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General Information

Tarek Atoui

Tarek Atoui was born in Lebanon in 1980 and moved to France in 1998 where he studied sound art and electroacoustic music. In 2006 he released his first solo album as part of the Mort Aux Vaches series for Staalplaat Records, and in 2008 he served as artistic director of the STEIM Studios in Amsterdam, a center for the research and development of new electronic musical instruments. Atoui has presented his work internationally at the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates (2009 and 2013);
the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (2010); Mediacity Biennial in Seoul (2010); the Haus Der Kunst in Munich (2010); Performa 11 in New York (2011); dOCUMENTA 13 in Kassel, Germany (2012); the Serpentine Gallery in London (2012); and the 8th Berlin Biennial (2014). He was recently appointed one of the artistic directors of the 2016 Bergen Assembly, a triennial for contemporary art in Norway.

Tarek Atoui currently lives and works in Paris, France.


Andrea Agostini

Andrea Agostini is a composer of instrumental and electro-acoustic music. He is one of the developers of the bach and cage libraries for musical representation and computer-aided composition in Max. He currently teaches computer music at the conservatory of Turin.

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Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch

Lorenzo Bianchi Hoesch is a composer and a performer. He composed music for live performances, albums, installations, theater, images, dance performances.
 He received commissions from many difference institutions: Groupe de Recherche Musical (GRM) , Biennale di Venezia, Opera of Gothenburg, Ballet National de Marseille, Festival Sant’Arcangelo, Roma Europa, Ater Balletto and he performed worldwide: Europe, Japan, Indonesia, USA…  
His interests span from instrumental composition with real time electronic (mixed music/MAX-MSP-jitter), to audio and video installations to soundtracks and compositions for theater and dance, stemming from a formally strict process of experimentation by using electronic implemented improvisation. All this is created as a means of creation of new electro – acoustic sounds. 
He graduated in architecture (Italy) and composition (France). He has had many professional in depth experiences, and is currently in residency of artistic research at Ircam.


Richard Albert Bretschneider

Richard Albert Bretschneider (born 1983 in Germany) is working internationally in the fields of user experience and music composition. He studied informatics and communication studies at the RWTH Aachen university (Germany) and the Universidád de Cádiz (Spain). As a specialist for mobile, web and musical applications he constantly is exploring and researching in the fields of gestural controllers, tangibles and sensors. Richard regularly is holding talks on conferences like the HCI international in Los Angeles or the Designing Interfaces for Creativity at the University of Sussex. His latests UX and/or music projects took place in inspiring metropoles like Chicago, Paris, Havana or Berlin.

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Tanguy Clerc

French artist making sound and video installations.

Born in 1993, Tanguy Clerc graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Le Mans. Throughout his career, he has developed a particular interest in the relationship between sound and plastic creation (video projects, installations, performances, acousmatic pieces, interaction projects). His meeting with Zimoun was decisive in the direction of his work. Thus, from its first plastic productions, it appeals to sound, confronting it with the image, manipulating it electronically or acoustically. The pieces he produces are very often installations dealing with the question of sound in the visual arts. His work is thus strongly related to the cinematographic, videographic and musical arts.

Tanguy Clerc is the winner of the 2014 edition of the contest nouvOson, where he won the Prix France Culture.

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Violeta Cruz

Violeta Cruz (Columbia, 1986) studied composition in Columbia with Harold Vásquez-Castañeda, and then in France at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris (Cnsmdp) with Stefano Gervasoni. One of the issues that guides her work is the relationships among different listening qualities – musical, daily, emotional – and their connection to musical writing.

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Antonio D’Amato

He graduated at conservatory in Piano, Harpsichord, Music for Multimedia, Music Pedagogy and Electronic Music. He also studied Composition for eight years, Bassoon for three years, Baroque Organ, Audio Engineering, Ondes Martenot inStrasbourg and Paris, and later Sonology at ESMUC in Barcelona. Some of his instrumental works are published by Forton Music, U.K. His first electronic composition was selected for a performance during the ICMC 2012 Conference. In summer 2015 he was trainee at ExperimentalStudio des SWR in Freiburg, and in 2016 at ZKM in Karlsruhe. His works have been performed in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Slovenia, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and USA.

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Pawel Dziadur

I am a London based artist born in Krakow, Poland and working in multi-disciplinary practice. Currently I am studying Digital Arts Computing at Goldsmiths.

My fields of practice are installation, happening, computational art and video as well as electronic music onto which I arrived through improvised scene. I played in improvised music projects in Poland such as DM&P, Galloping Lethargy, Krakow Improvisers Orchestra. I also collaborated with theatre and contemporary dancers.

In my art practice, I like to explore subjects of spontaneity, intuition and locate aesthetic boundaries and cross cultural bridges.


Daniel Formo

Daniel Formo is a musician and composer from Trondheim, Norway. Trained as a keyboard player and improviser and has recorded several albums of jazz and contemporary music. Currently a research fellow with the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, working with speech and music:

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Glen Hall

Glen Hall – Canadian composer/multi-instrumentalist incorporating live electroacoustics with free jazz/improvisation. Residencies at STEIM, EMF , Matralab . Studies with Gyorgy Ligeti, Maurcio Kagel, Joel Chadabe. Recordings with Gil Evans, Roswell Rudd, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. Chalmers Foundation Arts Fellow.

Jen Haugan

Jen Haugan is a London-based graphic designer and installation artist currently doing an MA in Information Experience Design at the Royal College of Art. Her films have been showcased in several UK and worldwide film festivals, and more recently, her and Robert Thorpe’s installation “Frequency” was exhibited at the Sónar+D festival in 2016.

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Chen Hongli

Mr. Chen Hongli is a sound artist. He experimented with live improvised sound art. He has continued to develop this approach in collaboration with numerous pioneering artists both in China and abroad, and it has since become his calling card, with performances at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Kunsten Festival Desarts in Brussels, Centre Pompidou in Paris as well as Institute Of Contemporary Arts in London.


Pascal Joguet

Besides being a musician, Pascal is a serial entrepreneur and inventor of innovative products. He founded his first company 15 years ago (JazzMutant) where he developed its first musical product the Lemur the legendary multitouch controller. Since then, he built solid experience in startup management, technology business development and industrial product development. Pascal is also the author of many patents covering multitouch technologies and human machine interaction. Today, Pascal leads the Joué project.

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Gintas Kraptavicius

Gintas Kraptavičius a.k.a. Gintas K, is a sound artist / composer living and  working in Lithuania. As an active part of Lithuanian experimental music  scene since 1994, Gintas now works in the field of digital experimental and  electroacoustic music. His compositions are based on granulated sounds, new  hard digital computer music, small melodies and memories. He has released  numerous records on labels such as Crónica, Baskaru, Con-v, m/OAR,  Bôłt, Creative Sources and others.  Gintas K also makes music  for films, theaters, sound installations, and has participated in various  international festivals as Transmediale.05, Transmediale.07, ISEA2015.
In 2010 he was a winner of the II International Sound-Art Contest  “Broadcasting Art 2010” in Spain. Since 2011 he is a member of Lithuanian Composers Union.

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Frederic Lebel

Frédéric Le Bel began his studies in jazz performance in 2004 but since 2007 he devoted himself entirely to composition. In 2011, he graduated from the University of Montreal (Canada) where he studied with Philippe Leroux. In 2013, he received his first prize (M.Mus) with high distinction from the Conservatory of Music in Montreal where he studied with Serge Provost. After obtaining an artist diploma from the same institution in 2014, he attended both Ircam cursus (Practical Training in Composition and Computer Music) and is now pursuing a PhD degree in the same institution Ircam/Paris 8 under the direction of Mikhail Malt and Alain Bonardi working on the development and the integration of machine-learning techniques into its creative process. Frederic has also participated in several international academies such as the Impuls Academy in Graz (Austria), the ManiFeste Academy in Paris (France), the Young Composer Meeting in Apeldoorn (Netherlands) and the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne International Forum for Young Composer (Canada). His music has been awarded several times by the SOCAN Foundation in Canada and has been performed in different festivals such as the Montreal New Music Festival (Canada), the Cheltenham Music Festival (UK), the Time of Music Festival (Finland), the Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Netherlands), the Mise-en Musique festival (USA) and at Expo Milano (Italy). His repertoire consists of instrumental music, mixed music and acousmatic music. From soloist to symphonic orchestra, he has worked with exceptional people and ensembles such as, Brice Martin, Cameron Crozman, Wilhem Latchoumia, Quasar saxophone quartet, Cecilia String Quartet, Dr. K Sextet, Curious Chamber Players, Divertimento Ensemble, Barcelona Modern Project, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Klangforum Wien, Orkest de Ereprijs and the CMM Youth Orchestra. For him, composing is a strange mix of research, discovery and confused sensations. The expression by the sound phenomenon through an architecture bearing knowledge and meaning remains its greatest artistic preoccupation.

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Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis is Visiting Lecturer at the RCA and founder of Call & Response, London’s only independent multichannel sound art space.

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Derck Littel

With a background as a musician working with Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Derck’s work now focusses on creating experimental new tools and performances exploring social elements and technologies. This includes working with companies such as Sony, and performing at venues such as Rijksmuseum, Studio LOOS and SPEKTRUM.

Lia Mice

Experimental pop producer Lia Mice is currently studying towards a Masters of Music in Creative Practice at Goldsmiths University of London. Her work explores memory, consciousness and philosophies of decay. She has released two solo albums and performed in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

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Lara Poe

Lara Poe is a Finnish composer and pianist, and is currently a postgraduate student at the Royal College of Music, London

Will Renel

Development Agency. Will Renel is a PhD researcher at The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design researching on Sonic Inclusion

Anna Ridler

I am an artist and researcher – my practise involves working with collections of data that sometimes might be considered white noise/unimportant to create unusual narratives in a variety of mediums. I have degrees from Oxford University and University of Arts London and am studying at the RCA.

Junhyeok Shin

Graphic design student at Royal College of Art

Hugo Silva

Hugo believes he’s one of the few lucky people that can say he worked very few days in his life… not because of lack of a job (fortunately), but because when you do stuff you love and you’re passionate about almost every single day, there’s no boundary between what’s work and what’s just pure fun.

He completed his PhD in Electrical and Computers Engineering at the University of Lisbon. Since 2004, Hugo is a researcher at the IT – Instituto de Telecomunicações. Hugo is also one of the co-founders of PLUX – Wireless Biosignals, established in 2007 as an innovative technology-based company operating in the field of medical devices for healthcare and quality of life, where he is currently a Board Member and Innovation Advisor.

More recently, he has been actively working (i.e. having fun) towards making the world a bit more physiological through BITalino , an open source software and low-cost hardware toolkit, that allows anyone from students to professional app developers, to create cool projects and applications with physiological sensors.

His main interest areas include physiological computing (aka biosignals), system engineering, signal processing, and pattern recognition.

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Anna Terzaroli

Master’s degree in Electronic Music from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, where she is currently completing her Composition studies. Her musical and research works are selected in many events in Italy and abroad. She is a member of the AIMI (Italian Computer Music Association) board.

Benoît Villemont

Benoît Villemont is a young sound designer. He studied (last year) sound design at the Fine Art School of Le Mans in collaboration with IRCAM and ENSCI (Paris). Fascinated by the mystery of Chladni’s acoustic figures, he essentially work sound through the matter and make sounds with his hands. Benoît Villemont has the desire to reach the Harmonia Universalis, as Marin Mersenne theorized it 300 years ago. He considers sound as an intrinsic substance to a vibrating matter. Still anscienter, Alchemy was called Ars Musica… Today Benoît Villemont is studying as an apprentice, the bell casting in a foundry. He works also in the Ménure sound design collective, and in the experimental music spaceship RUCKUS.

Cecilia Wee

Cecilia Wee is Tutor at the RCA and an independent curator working with organisations including Tate Modern and the Live Art

David Zicarelli

David Zicarelli is an author of a number of music and audio software programs, including M, Jam Factory, OvalTune, Max, MSP, and Pluggo. His work concentrates on interactive tools and systems for composition, performance, and listening. In 1997 he founded Cycling ’74, a San Francisco-based company that is focused on audio software. Cycling ’74’s most recent product is Pluggo, a collection of 74 audio plug-ins for creative sound design.