Sonic Symposium

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Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall

University of Leeds School of Music

Cavendish Road



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Sonic Symposium: a look at current and future trends in music technology presented by The Superposition and Leeds Digital Festival.

Join us as we discuss how advances in music technology influences music composition and performance, taking a glimpse at ambisonic sound, gestural controllers and interactive technology.

Presentations from Martyn Ware (Heaven 17 & The Human League), Adam Stark (Mimu) and Vicky Clarke (Noise Orchestra). Followed by discussion panel and Q&A.


Doors from 6pm, with bar and DJ set from NikNak

Presentations commence at 7pm

Finish 10pm.

Sonic Symposium is organised by The Superposition, an Art Science and Maker collective based in Leeds Supported by the Clothworker’s Centenary Concert Hall, University of Leeds and funded by Arts Council England. The event is hosted as part of Leeds Digital Festival 2019


Clothworker’s Centenary Concert Hall

University of Leeds,

Cavendish Road,

Leeds, LS2 9JT

Speaker Biogs:

Martyn Ware:

Born in 1956 in Sheffield. Formed the Human League in 1978. Formed multimillion selling act Heaven 17 and British Electric Foundation in 1980. As record producer and artist has featured on recordings totalling over 50 million sales worldwide during a 40 year career to date. Heaven 17 and BEF continue to tour and thrive.

Martyn founded Illustrious Co. Ltd. with Vince Clarke in 2000 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique 3DAudioScape immersive sound technology in collaboration with fine artists, the performing arts and corporate clients around the world. He also lectures extensively and is Principal of Tileyard Education, and curates a large range of leading arts events. Martyn is also a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary College, University of London, a member of BAFTA, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He is an Honarary DSc at University Of London and is the first ambassador for In Place Of War.

Martyn is proud to be an international activist, helping to fight for the rights of creators and under-represented people worldwide.

Adam Stark

Adam Stark is a computer scientist, researcher and musician based in London. He is the Managing Director of MI·MU, a company dedicated to placing human expression at the heart of music technology. He has overseen the development of the MI·MU Gloves and is one of the key developers of the MI·MU software ‘Glover’.

He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Queen Mary University of London. Prior to working for MI·MU he worked as an academic researcher in the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, exploring the use of machine learning in live music performances. He also co-founded Codasign in 2011, a company providing coding and electronics education to artists and children at galleries, museums and festivals across Europe.

He has used his work in a number of different artistic projects, including Arboreal Lightning, a 5,000 LED sound-responsive tree installed in The Roundhouse in London in 2014. He has also released several albums with musical projects Rumour Cubes and Munro Fox.


MI·MU exists to place human expression at the heart of music technology.

MI·MU is a team of artists, technologists and designers developing cutting-edge wearable technology for the performance and composition of music. Founded by Grammy award-winning musician Imogen Heap, MI·MU have captured worldwide attention by showing that there is a better way to make music than with sliders and buttons – through the complex movement of the human body.

The team have developed the MI·MU Gloves - a wireless, wearable, gestural musical instrument and controller. The MI·MU Gloves are a fusion of textiles and electronic sensors. Combined with dedicated gesture detection and mapping software, they offer a new and flexible approach to the control of music and visuals through intuitive human movement.

MI·MU Gloves are now used by a community musicians worldwide, ranging from pop star Ariana Grande to beatboxers, classical pianists, film composers and visual artists.

Vicky Clarke

Vicky Clarke is a sound artist working with sound sculpture, DIY electronics and field recordings. Her work explores methods and systems of experiencing material sound; manifesting in performances, installations and self-built machines. Influenced by constructivism, futurism and musique concrete, she explores the form and function of materials; uncovering patterns & properties as sound sources, signals and interfaces.

On her recent R&D project ‘MATERIALITY: Exploring sound sculpture to interface the physical and digital in music making’ funded by Arts Council England, she created a performance system for sound sculpture, materials and live electronic music, working with researchers at the National Graphene Institute to create a graphene musical interface for Ableton Live, premiering at Music Tech Fest Stockholm.

Vicky is co-founder of Noise Orchestra, a sound art project developing electronic Noise Machines that translate light into sound. Current project ‘SWARM: Play the light of the city showcased at Rome Media Art Festival & Manchester Science Festival. Vicky also works as an artist/producer at Future Everything and music educator for Brighter Sound.

Guest DJ: NikNak

NikNak is a DJ, Turntablist and sound artist who specializes in playing eclectic styles of music in her sets. One goal of hers is to continue developing the role and general perception of a DJ/Turntablist by incorporating self-recorded soundscapes and multi-channel performances. NikNak is also a qualified live and studio sound engineer.

Having graduated with a degree in Music Technology and Innovation from DMU in 2013, NikNak studied an MA in Electronic and Computer Music at the University of Leeds. She has taught students at MAP (Music and Arts Production), The DJ School and Lifeforce Productions. Previously she has worked with Pedestrian, Dreaming In Colour Productions and 2FunkyArts in Leicester. She believes that music and its creation or manipulation should be continually pushed to further people’s imaginations, both as audience members and performers.

NikNak lives in the UK, where you’ll find her digging for either vinyl or comic books, gigging, experimenting and sharing her music tastes to diverse audiences, or delivering engaging sessions with students to develop their DJ skills. Currently, she is affiliated with House of Verse in Leicester, Girls That Gig and SlutDrop in Leeds.

In October 2018, she became a presenter on “Backstage”, a weekly arts and culture radio show at BBC Radio Leeds.

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