Dr Who composer Mark Ayres talks to Music students

Mark Ayres with Lecturer Richard Lightman and Music students from the School of Music and Fine Art. Photo by Richard Lightman


Television and film composer Mark Ayres, best known for providing incidental music on the original series of Doctor Who, recently visited the Historic Dockyard Chatham to talk to Music & Sound for Film & Television. He revealed some of the secrets of his composition techniques and explored the relationship between composer and director. Mark, in addition to his composition work, is a director of BASCA and a current member of the touring Radiophonic Workshop. For more information click on http://www.effectrode.com/making-of-the-doctor-who-theme-music/

Ayres’s work on broadcast Doctor Who was during Sylvester McCoy’s era as the Seventh Doctor, and was hired after he sent producer John Nathan-Turner a demonstration video containing music he had written to accompany Remembrance of the Daleks, using digital synthesisers and samplers.

Ayres was also involved in the last days of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, cataloguing and archiving their recordings for future use.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for students to meet with a BBC composer,” said Richard Lightman, Lecturer in Music in the School of Music & Fine Art. “Mark’s insights into the composer-director relationship and the career routes into the industry were a revelation.”

The talk was part of a series of industry talks for students.

MA Fine Art graduate’s first solo screening exhibition in Kent on Thursday 17 December

‘Eating Resolved’ by Maeve Buckenham, 2015.


Maeve Buckenham, one of SMFA’s recent MA Fine Art graduates and winner of the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for her work in the 2015 degree show, has her first solo screening exhibition – the film screening premiere of The world is now all there is – on Thursday 17 December. Invited by 51zero, a dynamic arts organisation working in South-East England and Northern France, artist Maeve Buckenham presents new work where she uses her own video, poetry and sound design to explore the excavation of family history in relation to identity formation. With her thought-provoking and visually assaulting films Maeve opens a dialogue with the viewer on the perception of mental health conditions, particularly Anorexia Nervosa in young women.

6:00 – 6:30pm
Welcome and refreshments.

6:30 – 8:00pm
Artist Filmmakers’ Salon with Maeve Buckenham
Introduction / Short film screening / Group response

No34 / 34 High Street, Sittingbourne, ME10 4PB


For more information go to http://www.51zero.org/voyager/

Music Talent Showcase at Liberty Quays


From 8pm until late on Thursday December 17th the award winning bar and bistro Cargo Bar at Liberty Quays welcomes bands from the School of Music & Fine Art to perform sets of original material and covers.  This stunning nautical and industrial-style venue is the perfect place to sample some of the best live music acts the area has to offer.

FREE to attend, the popular gigs always draw a crowd and have a fantastic atmosphere. The SMFA gig at Cargo last Easter was a huge success, with three bands from across the stages of the School of Music and Fine Art giving powerful and exciting performances.


MAAST sound system features in works at ICA by International composer, Seth Ayyaz


The School of Music and Fine Art’s MAAST (Music and Audio Arts Sound Theatre) is delighted to participate in events organised by fig-2 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, between Monday 30 November and Sunday 6 December 2015.

The MAAST sound system will feature in recent works by London based composer-performer, writer and occasional curator Seth Ayyaz.

A new configuration of work is presented, which marks the fourth and final expansion of the project fig-2 into the premises of the ICA Theatre and the ICA Studio. Seth Ayyaz brings together three significant strands of his practice into a new formulation: an installation of his multi-channel AAdM Listening system using part of the MAAST, two electroacoustic concerts with the entire MAAST diffusion system, a specially commissioned publication, as well as supporting events.

Born in 1970, Ayyaz has presented his work internationally including: Cafe Oto, London; Kunsthalle Luzern, Switzerland; Irtijal Festival, Beirut; Maerz Music, Berlin; the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, Finland; and the Haus Für Elektronische Künste in Basel, Switzerland. Ayyaz also writes on sound and has been published in The Wire, Organised Sound, and most recently in, On Listening. Live work includes the Usurp Chance Tour 2014 — Cage and Beyond. He also curated the MazaJ Festival of Experimental Middle-Eastern Music, London.

For his first solo exhibition, Ayyaz connects two distinct spaces, unfolding two different experiences of listening. Transforming the ICA Theatre into a forest of sounds, he uses the AAdM system to carve paths for the audience to walk through and immerse themselves in the experiences of listening. In the Studio, Ayyaz provides an alternative experience of using the same self-regulating system, which responds to the change of architecture and acoustics. The installation will be active during the week, complemented by two performances of a triptych of electroacoustic works.


For more details visit http://www.fig2.co.uk/#/48/50

For info about MAAST go to : https://www.kent.ac.uk/smfa/musicandaudio/postgraduate/maast.html