Michael Hinton, now based near Brighton in England, worked at EMS from 1972-1984 as composer, teacher and software designer. Amongst other things he created IMPAC, one of the first computer programs to enable real-time control and manipulation of complex musical sounds and structures.
He is now working on software to allow gesture-controlled performance of computer generated sounds, and will be working on a piece that uses the new software in combination with human voices.
Born in 1975, Francisco Meirino is active since 1994 in sound and live performance, he explores the tension between programmable material and the potential for its failure by working mainly with the computer, (eurorack) modular synthesizer, magnetic fields detectors, reel-to-reel tape recorders, piezo transducers and various acoustic devices.
He is primarily interested in the idea of recording what is not supposed to be : gear failures, the death of PA systems, magnetic fields and electro-static noises, EVP recordings. Francisco Meirino's music is fascinating by its physical intensity and detail precision.
At EMS, Francisco Meirino will conduct binaural and direct to disc recordings with the Buchla 200 and Serge modular to create an extended soundbank for him to use for his next solo album.
Photo by: ILIOS
Hanna Hartman is a Swedish composer, sound artist and performer living in Berlin since 2000. She studied Literature and Theater history at the Universities of Uppsala and Stockholm, Radio and Interactive Art at Dramatiska Institutet and Elctroacoustic Music at EMS in Stockholm.
Since the early 1990s she has composed works for radio, electroacoustic music and has created sound installations and given numerous performances all over Europe.Her many awards and grants include the Karl-Sczuka-Preis (2005), the Phonurgia Nova Prize (2006), a Villa Aurora grant (2010) and the Rosenberg Prize (2011). During 2007 and 2008 she was Composer-in-Residence for Swedish Radio. Her work has been presented in numereous concerts and festivals such as Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Darmstädter Ferienkurse (2012 & 2014), Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival (2012 & 2014), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2013), el nicho aural, Mexico City (2014) Akousma, Montreal (2014 & 2015 ).
Photo by Peter Gannushkin
EMS welcomes Ben back! He is visiting Ems to create sounds on the Buchla and Serge modular synths for his new album to be released later in the year. He will be processing large amounts of recorded material including some extremely heavy guitars using the synth's filters.
Ben Eyes is a composer working in the North of England. His work is typified by large, complex textures and sound collages using field recordings, heavily treated guitars, acoustic instruments and analogue synthesisers. His performances combine video, immersive surround sound, live musicians and electronics. He is interested in collaborative work in theatre, performance art and video. Ben has performed at festivals and concerts across Europe and the USA and released music on record labels Time Released Sound, Hippocamp, The Centrifuge and This Is Music. Ben has recently completed a Masters by Research in Music Technology at the University of York, around the thesis ‘Multimodal Performance Approaches in Electronic music'.
EMS welcomes Bjørn back - With a curiosity and playfulness Bjørn Svin has been exploring the creation of electronic dance music for more than 20 years.
His first album “Mer Strøm” came out in 1997, an innovative collection of tracks that unified a melodic, positive and minimalistic take on the contemporary electronic club music at that time.
His later works are organic, elastic and ever changing exploration of rhytmical, melodical and timbral progressions.
Photo: Heide Kraenzlein
Beijing/New York based Gao Jiafeng makes cross-disciplinary performances that are sound-oriented, humorous, improvised and site-specific, by integrating a variety of sound strategies within his own vocabulary gained from daily life: storytelling, field recording, cited Youtube videos, live Karaoke, Asian pop music, noise and improvisation, as well by morphing in between different performer's roles: the vibration source, the narrator, the commentator, the spectator, etc.
As a curator, Gao produces monthly improvised and cross-disciplinary concerts at Chinese American Arts Council. He also manages Muted Portraits, a record label that releases only spoken-word context surrounding particular pieces of music. His instrument design "Tri-O", a MIDI controller based on geometric system-generated data irregularity, was chosen the third place winner of 2014 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition judged by Cycling '74 CEO David Zicarelli.