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Call for Participation - BIG EARS

 
 
Big Ears 2015 in collaboration with The Drake Music Project Northern Ireland
March 25th – 27th 2015, Sonic Arts Research Centre
 
Big Ears 2015 under the theme: Designing Inclusive Interactions launches an exciting new collaboration between SARC and The Drake Music Project Northern Ireland, a charity working for over 20 years to enable musicians with physical disabilities and learning difficulties to independently compose and perform their own music through technology.
 
The programme will take place over 3 days within SARC, each day will focus onDesigning Inclusive Interactions:
 
Day 1:
Introduction to inclusive music
Different abilities
Introduction to inclusive design
Public engagement training
 
Day 2:
Hackday – design brief: ‘create a digital musical instrument/interaction that requires the minimum amount of physical effort but has the maximum amount of expressivity’
Teams of composers/engineers/makers will work together to design and build their own unique instruments
 
Day 3:
Workshops with Drake musicians
Final showcase performance 

 

The showcase will take place in The Sonic Lab, Sonic Arts Research Centre at 7pm on Friday 27th March, 2015 and is open to the public

 

Who can apply?
Students from undergraduate, masters and PhD level with relevant experience are welcome to apply. We are especially looking for applicants with backgrounds in:

 

Digital Musical Instrument design
Interaction design
Hacking/DIY
Composition/Sound Art
Sound design
Multimedia/audio computer programming

 

Places are limited to 15.  
 
To apply: Send an introduction of yourself, including a short statement on why you would like to participate to: Koichi Samuels (ksamuels01@qub.ac.uk)
(Word limit: 200)
Application deadline: January 15th 2015.

 

 

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British Board of Film Classification visits Queen’s.

Last Wednesday saw Director of the British Board of Film Classification David Cooke and Head of Policy David Austin visit the department of Film Studies at Queen’s and take part in a seminar with students. In a lively discussion event hosted by Dr Sian Barber in the Queen’s Film Theatre, BBFC policy decisions on a range of films were discussed, notably The King’s Speech and Made in Dagenham, as well as the problems posed by more extreme fare such as Human Centipede 2.

As well as considering the ethics of classification, the BBFC also answered questions on their work classifying films in the digital age and the complexities of classifying material for different regional audiences. The BBFC also talked about their recent pilot in classification of online music videos which is an ongoing collaboration with the British music industry. 

The event was well attended and included students from Law and English as well as staff and student from Film Studies. 

Director of the BBFC David Cooke with 3rd year Film Studies students Rachael Doherty, John Emerson and Joanne Russell 


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18-25 YEAR OLDS SOUGHT FOR THE CHRISTMAS STAR PRODUCTION CREW

Cinemagic Press Release:

Cinemagic has launched its search for a young film production crew and film music crew, aged 18-25, for the film ‘The Christmas Star’, Northern Ireland’s first Christmas feature film made by young people under the guidance of industry professionals. Budding film profesionals will have the chance to develop their talents and earn their first credit on the local feature film being made in Northern Ireland later this year.  Read more...


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Unheard Voices: Stories from the Troubles

WAVE Trauma Centre has recently made available online the short film, Unheard Voices: Stories from the Troubles, which tells the stories of those who lost someone or who were injured during the Troubles. Directed by Cahal McLaughlin, Chair of Film Studies, the film was produced collaboratively with the participants and has been screened by seven Borough Council Good Relations Departments across Northern Ireland. 

 

http://www.wavetraumacentre.org.uk/about-us/wave-projects/unheard-voices


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School of Creative Arts Teaching Assistants 2014-15

School of Creative Arts Teaching Assistants 2014-15

The School of Creative Arts wishes to engage the services of a number of Teaching Assistants to help in the delivery of modules on the BA Film, BA Drama, BMus and BSc Music Technology and Sonic Arts pathways during the academic year 2014-15.

The minimum requirement for someone wishing to act as a Teaching Assistant is a second-class undergraduate degree in the relevant subject (or equivalent) and previous experience of undergraduate teaching in that subject is desirable. If you wish to be considered for this opportunity then please complete the application form and return it to the School of Creative Arts by 5.00pm on 04 July 2014. Late applications will not be accepted. Those who have previously acted as Teaching Assistants in the School must also complete and return the form if they wish to be considered for opportunities in the academic year 2014-15.

The School will contact successful applicants with details of module teaching being offered. Those who are not selected for teaching assistance in 2014-15, but who meet the minimum requirement, will have their forms retained should future opportunities arise. Those who do not meet the minimum requirement will be informed that they cannot be considered for any opportunities. Please note that in the allocation of teaching assistance duties, priority may be given to full-time PhD students in the School who are entering the second year of their studies.

Teaching Assistants will be paid at the rate of £34 per hour: this hourly rate includes marking support, where required. Those who are offered teaching opportunities will be expected to undertake a short training course in October 2014.

Modules for which teaching assistance may be required include:

BSc Music Technology and Sonic Arts

MTE1004        Listening and Repertory

MTE1009        Audio Engineering 1

MTE1018        Fundamentals of Sound

MTE1022        Composition (Sonic Arts)

MTE2004        Electroacoustic Composition 1

MTE2005        Acoustics

MTE2009        Recording Techniques 1

MTE2015        Sound Design for Film

MTE2040        Designing Digital Music and Interactions 1

MTE2042        Designing Digital Music and Interactions 2

MTE3003        Electroacoustic Composition 2

MTE3005        Psychoacoustics

MTE3009        Recording Technologies

MTE3013        Designing Musical Interactions

 

BMus

MUS1001        Musics of the World

MUS1011        Composition 1

MUS1013        Fundamental Harmony 1

MUS1014        Fundamental Harmony 2

MUS1041        Repertory A (Classical and Romantic)

MUS1042        Repertory B (Western Music 1890-2000)

MUS2001/       Early 20th Century Technique and Style

MUS3001

MUS2015        Classical Analysis

MUS2037/       Piano Pedagogy

MUS3037

MUS2041        Repertory C (Western Music: Medieval to 1750)

MUS3054        Experimental Music

MUS3069        Traditional Irish Music: Form, Style and Development                       

 

 

BA Film Studies 

FLM1001         Introduction to Film Studies 1

FLM1002         Introduction to Film Studies 2

FLM1004         Introduction to Film Practice

FLM2001         Hollywood Cinema 1

FLM2015         Cinema and Modernism

FLM2019         Introduction to Screenwriting

FLM2026         British Cinema: Nation, Identity and Industry

FLM2027         Experimental Practice

FLM3019         Hollywood Cinema 2

FLM3024         Film and Music: Theory and Criticism

 

BA Drama Studies

DRA1001        Drama 1: Performance Analysis

DRA1002        Drama 2: Classical Theatre

DRA2001        Drama 3: Renaissance to Romanticism

DRA2002        Drama 4: Modernist Theatre

DRA3001        Drama 5: Postmodern Performance

DRA3033        Applied Theatre

 

Other Modules

SCA1001        Transitional Study Skills

SCA2043        Writing about the Creative Arts

 

Application:

To apply, please complete the following application form. The completed form, together with a recent CV should be returned in electronic or hard copy to:

Mr Kirk Shilliday

School Manager

School of Creative Arts

Sonic Arts Research Centre

Queen’s University Belfast

BT7 1NN

 

Further Information: For further information, please email Kirk Shilliday k.shilliday@qub.ac.uk or telephone on 028 9097 4843.

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Creative Arts Film Students Attend Cinemagic Event in Los Angeles
 
 
Cinemagic Hosts Los Angeles Festival Showcase.
 
The LA Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival for Young People took place from 2-10 March with a special closing night showcase on 10 March, which recognised young film talent.
Speakers included Northern Ireland First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D. Robinson MLA, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA, Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, and the charismatic MC for the evening Ross King.

 
Guests were treated to spirited performances from the talented group of young people from Northern Ireland as well Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles. The young people participating in Cinemagic this year impressed the audience with their premiere screening of their short film “Punch” made at Cinemagic’s International Film Camp. The film dealt with a young girls struggle with domestic violence and her transformation from troubled teen to young adult through boxing; the film earned a well-deserved standing ovation.

The evening came to a close with a Q&A from entertainment industry professionals such as Peter Devlin (Sound Mixer, Thor, Iron Man 3), Ian Fox (Camera Operator, The Amazing Spiderman), Bernie Caulfield (Executive Producer, Game of Thrones), Lance O Connor (Producer) and Paula Malcolmson (Hunger Games).
 
Guests Included: Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Rory Cochrane (Argo), Damian McGinty (Glee), Ross King (TV Host), Darwin Shaw (The Bible), Jamie Gray Hyder (True Blood), Ocatvius J. Johnson (Intelligence), Russ Bain (Intelligence), Emma Fuhrmann (Blended), Desi Valentine (Singer/Songwriter).


 
Cinemagic Los Angeles engaged with 2,000 young people, over 10 days of festival activity, which boasted a wide programme of events with industry masterclasses, Q&A’s, and studio tours. Young people got insights into organizations such as The Jim Henson Company, HBO, Walt Disney Animation Studios, 20th Century Fox, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, New York Film Academy, Aero Film, Creative Visions Foundation.



 
Joan Burney Keatings, Cinemagic CEO said “With the support of our funders we are proud to present our 5th Cinemagic Los Angeles Film Festival. The industry partners have come on board to share their knowledge and skills with young people and this interaction provides vital encouragement for young people, inspiring and motivating them.

The Cinemagic Festival gives young people the opportunity to work with others from different cultural backgrounds and to create new channels of communication through the medium of film. The workshops help develop not only the young people’s film making skills but also their inter-personal skills, and the overall process of film viewing contributes to a deeper understanding of cultural difference.”

Some of the young people involved include Rebecca Kelly from Newry, Daniel Crowe from Bangor, Lori Brown from Larne, Niamh Brennan from Dunmurry, Rachel Carvill from East Belfast, Rebekah Jane Davis from Ballynahinch, Rory Maguire from Derry and Kyle Plunkett from NYC.
 
Carál Ní Chuilín, Arts Minister, commented “The work being done by Cinemagic in Ireland and internationally continues to provide young people with fantastic experiences. It also demonstrates the innovation and determination of the Cinemagic team to position themselves at the forefront of creativity on an international stage. Congratulations to all involved."
 


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Celebrating Women in NI Music

On 8 March, in celebration of International Women's Day, Dr Gascia Ouzounian curated a series of events that featured the talents of several students and staff in the School of Creative Arts. The day started with an all-ages improvisation workshop lead by vocalist and Performance Workshop tutor Caroline Pugh. This was followed by a panel on Women in the NI Music Industry that examined the different opportunities and challenges faced by local musicians. An evening concert, CarousELLE, featured SOCA students and staff including Isobel Anderson, Helena Hamilton, Matilde Meireles, Úna Monaghan, Katharine Philippa, Pugh and Ouzounian, as well as local musicians Rachel Anne Coulter, Claire Hall, Catherine Hatt, and Kasey Peters. The concert, which was promoted by a live performance on BBC Arts Extra and a full-page write-up in the Mirror, was played to a packed hall. It was warmly received by audiences, and the musicians are now planning further collaborations.

 
 
CarousELLE poster by Helena Hamilton, MA candidate in Sonic Arts. 
 
CarousELLE was produced by John McGurgan, who along with Kris Strong founded the Carousel improvisation series in 2008. It received generous support from the PRS for Music Foundation and Black Box Belfast. Special thanks go to Sarah Jones from Black Box Belfast, John McGurgan, and all the musicians and production team involved in this memorable day of events.
 
Photos from CarousELLE concert, Black Box Belfast, 8 March 2014.

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Patchblocks - A KickStarter Project by Sebastian Heinz

Sebastian Heinz, a PhD student at SARC will soon be releasing his KickStarter project, Patchblocks.  Sebastian, based on his research at SARC, has created fantastic user friendly programmable synth modules that can be used in all sorts of ways to create music and sound.  See the KickStarter video below for a demonstration.  

Sebastian hopes to hold a Patchblocks release event at SARC.  More details to follow.


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'Recomposing the City: Sonic Art & Urban Architectures'

Dr Gascia Ouzounian (School of Creative Arts) and Dr Sarah Lappin (SPACE: Architecture) are happy to announce their project 'Recomposing the City: Sonic Art & Urban Architectures', which will operate as a research group at the Institute for Collaborative Research at Queen's University Belfast this year. The group brings together over twenty artists, researchers and not-for-profit organisations including Forum for Alternative Belfast and PLACE Built Environment Centre in asking the question: how can sound artists and architects working together generate new ways of understanding, analysing, and transforming urban spaces? Activities in 2013-14 will include a seminar and events series, an international symposium, publications and conference presentations, and an interdisciplinary design studio for sound artists and architects. Please visit www.recomposingthecity.org for more information on the project, and please come along to Recomposing the City events! All are very welcome. 
 

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