Rob Bentall (b. 1989) is an electroacoustic composer hailing from North London, England. Having gained a first degree in Music from the University of Manchester, graduating in 2010 and winning the P.J. Leonard Prize for electroacoustic composition, he went on to read for an MMus at the University of Sheffield supervised by Dr. Adrian Moore and generously supported by a Julian Payne postgraduate scholarship. During his Master’s study, Rob completed a portfolio of acousmatic works which went on to be featured at ICMC 2011 (Huddersfield), SSSP 2011 (De Montfort University, Leicester), MANTIS Spring Festival (University of Manchester), Soundings Festival (University of Edinburgh) and BYTE Gallery 2011 (Transylvania University, Lexington, USA).
After studies in music theory, Gilles Gobeil completed his Master’s in composition at Université de Montréal. Since 1985 he has concentrated on the creation of acousmatic and mixed works. His compositions approach what is known as “cinéma pour l’oreille” (cinema for the ear); many of them are inspired by literary works and seek to “visualize” them through the medium of sound.
Winner of more than 20 prizes in Canada and abroad, Gobeil has been Composer-in-Residence at The Banff Centre, Bourges, GRM, Hochschule Franz Liszt, ZKM and was Guest Composer of the DAAD’s Artists-in-Berlin Programme in 2008. Gobeil is currently a professor of music technology at Drummondville CEGEP, and has been Guest Professor of electroacoustics at the Université de Montréal and at the Montréal Conservatory. He is a member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community, Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and co-founder of Réseaux, an association dedicated to the production of Media Art events.
Mark is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield (UK). After studying experimental film and video art at the local polytechnic he reverted to earlier interests in computational technology, music and synthetic sound. In 1998 he initiated a series of critically acclaimed releases, featuring both collaborative and solo works (the much acclaimed the long-term collaborative SND together with Mat Steel amongst others), on labels including Mille Plateaux, Line, Editions Mego, Raster Noton and Alku. Although working in electronic and techno music traditions, Mark’s practice has become increasingly informed by non-European musics. This is evident in two recent linked works “Multistablity” and “UL8” which explore a number of unfamiliar timing and tuning systems. Uncut magazine called these “completely mind-blowing” and the Wire said these were “amazing”.
Bum Ki Kim earned a Doctor of Music and a Master's degree in composition at Indiana University in Bloomington and Bachelor's degree from Seoul National University. He received commissions from Chosun newspaper, TIMF ensemble, Suwon symphony orchestra and he was invited to Western Illinois University and University of Iowa as a guest composer. His Violin solo 'Aega' was performed at NFAA 2006 in Florida and received the NFAA Arts award. Since 2006, numerous orchestras and ensembles around world have performed his pieces and In 2009, he was selected as a Arko young frontier by the Korea Art Council. He is also very interested in electronic music and his music 'I have nothing to say" was performed at SICMF (Seoul International Computer Music Festival). Kim is now researching kinect program with Max/Msp.
Rubén Patiño, also known as Pato, works in the field of computer music, an activity he combines with occasional incursions in the installation field. Morten J. Olsen is a musician, composer and improvisor best known for his work as a drummer with the Norwegian heavy-metal musique concrète duo MoHa! and the experimental chamber-rock band Ultralyd. Recently, aside from NMO, he has been working on playing the vibraphone with The Pitch and he’s also been exploring the inner sonics of a rotating 32-inch bass drum; in duos with Robin Hayward and Mike Majkowski, with the Splitter Orchester, with The New Silence and solo.
NMO is a strict exotic pattern oriented unit. Originated in Berlin, it brings together Norwegian drummer and percussionist Morten J. Olsen (snare drum, tape delay) and South European computer musician Rubén Patiño (SuperCollider, mixer). Their joint military space techno project blends acoustic and computer generated sounds while exploring the boundaries of repetitive structures and sound spatialisation.
Ylva Bentancor works mostly in the field of Sound Art with focus at concrete sounds in combination with instruments. Communication through a material that most of us could relate to is the main goal in her production and the last years Ylva experimented by letting the listener’s response have a direct impact on the work and to develop a kind of program music with a purpose to encourage reflections and train of thoughts about the theme of the work. This idea started with a piece called Footprints of Mongolia, based on sound recorded during a travel through Mongolia. The piece where composed in cooperation with Stockholm Saxophone Quartet. This followed up with a project called “The mind provoking project” witch involved four composers where each one created their own group of participants in order to make short productions to reflect about society today. Recently she finished a work in cooperation with the Australian bass player Mike Majkowski and the bandoneon player Gustavo Bentancor, When People gather, about how it sounds when people go together about a common cause such as sport, religion, political issues etc. As a member of the group The KnitKnot collective she created the Homecoming-project where abundant houses in Island where the focus.
Today Ylva works with a project named Transit where three composers (Hanna Hartman and Savannah Agger) deals with different angles of the state of being in transit some how. Transit will have its premiere at Audiorama in Stockholm in august 2013.
Since three years Ylva lives with her family in Berlin, Germany.