Chris Chafe is a composer, improvisor, cellist, and music researcher with an interest in computer music composition and interactive performance. He has been a long-term denizen of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics where he directs the center and teaches computer music courses.
Three earlier year-long research periods were spent at IRCAM, Paris, and The Banff Center, composing and developing methods for computer sound synthesis. He is continuing the SoundWIRE experiments for musical collaboration over the Internet. An active performer, he has performed in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Discs of his works are available from Centaur Records.
Dirk Maggs writes and directs across all media but has won awards and distinction by evolving Radio Drama into ‘Audio Movies’, combining dynamic scripts, cinematic effect, evocative music and cutting edge technology (he pioneered the use of Dolby Surround in BBC Radio).
In radio, his productions have covered all genres: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy which won two international awards (author Douglas Adams personally chose him to complete the saga in its original form), Batman and Agatha Christie Mysteries (winner of the Audiophile Golden Earphones Award) to name but three. In the year 2004-5 alone his creative efforts helped add 10 million hits to the BBC website.
Karen Power’s initial interest in composition came during her undergraduate degree in University College Cork (UCC), where she familiarised herself with as many musical styles as were on offer. This musical diversity continues to shape the character of her musical output. She completed an MA in Composition in UCC in 2000 and is currently working as a music technician in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.
Up until 2004, Karen Power’s compositional output was predominantly instrumental, but she is currently exploring electro-acoustic composition, sound-art and live electronics. Recently, her electro-acoustic tape piece, fried rice, curried chip and a diet coke (2007) was a finalist at the 2009 ASCAP/ SEAMUS (Society of Electro Acoustic Music in the US) Student Commission Award in the US.
Kaye Mortley is Australian by birth, and since 1981 has been an independent radio documentary maker, based in Paris, producing for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, France Culture and for other state broadcasting companies in Europe and elsewhere.
Among her academic awards, she holds a Docteur-ès-lettres from the University of Strasbourg. Her radio features have won numerous international awards, including recently the 2006 Grand Prix de L’IRIB (documentary) for Going Back, and in 2005, a Prix Italia for her documentary, A Stranger in Alsace, She has taught and given seminars in Sydney, Helsinki, Stockholm, Paris and Arles.
Larry Sider is Director of the School of Sound and was previously Head of Editing, Sound and Music at the National Film and Television School (UK). He is a film editor and sound designer who has worked for thirty years in documentary, animation and fiction. Most recently, he created soundtracks for the Quay Brothers’ The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and Dave McKean’s Mirrormask.
Past projects include Patrick Keiller’s London and Robinson in Space, and Street of Crocodiles and Institute Benjamenta by the Quays. From 2000-2003, he consulted on LISTEN, an EU-funded research project led by IRCAM, the University of Vienna and AKG Electronics, devising new software to create audio-augmented environments in gallery and museum spaces.
Pedro Rebelo is a composer/digital artist working in electroacoustic music, digital media and installation. He has worked on the relationship between architecture and music in creating interactive performance and installation environments, which include a series of commissioned pieces for soloists and live-electronics which take as a basis the interpretation of specific acoustic spaces.
His electroacoustic music is featured in various CD sets (Sonic Circuits IV, Discontact III, Exploratory Music from Portugal, ARiADA). His work as a pianist and improvisor has been released by Creative Source Recordings and he has collaborated with musicians such as Chris Brown, Mark Applebaum, Carlos Zingaro and Evan Parker.