Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Fwd: SIG NOTICE: Some More PhD Scholarships at UWL


Please note the deadline of 9 December.


From: IASPM UK and Ireland <IASPMUK-AND-I@JISCMAIL.AC.UK> on behalf of Simon Zagorski-Thomas <Simon.Zagorski-Thomas@UWL.AC.UK>
Sent: 28 November 2018 17:51
Subject: Some More PhD Scholarships at UWL


The University of West London (London College of Music) is now offering PhD scholarships for highly motivated individuals. These are open to all UK/EU students who qualify and include:

  • PhD fee waiver at the Home/EU rate
  • tax-free stipend of £15,000 per annum

The principal subject areas are outlined below:

Other ideas will also be considered – contact to discuss.

Closing date for applications: 9 December 2018, 23:59.

Interviews will take place shortly afterwards. Please note that the university expects shortlisted applicants to attend face-to-face interviews. The scholarships will commence in January 2018.

Further details can be viewed at:

Preliminary enquiries can be directed to , who will be delighted to discuss the interests of potential applicants, and help to shape the proposed theme of any application.


Performance in the Studio: communication and interaction between musicians and technicians in the recording environment


The study of communication and interaction in the recording studio is an ongoing theme in the musicology of record production and this project would focus on a relevant aspect of LCM's world-leading research in this area. The prospective student should choose a specific focus such as contemporary song writing techniques, recording improvisations, performing for sound-to-picture work etc. Working with a theoretical framework drawn from embodied

/ grounded cognition and network- or system-based creativity, this project would utilise filmed recording sessions, interviews and stimulated recall to explore the ways that musicians and technicians work together in the studio environment.

Principal Supervisor

Simon Zagorski-Thomas is Professor of Music at the London College of Music: For informal queries about this PhD project, please contact Professor Zagorski-Thomas at simon.zagorski-


An Embodied / Ecological Approach to Audio Mixing 

Building on LCM's world-leading research into the notion of sonic cartoons this project would explore the connections between the complexities of 'real-world' sonic phenomena and the use of audio production and processing tools to create schematic representations that afford related metaphorical interpretations. This project will explore these metaphorical connections through analyses of the 'real-world' phenomena and the construction of instrumental timbres, audio panoramas and musical narratives that utilise schematic features from the analyses. The analysis techniques will combine spectrographs, musicological description and audience / expert surveys to triangulate these forms of evidence.


Principal Supervisor

Simon Zagorski-Thomas is Professor of Music at the London College of Music: For informal queries about this PhD project, please contact Professor Zagorski-Thomas at simon.zagorski-

Part Learning in Popular Music Performance: tacit learning of tacit knowledge in a popular music ensemble context

Much of the process of part writing and arranging in popular music ensembles is unspoken and often even unconscious. Using a process of filmed rehearsals, interviews and stimulated recall, this study will seek to explain the ways in which popular musicians acquire this form of tacit knowledge and synchronise their actions into a 'head arrangement'. The study will use theories of situated learning, embodied / grounded cognition and network- or system- based creativity. This approach to learning will then inform a series of proposals for incorporation into ensemble-based performance pedagogy. Ideally the candidate will propose ways in which the impact of this research can be exploited in conjunction with LCM Exams and their international network.


Principal Supervisor

Elizabeth Pipe is Senior Lecturer at the London College of Music: For informal queries about this PhD project, please contact Dr Pipe at


A creative practice-as-research approach to exploring issues of gender, music and technology

Staff at LCM established the international 21st Century Music Practice research network and are at the forefront of  practice-as-research  in  music. This project will continue the process of refining rigorous methodologies in practice-as-research while also furthering UWL's

research excellence in the field of gender studies. In addition to creative practical work the candidate will use the exegesis of the PhD to illustrate and explain the development of new technical and/or metaphorical musical language, concepts and structures that illuminate aspects of the gender studies agenda. Ideally the project will propose ways in which the creative output can contribute to LCM's research impact agenda.


Principal Supervisor

Sara McGuinness is Associate Professor at the London College of Music: For informal queries about this PhD project, please contact Dr McGuinness at


The Feldenkrais Method: Beyond Improved strategies for musical practice

Since its inception the somatic learning technique founded by Mosche Feldenkrais has been associated with performing arts-training. Feldenkrais worked with the guitarist Narciso Yepes, the violinist Yehudi Menuhin and the conductor Igor Markevitch. Scholarship on Feldenkrais and musicians has focused primarily on mechanical technique rather than developing new thinking and practices of listening and learning from the history, aesthetics, and the underlying strategies and philosophy of embodiment intrinsic to the Method. The proposed PhD would develop new pathways to practice (multi-modal approaches to problems for example) from these contexts and trial them with London College of Music students to connect theory and practice.


Principal supervisor

Robert Sholl is Professor of Music in London College of Music. For informal queries about this PhD project, please contact Professor Sholl at


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Fwd: SEMPRE Graduate Conference - Monday 25 March 2019

SEMPRE Graduate Conference - Monday 25 March 2019

This one- day SEMPRE conference is for graduate students to present and discuss their own original research in music psychology, music education, and in the wider field of music and science. Graduate students from any institution are welcome to apply to participate  The conference will take place at the Faculty of Music of the University of Cambridge (UK) on March 25, 2019

Professor Martin Rohrmeier, director of the Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab at the École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne, will be joining us as the keynote speaker.  Registration cost for attendees and presenters is £25 and includes lunch, coffee, and refreshments. The deadline for registration for attendees and presenters is 18 March 2019, subject to places being available.

Graduate students interested in presenting in one of the three formats (5 min flash talk, 25 min long talk, or poster presentation) should submit a 300 word abstract, stating preferred presentation format. Proposals should be submitted in PDF format to Gabriele Cecchetti at by 11 January 2019. Please use "SEMPRE Graduate Conference 2019, Abstract" as your subject line, and state your student status, your institution and your nationality. If your abstract is accepted for inclusion you may be eligible for a SEMPRE Conference Award to help cover travel and registration costs.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Fwd: Developing Countries - Resources online --- IFORS

Dear Colleagues, 

The aim of the IFORS Developing Countries On-Line Resources page is to
offer the OR worker all publicly-available materials on the topic of OR
for Development. It also aims to provide a venue for people who are
working in the area to share their completed or in-process work, learn
from others, and stimulate comments and discussions on the
work.Regarding IFORS Developing Countries OR resources website, its
regular updates - and your possible submission of "free" (not copyright
protected) material, you might occasionally visit

"Operational Research" (OR) is the discipline of applying advanced
analytical methods to help make better decisions. By using techniques
such as problem structuring methods and mathematical modelling to
analyze complex situations, Operational Research gives executives the
power to make more effective decisions and build more productive systems.

The International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS; is an almost 60-year old organization which is
currently composed of 51 national societies.Regional Groups of IFORS
are:ALIO (The Latin American Ibero Association on Operations Research),
APORS (The Association of Asian-Pacific Operational Research Societies),
EURO (The Association of European Operational Research Societies), NORAM
(The Association of North American Operations Research Societies).IFORS
conferences are taking place every three years; IFORS 2017 has been
successfully celebrated in Quebec City, Canada.

Thank you very much for your attention.

With kind regards,
best wishes,
Luciana Buriol, Sue Merchant, Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber

PS: Feedback is welcome via,,

Saturday, November 24, 2018

[IMR event] Brian Ferneyhough in conversation with Julian Anderson

Forthcoming events


Brian Ferneyhough 

in conversation with Julian Anderson

Talk: Thursday 29 November 2018, 18:00

Chancellor's Hall, Senate House,  Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Admission free. 

Promoted by Institute of Musical Research with the support of the Hepner Foundation.

The Institute of Musical Research celebrates Brian Ferneyhough's seventy-fifth birthday with a talk with the composer Julian Anderson. Brian Ferneyhough (b.1943) is widely recognized as one of today's foremost living composers. Since the mid-1970s, when he first gained widespread international recognition, his music has earned him an enviable reputation as one of the most influential creative personalities and significant musical thinkers on the contemporary scene.

His works include the opera Shadowtime, the orchestral works Plötzlichkeit, La Terre est un homme and Transit, six numbered string quartets and several smaller works for the ensemble, concertos for solo instrument and chamber ensemble including La chûte d'Icare, Incipits and Terrain, and many virtuosic solo works. His recent cycle of works, Umbrations, was premiered in Frankfurt: one of these works, Christus Resurgens, will receive its London première at Wigmore Hall on Monday 26 November.

Julian Anderson (b.1967) is one the leading composers of his generation, with commissions and performances throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States.  His opera Thebans was premiered at ENO in 2014, and he has recently composed string quartets for the Arditti and JACK.  The BBC featured a 'Total Immersion' day of his music in 2017, and he holds the post of Professor of Composition and Composer in Residence at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

A series of talks by leading international composers, linked to performances of their work in the UK. Organised by Dr Paul Archbold, in collaboration with Contemporary Music Research Unit Goldsmiths, Guildhall School, Kings College London, Institute of Modern Languages Research School of Advanced Study University of London, and Royal Holloway University of London, in association with BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta,  Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Wigmore Hall.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fwd: CFP: Audience Research in the Arts Conference

Audience Research in the Arts Conference
The University of Sheffield
3–5th July 2019

Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre (SPARC) is hosting a conference in partnership with the International Network for Audience Research in the Performing Arts (iNARPA), The Audience Agency, Routledge, The University of Leeds and Deakin University, to bring together researchers and industry professionals who investigate audience engagement with the arts. This conference comes at the culmination of two substantive contributions to the field of audience research at The University of Sheffield; the Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts (UACA) study and the Modern Fairies project. The conference will also celebrate the publication of a Cultural Trends special double issue on 'Audience Data and Research' and launch a sector-facing handbook from the UACA project. It will feature sharing sessions from the two research projects and papers from contributors to the special issue.


Contributors are encouraged to present their work to a broad audience, so it can be readily understood by industry professionals, arts practitioners, policy-makers and the general public, as well as academics. Proposals are invited on the following themes:

- Considerations of how audiences find meaning in the works that they see, and the relationship this has to the artists' intended meaning
- Artist and audience communication, and ways in which the audience can feed into the creative process
- The place of cultural intermediaries (which could be artists or arts managers) in shaping audience experience
- Reflections on collaborative audience research, considering the role of partners and gatekeepers, means of knowledge exchange and collaborative learning.
- Innovative or emerging audience research methodologies, how can we make our research accessible and meaningful to participants?
- How audience research might better drive sectoral change and impact on arts policy

Papers addressing these themes are especially welcome, but the committee will consider any submissions relating to audience research and arts audiences today.

We are seeking proposals for:
- Papers (20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions)
- Collaborative presentations (or combination of two papers, one from an academic and one from a practitioner they work with)
- Panels (3 or 4 linked papers around a theme, totalling 1.5 or 2 hours)
- Round tables (3 or 4 shorter presentations, around 15 minutes each, followed by a chaired discussion, totalling 1.5 or 2 hours)
- Lightning talks (7-minute unscripted talks, usually accompanied by slides)
- Posters
- Films or other media presentations

The conference will also include PGR panels and workshops from the board of Cultural Trends; a separate call for papers for will be announced shortly.

Please send proposals to including: an abstract (250 words), your name, institutional affiliation (if any), email address, short biography (100 words) and any special AV requirements.

Deadline: 7th January 2019
Contributors notified by the end of January

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

British Library Music Doctoral Open Day: Tue 4 Dec 2018

Bookings are now open for the British Library Music Doctoral Open Day.
This will take place on Tuesday 4 December 2018 in the British Library
Knowledge Centre.

The day provides an introduction to the rich resources available at
the British Library to support music research of all kinds. The draft
programme is available at and includes specific
content on popular music.

We warmly invite all PhD students to attend. Masters students
considering studying at doctoral level are also welcome.

Places can be booked at

Dr Amelie Roper
Research Development Manager
The British Library
96 Euston Road

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Shout at cancer forthcoming concerts at the Tabernacle

Dear friends and colleagues

As you might know, I have been working closely with an amazing Charity called Shout at Cancer, supporting people with throat cancer.

For those of you that would like to attend the next very exciting Shout at Cancer concert on Tuesday 30 October 2018, please see the information on the venue (Tabernacle) website:

a video teaser is available here:

A different type of concert is also available the day before (Monday 29 October 2018), also at the Tabernacle. The theme for this concert is: "Classical music with a pinch of salt", featuring The Verdammte Spielerei (Belgian saxophone band and stand-up comedian) in concert with Hanne Roos (Soprano) and Marc Masson (Piano). More information about this is available here:

If you have time for either concert this coming Monday or Tuesday, do consider attending! The cause is powerful, and the work is extremely exciting.

with best wishes,

Dr Evangelos Himonides FRSA, FBCS CITP
Reader in Technology, Education, and Music
University College London