Archive for January 2013


January 7, 2013


Trevor Wishart


Wednesday 23 January 2013, 6pm, On Location, National Media Museum

‘The Music of Human Speech’


What are the musical properties of spoken language and how can we use the computer to tease out these musical features and use them to create musical works? Trevor Wishart will talk about “Globalalia” (using syllables from the worlds’ languages), “The Division of Labour” (using a text from Adam Smith) and, especially, the recently completed “Encounters in the Republic of Heaven” (capturing the melody, rhythm and sonority of spoken phrases across an entire speech community in the North East of England, in a sound-surround environment) from both a musical and technical point of view.


TREVOR WISHART is a composer and performer specialising in sound metamorphosis and constructing the software tools to make it possible. He has lived and worked in Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, Sweden, and the USA but spends most of his time in Yorkshire, where he was born. His aesthetic and technical ideas are described in the books On Sonic Art, Audible Design and Sound Composition (2012). He is also involved in community, environmental and educational projects. His Sounds Fun books of musical games having been republished in Japanese. He was recently awarded the Giga-Herz Grand prize for his life’s work.


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a seminar series in media

Run by the Communication Culture and Media research group in the Bradford Media School, School of Computing Informatics and Media (SCIM), this regular seminar series explores the increasingly
important relationship between media, technology, culture and society.  SCIM has a long tradition of operating across artistic and scientific academic disciplines and is expanding its creative portfolio. Hosted by the National Media Museum, and supported by their superb facilities, the series recognises the importance of the National Media Museum as a forum for these critical debates.

All seminars are FREE and begin at 6pm, On Location, National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1NQ. Tel: 0870 70 10 200

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