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nmh at ultima academy: music with the real

  • Norwegian Academy of Music Slemdalsveien 11 0363 Oslo Norway (map)


Music with the Real: New contexts for sound and image in performance and composition.

The inclusion of concrete sounds into music is not a novelty. However, instead of exploring non-musical sound material as alternative to purely instrumental ones, composers today strive for new and non-hierarchical relationships between music and extra-musical information that reveal peculiar aspects of things or facts commonly found in everyday life.

This seminar examines the practices of composers actively engaged in letting the outside world into their music. Further, it gives an insight on how the inclusion of the “real” affects performers, other musical genres and artists from other disciplines such as theatre. Lastly, it looks at these new practices form the point of view of semantics: What new languages are created when “real-life” sounds meet purely musical material? What new dialogues and meanings come to the fore?


September 17

9.30 –12.00: Lectures and open rehearsal

    Eero Tarasti (music semiology, University of Helsinki): A semiological approach to classical and recent multimedia art music


    Joanna Bailie (composer, City University London): Squeezing Music out of Real World Sound


   Carola Bauckholt: Noise Tones and Coffee Cups – on sound and reality in her own works. 


Performance workshops

14.00 – 15.30: Masterclasses with Johannes Kreidler, Carola Bauckholt, Joanna Bailie and Håkon Stene.

For solo and chamber repertoire from our invited composers see:


15.30-17.00: Letter Piece Workshop with Matthew Shlomowitz

Combining physical actions, text and sound, Letter Pieces are a series of performance works that engage interdisciplinary concepts and cross-arts dialogues through investigating perceptual relationships between physical movement and sound. Open for musicians, composers, actors and dancers.

 Applications with repertoire list (if applicable), a short biography and audio/video links must be sent to until 10/09.


September 18

9.30 –12.00: Lectures

  Alan Ingram (University College London): Art, geopolitics and aesthetics


  Matthew Shlomowitz (composer, Southampton University):  Real World Sound in Relational Music


  Johannes Kreidler (composer, University of Hamburg): Music with Music


   Anne Danielsen (musicology, University of Oslo): The Musicalization of Reality: Sonic space in hip-hop


12.30-13.30 Panel discussion

In which way can current art music supply a new approach to the long-standing discourse about the connection between reality and art

Followed by round-table discussion moderated by Henrik Hellstenius. With Alan Ingram, Johannes Kreidler, Anne Danielsen, Joanna Bailie, Carola Bauckholt and Matthew Shlomowitz.


 14h Open rehearsal

Håkon Stene (Norwegian Academy of Music) performs Matthew Shlomowitz’ Popular Contexts 8, Space Invader, for solo percussion, samples and video (2015) with an introduction by the composer.