ACMC11 New Zealand
The Australasian Computer Music Association provides a forum for Australian and New Zealand composers and researchers with an interest in music technology and computer music. The annual ACMA conference is held in various cities, and publishes peer-reviewed proceedings.
From 6-9 July 2011 The University of Auckland’s School of Music, New Zealand, hosted ACMC 2011 on the topic of Organic Sounds in Live Electroacoustic Music. The keynote presenter was Professor Simon Emmerson (De Montfort University). Other featured composers and presenters include: John Cousins (New Zealand Composer), Dr Gerardo Dirie (Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University), Associate Professor John Elmsly (The University of Auckland), Dr Ricardo Dal Farra (Concordia University) Jóse Halac (National University of Córdoba) Jason Phillips (Taonga Puoro Player), Martin Wesley-Smith (Australian Composer) and Associate Professor Ian Whalley (University of Waikato).
Leah Barclay’s work ‘Dhakan’ was invited to feature in the main concert “Sonic Art” along side the work of Gerardo Diriè and Jóse Halac among others. Leah’s also presented the paper “Sonic Art: Shifting Paradigms in Ecological Crisis”. This research seeks to identify the role of sonic art in the current ecological emergency through a series of case studies and experiments.
Review from Warren Burt;
“Leah Barclay, another bright young rising talent, followed with Dhakan, performed by her and Jo Tito. This was the only Australian work on the program that dealt with indigenous sources, from both Australian and New Zealand, and it was an affecting work – in its structure, the background soundscape the performers used reminded me of a piece for radio. The medium of radio piece with live performance component was one that was mostly absent from the conference, so I was glad to see/hear pieces by Barclay and later, Chris Cree Brown which represented this medium.”