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New approaches to sound and place

Projects

Current and recent projects by SERG

SERG members are always working on exciting new sonic art projects, most of which are based on SERG's research theme, new approaches to sound and place . Below are highlights of these projects.

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Blog

Recent Blog Posts

We are making noise, traveling places, bending times. Read what is happening at SERG.

  • Rae, a PhD student in Composition, travels to Abu Dabi
    Rae, a PhD student in Composition, travels to Abu Dhabi
    15 November, 2015

    Tacit Group held workshops and performances on 11 and 12 November in The Arts Centre at New York University Abu Dhabi. I have been a Tacit Group member from 2011 and this time, I participated as a main computer operator and a sound technician. Tacit was invited by NYU Abu Dhabi and we were treated extremely hospitably by the NYU...

  • Shift-Return, our new live coding group, at the Suttie Art Centre, ARI - John Montgomery
    Shift-Return, our new live coding group, at the Suttie Art Centre, ARI - John Montgomery
    15 October, 2015

    On Sunday 25th October, four students of Aberdeen University’s MMus: Sonic Arts, together with one Phd student of Composition, Simon Hellewell, undertook a Live Coding performance at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s Suttie Art Space. The event was well attended by the interested and well-wishers, many of whom were from an Arts background.

  • Rediscoveries 4 at Peacock Visual Arts - Simon Hellewell
    Rediscoveries 4 at Peacock Visual Arts - Simon Hellewell
    11 October, 2015

    Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen was filled to capacity on Thursday evening as SERG continued its Rediscoveries series with Rediscoveries IV, an event so strongly grounded in audiovisual work that I would hesitate to simply brand it a “concert”. The evening had a theme of student work...

  • Behind the Skin: a year of music and movement - Ross Whyte
    Behind the Skin: a year of music and movement - Ross Whyte
    07 January, 2015

    My earliest experience of working with dancers and dance choreographers was in 2009 when I was offered the chance to compose original music for a project by Claire Penҫak, titled Lisbon Diaries. The project was extremely ambitious in its scope in that it contained over forty different sections. Working alongside another composer (Louise Rossiter), we produced a considerable body of music...

  • Performative and Compositional Ecologies - Clive Grace
    Performative and Compositional Ecologies - Clive Grace
    05 January, 2015

    As a composer/field recordist, Winter is a low time for gathering sound in the heart of the borders where I currently live. Aside from the practicalities of gathering sounds in the cold midwinter, the minimal light and inclement weather make it a less productive time for me than staying in a warm house with a few “winter projects”...

  • MRSS Presentation
    Fast and Slow – Music Research Seminar Talk - Suk-Jun Kim
    17 November, 2014

    Last Thursday, I gave a presentation at the Music Research Seminar Series (MRSS) 2014-15. At the presentation, which was titled, Fast and Slow: Changes in One Composer’s Artistic Questions, I discussed the gradual, and sometimes, drastic changes in my artistic questions with my early, mainly electroacoustic compositions to...

  • Rediscoveries 2
    Rediscoveries 2 - EA Music Concert Series
    12 November, 2014

    Rediscoveries is a new series of performances of electroacoustic music and sound art events, presented by SERG (Sound Emporium Research Group) from the Department of Music, University of Aberdeen. A new iteration of the Discoveries series which dates back...

  • Lifting up the stones
    Lifting up the stones to see/hear what’s underneath
    4 October, 2014

    Last night saw the first sonADA (Sonic Arts Days in Aberdeen) with performances by Luca Nasciuti , Imogene Newland, Fiona Soe Paing and sonADA co-creator (along with Suk-Jun Kim) Francesco Sani.Nasciuti’s solo set, his first performance in Aberdeen since arriving last month...

  • SERG Sonic Arts Workshop
    SERG SAW (Sonic Arts Workshop) Series 2014-15
    22 September, 2014

    SERG Aberdeen is launching its workshop series where members will meet, discuss and share ideas and methods about their practices.Monday 29th September 2014 sees the first colloquium – an introduction of the group and its new members. The theme for this year's SERG SAW...

  • Rediscoveries 1 by SERG
    REDISCOVERIES 1 - Electroacoustic Concert Series
    19 February, 2014

    Rediscoveries is a new series of performances of electroacoustic music and sound art events, presented by SERG (Sound Emporium Research Group) from the Department of Music. A new iteration of the Discoveries series which dates back to the early 1990s, the series will allow audiences to (re)discover...

People

Meet the SERG members

SERG is a community of creative people at the University of Aberdeen whose main goal is to explore and realise new ideas through innovative and enjoyable sound projects. SERG members are keen to collaborate with others from different disciplines and to engage in practice-based research projects where sound is a key element.

If you are based in or around Aberdeen and would like to be part of our SERG team, just send us an email !

SERG members

  • Prof. Pete Stollery
    SERG member

    An electroacoustic composer and sound artist, Pete Stollery is Head of Music at the University of Aberdeen.

  • Dr Suk-Jun Kim
    SERG member

    An electroacoustic composer and sound artist. Suk-Jun Kim is Programme Coordinator for the MMus in Sonic Arts at the University of Aberdeen.

  • Luca Nasciuti
    SERG member

    Luca Nasciuti is a composer, curator and artist based in London and Scotland. He is currently a PhD candidate in Musical Composition at the University of Aberdeen with an AHRC scholarship (image:©Alastair Cook).

  • Kwangrae Kim
    SERG member

    Kwangrae Kim is a composer based in Seoul and Aberdeen. He is currently a PhD candidate in Composition at the University of Aberdeen with an Elphinstone Scholarship.

  • John Montgomery
    SERG member

    John Montgomery [jmmp] has been involved in Multimedia Production since 1998. He is a MMus student in Sonic Arts at the University of Aberdeen. He is a graduate of Gray's School of Art, in Drawing & Painting (1974) and has worked as Graphic Designer, Art & Design Lecturer, Programmer. As a worship musician, using Synth., Guitar, and Vocals, he is currently investigating real-time multimedia performance and exhibition.

  • Bea Dawkins
    SERG member

    Bea Dawkins is a MMus student in Sonic Arts at the University of Aberdeen. She has a keen interest in all aspects of music, in particular, electroacoustic and acousmatic composition.

  • Mark Dunsmore
    Student member

    An MMus student in Sonic Arts at the University of Aberdeen, Mark Dunsmore specialises in electroacoustic and acousmatic composition.

  • Stuart Docherty
    SERG member

    Stuart is an instrumentalist and composer from the North East of Scotland. He is studying Mmus Sonic Arts at the University of Aberdeen as well as playing guitar for several European bands.

  • Adam Cresser
    SERG member

    Adam Cresser is a sound producer, sonic artist and musician from Aberdeen. He is a Music Technician at University of Aberdeen.

Associate SERG members

Associate SERG members are people who have worked with SERG in the past or who are in partnership with SERG.

  • Dr Ross Whyte
    Associate member

    Ross Whyte is a composer based in Glasgow. He completed his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in 2013 where his field of research was concerned with audio-visual intermedia and headphone-specific composition.

  • Louise Rossiter
    Associate member

    Louise Rossiter is a Scottish electroacoustic composer based in Leicester. Her research interests lie in acousmatic sound, acoustic ecology and expectation within Electroacoustic Music. She is a PhD student at De Montfort University.

  • Chandra Chapman
    Associate member

    Chandra Chapman is a composer/musician interested in site specificity, participation and installation. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen.

  • Fiona Soe Paing
    Associate member

    Aberdeenshire based electronic producer/vocalist. Performing a live audio-visual set with projected animation by Zen Borg. Skeletal, off-world electronica and surreal visuals.

  • Dr Imogene Newland
    Associate member

    Imogene Newland is a multidisciplinary artist specialising in choreomusical performance research. She completed her practice-led Ph.D. at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in 2011.

  • Francesco Sani
    Associate member

    Francesco Sani has a background in experimental music, graphic scores, improvisation, string performance and drone music composition.

  • Ed Steel
    Associate member

    Creative Director of X Bow Ltd.

  • dæmons (David Officer)
    Associate member

    dæmons is David Officer, an artist based in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire who explores sound, culture and nature. dæmons uses textures, manipulation and noise to create responses, examinations or just to see where a good sound can lead you to.

  • Nathan Bissette
    Associate member

    Nathan Bissette is a musician living in Aberdeen. He is a founding member of the Leicester/TwoqueensArtGallery based band Dead Hand.

Partners

SERG has a strong research relationship with the following partners.

Sound Festival
Seventeen
sonADA
Comprende Records

Study

Studying Sonic Arts at the University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen offers excellent electroacoustic music and sonic arts programmes that will help students explore, design, and realise original and creative sound projects. These programmes are created with clear artistic and research themes: new approaches to sound and place .

Contact

Say hello!

Got a question about our current projects or any collaboration ideas? Do you want to study with us? Just send us an email.

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