lich will also perform on Sunday 24th February. 

Glitch Lich is a group of like-minded musicians specializing in creating and performing real-time network music with its members spread across three different time zones. The quartet met at Mills College focusing on the practices of improvisation with electronics, just-intonation, and game theory. Since then, members of Glitch Lich have relocated to other parts of globe in pursuit of further studies in composition, DEMONOLOGY, and brewing. To maintain their performance practice, Glitch Lich have devised innovative methods to continue to collaborate despite trans-national/ Atlantic distances, developing new technologies to facilitate this mode of music making.

To buy tickets for NMF2013 go to http://networkmusicfestival.brownpapertickets.com/

We will be announcing the results of this years OPEN CALL next week!!

January 14, 2013
by shellyknotts
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The Hub to perform at NMF 2013

We are very excited to announce that seminal network music band The Hub will be giving a special performance at NMF 2013 on Saturday 23rd February 2013, 7pm.

Computer network music, as practiced by The Hub over the last two decades, is characterized by the sharing of digital information via a network, which is used to algorithmically influence the music played by each player in the group. This form of interaction provides the opportunity for composer/performers using computers to use the unique attributes of this instantaneous sharing to create new ensemble relations. The musical behavior that results when each performer individually creates their own realization of a data-sharing specification in a variety of computer music languages affords a rich and unpredictable environment. Emergent behaviors and inexplicable synchronicities abound, and are used to enhance a collaborative, and improvisational performance practice.

Their festival performance will include recent group configurations featuring spectral analysis of acoustic objects, room resonance as a data source, as well as hyper-improvisational mapping of shared values among other schemes.

We are releasing a limited number of tickets for The Hub concert only. They can be purchased, along with festival weekend passes and day tickets from: http://networkmusicfestival.brownpapertickets.com

January 8, 2013
by shellyknotts
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Tickets now available!

Tickets for Network Music Festival 2013 are now on sale and are available from http://networkmusicfestival.brownpapertickets.com

We have discounts available for early ticket buyers with Super Early Bird tickets available in limited numbers until the 14th January and Early Bird tickets available in limited numbers until 4th February. Get them quick before they sell out!

We’re also please to announce that we are selling Donor tickets this year so if you want to help support the festival and receive a thanks and an exclusive invitation to a drinks reception where you can meet the Network Music Festival artists alongside access to all the Network Music Festival events, then check our Donor Weekend Pass and Gold Donor Weekend Pass.

More details of ticket prices is available on our tickets page, or if you’ve already got enough info go to http://networkmusicfestival.brownpapertickets.com and get yourself a ticket!

December 5, 2012
by shellyknotts
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OPEN CALL – closed for submissions.

Our OPEN CALL 2013 is now closed for submissions.

We were happy to receive 94 submissions this year (2 more than last year!).

Our busy team of reviewers are in the midst of reviewing submissions and we should be able to tell you who’s been selected in mid January.

In the mean time watch out for news about this years invited artists… coming soon…

November 22, 2012
by shellyknotts
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OPEN CALL – **DEADLINE EXTENDED!!**

FINAL CALL for the Network Music Festival 2013 OPEN CALL!

DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS: extended to 25 November 2012

The Network Music Festival 2013 is now inviting submissions for Performances (Concert or Club), Installations, Talks, Workshops and ‘Other’.

Network Music Festival would like to invite submissions in the categories of Performance, Installation, Talks and Workshops. We also include an ‘Other’ category where you are free to submit proposals that fall outside of the previous categories but that you feel would be an appropriate addition to the festival programme.

Please go to the OPEN CALL page for more submission information and links to online forms.

Any questions email networkmusicfestival@gmail.com with ‘OPEN CALLS’ in the subject line.

October 25, 2012
by shellyknotts
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OPEN CALL

The Network Music Festival 2013 OPEN CALL is now open for submissions.

DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS: 23 November 2012

The Network Music Festival 2013 is now inviting submissions for Performances (Concert or Club), Installations, Talks, Workshops and ‘Other’.

The Network Music Festival will take place 22-24 February 2013 in Birmingham (UK) showcasing a broad spectrum of musical and sound related works, research, and participatory activities which use networking as part of their aesthetic, creation or performance practice, in the heart of Birmingham’s creative community. Presenting an exciting and diverse line-up of network artists including laptop performances, live coding, collaborative environments for music making, sound installations, workshops and everything else in between, the Network Musical Festival boasts an international line-up including some of Birmingham’s best home-grown hi-tech musical performers.

Network Music Festival would like to invite submissions in the categories of Performance, Installation, Talks and Workshops. We also include an ‘Other’ category where you are free to submit proposals that fall outside of the previous categories but that you feel would be an appropriate addition to the festival programme.

Please go to the OPEN CALL page for more submission information and links to online forms.

Any questions email networkmusicfestival@gmail.com with ‘OPEN CALLS’ in the subject line.

October 8, 2012
by shellyknotts
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Network Music Festival 2013

We are pleased to announce that after the success of the first Network Music Festival in January the festival will return to Birmingham in February 2013.

We are working with some of the artists from NMF 2012 to curate what promises to be an exciting and diverse line-up of network artists. Benoit and the Mandelbrots (CO/DE), Wrongheaded (UK), Glitch Lich (UK/USA) and Birmingham’s own network band BiLE will each curate a concert at the weekend long festival. Alongside this, local curator Samuel Rodgers (Empty Orchestra/Consumer Waste) will curate a programme of sound installation works which address the theme of networking, to take place in venues across Digbeth, Birmingham’s lively arts quarter.

The festival will also include a chance to explore the inner-workings of network music with a variety of workshops and talks for all levels of experience.

The NMF 2013 will once again take place at the home of the Friction Arts collective, the newly expanded The Edge warehouse in Digbeth, Birmingham.

We’ll be keeping you up to date on the festival blog with all the developments from NMF HQ and are also happy to be teaming up with local music journalist Ross Cotton (Something in the Water) to give you the latest news from the network music world in the run-up to the festival.

We will soon be announcing an OPEN CALL for artists interested in performing or presenting their work at NMF 2013. We are interested in artists and musicians whose work includes sound and explores aspects of networking in the creation or aesthetic of the work or in the technology used to realise it.

NMF 2012 featured over 70 artists from Birmingham’s home-grown talent to UK and international artists from as far afield as USA and Colombia in 5 concerts. The festival was proud to present a diverse range of performances including live coding, multiple-location performances, trans-atlantic streaming and new instruments for network performance. The festival also featured installations, workshops and talks. It was featured on BBC 5 Live’s Outriders programme and mentioned in several national and international publications including The Financial Times and the Computer Music Journal. We hope that NMF 2013 will be just as exciting!

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You can contact the organisers at: networkmusicfestival@gmail.com

September 29, 2012
by admin
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Video of BiLE at NMF 2012

Thanks to Graham Booth for shooting this video of BiLE playing ‘The Death of Stockhausen Act 2′ by Charles Celeste Hutchins’ at NMF 2012.