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CHASE and 50th Anniversary University Scholarships

SMFA Logochase logoThe Faculty of Humanities at the University of Kent, as a partner within the Consortium for Humanities and Arts in the South East (CHASE), has been successful in its bid to the Arts and Humanities Research Council to establish a 5-year doctoral training partnership that will create over 230 PhD studentships across the participating institutions, the Universities of Kent, East Anglia, Sussex, Essex, the Open University, Goldsmiths and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

CHASE will provide many innovative opportunities for students wishing to develop a range of practical and intellectual skills in the Humanities during their doctorates.

We are therefore delighted to announce a range of AHRC-funded PhD opportunities across the Schools and subjects within the Faculty of Humanities at Kent, in addition to the Kent 50th Anniversary Scholarships.

We will be holding a briefing session for anyone who is thinking of applying for a scholarship to pursue a PhD in a Humanities subject. This will take place on Thursday 12th December (week 11) in DLT1 (Darwin Lecture Theatre 1) at 12 noon.
At this meeting we will explain the procedure for applying for the new CHASE scheme, and we will also provide information about the University of Kent’s 50th Anniversary Scholarships.

The application deadline for both schemes will be 31 January 2014 so it is vital that you start talking to potential supervisors as soon as you can.

Kent is offering some very exciting opportunities for research students, and we look forward to explaining the procedures, talking about what makes for a strong applications, and addressing your questions.

View School of Music and Fine Art Scholarship page for more details.

More about CHASE:
CHASE: Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South East England

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Open University, and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex have formed a consortium to promote excellence in research, postgraduate research training and knowledge exchange in the Arts & Humanities. The consortium aims to:

  • Support world-class researchers in the understanding of human culture and creativity
  • Engage with employers and develop partnerships to encourage creativity and innovation and to secure funding
  • Raise the national and international profile of the Universities.

School of Music and Fine Art’s Professor of Contemporary Music, Tim Howle in joint collaborative electroacoustic film

Globus Hystericus
Globus Hystericus of is a piece of audio-visual art that utilises music and video media in an equitable way. The principles of acousmatic music are extended to incorporate parallel ideas found in video art. It is the 6th piece in a series of collaborations between composer Tim Howle and the video artist Nick Cope of the University of Sunderland.

The first performance of Globus Hystericus was 23rd and 24th November, 2013 at ‘Seeing Sound’ a practice-led research symposium held at Bath Spa University.

Seeing Sound encompasses multimedia work which focuses on the relationship between sound and image. It also explores areas such as visual music, abstract cinema, experimental animation, audiovisual performance and installation practice through paper sessions, screenings, performances and installations.

Globus Hystericus (DVD – stereo sound. 7 mins.)
Music: Tim Howle, University of Kent
Video: Nick Cope, University of Sunderland

Further links to other works by Tim Howle and Nick Cope:
In Girum:
Open Circuits:

Sound Image Space Research Seminar – Aura Satz

Tuesday 19th November, 2013
BridgeWardens College Lecture Theatre – 6-8pm
Chatham Historic Dockyard


Aura Satz 
Research Seminar

Aura Satz is an artist whose work encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture. In recent years she has made a collection of films which look closely at sound visualisation through various technologies and acoustic devices such as a Chladni plate, a Ruben’s tube, a theremin, pianola paper and mechanical music, phonograph grooves and drawn/optical sound. Her works pay close attention to the materiality of such technologies, the resulting sound patterns – codes in the act of formation – and how these destabilise paradigms of writing and readership. Several projects have also centred on moments of technological invention and in particular the often unsung contributions made by women. Her talk will focus on the extended historical research that feeds into her projects, following a trajectory of sound inscriptions, data storage and encryption, abstract notation and colour composition.

Aura Satz has performed, exhibited and screened her work nationally and internationally including:
Rotterdam film festival (Rotterdam)
Zentrum Paul Klee (Switzerland)
Färgfabriken (Stockholm)
Wundergrund Festival (Copenhagen)
Frieze Art Fair NY (New York)
Tatton Park Biennial (Cheshire)
AV festival (Newcastle)
Arnolfini (Bristol)
Ikon gallery (Birmingham)
FACT (Liverpool)
Site Gallery (Sheffield)
Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento (Italy)
De La Warr Pavilion (Bexhill-on-Sea)
BFI Southbank
Whitechapel Gallery
Victoria & Albert Museum
Barbican Art Gallery
Jerwood Space
Tate Britain
Beaconsfield Gallery
Artprojx Space
Wellcome Collection and the Tate Tanks (London).

During 2009-2010 she was artist-in-residence at the Ear Institute, UCL, and in 2012 she was shortlisted for the Samsung Art+ award, and the Jarman artist’s moving image award.

Exhibitions in 2013 include a solo show at the Hayward project Space (London),
Paradise Row Gallery (London),
Mini-retrospective screenings at the 51st New York film Festival
‘Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing’, as part of Hayward Touring exhibition at Turner Contemporary (Margate)
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, de Appel arts centre (Amsterdam), curated by Brian Dillon in association with Cabinet magazine.

The Research Seminar event is open to all students and staff.
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Kents first Symposium on Acoustic Ecology November 8- 9, 2013

A new symposium to celebrate the sounds and experiences of Acoustic Ecology is set to take place in Medway Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November.

There are still a few places available for this event.

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The Symposium on Acoustic Ecology  investigates soundscapes as complex sounding systems that change in space and time, and shape our understanding of the surrounding world. The event is proud to be endorsed by the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).

The event, taking place this coming Friday and Saturday daytime and evenings on 8-9th November, will be held at various locations around the University’s Medway campus and the Historic Dockyard, and consist of talks by keynote speakers, including a special guest speaker all experts in their field, 2 concerts, an array of installations and Listening Rooms, culminating in a finale concert held at the stunning Slip 3, Mezzanine building at the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

There will be a full programme during the two days of:
Listening Rooms
View the full programme here


Acoustic Ecology is a discipline studying the relationship mediated through sound, between living beings and their environment and the Symposium is first of its kind in Medway hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent.

Follow the event on Twitter ( @UniKentMFA ) #SOAE – if you are coming along, please join in!


Booking and Registration:
Online Registration is open now and available through the University of Kent web-storeRegister Now to secure your place.
Students of University of Kent – £10
Goldsmiths College -£10
Students – £20
Non-students – £40


For more information visit:
School of Music and Fine Art, Symposium on Acoustic Ecology


Contact:  Tel: 01634 888 980


Kerry Andrew shortlisted for 2013 British Composer Awards

School of Music and Fine Art Lecturer’s composition is selected as one of the 39 works shortlisted for the 2013 British Composer Awards, set to take place in December at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London.
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BASCA, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, is the professional association for music writers in the UK. The single voice for British music creators announced Kerry Andrew among the 39 works shortlisted for the 2013 British Composer Awards to be presented across 13 categories and the winners will be unveiled at a ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Tuesday 3 December.

The Associate Lecturer at the School of Music and Fine Art for Music and Audio Arts has previously won British Composer Award in 2010 under the Making Music category for her work ‘Fall’ and was shortlisted in 2012 for ‘A Lock is a Gate’ in the Community or Educational category. Delighted to be once again shortlisted for her work ‘Screech’ in the Making Music Award category. Kerry Andrew’s work forms the last part of a three-movement flexible work for contemporary recorder quintet Consortium 5, Badluck Birds, which is inspired by regional lore of three different British birds. It was commissioned by the Handel House Museum and had its world premiere on the 11 October 2012 at the Handel House Museum performed by Consortium 5.

You can read more about the Award and listen to an extract of ‘Screech’ on the British Composer Award website.

The British Composer Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music. In association with BBC Radio 3 providing exclusive broadcast coverage of the Awards on Saturday 7th December.

Tate Modern commissioned Sonic Trail ‘From Surface to Surface’ launches this month

New Tate Modern commissioned work launches this month.

Duncan Macleod Surface to Surface
The School of Music and Fine Art would like to congratulate music lecturer, Duncan Macleod on his work responding to the artwork ‘From Surface to Surface’ by Susumu Koshimizu.

‘The Sonic Trail; From Surface to Surface’ commissioned by Tate, was launched this month as part of Tate Modern’s Sonic Trails collection. This represents an exciting contribution to the School’s research culture and is now available to listen to online.

The electronic work, written for headphones, features 14 miniature audio tracks which correspond to individual pieces of the artwork.

Gallery visitors can either download or stream and listen to the work on an mp3 player – visit  or, on some listening devices that can be signed-out from the Tate Modern Clore Centre. There will also be some activities for younger audiences.

View more on the Tate website

Northern Loop – a CD and iTunes release from Paul Fretwell and Ambrose Field

Senior lecturer, Dr Paul Fretwell concludes his  five-year collaborative project with  Dr Ambrose Field. Their CD, ‘Northern Loop’ is now available.

Northern Loop

Northern Loop is the final product of Paul Fretwell and Ambrose Field’s collaborative composition project, spanning five years of live performances at venues ranging from King’s Place in London, to churches in downtown New Orleans.

Field and Fretwell first started collaborating in 2004. ‘Jack Chorale’, their first piece together, is an electroacoustic work that plays with genre and expectation, bringing in regular beats, fragmented rhythms, spectral sound transformations, harmony and noise. This piece triggered a long period of exploration where they began to focus on the very small details within sounds.

Northern Loop plays out over a continuous 80 minutes, working tiny loops of audio material into a spectral tapestry where small details are brought to the fore, revealing different facets of the evolving sound textures. The work has seven movements, although these flow into one another. The component sounds were generated from studio recordings of source materials using techniques of time stretching, convolution and mutation. These processes typically result in long, continuously evolving sounds. The composers then extracted short clips from these longer files to create their loops, finding interesting timbres and melodic fragments from within the larger whole. This magnification of small spectral details forms the central technique of Northern Loop, which charts a journey from darkness to light over a carefully-planned harmonic structure.

Fretwell and Field’s describe their motivation: “We decided to pick a single structural constraint – one that is common to a variety of genres and well known – the loop. The loop, historically, has been a tool for innovation, particularly in its use by pioneering minimal composers as Steve Reich in the 1960s. The ubiquity of the loop today however is unquestionable, but we feel that its widespread use in popular culture is often unchallenged. We would like to rescue the loop from entertainment-level apps, musical “textural backgrounds” and “library background pads”, and provide, through use of that structure, a listening experience of subtlety and delicacy. The result is a kind of “self-similar”, thoroughly stripped-down minimal music, but importantly our type of structure is not algorithmically generated: this is intuitive music, assembled through aural judgment and collaborative discussion.”

Fretwell and Field’s CD Northern Loop can be heard and purchased on the Sargasso website.
Also available for download on iTunes.

Northern Loop Track List:

1. Dark Water​ ​14:41
2. ​Labyrinth​ ​06:48
3.​ ​​Plants and Pistons 05:00
4.​ ​​Tidal Life​ 14:39
5.​ ​​Expectation 09:47
6.​ ​​Renaissance Pulse 09:03
7.​ Glass Machine ​19:23



School of Music and Fine Art’s Barbara Morris Teaching Prize Success

Barbara Morris Prize benefits students in ‘Skills Enhancement Week’ – Learning Support 2013.

2013 Barbara Morris winners





Congratulations go to Dr Paul Fretwell, Director of Learning and Teaching and Employability and Events Coordinator, Ann Howe, the School’s  joint winners of the Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support 2013, along with the Student Support Team at the School of Arts at Canterbury, for their dedication and input into the ‘Skills Enhancement Week’ in February, 2013.

Thirteen Kent academics were recognised for their teaching excellence at a ceremony at the University’s Canterbury campus on 3 October presented by Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, University Vice-Chancellor. ‘Teaching excellence is vitally important for all students. These annual awards recognise this. I congratulate all those who have received awards this year. The projects are first rate.’

The School of Music and Fine Art’s Skills Enhancement Week took place between Monday 18th and Friday 22nd February, which replaced ‘Reading Week’, provided an invigorated forum and a focussed few days of informative and inspirational events for students to be able to enhance their skills leading to improved employability. Students were able to earn University ‘Employability Points’ by attending these events and prizes were on offer to the student who attended the most sessions and the event went on to lead to a number of student placements and internships with organisations such as Microsoft Computer Games, Zealous, Earcom Ltd and other work experience opportunities.

The team were dedicated to securing an array of industry-recognised guest speakers who provided lively talks, along with a week’s schedule of mixed study skills and employability-related workshops.  Activities such as workshops on self-employment, entrepreneurship, developing partnerships and networking spanned the five days and there were personal and professional development workshops too, where students could learn about how to build and develop their online presence and how to ‘market’ themselves, hone their CV writing skills and learn about the Year Abroad possibilities.

The judging panel were impressed with the team’s employment-focussed student support, as the Skills Enhancement Week clearly enriched the student’s experiences and provided a model which could be emulated across other the other Schools. It was also deemed an excellent example of external engagement, benefiting both students and the University through collaboration.

‘The week proved to be a great success and was even opened up to other University students to attend’ said prize winner Ann Howe. ‘It provided a great opportunity for career networking for students with external industry employers and gave students a chance to think holistically about their education, develop an awareness of skills needed for future employment and to actively build their own employability’

For full details on all the 2013 University of Kent Teaching Prize Award winners and see for more images:


Image caption:
Winners of the Barbara Morris Prize for Learning Support 2013 (SMFA’s  Paul Fretwell 2nd right, Ann Howe 3rd right)

Sound Art Workshop at Tate Britain

Series of workshops ‘From Landscape to Soundscape’ 

claudia_molitor_Landscape to Soundscape

School of Music and Fine Art lecturer and composer, Dr Claudia Molitor, is leading a series of workshops at the Tate Britain, Manton Studio entitled ‘From Landscape to Soundscape’ throughout November, exploring contemporary thinking around looking, listening and interpreting sound.

Workshop participants learn a variety of techniques for collecting and recording sound and use these to explore the view across the river from the historic site of Tate Britain. With professional singing tutor Natalie Raybould participants learn how to vocalise these sounds to others and contribute to the creation of a new sound piece:  A Sonic View that translates what can be seen from Tate Britain into a unique soundscape.

This course is for people with an interest in sound art, music and performance though no prior experience is necessary. Singing ability is not required, only an openness to using your voice and working collaboratively to develop and perform a new sound piece. Workshop participants will take away new listening and vocal skills, and a recording of A Sonic View performance.

For more information, view the Tate Britain courses and workshops page.

From Landscape to Soundscape
Tate Britain, Manton Studio

2–3 November
16–17 November
23 November


Read more or book a place.

Sound and Vision Expert Philip Auslander presenting in Medway

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As part of his one week engagement with staff and students during Week 3, University of Kents’ ‘visiting expert’, Philip Auslander will be presenting ‘Sound and Vision: The Audio-Visual Economy of Musical Performance’ Research Seminar.

Auslander is Professor at the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Tech, Atlanta and internationally acclaimed for his writings on gender and theatricality in popular music as well as ‘liveness’ and performance in a mediatized culture. The talk is followed by a brief live music performance at the Galvanising Shop, School of Music and Fine Arts.

Christina Lagao and David Roesner will translate some iconic pop songs into a more intimate acoustic setting under the heading “Divas Unplugged”. This will act as an interlude to a drinks reception which will offer the opportunity for more dialogue and discussion.

Date:                     14-18 October (Week3)
Location:              Galvanising Shop, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Medway
Time:                     17.00-18.30